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Holder Bedding to Match Your LUM Donation

Holder Bedding Match Program – November 2018

Once again, Holder Bedding, Inc. of Lafayette is sponsoring the annual LUM “Match Program.”
Starting November 1, your donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Stay tuned for more information on the Holder Bedding Match Program. Don’t miss your opportunity to double your donation to LUM during the month of November.

In 2013, 42 mattresses were made in Lafayette by Holder Bedding and installed at the LUM Emergency Shelter.

LUM’s Impact – So Far This Year – 2018

From Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

It’s hard to believe that it’s October already!

Just two months ago, the LUM staff was deeply engaged in summer programs — and now in a blink of an eye it’s time to get ready for Jubilee ChristmasPort of Hope,the Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Turkey Trot 5K Run!

You’d be impressed with the impact that LUM has had on the families, children and individuals in our community. So far this year, 3,945 different low-income households have been served by LUM. Lafayette Urban Ministry has nurtured and educated children, sheltered families, fed the hungry, helped the homeless become self-sufficient, supported the legal immigrant, and given HOPE &HELP to the faceless and voiceless.

All of this is due to the faithful work carried on every day and night by LUM.

Here is a better snapshot of LUM’s impact (through September 30, 2018):

Thanks to your special friendship and generous support, LUM continues to make our community a better place for all of its citizens. Please remember LUM through the final three months of 2018 by participating in one of our upcoming events, volunteering, and by giving a generous financial gift!

God bless you for all you do that allows LUM to make a difference with the families in our community.

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LUM’s Impact in 2018 (So Far)

LUM Programs 2018 Statistics – First Five Months

During the first five months of 2018, Lafayette Urban Ministry services have touched the lives of 2,737 households through one or another of our 16 programs. Families were strengthened, and children were educated.

Some LUM program details (from January 1 – May 31, 2018) are as follows:


  • Emergency Shelter for the homeless—375 individuals were provided overnight accommodations 5,393 times. The average guest utilized LUM’s shelter 13 nights during that time frame.
  • Good Samaritan Program—$47,103 in direct cash assistance was provided 697 times to 544 households.
  • Haircuts—60 individuals received free haircuts.
  • ID Clinic—65 individuals were served.
  • Immigration Clinic—83 individuals were served.
  • New Opportunity Fund—8 individuals received grants to move into their own homes.
  • St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry—2,768 households were served. 1,376 were new families.
  • Tax Assistance Program (free income tax preparation for low-wage workers)—522 tax returns filed from mid-January through mid-April. Tax refunds and credits totaling $406,444 were returned to those households — an average refund of $1,736 per household. The average annual adjusted gross income for those served by the program was $20,502.
  • Winter Warming Station—132 individuals used the Winter Warming Station for a total of 485 visits.


  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program (started on May 29)—50 children have been enrolled this summer.
  • After School Program—66 Kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in the program during the 2017 – 2018 school year, which ended on May 25.
  • LUM Camp—90 children, 40 counselors and 25 program leaders will be in attendance at this overnight summer camp for children (8 to 10 years old) during the first week of August. 35 children have signed up so far.

Thank you for your support so far this year. LUM couldn’t do it without you.

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Meet the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Teachers

LUM is thrilled to introduce the teachers for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


Pictured (from L to R) with Amanda Bajzatt, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:
  • Renu Bhatia. Renu grew up in Indore, India and now lives in West Lafayette. She earned a BA in sociology from Sophia College in Mumbai, took several classes at Purdue, and is a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
  • Danny Pollitt. Danny is from Peoria, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. He has a Bachelor’s from Purdue in Social Studies Education, with minors in History & Political Science.
  • Derrick Williams-Bacon. Derrick is from West Lafayette. He earned a BS in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and a Master’s in Technology Education, both from Purdue.
What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Amanda Bajzatt at

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5th Quarter – Summer Daycare Has Begun

LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program 2018

Each year at this time the LUM childcare programs transition from after school care to full-day summer childcare. LUM After School Program concluded another successful year, and the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program sessions have begun.

