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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 Immigration Clinic Client Becomes US Citizen


Luis Urbano Completes His Pathway to Citizenship

Recently, another LUM Immigration Clinicclient became a US citizen — Luis Urbano.

Luis first came to LUM for help in preparing his income taxes. When he discovered that LUM also offered assistance with immigration issues, he set up a meeting with the LUM Immigration Clinic for advice and assistance with the status of his children. Eventually, Luis, who is originally from Peru, decided to start his own process to become a US citizen. He attended the LUM Citizenship Classes and was tutored by LUM volunteer, Adelia Sorge, for several months.

LUM is thrilled to announce that on July 7 at a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Field Office in Indianapolis, Luis Urbano was sworn in as a US citizen with his family in attendance. All of his hard work and the assistance from LUM has paid off.

{Pictured above L to R: Betty Urbano, Luis’s sister; Luis Urbano; Alex Urbano, Luis’s son; Claudia Urbano, Luis’s daughter; and Maggie Urbano, Alex’s wife/Luis’s daughter-in-law.}

Currently, Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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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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Countdown to LUM Camp – Let Your Light Shine


LUM Camp 2018 Starts in 19 Days

It’s time again for LUM Camp, and this year’s theme is Let Your Light Shine!

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.

Your “campership” will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, supplies and all of our science programs and educators – everything a camper will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp.

  • Each donation of $150 sends one local child to LUM Camp.
  • A gift of $300 will allow two children to attend LUM Camp
  • A gift of $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • A gift of $75 will provide one-half of a campership

Please, won’t you help build their futures by offering to them the gift of LUM Camp?


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

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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Two LUM Executive Directors Connect in DC


Jud Dolphin & Joe Micon Meet in Washington DC

Joe Micon, current LUM executive director, recently visited with Jud Dolphin, immediate past LUM executive director, in Washington DC, the current residence for Jud.

The visit included in-depth conversations about issues facing the families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry and a special visit to All Souls Church Unitarian. Joe and Jud attended service and visited with senior minister, the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies.

Joe Micon returned this week energized and ready to share what he learned on his trip with the LUM staff and board of directors.

Special thanks to Jud Dolphin for his hospitality and to Rev. Hardies for his service and personal time.

{Pictured above L to R: Jud Dolphin, Robert Hardies & Joe Micon.}


Jud Dolphin was the LUM Executive Director from 1978 to 1990. After 40 years working with social change organizations, Jud Dolphin retired and then joined the US Peace Corps. From 2009 to 2011, he served with the US Peace Corp in Konotop, Ukraine. He returned to Washington, DC where he taught English to new immigrants, conducted watercolor painting classes and furthered his personal artistic interests. Currently, Jud, through the US Peace Corps, is in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, working as an organizational specialist with an NGO whose mission is to alleviate poverty.

LUM Students Continue to Learn All Summer Long


A Letter from LUM Executive Director – Joe Micon

Summer 2018


Dear Friend,

When elementary students return to school in August, many of them — especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds — will be starting the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of their summer break.

This phenomenon, often referred to as summer learning loss, summer setback, or summer slide, has been a long-time concern for us at LUM. If quality education is a child’s ticket out of a life of poverty, too many of those we serve are being left behind at the station. Educational research offers a “faucet theory” for why lower-income students lose learning in math, science and reading over the summer. According to the theory, the “resource faucet” is on for all students during the school year, enabling all students to make learning gains.

Over the summer however, the flow of resources slows to a trickle for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their more affluent peers continue to have access to financial and human capital, such as parental education and involvement, which enables them to continue to learn. That’s why the Lafayette Urban Ministry has been so committed to our 5th Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.  The program is held Monday through Friday, from June 1st through August 10th, at Central Presbyterian Church’s education building in downtown Lafayette. This summer, LUM has enrolled more than 50 children.

Each day begins with a nutritious snack, recreational reading and a fun gathering session for our students, teachers and volunteers. Then it is on to learning groups in math, science, social studies and language arts. Each subject is taught through a combination of classroom and online study. There are weekly field trips to the public library, Purdue University and other locations where our students learn and experience new things. We have scheduled a full summer of engaging speakers and enrichment activities that make learning at 5th Quarter fun.



Last week, we combined reading about Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner with audio samples of their compositions (pictured above). In partnership with Purdue Extension, our students have planted and are tending a summer flower and vegetable garden. This year, the LUM 5th Quarter staff has partnered with faculty and students from the Purdue College of Education to enhance our curricula and boost the quality of our students’ learning.

I am so pleased with the quality of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. I am encouraged by the positive feedback we have received from the children’s parents and classroom teachers. More than anything else, I am proud of the accomplishments of our 5th Quarter students….

  • Like 8 year-old Isaiah, whose mom is incarcerated this summer serving an addiction-related sentence. He is excelling in multiplication.
  • Like Crystal Jeremy who live with their grandma. She works each weekday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a maid for a Lafayette hotel just to make ends meet. They enjoy D.E.A.R. time – Drop Everything and Read!
  • Like 9 year-old Da’Ron who was able to pass his ISTEP re-test because of remediation that took place at LUM 5th Quarter.

