Category Archives: 5th Quarter

New Socks for LUM Clients, Guests & Children


One Purchased = One Donated

This past week, LUM has been distributing five new pairs of socks to each guest in the LUM Emergency Shelter and each child enrolled in the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. {Pictured is Lailyn AKA Lai Lai, a LUM student excited about her new socks.}

This generous in-kind donation comes from Bombas, a company founded on the philosophy of donating socks to those in need. For every pair they sell, they donate a pair. To date, Bombas has donated close to 40 million socks across the US. LUM is fortunate to be one of their partner agencies. It is such a blessing to our guests and children, who do not often get new clothes. 

Thanks to Bombas for the support, especially during these difficult times.

Central Presbyterian Gives $10,000 to LUM


$10,000 to Support Summer Programs at LUM



The leadership and members of Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette) recently donated $10,000 to Lafayette Urban Ministry to support summer programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. In a recent conversation with the LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, church members asked, “How can we help during this crisis?”

When Wes opened the daily mail and saw a check for $10,000, he was humbled and joyously surprised. This grant was made possible by generous gifts from the Chuck & Jack Horner families, who established the Central Presbyterian Foundation’s Horner Family Fund in 1980 to further the community mission & ministry of the church by funding youth camperships for camping programs.

This gift will have a tremendous impact on the families that LUM will serve this summer, especially the children who enroll in LUM youth programs.

Please join us in THANKING Central Presbyterian, one of the founding LUM member churches, for their continued support of LUM.


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LUM Students Get Surprise from Laura’s Kids


Bags Filled with Treats for Each LUM Student

The summer started with a surprise bag of treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program & 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. This gift was made possible by “Laura’s Kids,” a nonprofit created in memory of Laura Williams by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy & Greg Emig, owners of Lafayette Brewing Company.

Laura Williams graduated from Chesterton High School and was a junior at Purdue University when she passed away unexpectedly in 2001. Laura had a special gift for working with children, and her goal was to become a child life specialist working with children with disabilities. In addition to Laura’s Kids, there is a memorial scholarship at Purdue for students in Human Development & Family Studies.

Dozens of gift bags were assembled by Laura’s family: Nancy, Carly, Cindy, Millie and Joe Emig and given to the children by their “reading partner,” Bayley (the dog pictured above with Carly).

On behalf of the LUM students, THANK YOU to Laura’s Kids, the Emig Family and our friends at Lafayette Brewing Company.


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After School Program

Custom Made Masks for Teachers


In an effort to create the best environment for the LUM students, customized face masks were created for the LUM teachers. Nina Morgan (pictured) who has provided dozens of face masks for LUM already, made face masks with a clear window displaying the teachers’ mouths (see picture below).

The main reasons for using these customized face masks are:

  • They’re essential for communicating with students with hearing impairments
  • 55% of communication is visual
  • Miscommunication increases when you can’t see someone’s mouth
  • A smile helps a lot

LUM is very grateful for Nina Morgan and all of our mask-makers, including Connie Decker, Linda Lou Prokopy and Jada Haughey.


If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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5th Quarter Summer Students Have Returned


Child Care Focused on Learning, Health & Safety

The LUM Youth Center is once again filled with life with the start of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. Before the students arrived Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, trained the teachers relative to LUM’s new strict protocols, which exceed the CDC & State guidelines.

There are new guidelines for check in, pick up, meals, tutoring, recreation, arts & crafts and trips. Parents, students, staff and volunteers must get their temperature taken, wear masks and wash their hands before entering the building; and depending on the situation, will wear face shields, use hand sanitizer and be separated by a “sneeze” guard. The facility will be disinfected before the students arrive, after the students leave, and throughout the day.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer as a Teacher’s Aide, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items (snacks, disinfectant/cleaning supplies), click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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Meet the 5th Quarter Summer Teachers


LUM is excited to introduce the teachers for the 5thQuarter Summer Learning Program. Pictured (from L to R) with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:

