Additions & expansions—in 2009, Playground added, Youth Center moved to 1st floor
Renaming—in 2011, the Program Center was renamed the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center in honor of local Olympic champion
Twenty years have passed so quickly — but upon reflection, LUM has made significant progress during this time—and much of it is due to the opening of this building in 1995. If you wish to invest in the next 20 years of LUM programs in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center & Emergency Shelter, please make your end of the year donation by clicking HERE.
LUM needs your financial assistance for a new water heater.
This past weekend the water heater in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center broke down unexpectedly. The water heater is only two years old; and therefore, the replacement is covered under warrantee. BUT — LUM needs to pay for the labor costs to remove the defective water heater and install the new water heater — an estimated cost of over $700.
The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center is home to the LUM Emergency Shelter and the LUM student programs (After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program & Achieve! Stay in School Program). The building needs a super-sized water heater to support over 40 hot showers nightly, two commercial kitchens with commercial dishwashers, two large capacity washing machines and more.
Please consider a donation to LUM to offset this unexpected expense. To give online, click HERE.
Marilyn Zerbes —LUM Emergency Shelter, acting program director
Originally from a small town in Virginia called Bremo Bluff, Marilyn lives in Lafayette with her husband, Mark. Marilyn graduated from Purdue University (West Lafayette) and is a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Center (West Lafayette). Marilyn and Mark have three children, all of whom are married with children of their own. Marilyn and Mark have five granddaughters and two grandsons. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
Marilyn has many years of not for profit accounting experience including as the LUM Business Manager in 2013. She loves gardening and more recently camping in a tiny vintage camper – but is a homebody at heart who enjoys being with her family.
Marilou Warden —LUM Achieve! Stay-in-School Program, new program director
Marilou has lived in Lafayette for most of her life. She has been married for 42 years to Mike Warden, who she met in chemistry class their last semester in high school. A graduate of Purdue University (West Lafayette), she was a teacher in the Lafayette School Corporation for 28 years before retiring. Since retirement, Marilou has been active with the LUM Achieve! Stay-in-School Program and the LUM After School Program.
Marilou and Mike, who is retired from Purdue, are members of Crestview Community Church (Lafayette) and have two sons, Nolan and Elliot. Nolan and his wife, Hilda, have two children – Lucia (4) and Elias (16 months). Nolan is preparing to defend his dissertation in ethnomusicology at UCLA. Elliot graduated from Purdue (art education/photography) and now lives in New York City. In addition to her work with LUM, Marilou enjoys spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.
Lafayette Urban Ministry is to thrilled report that the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded LUM a Tier 3 Discretionary Grant for $6,522. LUM has used this grant money to purchase 30 new Chromebooks and a charging cabinet for use with the students enrolled in the LUM educational enrichment programs —
the LUM After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, Achieve! Stay-in-School Program, and LUM Camp.
These new Chromebooks will be a significant upgrade to the curriculum of these programs and will enhance the learning experience of our students. Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their support of LUM and our students.
Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics with Cindy Eberts — Retired Purdue Professor
Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
FREE to the Public
Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Lafayette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.
Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.
The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program needs to fill the cupboard with Snacks for the new Summer session students. 5th Quarter needs the following snacks:
Crackers: Goldfish, Peanut butter, Cheese, Animal
Fresh vegetables, Fresh fruit, Dried Fruit like raisins
Fruit snacks, Fruit roll ups, Fruit bars, Fruit cups
Juice—100%, Juice boxes/pouches
Popcorn, Pretzels, Cookies
Rice Krispies treats, Granola bars, Snack bars
5th Quarter Program also needs the following Supplies:
Dry Erase Markers, Construction Paper, Glue Sticks
Facial Tissues, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Toilet Paper
Board Games, DVDs
Sports Equipment, Basketballs, Sidewalk Chalk
The complete Wish List is posted online, click HERE.
You may also sponsor an educational, cultural and recreational enrichment trips for the children to various locations like Imagination Station, a local pool, or a theme party (July 4th, Christmas in July, etc.).
Anthony, Lourdes, Makaylah, TK, Cassandra, Noah and Fatima arrived — excited — for the bus ride to Washington DC. They loaded the bus quickly; they were loud for a bit; then, they were all asleep shortly there after.