It is costing LUM $31,416 to operate 5th Quarter this summer. Included in that amount are four teachers, our online learning software, program supplies, snacks and transportation to field trips. I am hoping you will join with me in helping to offset those costs.

Please, won’t you consider a generous gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, or more, to 5th Quarter? Your support will help LUM to continue to offer this remarkable program that has proven so effective in reversing the summer learning slide for vulnerable children.

Give a child a ticket to a brighter future.  Join me today in making a generous gift to the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.



PS: Interested in viewing 5th Quarter in action?  Call me anytime prior to July 31 to arrange a visit (765-423-2691).


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Meet the New LUM Summer Interns


Meron Tamene — LUM Summer Intern

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Meron now lives in West Lafayette. She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in Arabic, Spanish, Human Rights & Global Studies from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts. She will graduate in May 2020 and plans to attend law school. Meron hopes to work in immigration law and international human rights.

As an intern at LUM, Meron is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.


Morgan Torres  —LUM Summer Intern

Morgan grew up and lives in Monticello, Indiana. She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Society and Political Science with a minor in Forensic Science from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts. She will graduate in May 2020 and plans to attend law school. Morgan hopes to work in international law & policy specializing in immigration policy.

As an intern at LUM, Morgan is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.

LUM Students – Gardening, Learning & Growing


LUM Garden Offers Opportunities for Learning

The students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program have been engaged in a garden project that gives them many opportunities for experiential learning. Dr. Tim Reutebuch, associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, met with the students to begin the planning of the vegetable garden in March, and it was created in April, as a part of their Earth Day celebrations.

The garden has been incorporated into educational curriculum since then. This project was carefully designed to offer our students hands-on experiences planning, creating and maintaining a vegetable garden while learning about science, math and healthy choices as well as building their self-confidence, responsibility and self-sustaining life skills. Also, the students are now experiencing the taste of their own, fresh vegetables, while enjoying some fun, outdoor time. The freshly grown vegetables are also being shared with the children’s families. This has been such a rewarding project and the students have loved being a part of it. Special thanks to Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director, Dr. ReutebuchCentral Presbyterian Church for providing the space for the garden, and Purdue Extension and Grow Local Lafayette for the garden building & construction as well as curriculum development.

If you would like to invest in this project and 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).


To view more PHOTOS from the garden project, click HERE


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Meet Pat G. – LUM Superstar Volunteer


Spotlight on Volunteers – A Vital Part of LUM

Patricia S. Garrott and her husband, Floyd, were childhood sweethearts growing up in Battle Ground, Indiana, where they raised their family and eventually moved to West Lafayette. Pat earned a BS in sociology and an MS in Counseling & Personnel Services, both from Purdue University. She and Floyd are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and have three grown children (all who have earned at least one degree from Purdue) and four grandchildren. She has increased her service to the community since retiring as the Senior Executive Associate Director for the Center for Career Opportunities at Purdue.

At LUM, Pat has been volunteering with the Good Samaritan Program for over six years — and was one of the founding volunteers of the Immigration Clinic when it was established in 2014. She still occasionally teaches Citizenship Classes but regularly volunteers, one morning a week, meeting clients who need emergency financial assistance. Pat shared that,

“LUM is a wonderful thing in our community. My role is so rewarding. LUM only pays a portion of what the family needs but more importantly we share other community resources, give them the tools they need to begin to develop skills to be more self-sufficient, which in turn gives them hope and dignity.”

Pat & Floyd are also LUM donors.

“We’re comfortable giving to LUM because we know that all of the money is going to help local children and families,”

Pat stated.

In the community, Pat also volunteers working with fifth grade students in Battle Ground with a reading initiative and serves on a local library board of directors. For fun, she travels, spends lots of time with her grandchildren, attends Purdue sports (women’s basketball, men’s basketball and football) as well as Purdue stage shows and Butler basketball games (her husband’s alma mater). Pat also enjoys spending time with her mother who is 94 years old.

Pat encourages others to volunteer regularly with LUM, especially the recently retired, sharing that,

“It will give YOU back so much more than you can ever give.”


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LUM 5th Quarter Narrows the Achievement Gap


Since it began, the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program has been focused on one thing — stopping the loss of academic skills and knowledge that occurs during the summer months. Known as “the summer achievement gap,” it impacts elementary and middle school students in general, but low-income students are especially at risk. Students who are not enrolled in a program like LUM 5th Quarter return to school in the fall as many as five months behind their peers, forget information and spend months trying to catch up. Some never do. LUM research has proven that the LUM summer students are AHEAD of their peers when they return to school due to the enhanced learning curriculum and experiences offered through the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. To view the list of programs, speakers and study trips planned for this summer, 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 (abajzatt@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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