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Jay Gives Free Haircuts and So Much More


Jay Soto, Local Barber Volunteers at LUM

Once a month Jay Soto will be offering FREE haircuts in the LUM Office for clients and Emergency Shelter guests. A native of Lafayette and graduate of McCutcheon High School, he is a talented barber with the J. Clark Barbershop, Lafayette.

At LUM Jay gives much more than just a haircut. His interactions with each person are special. Jay gives his undivided attention — offering love, hope and respect. As he masterfully trims each person’s hair, you can see dignity restored and confidence built in each of his “customers.”

Help us THANK Jay Soto for this wonderful gift he is giving the LUM clients, especially those experiencing homelessness. Jay’s desire to give back is inspiring.


Free Haircuts — And So Much More


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Once a month Mariana Paddock volunteers by offering free haircuts in the LUM Office for our homeless clients.

She is a talented hair stylist in Lafayette with an established clientele.


At LUM though Mariana offers much more than just a haircut. Her interactions are special. She gives each person her undivided attention — offering them conversation and good cheer. Mariana also gives them love, hope and respect.

As she masterfully trims each person’s hair, you can literally see dignity restored and confidence built in each of her “customers.”


Thank you, Mariana for such a wonderful gift you are giving the homeless clients at Lafayette Urban Ministry and to the entire community.


 

Free Haircuts — Plus Love, Hope & Respect


2016-02-18 Haircuts - Mariana Paddock 024 (2) (1280x1279)Once a month Mariana Paddock sets up shop for an entire afternoon at the LUM Office. During this time, she provides free haircuts for LUM’s homeless clients. Mariana is a professionally trained hair stylist in Lafayette with a very loyal (paying) clientele.

Observing the interaction between Mariana and the LUM clients is magical. She is giving them so much more than just a haircut. She gives each person her undivided attention — offering them conversation and good cheer. Mariana also gives them love, hope and respect.2016-02-18 Haircuts - Mariana Paddock 008 (2)

As she masterfully trims each person’s hair, you can literally see dignity restored and confidence built in each of her “customers.”

Thank you, Mariana for such a wonderful gift you are giving the homeless clients at LUM and to the entire community.

 

Be a LUM Case Manager – Immediate Openings

  • Have you ever thought that you might have the skillset & personality to help homeless individuals reconnect with family & friends?2013-02-21 Jashay (2)
  • Perhaps you have a desire to work with those who struggle with addiction or face mental health challenges?
  • Perhaps you have a special ability to cut through agency red tape on another’s behalf?

If so, then being a LUM Case Management volunteer at LUM might be for you.


Training Sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Dates: August 25, 27; September 1, 3, 8, 10
  • Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: LUM Office, 420 N. 4th Street, Lafayette

A commitment of at least one day per week (2-4 p.m.) for at least one year is requested. Sound interesting? For more information & online application, click HERE.

If you have questions, call or email Joe Micon, LUM executive director (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).

LUM – A Game Changer for Many


March 2015



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Ann Pellegrino


Dear Friends,

Anne Pellegrino recently stopped by my office, smiling ear to ear!

Anne is a LUM volunteer tax preparer and she had just finished a tax return for a low-income family of four.  She was smiling because she just secured for them a $10,000 income tax refund for them!

“There is just no way to understate how much this refund is going to mean to this family,” she said.  “This is a real game changer for them.”

Anne and LUM’s many other dedicated tax volunteers, brought $4.5 million in refunds back to 1,390 low-income working families in our community last year.  Utility bills were paid.  Overdue rent was caught up.  Clothing was purchased for children.  Money was set aside for college.  Families were made more stable.

But the Tax Program is only one of the important ways that the Lafayette Urban Ministry is changing the game for working families and at-risk children during this time of year.

