LUM Founders Donate $40,000 to Initiate “Dream Team” Research Program
Lafayette, IN — A combined gift of $40,000 has been made to the Lafayette Urban Ministry by the LUM Dream Team — James Davidson Ph.D, Thomas Hull Ph.D, the Rev. Don Nead, and the Rev. Ron Elly. The purpose of the gift is to further social scientific research to benefit the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.
Please join us for the announcement of the new Lafayette Urban Ministry Dream Team Fund for Social Scientific Research, learn more details about what will be accomplished and when, and meet and interview each of the four Dream Team members whose legacy will be honored through this fund.
- What: Announcement of LUM Dream Team Fund for Social Scientific Research
- Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
- Time: 10:00 a.m.
- Place: LUM Ray Ewry Program Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette)
These four individuals were among the early planners and developers of what became the Lafayette Urban Ministry. Each contributed to publish a 1976 Lilly Endowment funded evaluation of LUM that resulted in the original LUM board model of participating member churches. They were the early “dreamers” of LUM if you will.
The new Lafayette Urban Ministry Dream Team Fund for Social Scientific Research will support research and evaluation that will foster LUM’s goals and address its needs. Research funded by this permanent fund will document societal-level, state-level and local-level trends in poverty, explain fluctuations in various types of poverty, allow LUM the data it needs to modify its policies and programs and show how participation in LUM programs impacts low-income people over time.
The Fund will allow LUM to subsidize original studies, secondary analyses and meta-analyses of societal trends related to the causes and consequences of poverty, the circumstances that foster poverty among individuals in our community and other communities like it, the effects poverty has on Hoosiers and their families, churches efforts to serve the poor and build a more just and equal society and the policy and/or program implications theses analyses have for LUM and its member churches.