50th Anniversary – LUM Historic Milestones


LUM Highlights from the Beginning to Present Day

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration is NEXT Friday! As we anticipate gathering together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of LUM becoming a recognized nonprofit in 1972, it is appropriate to remember and honor the historic LUM milestones from the very beginning to the present day.

  • 1962 – Hope Chapel Presbyterian Church (pictured), led by the Rev. Peter Hanstra, established the Neighborhood Development Project; and youth programming started
  • 1965 – Summer (LUM) Camp started1966 – NDP Advisory Board created
  • 1967 – Rev. Ron Elly was hired as 1st Executive Director
  • 1972 – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Inc. was incorporated in Indiana
  • 1976 – Good Samaritan Fund established
  • 1978 – Rev. Kurt Kremlick served as Interim Executive Director
  • 1978 – Rev. Jud Dolphin hired as 2nd Executive Director
  • 1978 – Financial Assistance Program started
  • 1979 – Seed Newsletter #1 published
  • 1980 – Jubilee Christmas started
  • 1983 – Food Pantry started; Social Justice ministry started
  • 1984 – Emergency Shelter started
  • 1986 – Community Thanksgiving started
  • 1987 – Ray Ewry Center opens at 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN (office, shelter & youth programs)

To view the complete history and milestones of Lafayette Urban Ministry, click HERE.

Join us for the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration, hear the LUM Ecumenical Choir performance live, and help us honor the legacy of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The event is a lighthearted evening with uplifting stories, live entertainment, refreshments & good company — with a few surprises. Because you have been a part of the success and endurance of LUM, we would love to see you there. The celebration begins at 7 p.m., but be sure to show up at 6 p.m. for the social hour with refreshments and meet the former LUM executive directors, Joe MiconJud Dolphin and Mary Anderson. The details are as follows:

Join us for the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration, hear the LUM Ecumenical Choir performance live, and help us honor the legacy of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The event is a lighthearted evening with uplifting stories, live entertainment, refreshments & good company — with a few surprises. Because you have been a part of the success and endurance of LUM, we would love to see you there. The celebration begins at 7 p.m., but be sure to show up at 6 p.m. for the social hour with refreshments and and meet the former LUM executive directors, Jud Dolphin and Mary Anderson. The details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES7 p.m. celebration begins; 6 p.m. social hour
  • LOCATION: Mars Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • RESERVATION$50 per person; $500 for row of ten; limited seating
  • Entertainment, Remarks, Refreshments & Beverages

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