Left to Right:
(Front Row) Sandra Dunn-El, Makaylah Douglas (Jefferson High School), Fatima Sanchez (Jefferson High School), Lourdes Sanchez (Jefferson High School);
(Back Row) – Joe Tylenda, Joe Micon, TK Young (Jefferson High School), Anthony Hicks (West Lafayette High School), Noah Ortiz (Wea Ridge Middle School), Cassandra Ortiz (McCutcheon High School)
Their first stop was a quick potty-break at a rest stop off the highway in Ohio.
The next stop was McDonald’s in Licking, Ohio near Buckeye Lake. Quick lunch — recharge devices — and then back on the road.
The road trip east to Washington DC was long but fun. The students got to know each other better and learned a little bit about US history too. The students were given a handout on the bus that included vocabulary terms which related to the original March on Washington. After lunch the students were quizzed on the definition of terms like civil rights, desegregate, federalize, 15th Amendment, legacy, orator, poll tax, universal human kinship, SNCC, SCLC, and NAACP. There was an initial groan about having “school work” on the bus – but the students soon got into the spirit of the exercise. Some students initiated ice-breakers and even sang the “State Song” at one point.
The traffic was relatively light with only a couple of delays. It was no time before we hit the Ohio River and approached the border of West Virginia. With only two hours to go, they stopped for another brief rest break/potty break. They took a bit of a detour through the backwoods of Pennsylvania close to the West Virginia border – but the GPS guided us through. Our driver navigated the narrow, hilly roads with ease as we passed trailer homes and a Hub Cap Center – all in search of a restroom.
At the rest-stop, Joe Micon led the group in stretching exercises before reloading the bus.
The LUM bus arrives at the Fifteen Street Presbyterian Church in Washington DC. Church staff and Jud Dolphin (immediate past LUM executive director) greeted us upon our arrival.
The group headed to dinner at the Italian Kitchen on U only a couple of block from the church.
The student returned to the church and settled in for the night. Tomorrow is a big day. The plan is to get to the Lincoln Memorial by 8 a.m. Good night.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
After a quick breakfast the students head out to the March on Washington.
We met up with Jud Dolphin our local tour guide and decide to take the Metro to the White House. This was the first “subway” experience for most of our students. We arrived in the area of the White House and stopped briefly to check out a T-shirt sales table — one of hundreds in DC today. We obviously were only able to see the White House from outside the fence — but it was a beautiful, clear view.
We then wandered through Lafayette Square to see more statues and enjoy the view of the White House with the Washington Monument in the background.
We then headed to the National Mall. On the way there we saw many more sites including the Treasury Building.
They soon saw the Washington Monument in the distance and headed in that direction. Once they entered the National Mall near the Washington Monument we began to realize just how big the turn out was for the March on Washington. It was a big crowd filled with energy and hope — and the students were proud and excited to be a part of this historic day.
The students explored the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial. From the WWII Memorial they had a clear yet distant view of the program at the Lincoln Memorial across the entire reflection pool.
They then decided to stop fighting the crowd and go to the King Memorial. To their delight the Rosa Parks Bus (the actual bus) was near the King Memorial — so, the student were able to enjoy and experience both.
They then had a picnic lunch under the trees on the National Mall — and decided to leave the March on Washington area.
They headed to the Smithsonian’s Nation Museum of Natural History. This was a special treat for the students since a visit to the Smithsonian was not on our original itinerary. Interestingly, most of the students remember this museum from the Ben Stiller movie — Night at the Museum. They each had their own favorite exhibit in the museum that they eagerly shared with each other — from the Hope Diamond to the Ocean to the Mammals.
They then headed to the Metro station but first visited the US Capitol Building.
They then headed to the Cleveland Park neighborhood for dinner. Jud recommended a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant — Nam Viet. Many of the students were anxious about trying Vietnamese cuisine for the first time — but when dinner was over — everyone raved about their meal.
They then attended a screening of Lee Daniel’s The Butler. There could not have been a more perfect movie for this group, at this moment, in this place. After a weekend filled with conversation and experiences surrounding the US civil rights movement — The Butler was a powerful movie to see. It was also extra special that the movie is set in Washington DC — mostly in the White House. Everyone LOVED the movie, which sparked a lively conversation for the rest of the night and into the next day.
