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LUM Camp 2018 – 54th Year & Still Going Strong



On August 1, our LUM friends & board members traveled in the LUM bus out to Hanging Rock Assembly Camp in Warren County to experience an evening at LUM Camp. When our LUM friends & board members arrived they met the campers and sang camp songs. They were then treated to an authentic camp supper followed by an ice cream social — ice cream sundaes with all the fixin’s. Our guests scooped and served the ice cream to our campers which encouraged even more interaction (pictured above).

LUM Camp is a 4-day, overnight summer camp for 85 boys and girls (8, 9 and 10 years old), who come from families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp includes all the traditional activities that a great camp should have, such as morning chapel, swimming, hiking, boating, arts & crafts, campfires, corn maze, zip-line and an outstanding staff of camp counselors.



Along with all of these activities, LUM Camp focuses on interactive and experiential learning. Our theme was Let Your Light Shine. Throughout camp, our campers spent much of the week learning about the wonder & science of light. Over 25 scientists and educators from Purdue and the community engaged each child’s natural curiosity with loads of hands-on activities and projects. LUM campers learned about the Indiana State insect, the firefly, and were treated to an awesome fireworks display (pictured below on right), made possible due to a grant from the Riley Children’s Foundation. The highlight of Board Night for the campers, as well as our guests, was the laser light show (pictured below on left). You could tell that our visitors enjoyed returning to their childhood for a few hours and our campers enjoyed having them visit them at camp.

Thank you to everyone who helped make LUM Camp 2018 possible. Through your donations, campership gifts, and volunteer time, you have once again made it possible for our LUM campers to have a positive, life-changing experience that they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives.


To view PHOTOS from LUM Camp 2018, click HERE


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LUM Programs – Save the Dates – Get Engaged


Upcoming LUM Programs & Events – Just for YOU!

Summer is here — and it’s a great time of year to add these important LUM fall & winter programs to your calendar.


Hunger Hike (September 15-16) – Saturday, September 15 is the 6th Annual HH5K Run. Sunday (9/16) is the traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Proceeds benefit LUM Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Mark your calendars and get your team together.

Port of Hope (November 8) – Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The event includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants, a silent auction featuring items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 22) – The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by volunteering or making a donation.

Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk (November 22) – Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM.


Jubilee Christmas (December 8) – LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.


Other Important LUM Program Dates

Please Mark Your Calendars! Please Share!


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The Door to “Help & Hope” for Over 23 Years


Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and the door will be opened to you.
‘For everyone who asks receives,
and one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.’ ~ Matthew 7:7-8


The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center & Emergency Shelter has a new door at 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette.

Since the opening of this building in 1995, over 250,000 shelter guests and 140,000 after school & summer students have entered this door for a clean, nurturing environment which also offers opportunities for a better future, stronger families & better prepared children.


The new door will continue to offer a gateway to help & hope from LUM to our neighbors in need.

The new door also increases the privacy and security of the building — and is much more welcoming.

The next time you pass by on N 4th Street, glance over at the new door — and reflect on the next 400,000 individuals who will “knock” and have this new door opened for them.


Bus Drivers Needed – Starting Next Week


Seeking Volunteers for LUM After School Program

Volunteer Activity Bus Drivers are needed to transport the LUM After School Program students from their schools to our program facility in downtown Lafayette.

Drivers are needed each weekday afternoon from Tuesday, August 7 – May 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bus drivers must have a valid driver’s license, pass the driver’s test for PPL, have a good driving record, and pass a physical examination.


Volunteers are also needed from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday—as tutors, story readers, spelling test givers and for helping children in general. To begin the “Easy 4-Step Process” to becoming an After School Program Volunteer, click HERE.


Please consider signing up NOW to volunteer for this important ministry and make a difference in the lives of children. For more information about the LUM After School Program, click HERE or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Amanda Bajzatt (765-423-2691 | abajzatt@lumserve.org).


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We’re Almost Out! (Of Paper Towels, that is.)



The LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs rely on gifts from the community and our LUM friends. Currently there is an urgent need for Paper Towels.

Please help by making a monetary donation to LUM or purchasing Paper Towels for LUM. You may ship or drop them off to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901), Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchased what is needed, when it’s needed, but donations of “needed items” are also appreciated. This holiday season please consider asking your party guests to bring items for LUM instead of doing a gift exchange — and make a donation as a group.
Items on the wish list are listed by “need” and also by program (Shelter, After School Program, Thanksgiving Dinner, Jubilee Christmas, Food Pantry, etc.). Thank you.
To view our entire WISH LIST, click HERE.

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LUM Camp 2018 – Let Your Light Shine


LUM Camp 2018 Starts THIS Tuesday

Early next week, 85 campers and 32 camp staff & counselors will be heading to Hanging Rock Assembly Camp in Warren County for the start of LUM Camp 2018.

Attending are 85 boys and girls (8, 9 & 10 years old) from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. The LUM Camp directors have planned a four-day, overnight camp experience for the campers that will be fun, educational and life-changing. This year’s theme is Let Your Light Shine!, and with the help of 25 presenters the campers will learn about the wonder & science of “light” and how to let their lights shine.

It’s not too late to sponsor a camper. Please donate to LUM Camp today. Each $150 donation enables one local child to attend LUM Camp. Please include our campers, staff, counselors and presenters in your prayers.


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LUM Staff Educate Board – Pizza & Perspectives


LUM Program Director Panel Discussion


As a part of the on-going training of the LUM Board of Directors, each quarter their meeting features a program called “Pizza & Perspectives.” At last week’s board meeting, the Pizza & Perspectives program included a panel discussion featuring four LUM program directors. The panel participants (pictured L to R) are as follows:

During this panel discussion board members learned how the LUM Mission is being executed on the “front lines.” The panelists gave brief summaries of their areas including current client needs, new initiatives, issues, and future opportunities. This was chance for board members to ask questions of the staff who work with clients & volunteers every day and are fully engaged in serving the families and children in our community.

Pizza & Perspectives was a lively and informative event leaving the LUM board members feeling better informed and energized.


To view more photos from the Pizza & Perspectives program, click HERE.

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 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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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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