  • Ann Mobley – Ann is from Chicago and now lives in Lafayette with her four year old son. She graduated from Thornton High School, earned an associates degree in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College, and hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree soon. Ann hopes to open a daycare of her own called Tiny Hands
  • Kristi Hogue – Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 25 years, and their three children, Taelynn (20), Jaedren (13) and Maekenna (8). Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past few years. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  
  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College, and is pursuing a bachelor’s in social work at IUPUI.
  • Tabatha Volpi – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 6 & 8. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University in 2013. During the school year, Tabby works for the Lafayette School Corporation.
  • Shavonn Kimbrough – Shavonn grew up in Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her two children — Gregory & Zariyah (both 7). She graduated from Carver Military Academy and is now enrolled at Indiana Tech pursuing a degree in accounting.

What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! Please consider joining the 5th Quarter team as a volunteer Teacher’s Aide. Volunteers are needed each weekday (7 a.m.-6 p.m.) to assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Due to COVID-19, LUM needs more teachers & volunteers to create a healthy and safe environment. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE— or email or call Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org| 765-423-2691).


If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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LUM Looking for Volunteer Summer Teachers


Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The program is offered Monday – Friday, May 26 through August 7, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers support the LUM director and teachers.

Volunteers are needed each weekday to assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Due to COVID-19, LUM will need more teachers & volunteers to create a healthy and safe environment. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially.
If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE— or email or call Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org| 765-423-2691).


If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip or donate snacks & supplies.For more information on the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, click HERE or email Kristi at khogue@lumserve.org.


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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

5th Quarter Summer Program Begins May 26


Child Care Focused on Learning, Health & Safety

Normally, each year at this time, the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue, is beginning the transition from after-school to full-day child care. But this year, nothing is “normal.”
The LUM Youth Center has been empty since March, but 40 students will be returning on May 26 for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. In preparation, Kristi (pictured) has been planning for weeks — studying CDC & State guidelines, ordering supplies, developing new health & safety protocols and hiring and training teachers.

On average, students’ achievement scores decline over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning, referred to as an “academic achievement gap.” This year due to COVID-19, the “gap” is wider since schools have been closed since March. The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for local students. When the school year begins in the Fall, these students who typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of the enriched and experiential learning offered by the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip or donate snacks & supplies.For more information on the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, click HERE or email Kristi at khogue@lumserve.org.


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Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

Meet the After School Program Team

55 Students | K – 8th Grade | 3 Hours Per Day

The LUM After School Program  provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 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 teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

LUM is thrilled to introduce the  After School Program  team. What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Pictured (L to R) are Ann Mobley, Ivy Tech intern; Shavonn Kimbrough, teacher; Mady Kirts, teacher; Kristi Hogue program director; and Michael Welk, Ivy Tech intern (not pictured: Tabatha Volpi, teacher). Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you. For more information on how to VOLUNTEER , click  HERE.


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Malavenda’s New Role at LUM


Pablo Malavenda, Executive Program Director

Not to be confused with the “executive director,” Pablo Malavenda is the new Executive Program Director (reporting to the Executive Director).

In addition to his duties directing Jubilee Christmas, LUM communications & social media, IT support, database management and website development, Pablo will now also supervise the directors of the following LUM programs: Community Thanksgiving, Emergency Shelter/Winter Warming Station, Good Samaritan ProgramID ClinicYouth Programs, Food Pantry & Tax Assistance Program.

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Pablo now lives in West Lafayette with Kristin, his wife of 23 years, and their children, Maximilian (21) and Zoe (19), both of whom are attending Purdue. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas, West Lafayette. Pablo graduated from Platt High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/ Industrial Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and has more than 15 years of supervisory experience.

With LUM, Pablo directed Hunger Hike from 2014-2019 and LUM Follies from 2015-2019. Pablo shared that,

I am excited to work with the talented team of LUM program directors. Over the years I have witnessed many great things but also know that together we can always do better and achieve more.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys sharing books with Kristin, going to concerts with Max, being the best Dance Dad to Zoe, as well as cooking for and traveling with all three. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Pablo’s experience to join the management team at LUM.