  • LUM’s new Legal Immigration Clinic is providing expert legal advice and support to individuals in our community who are having difficulty navigating the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Service bureaucracy.  We serve 10 new immigrant families each month.
  • LUM’s Enhanced Afterschool Program is helping to narrow the academic achievement gap each day for 50 low-income children.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter and Case Management Services literally save lives during these cold winter months when the weather is harsh.  More than 200 homeless individuals have stayed with us on and off since the beginning of the year.  Through case management services, we have helped many of them to leave our shelter for a home of their own.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves each morning as our community’s social safety net.  Staff and volunteers help those facing eviction, utility disconnects and other financial hardships to remain safely in their homes.  We serve as many as 60 households each week.
  • Last year, LUM’s ID Clinic helped 166 individuals to cut through the government red tape associated with re-establishing their legal identity and securing a photo ID.

Each of the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 15 programs is designed to strengthen low-income families or to support and educate at-risk children.  In partnership with 42 local church congregations, LUM helps to restore the hope and future that is all too often absent among those who live in poverty.

In other words, our work at LUM really is a game changer for those we serve.

That’s why I hope you will join me in making a generous gift to support LUM’s programs.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will support our efforts and make sure our doors are always open to those in our community who need us.

Anne Pellegrino, through her work as a LUM tax preparer, has a special vantage point from which she is able to see and understand the realities faced by the working poor in our community.  She knows that most are just a paycheck away from crisis.  And she knows how important LUM’s programs are to her client’s’ economic well-being.

But more importantly, because of LUM, Anne is able to share her talents and have a positive impact in the lives of others.  And that really makes her smile!

Please, won’t you make a generous gift today to the programs of the Lafayette Urban Ministry?

There are several ways you can give.  You can place your gift in the mail today.  Or you can visit our website at www.lumserve.org to learn more about our programs and to make your donation online.


Greetings,

PS   On behalf of all those whose lives will be touched by your generosity, please accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks.

Client Corner – LUM Good Samaritan Program – Meet Gregory Gillard


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Meet Gregory Gillard from Lafayette. He is a client of LUM Case Management, a former guest of the LUM Emergency Shelter and a recipient of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

Gregory was unemployed and needed to find a job close to his aunt who has recently taken ill. He moved to Lafayette to look for work and needed to stay as a guest in the LUM Emergency Shelter—and he took full advantage of LUM Case Management.

Within a matter of a few weeks, he landed a job at downtown restaurant and signed a lease. During this transition into his new home and his new job, Gregory needed some emergency financial assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

He simply needed “non-skid” shoes for work, some assistance with his security deposit and one or two pieces of modest furniture like a dresser.

Gregory appreciates LUM for giving him the support he needed to get a job and find a home — which gives him the stability and security to allow him to visit his family often, especially his aunt — just in time for the holidays.

If you wish to donate to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, LUM Emergency Shelter and LUM Case Management program, click HERE.



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LUM Board and Mayor Discuss Homeless Services

mayorroswarskiThe Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors was pleased to welcome Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski to its November meeting for the purpose of discussing issues related to services to the homeless in Lafayette. In particular, the LUM board was interested in learning more about the city’s planned engagement center for the homeless so that LUM will be better prepared to coordinate services on behalf of our homeless shelter guests and case management clients.

Since its opening in 1984, the LUM emergency shelter has served 10,000 different homeless individuals who have been our guests a combined total of 200,000 times. In 2013, LUM served 636 guests who stayed with us, on average, 18 nights each.

The mission of the LUM emergency shelter is to help homeless individuals move off the street into our shelter, then out of our shelter into a more self-sufficient living arrangement. LUM accomplishes this through professional case management services that last year served 315 of our 636 guests. In 2013, 1,460 volunteers served overnight at the LUM emergency shelter.

Mayor Roswarski thanked LUM for being such a valuable partner with the city in helping to improve the lives of those in our community who have no permanent place to stay.

When asked about the specific services that would be offered in the new engagement center, the mayor said “It depends if it would be family housing, if it would be something for veterans, maybe it’s permanent supportive housing for people who are mentally ill, so you’d have to look at the funding sources that are legally allowed to be used for those types of activities.” The mayor said a location for the engagement center has not been decided on or even if the engagement center will have a location, saying it is possible the engagement center could be more of a “process.” He believes it will take several years before the center is up and running.

