Mission Moment – Meet Angela & Dante
A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director
Angela Williams moved to our community for the same reasons so many others have in recent years…
- Plentiful jobs
- Good schools
- Affordable housing
- Safe streets
She felt that this would be the best community in which to raise her three children: Freya, Dajon, and Dante. She hoped that Lafayette would be the place to make a home and build their new life together.
Then, little 3 year old Dante lost his appetite, started losing weight and became sluggish and fatigued. The doctor diagnosed him with lead poisoning. An assessment of their new apartment found lead paint virtually everywhere.
For the sake of the family’s health and well being, they were told they had to move from their new home – and quickly.
Even though Angela works full-time doing cleaning for a local staffing agency, her hourly earnings weren’t enough to cover a second move in the period of less than a year. Unless she could pay off her current electric bill, in full, the family would be stuck in a contaminated apartment.
That’s where the Lafayette Urban Ministry came in.
Angela asked if it might be possible for LUM to pay her electric bill so the family could move to safer quarters. She was overwhelmed with relief when she left our office with a Good Samaritan Fund check for $150 – enough to cover the entire amount of the bill.
In a matter of days, the family was moved into a new, safe, duplex and little Dante has been eating better and gaining weight ever since. Thank goodness.
Last year, LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund expended $117,058 to resolve more than 2,030 financial emergencies. Helping to keep families together in their homes was our first priority and much of our assistance was spent for rent and utility aid. But we also helped with food, prescription medications and transportation.
The Lafayette Urban Ministry Good Samaritan Fund is made possible by those in our community who know how important it is for there to be a strong and reliable social safety net for our neighbors who fall upon hard times. I hope you will consider making a generous financial gift today so that this important work can continue.
Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow the Good Samaritan Fund to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon us for help.
And remember, not a single penny of what you contribute will ever be spent for administrative overhead. Every gift to the Good Samaritan Fund is used directly for food, shelter, health care or transportation assistance.
Angela Williams favorite past time, actually her passion, is cooking. She believes it is the most personal and intimate gift you can give to another. Cooking and eating she says is an essential common bond that connects people of all races, nationalities and backgrounds.
So perhaps it should have been no surprise when Angela showed up at the LUM office with a fully cooked meal of chicken casserole, greens and biscuits to share with LUM’s staff and volunteers!
She said she just wanted to thank us for all we had done for her family.
As we were enjoying her gift of food and the warm conversation that surrounded our impromptu meal in the LUM break area, I couldn’t help but realize that Angela was really thanking you. She was thanking you for the kindness shown to her family in their time of need. And she was thanking you for your support of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund.
I pray that you will continue that support. Please, won’t you join me in sending a generous gift today?