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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


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Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Purdue Crew’s donation to LUM from Row-A-Thon is one of the largest gifts each year. Row-A-Thon takes place all day in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall and check it out. Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

You may make a donation online, in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and send your checks to: Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty; Head Coach David Kucik; and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2018, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times, and $109,784 was shared.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu

Meet the LUM Staff


The Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry

Lafayette Urban Ministry depends on volunteers and donations from individuals like you to be successful. But behind the scenes of every great nonprofit is a small but dedicated team of staff who provide the day-to-day management and leadership to carry out the organization’s mission. LUM is fortunate to have an experienced, hard working team who believe strongly in the LUM mission while engaging and training volunteers.


Joe Micon is the Executive Director

He started with LUM in 1990. Joe grew up in Niagara Falls, New York; graduated from LaSalle Senior High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Joe’s education includes:
  • Purdue University, BA, Applied Sociology
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work with concentration in the Administration of Not-for-Profit Organizations

With LUM, Joe has also served as Program Director for Jubilee Christmas, Emergency Shelter, Social Justice Ministries, and Repairs on Wheels.


Susan Brouillette is the Program Director for the Social Justice Ministry, including the Immigration Clinic & Campaign for Hoosier Families, and is the LUM Chaplain

She started with LUM in 2013. Susan grew up in Fowler, Indiana; graduated from Benton Central High School in Oxford; and currently lives in Lafayette. Susan’s education includes:

  • Hanover College, BA, Communication and Political Science
  • Christian Theological Seminary, Masters in Divinity

Susan was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 2018.


Connie Decker is the Receptionist

She started with LUM in 2017. Connie grew up in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School. She currently lives in Lafayette and has been in the same house for over 40 years.

Connie took several classes at Ivy Tech Community College to gain skills in customer service, clerical & receptionist duties and professional writing.

With LUM, Connie was a volunteer receptionist from 2009 through 2017. She also was the Summer Receptionist in 2016 and has assisted with LUM Camp.


Marlena Edmondson is the Assistant Program Director of LUM Camp

She started with LUM in 2018. Marlena grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives on the north side of Lafayette. Marlena’s education includes:

  • University of Indianapolis, BSW, Political Science and Social Work
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work with concentration in Child Welfare

With LUM, Marlena was also a LUM camper for three years and LUM Camp volunteer camp counselor for 13 years.


Nate Gick is the Maintenance Director & Custodian

He started with LUM in November 2016. Nate grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Benton Central High School, and currently lives in Oxford.

Nate attended Ball State University and is currently enrolled int the HVAC Maintenance Technology Program at the AC/C Tech – Indianapolis.


David Heckert is the Emergency Shelter Director

He started with LUM in November 2017. David grew up in Dayton, Indiana and Honolulu, Hawaii; graduated from Jefferson High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette.

David’s education includes:

  • Ivy Tech Community College, AS, Human Services
  • Indiana University, BS, Social Work

Linda Hicks is the Good Samaritan Program Director & Office Manager

She started with LUM in 2005. Linda grew up in West Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives in West Lafayette. Linda’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Early Childhood Education

With LUM, Linda also served as the assistant director of LUM Camp.


Kristi Hogue is the Youth Programs Director

She started with LUM in September of 2018. Kristi grew up in Logansport, graduated from Logansport High School, and currently lives in Lafayette. Kristi education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Child Development & Family Studies

She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Gayle Koning is the Assistant Business Manager

She started with LUM in 2016. Gayle grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; graduated from Lawrenceville Catholic High School in Pittsburgh; and currently lives in Lafayette. Gayle’s education includes:

  • American Institute of Banking, Diploma
  • Radisson Hotels International, Revenue Manager certification & General Manager certification
  • The Ohio State University, Pool Operator certification

With LUM, she was a special needs counselor at LUM Camp and has assisted with LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Turkey Trot and Jubilee Christmas. Gayle is also a member of the choir at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Lafayette.