The students capped off the night with a trip to the neighborhood fro-yo shop — Yogiberry. After enjoying their fro-yo and conversations, they said good-bye to Jud Dolphin and took the Metro back to Dupont Center and our homebase, the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church.
A truly historic day for our students.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The LUM bus is all packed and is heading home to Lafayette, Indiana. Estimated time of arrival is 7 p.m. EST.
Once the long journey home had begun, all were eager to get home and share their stories with their family and friends. There were only a few stops en route to Indiana — one to a rest stop in Pennsylvania, which honored the coal miners.
When the LUM Achieve students arrived back home at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center — the students’ families were waiting in anticipation of hearing all about their children’s trip.
The local TV station was also waiting for our students to return to get interviews a couple of our students about their experience Marching on Washington in 2013, 50 years after the original march in 1963.
Before they departed, the students could not leave without a couple of more group photos.
Upon reflection, Joe Micon stated,
What a memorable trip with a terrific group of young people! “Thank you” Sandra Dunn-El, Pablo Malavenda and Joe Tylenda for doing such an excellent job of keeping the young people safe during the weekend. LUM is grateful for your dedication and energy. “Thank you” to former LUM executive director Jud Dolphin for being our trail guide while in Washington. And “thank you” to our very gracious hosts at 15th Street Presbyterian Church in DC. We learn so much about race and civil rights. We also learned how difficult it can be to exit 12 people from a Metro car at the same time!
To see all of the pictures from the LUM Youth Trip to Washington, click HERE.
POSTED – August 19, 2013
August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech. This anniversary presents the perfect opportunity to teach about the history of the civil rights movement and the ongoing effects of racial discrimination in our nation and communities.
The Lafayette Urban Ministry is providing 10 local high school students, who are participants in LUM’s Achieve! Stay-in School Program, the opportunity to go to our nation’s capital this weekend to participate in 50th Anniversary activities.
While in Washington DC the LUM students will visit the sites, listen to the speeches and meet people that will help them to gain a better understanding of our nation’s struggle with race, how far we’ve progressed in overcoming racism, and what important work remains to be done.
The students will leave this Friday morning, August 23rd, from LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette). The LUM students will then spend the full day on Saturday participating in 50th Anniversary activities, and return to Lafayette on Sunday evening, August 25. While in Washington DC, LUM’s Achieve! students will be the guests of the congregation of the historic Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church (more church history HERE).
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
The students chosen to attend this educational trip are those who have shown special promise and progress through during their participation in LUM’s Achieve! Program.
The three-day trip to Washington DC, including transportation, food, materials will cost $100 for each student.
Are you able to help LUM defray these costs with a gift of $30, $50, $100 or even $500?
Jashay Johnson-Martin is from South Bend, Indiana and is a Purdue undergraduate majoring in Human Services with a duel minor in Sociology and Organizational Leadership & Supervision.
As a LUM Intern, Jashay is working with Case Management, the Tax Assistance Program, and Achieve! Program. In addition to her studies at Purdue and internship with LUM, Jashay works as a youth program assistant at a local youth center.
After graduation in May 2013, Jashay will be attending graduate school to pursue a Master of Social Work (MSW), a master’s degree in the field of social work.
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As the weather gets colder and the holidays get closer, many of you may be starting to plan your annual Holiday Office Party.
This year instead of doing a staff “gift exchange” at your Holiday Office Party — encourage your office staff to buy for LUM. Your office mates may purchase toys for Jubilee Christmas, books and school suppies for Achieve! and the LUM After School Program, Food for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry or Toiletries for the Shelter. Rather than buying “gag’ gifts for each other — focus on the needy families in our local community.
Cash donations are always welcome and needed too. Donate Online.
Jubilee Christmas needs donations by Tuesday, December 4, 2012:
New, unwrapped toys and clothing, suitable for ages: new born-12.
Gift wrapping materials: paper, ribbon, bows, and tape.
Small quantities, gift cards, and cash donations may be delivered to: LUM’s office at 420 N. 4th Street, 8:30-4:30 M-F.
Email Ron Smith at email@example.com with questions or to arrange large deliveries. Cash contributions are especially needed for expenses. You may also give online by clicking HERE.
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