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LUM Students Celebrate Reading Month

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

March is National Reading Month, and the LUM After School Program students celebrated with a grand birthday party for the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

The “Dr. Seuss Spirit Week” celebration included reading groups with Dr. Seuss books and videos, fun educational exercises, Dr. Seuss themed snacks, arts and crafts activities, games and more. The LUM After School Program was bursting with excitement all focused on reading, writing and creativity.

Special thanks to the volunteers from the MARK Tutoring program at St. Thomas Aquinas, Purdue Pre-Pharmacy Club, Timmy Global Health at Purdue, and our other weekly volunteers for their help with the events.

Pictured above with a LUM student is Kristi Hogue, LUM After School Program director. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.


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LUM Income Tax Assistance in Full Swing

Impressive Program Statistics So Far

In just over a month, 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 – 206
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $105,749
  • Average Adjusted Gross Income – $21,823
  • Total Refund Amount – $362,503

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 Josh Prokopy (pictured above).


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The Stories of Lakesha, Erica & Shavonn

Dear Friend,

Lakesha Porter is a mail clerk for the US Postal Service in Lafayette. Erica Davis is a special education instructor at a local elementary school. By day, Shavonn Williams is a production worker at Kirby Risk. By night, she is a nurse’s aide at Sycamore Springs Hospital.

So what do Lakesha, Erica and Shavonn each have in common? They each come to the Lafayette Urban Ministry for services and support for their families and children. Despite an unemployment rate of only 3.20% (essentially full employment), Lafayette’s poverty rate remains at a very stubborn 18.94%. For a family of three, that means a breadwinner working 40 hours per week is earning less than $10.25/hr. Comprised of mothers, fathers, children and grandparents, these households work hard, but still struggle to make ends meet.

For 47 years, the Lafayette Urban Ministry has been sharing help and giving hope to local families striving to build brighter futures for themselves. Poverty robs families and their children of so many of the opportunities they need to grow and succeed. The Lafayette Urban Ministry responds by providing those families with the practical help, educational resources and emotional support needed to overcome difficult times. Whether it is through after school learning or summer youth programs, direct financial assistance, free income tax preparation, immigration services, emergency shelter, addiction help or any combination of 20 additional services, LUM is a crucial asset for those in our community working to escape the grasp of poverty.

Last year, 4,723 households were served by the Lafayette Urban

Lakesha Porter doesn’t know what she would do without the support of LUM: LUM is a Godsend to us. The staff and volunteers always show respect and offer encouragement. Whenever I run out of food, or need a little extra cash to pay my rent, I can always count on LUM. The kids love going to LUM’s After School Program – and I love that LUM practices spelling words with them and helps with math. I don’t know how we would make it through the holidays if it weren’t for Jubilee Christmas. And LUM even helped when I lost my photo ID.

As a valued partner in all that goes on at LUM, your past support of the Lafayette Urban Ministry has made a world of difference. Together, we have strengthened families, nurtured children and made our community a better place for everyone. I hope you will continue your support of the Lafayette Urban Ministry by making a generous gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or more, today.

I can think of nowhere else that your charitable contribution will have greater impact. I can think of no better way to practice our Lenten discipline than to share with those less fortunate. Scripture is so very clear. Jesus tells us we are to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, love our neighbor, welcome the stranger and treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated. The Lafayette Urban Ministry takes that call seriously and provides each of us a place to put our faith into action. LUM affords us the opportunity to hear Jesus’s words anew – to understand our responsibility and to respond in kind.

I wish that Lakesha, Erica and Shavonn — along with everyone else who works hard and plays by the rules — were paid a wage high enough to provide the basics for their children. Working full-time and still not being able to escape poverty is unjust. But until that reality shifts, I am thankful that the Lafayette Urban Ministry is here to offer friendship and practical support to working families and their children.

Won’t you please give generously so that our efforts can continue? You may contribute online and find out more about all the things your gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry will accomplish, by visiting our website at www.lumserve.org/donate.


