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Elmwood Youth Group Works with LUM Students


Elmwood Church of Christ – Mission Stay 2018

Last week, as a part of their 2018 “Mission Stay,” the Youth Group at Elmwood Church of Christ, Lafayette, engaged with the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

Led by Phil Travis, Elmwood’s Youth and Family Minister, 11 high school and middle school students spent three days with the LUM students — doing a science project, learning music, making arts & crafts and participating in reading pods. Thanks to the Elmwood Youth Group. To view more photos of their visit, click HERE.


If you or your groups would like to volunteer with 5th Quarter, see below for more details. If you wish to sponsor a field trip or special event for 5th Quarter, call or email, Amanda Bajzatt (765.423.2691 | abajzatt@lumserve.org). If you wish to make an investment in 5th Quarter, click below.


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Hunger Hike 2018 – Get Started TODAY – www.hungerhike.org


Hunger Hike is Only 3 Months Away – Why Wait?

Hunger Hike is only a short three months away.

Why not get started NOW?

Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.”

Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally.


HH5K Run 

  • Saturday, September 15
  • 9 a.m. – run starts
  • Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette

Hunger Hike (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk)

  • Sunday, September 16
  • 2 p.m. – hike starts
  • Riehle Plaza, Lafayette

Hunger Hike is the perfect fundraising event for a team or group — like a church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any way you choose.


We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

Donate Online | Online Fundraising Site | HH5K Run Registration |


If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike event sponsor. If interested, email hungerhike@lumserve.org for more information.


For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website — www.hungerhike.org.


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LUM Finances – Very Positive Report for 2017


Financial Report & Audit 2017 Available Online


At the June meeting of the LUM executive council, associates from Edward Opperman Certified Public Accountants presented an overview of the LUM Report on Audit of Financial Statements (Dec. 31, 2017 & 2016). Presenting were the two CPAs who prepared the report and most recent tax return, Edward Opperman & Thomas Faust (pictured far right). Opperman stated that

“LUM is financially strong. There is zero long-term debt — and a good balance between operating revenue and expenses managed by a very professional business office staff who keep clear records of fiscal transactions. Most encouraging is that LUM is spending money on programs & services that are in line with its mission statement and less on overhead.”

Opperman shared that

“LUM’s finances are in very good order and would be the envy of any non-profit organization.”

Thanks to the vision and leadership of the LUM Board of Directors, executive director and business office staff, as well as the generous support of LUM’s many financial donors, Lafayette Urban Ministry has established a history of having a strong & stable budget allowing its vital programs and services to adapt and grow with the needs of the children and families in our community.


If you wish to review the most recent LUM reports, click on the name of the report:

5th Quarter Students Visit Soilmaker


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Last week the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Programtook a study trip the Soilmaker facility in West Lafayette.

During their visit the students learned all about what happens to organic waste from Purdue and West Lafayette. They were able to see all of the stages in making soil and mulch – from the mountains of tree branches and leaves as well as other organic materials to the rows of organics becoming mulch and soil. They also saw big machines in action – moving mulch and soil and filtering soil. The big fun for the day was being able to climb up the mountains of mulch.

Special thanks to Jody Tishmack for welcoming our students to the Soilmaker facility and giving them such a great educational tour.

If you or your group would like to sponsor a study trip this summer, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).


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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:

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

  • 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.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN

  • 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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Happy Birthday to the Rev. Don Nead



At a grand reception at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, this past weekend, the Rev. Don Nead celebrated his 90th Birthday with his friends and family.

Don Nead is a long-time friend of Lafayette Urban Ministry. He has been active with LUM since the time of its inception in 1972. Don has remained active in many ways including being one of the founding members of the LUM Dream Team Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support research and evaluation that will foster LUM’s goals and address its needs.

Join us in wishing the Rev. Don Nead a very happy birthday. Pictured with Don Nead (center) are the pastor at Central Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Lucia Oerter and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

Urgent Need – Summer Volunteers Needed


LUM Summer Childcare Program – Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is offered Monday – Friday, Now through August 3 , from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program is supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers.

LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. LUM 5th Quarter volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE —or email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).

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Food Pantry – Volunteers Needed

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (6th & Ferry Streets, Lafayette) needs volunteers for the summer months especially Monday mornings in June. Specific days and times that volunteers are needed are as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 12:45-3:15 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to work the Distribution Window, Check-in/Data entry, and pick up and deliver food (truck driver). A weekly commitment is requested. Volunteers may work 2.5 to 14.5 hours per week.

Please consider signing up for a few shifts this summer. Our community needs volunteers like you to offer this vital resource. For more information, click HERE or email Katy Travis, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry director at foodpantryadmin@stjohns-laf.org.

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Needed — Volunteer Camp Counselors — LUM Camp 2018

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?

LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 30 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3).

For additional information, click HERE.

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LUM Summer Childcare Program – Volunteers Needed


Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is offered Monday – Friday, Now through August 3 , from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program is supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers.

LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. LUM 5th Quarter volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE —or email or call Amanda Bajzatt (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).

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Meet the New LUM Business Manager


Eileen Weiss Returns to LUM Staff

Eileen Hession Weiss, a familiar face at LUM, has returned to serve as the business manager.

Eileen initially retired in 2013. She returned last year to assist with LUM Camp, and has also served as the LUM business manager for four years and was a LUM project manager for 21 months. Additionally, Eileen has directed Jubilee Christmas, Tax Assistance Program, Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Hunger Hike, and assisted with the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. Besides her work with LUM, another highlight of her career was when she was elected to serve as the City Clerk for the City of Lafayette from 1984-1995.

Eileen is excited to return to LUM as the half-time, business manager.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director stated,

“We’re always thrilled to work with Eileen and are confident that she will once again add so much to our work with assisting those in need in our community.”

Eileen shared,

“This opportunity came at a perfect time. Although I still live in Illinois, it gives me a chance to use my God given gifts while contributing to this community that I love, through the good work of LUM.”

In her free time, Eileen enjoys being with her grandchildren (Campbell Rose, Max, and Nicole), singing and ministering at her church in Des Plaines, IL, and serving as president of her condo board in Elk Grove Village, IL.


LUM’s Susan Brouillette Ordained


The Rev. Susan Brouillette – New LUM Chaplain


Recently at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Susan Brouillette, LUM program director, was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church.

The Service of Worship & Ordination was a wonderful celebration with worship, music, and speakers. Some highlights of the service were LUM students singing “Joy, Joy, Joy – Down in My Heart”; LUM summer teacher, Derrick Williams-Bacon, singing throughout the service; remarks & prayers from Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and Ellen Elly, wife of first LUM executive director, the Rev. Ron Elly; as well as from many friends of LUM such as the Rev. Don Nead, the Rev. Kevin Bowers, the Rev. Tracey Leslie and the Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace. Also in the spirit of Susan’s role with LUM as the director of the Immigration Clinic & the Social Justice ministry, the Epistle reading was read in six different languages — Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Hindi & Spanish.

At LUM, Susan will now also serve as the LUM Chaplain. She will serve as a support to the LUM clients, guests, families, staff and board members. Susan’s expertise and new role with LUM will be sure to have an immediate, positive impact on our services to the families and children in our community.

Join us in congratulating the Rev. Susan Brouillette on this significant accomplishment and wishing her the best as she begins the next phase of her spiritual journey.


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