Pablo Malavenda is the Executive Assistant for Social Media; 2015-02-16 Website Launch Party 002 (3)Webmaster; and Program Director, LUM Follies, Hunger Hike & Jubilee Christmas

He started with LUM in 2012. Pablo grew up in Meriden, Connecticut; graduated from Platt High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Pablo’s education includes:

  • University of Connecticut, BA, Industrial Psychology
  • UConn, MA, Higher Education Administration, focus in Counseling

Victor Mite is the Assistant Program Director for Immigration Clinic

He started with LUM in September 2018. Victor grew up in Ancon, Panama, Republic of Panama and now lives in Lafayette. Victor’s education includes:

  • Graduated from the Pan American Institute
  • University of Panama, AS, Accounting

Kathy Parker is the Program Director for Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration

She started with LUM in October 2017. Kathy grew up in Storrs, Connecticut; graduated from E.O. Smith High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Kathy’s education includes:

  • Roanoke College, BA, History
  • University of Rhode Island, elementary teaching certificate

With LUM, Kathy also serves on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee.


Josh Prokopy is the Program Director for the Tax Assistance Program and Turkey Trot 5K Run

He started with LUM in October 2017. Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts; graduated from Deerfield Academy; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Josh’s education includes:

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, Individual Concentration with a concentration in Development and Social Change
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, MA, Sociology and MSW, Social Work

Eileen Weiss is the Business Manager

She returned to LUM in June of 2018. Eileen grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Central Catholic High School, and currently lives in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Eileen’s education includes:

  • Ivy Tech Community College, Business Law
  • Chrysler Corporation, Automotive Accounting

With LUM, Eileen was the LUM Camp assistant, business manager for four years, project manager for 21 months, Jubilee Christmas program director, Tax Assistance Program director, Community Thanksgiving Celebration program director, Hunger Hike program director, and Good Samaritan Fund Follies assistant.


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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon is one of the largest donations each year.


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Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

Each year, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon takes place all day  in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall on Saturday, February 16 and check it out.

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty, Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Please note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu


More information:
The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2017, the Good Samaritan Fund provided assistance 2,032 times and $115,314 was shared. (GSP 2018 stats coming soon.)

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch



Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at The Bryant Food & Drink Co. (West Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2018, another great year.


Pictured L to R: Marlena Edmondson, Marilyn Zerbes, Louis Sausa, Kristi Hogue, Derrick Williams-Bacon, Joe Micon, Joshua Prokopy, Pablo Malavenda, Susan Brouillette, David Heckert, Gayle Koning, Linda Hicks, Eileen Weiss, Angela Weaver & Connie Decker.

Joe Micon Engages St. Tom’s ESTEEM Students


Earlier in November, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, was invited to engage the students enrolled in St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Boiler ESTEEM program.

Micon focused on the Catholic Social Doctrine with a focus on social justice, being agents of change, service and the Corporal Works of Mercy.

ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics.

Outreach is an important part of the mission of LUM; and members of the LUM professional staff are available to speak to church, civic, and educational groups on a variety of topics. To make arrangements for a presentation, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org).

Creasy Springs Health Campus Supports LUM


Residents & Staff Raise $1,063 to Benefit LUM

Creasy Springs Health Campus presented LUM with a gift of $1,063.35.

The Creasy Spring Health Campus staff and residents selected LUM as the recipients of their recent fundraising events. LUM is thankful to Creasy Springs for their continued support “Lafayette Urban Ministry.”

Creasy Springs – Holiday Bazaar 2018



You’re invited to the Holiday Bazaar at Creasy Springs Villa Clubhouse. Details are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 17
  • 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Creasy Springs Villa Clubhouse, 1750 S Creasy Lane, Lafayette
Vendors include boutique clothing, pottery, jewelry, wooden items, memory teddy bears, charity wreath auction and more. For more information call, (765) 413-2967.

 

LUM Announces New Promotional Video


LUM Video 2018 – Now Available to Online

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce a new promotional video. The LUM Video is stunning and will be used by LUM board members and staff to recruit new volunteers; engage new churches, civic & school groups; and ask individuals and businesses to invest in LUM by making a donation. LUM worked with Gary Higgins of Indiana Motion Pictures to produce the video.