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We’re Almost Out! (Of Simple Green, that is.)



Currently there is an urgent need for Simple Green (concentrate, original scent) all purpose cleaner at LUM. The LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs rely on gifts from the community and our LUM friends.

Please help by making a monetary donation to LUM or purchasing Simple Green 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 purchase what is needed, when it’s needed, but donations of “needed items” are also appreciated. Items on the wish list are listed by “need” and also by program (Emergency Shelter, Youth Programs, Food Pantry, etc.). Thank you.

To view our entire WISH LIST, click HERE.


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Be a Volunteer Camp Counselor – LUM Camp 2019

Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

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. Counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 2. Make this the year you make a difference in the lives of local children. Please share with others who may be interested.

For more information, click HERE.

LUM Follies – Make Your Reservation Today

Support Local Families in Crisis – Attend Follies

Make your reservation today for the 8th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. 

LUM Follies’ Details and Schedule are as follows:

  • Friday, May 3
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Price: $50 per person; $400 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction; 6:30 p.m. — Dinner; 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment
  • Make your reservations ($50 per person; $400 per table) online HERE or by calling 765-423-2691.
  • If you wish to be an Event Sponsoremail or call us

LUM Client Becomes US Citizen

Congratulations, José Arturo Puente Berumen

José “Arturo” Puente Berumen, a LUM Immigration Clinic client, recently participated in the US Naturalization Oath Ceremony in South Bend. At the ceremony, he was sworn in at the federal courthouse and became a US citizen. In preparation for this day, Arturo attended the LUM Citizenship Classes. The LUM Immigration Clinic has assisted with many individuals who are now US citizens — like Arturo. Currently, the LUM Immigration Clinic team is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.

The LUM Citizenship Classes are offered three times a year. The next session begins Tuesday, April 16. For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you wish to donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, click the button below.

{Pictured above L to R are the Rev. Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, Arturo and Beata Ribeiro, LUM Citizenship Classes instructor.}


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LUM Shelter Staff Goes “Above & Beyond”

LUM Shelter Staff Thanked by LUM Board

At last night’s meeting, the LUM Board of Directors honored and thanked the LUM Emergency Shelter staff members for “going above & beyond the call of duty” in their service to LUM shelter guests the first week in February during the “Polar Vortex.”

Lafayette Urban Ministry has a shelter protocol for severely cold and snowy weather. During the Polar Vortex, the LUM shelter staff members provided bus transportation from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station, opened the Winter Warming Station three hours early, and provided bus transportation back to the local day shelter in the morning — in addition to their regular nightly duties. The LUM Board of Directors acknowledged that their work is sincerely appreciated and is saving lives. Pictured above L to R: David Heckert, shelter director; Connie Kepner Davis, shelter staff member; Joan Low, LUM board president; and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

After School – Volunteers Needed Each Day


The LUM After School Program relies on a team of volunteers to work with the students. Volunteers are needed each weekday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m. They tutor, read to the students, give spelling tests, supervise recreation, serve snacks and coordinate crafts.
Pictured above are members of the Purdue Pre-Pharmacy Club, who volunteer regularly all year long. Please consider volunteering with the LUM students one-on-one or as a bus driver. LUM needs you!

For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, HERE.


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Meet the LUM After School Program Team



The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 80 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday.

The program is staffed by a professionally trained program aides and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements. This year, the After School Program staff includes three Program Aides who assist the program director, Kristi Hogue. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):

  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. After she graduates, Mady plans on working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.
  • 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. Derrick is also an interventionist with the Lafayette School Corporation.
  • Alyssa Bella – Alyssa is from New Carlisle and currently lives in West Lafayette. She is currently matriculating toward a bachelor’s in social work from IUPUI and will graduate in May. After graduation, Alyssa will attend New York University to pursue a Master in Social Work. She wishes to pursue a career working with children.

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