Mayor Roswarski told the LUM board that his hope is that the services offered through the new engagement center would have the result of lowering the numbers of homeless individuals in our community needing to rely upon LUM for emergency shelter and case management services.

He also shared that the engagement center would not duplicate services to the homeless that are already in place and working well.

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The Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors is comprised of one representative from each of our 42 member churches. Several of those churches are represented by their pastor while others send lay leadership.

The shelter is but one of 16 different service programs offered by LUM.

Those programs include the Good Samaritan Fund, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Tax Preparation Services, LUM Legal Immigration Clinic, Jubilee Christmas, Community Thanksgiving Celebration, Asset Building Classes, and a full offering of youth services such as the LUM After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program, LUM Summer Camp and the Achieve Stay-in School Program for at risk junior and senior high school students.



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LUM Position Announcement — Case Management Contractor


Lafayette Urban Ministry — Position Announcement — Case Management Contractor



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Hours and Service: 22 hours per week: October 2014 – June 2015; $1,558 per month

Objective:  To assist homeless shelter guests in moving out of the shelter into housing.

Case Management Contractors reports to LUM Shelter Coordinator.

Duties:

  • Contact family members and arrange for housing and transportation
  • Assist shelter guests in locating affordable housing
  • Follow case management procedures
  • Complete all required documentation
  • Access needs and required services
  • Set weekly goals and follow up with shelter guests
  • Learn local resources and qualifications for services
  • Assist shelter guests in setting appointments with service providers
  • Assist shelter guests with transportation to limited areas of service

Successful applicant will have the ability to:

  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Treat shelter guests with respect and dignity
  • Acknowledge shelter guests’ victories large and small

Send to Joyce Fasani at jfasani@lumserve.org. Resumes will be accepted until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.


Please share with interested and qualified individuals.



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Free Haircut – Reflections from a LUM Volunteer


Free Haircut Day at LUM


Today, as I sit at the front desk, I can see and hear some small miracles going on in the hallway.

A woman has come to give free haircuts. We have had eight 2013-02-21 LUM haircuts 008 (2)men so far, who have come in looking the very best they can in their circumstances, and leave with a brand new look.

They touch their hair and lift up their heads. When I tell them how good they look, they smile broadly. They have already ducked into the restroom to take a look, and they know they look good.

However, this is less a ministry of haircutting and hygiene, and much more a ministry of touch, of kindness, of normalcy, of conversation, of humanity. I hear the voices down in that hall. They are calm and stress-free.

Someone is touching those men, standing close to them as people who work on hair do. I wonder when that has happened last for them. There is a little bit of laughter now then; the seriousness of their day relieved for 20 minutes. They are doing what most of us do; this is one of those every-day-life sorts of things that we say is necessary and makes us feel good. Twenty minutes of normalcy.

The woman speaks with interest in their lives, and she always ends by saying she will pray for them. That is what is going on down the hall. I am so blessed to be here to see it.


Donna Enersen
volunteer receptionist
September 11, 2014

 



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Thank You — Congratulations — Farewell (to the LUM Interns)

LUM Intern Farewell Reception


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L to R – Standing: Ron Smith, Joe Micon, Katie Brandes, ‘Shay Johnson-Martin, Mary Anderson, Cindy Haley, Amanda Bajzatt, Joyce Fasani; Seated: Susan Brouillette, Rebekah Niedner


It is with mixed emotions that the LUM staff says “farewell” and “well done” to our fabulously talented and hardworking interns – Amanda Bajzatt, Katherine Brandes, Evan Guse, Jashay Johnson-Martin, Rebekah Niedner, & Brittany Rooze. LUM has truly been blessed to have 6 interns working with various programs since January 2013. As many can relate, the time with our interns has flown by.

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Brittany Rooze

To celebrate the LUM interns were invited to an appreciation party hosted by all of the LUM staff — and cake. All interns will be graduating soon and LUM wishes them very well. Each of them used their unique talents to make LUM better.

So – Thank you, Congratulations, and Farewell (for now) – to Amanda, Katie, Evan, ‘Shay, Rebekah, and Brittany.

To read more about our interns, click HERE.



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