The LUM Video features narration from Kristin Malavenda, Purdue communications director & former NPR host, and heart-felt stories of how LUM “Gives Help & Gives Hope” each and every day of the year from the following:

  • Jaqueline Albarenga-Flores, LUM volunteer
  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Center, LUM member church
  • Tiffany Hicks & her children, Chastity & Cincere (pictured below), LUM clients
  • Martin & Patty Jischke, former Purdue president & first lady
  • Joe Micon, LUM executive director
  • Patti O’Callaghan, LUM volunteer & former staff member
  • Deb Parent, LUM board member & volunteer (pictured above)
  • Arwin & Judy Provonsha, LUM volunteers
  • Andrea Schmidt, LUM volunteer

This short LUM promotional video is now available on the LUM YouTube Channel.

YOU may NOW use the new LUM video to entice your members, family, friends & colleagues to engage and invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM relies on donations and volunteers to continue to offer support to the families and children in our community; so, please share the new LUM video soon & often.


You are now invited to take a look at the new LUM Video by clicking the image below.

LUM Camp Awarded $5,000 Community Grant


Riley Children’s Foundation Awards Grant to LUM 

Riley Children’s Foundation, the fund raising organization supporting Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, has awarded a $5,000 community grant to LUM Camp 2018 . This week, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, received the grant during a check presentation led by Riley Children’s Foundation Board of Governors representative, Stephen Pennell.

{Pictured L to R: Stephen Pennell, Joe Micon, Susan Miles & Kelly Coleman.}

The mission of Riley Children’s Foundation is to secure the health and well-being of children everywhere. In accordance with that mission, the Community Grants Program was established to make a difference in communities throughout Indiana.

On behalf of our campers, LUM is grateful that the Riley Children’s Foundation has agreed to support LUM Camp with such a generous gift. This gift will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM Camp and the experience of our campers.


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LUM Camp

LUM Camp is an overnight camp from July 31 – August 3 for boys and girls 8, 9 & 10 years old. Attending are children who are from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp is one of Indiana’s most well-respected summer camp programs for at-risk children. This year as the theme Let Your Light Shine! indicates, the LUM Camper will learn about “light” and how to let their lights shine.

If you would like to sponsor a camper, please donate to LUM Camp today. Each donation of $150 sends one local child to LUM Camp.


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LUM Camp

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor? Just a few more are needed.

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp.

Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 30 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3. For additional information, click HERE.

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LUM 5th Quarter Students – Staying Engaged


Learning Opportunities & Study Trips – 2018

The students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program have had guest educators, taken study trips and have continued to tend to their vegetable garden.

The LUM 5th Quarter staff members have the children for five days a week, up to 12 hours a day. The LUM teachers and program director work hard to keep the students engaged in fun, experiential learning all day long. This year those programs have been as follows:

  • Science – Imagination Station – Study Trip
  • Science – Soilmaker – Study Trip
  • Science – Silly Safari with Amazon John – Library – Study Trip
  • Science & Nutrition – LUM Garden Project – On site program
  • Science – Art, Crafts & 4D Science – On site program
  • Science – Magic School Bus Science (Elmwood Youth) – On site program
  • Reading – Leonardo, Rockin’ & Reading – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading & Writing – Purdue College of Education – On site program
  • Reading – Rockin’ Readers Theatre – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading – Summer Reading – Library – Study Trip
  • Reading – Friday Visits to the Youth Room – Library – Study Trip
  • Music – Classical Composers & the Waltz – Derrick Williams-Bacon – On site program
  • Music & Fitness – Fiddle ‘N’ Feet, Library – Study Trip
  • Art – Clay Art – Gail Johnson – On site program
  • Fitness & Dance – Van Underwood Stokes, Dancer – On site program
  • Nutrition & Fitness – Series (7 weeks) of Interactive Programs – Tammy Martin, CATCH Program – On site program
  • Magic – Rusty Ammerman’s Dimension of Illusion – Library – Study Trip

To view PHOTOS from some of these exciting programs, click HERE.


If you would like to invest in our summer students, please make a donation today (click below). If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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