The LUM 5th Quarter is offered Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes active learning, crafts and recreation, free lunch, and study trips. The summer childcare program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for these students. Once the school year begins again in the Fall, the LUM students who may typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of 5th Quarter’s focus on enriched and experiential learning.

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation and/or sponsor a field/study trip. For more information on 5th Quarter, click HERE or email Amanda Bajzatt at

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LUM Tax Assistance – Tremendous Positive Impact

LUM Tax Assistance Volunteers Reflect & Celebrate

Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. The volunteers and staff who have been working with this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program met for lunch at Walt’s Pub & Grill to reflect & celebrate another successful year. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • $906,444 – Total Refunds
  • $811,362 – Total Federal Refunds; $95,082 – Total State Refunds
  • 522 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $253,200 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $20,502 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Attending the celebratory lunch (pictured L to R) were Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Patti O’Callaghan; Andrea Schmidt; Rob Patrick; Ben Murphy, Tax Assistant Program director; and Ron Smith.

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LUM Income Tax Assistance in Full Swing

Impressive Stats So Far

In just six weeks, the LUM Tax Assistance Program has had a tremendous positive impact on our community. Some interesting statistics so far are as follows:

  • Total Income Tax Returns Filed – 328
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $215,332
  • Average Adjusted Gross Income – $21,394
  • Total Refund Amount – $616,838

LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who make this important LUM program such a success each year. At LUM, taxpayers get one-on-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes at no charge. The 2018 LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Ben Murphy.

More information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program may be found HERE.

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LUM Staff Retreat 2018

Recently, the staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main retreat topics for discussion were LUM Volunteers and the LUM Social Justice Ministry including the Campaign for Hoosier Families as well as the LUM Immigration Clinic. Overall, it was a very productive day filled with lively discussion allowing everyone to give input resulting in great ideas for serving volunteers and clients better in all of the LUM program areas.

Additionally the retreat gave the LUM staff an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger, more effective team. By the end of the day, everyone was refreshed and motivated to be more effective in their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.

Thanks to Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp for hosting the retreat.

Picture above L to R — Row 1: Kaitlyn Hettinger, Saidie Spikes, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette, Linda Hicks; Row 2: Fanesta Williams, Tricia Sembroski, Joe Micon, Connie Kepner Davis, Tiffany Finch-King; Row 3: Danny Pillott, Amanda Bajzatt, Connie Decker, Nate Gick, David Heckert, Josh Prokopy, Ben Murphy; not pictured: Pablo Malavenda. To view more photos, click HERE.

Great Car – Great Price – Great Cause

For Sale — 2003 Mercury Sable LS Premium Sedan

A generous friend of LUM has recently donated this 2003 Mercury Sable (V6, front wheel drive) sedan, which is in great shape. It has had only one owner and has been driven only 65,400 miles.

LUM is selling the car, with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit of the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Details are as follows:

  • Make: Mercury; Model: Sable LS Premium; Year: 2003
  • Type: Sedan (seats 5); 6 cylinder, 4 speed automatic, front wheel drive
  • Mileage: 65,400
  • Exterior: White, Sunroof; Interior: Tan, Leather seats, Stereo, Cruise control
  • Asking Price: $3,999

All Proceeds Benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry

If you are interested in learning more about the car, or perhaps wish to arrange a test drive, please email or call Joe Micon ( | 765.423.2691).

Please SHARE this information with anyone you think might be interested.

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch

Last week, the dedicated staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at Walt’s Pub & Grill (West Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate 2017, another great year.

Pictured are the staff who attended — seated L to R: Amanda Bajzatt, David Heckert, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette, Ben Murphy, Joe Micon, Joshua Prokopy, Tricia Sembroski & Linda Hicks; standing L to R: Pablo Malavenda, Tiffany Finch-King & Connie Decker.