Category Archives: Good Samaritan Fund

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Hotline Launched


LUM Housing & Stability Assistance

Earlier this month, the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Housing & Stability Hotline was launched. This community resource will connect households struggling to pay rent, mortgages, and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic to the LUM Good Samaritan Program along with other organizations equipped to provide aid. Hotline operators will ask a series of questions, determine the best resource to direct callers to, and provide a warm connection to that resource. The goal is to remove obstacles and reduce the amount of time between requests for aid and delivery of support.

The Housing & Stability Hotline is a partnership between United Way Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, The City of Lafayette, and Lafayette Urban Ministry. The hotline can be reached by phone or text at 765-201-0668, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Calls will be returned within one business day. Residents may also complete an online form by visiting uwlafayette.org/housing.


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LUM Awarded $10,000 from CARES Act

Lafayette Urban Ministry has also been awarded a $10,000 grant made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

This money is designated to provide emergency shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness including shelter operating costs, expansion of shelter and essential services for shelter guests and their families.

This award will ensure that the LUM Emergency Shelter may still operate during this crisis and provide support to those trying to avoid or transition out of homelessness.


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LUM Awarded $13,679 in Federal Support


Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been awarded $13,679 in Phase 37 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding.

EFSP is a program of the federal government designed to quickly provide emergency relief to those in our nation with critical housing and shelter needs.

This award will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM’s ability to assist families with critical housing expenses through the LUM Good Samaritan Fund and to offer emergency housing to individuals in transition at the LUM Emergency Shelter.


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Major Donations to LUM – January-May 2020

Several Significant Donations Totaling $166,000

LUM relies on donations from individuals and groups to offer programs that strengthen families & children in our community. Since January, LUM has been blessed with several significant gifts & grants totaling $166,000. They are as follows:

  • LUM Good Samaritan Program has been awarded a $35,000 gift ($15,000 in March & $20,000 in May) from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce.
  • Purdue Crew Team hosted Row-a-Thon and typically donates half of the proceeds to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. After Purdue Crew’s competition year was cut short due to COVID-19, they decided to donate ALL of the proceeds to LUM, totaling $27,693.
  • In honor of Joe Micon’s 41 years of service to LUM and the community, more than $73,000 was donated and raised at the LUM Retirement Follies event. Joe Micon, immediate past LUM executive director, retired earlier this year, and he and his family generously requested and encouraged individuals to make a donation to LUM in lieu of retirement gifts.
  • LUM Homeless Services was recommended for Community Development Block Grants, and will be awarded $14,846 from the City of Lafayette and $6,444 from the City of West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.
  • The McAllister Foundation recently awarded the LUM Youth Programs a $12,100 grant.
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded to LUM a COVID-19 “Rapid Response Grant” for $4,000.
  • LUM was awarded a gift of $7,500 from Glick Philanthropies through the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program to help local nonprofits continue to respond to those impacted by COVID-19.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is grateful for the support from individuals, foundations, agencies, student organizations, groups, churches, and businesses — especially during times like these. This support has enabled LUM to rapidly assist families in crisis due to COVID-19 as well as offer a safe place for those experiencing homelessness. If you wish to make in an investment in the families and children of our community, make a donation online at lumserve.org/donate.


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LUM Receives $4,000 for COVID-19 Needs

Community Foundation Awards Grant to LUM

In addition the COVID-19 Response Fund grant, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette has awarded to LUM a “Rapid Response Grant” for $4,000. This grant was created for area nonprofit organizations, like LUM, to address the growing and immediate needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order. This grant will allow LUM to address the immediate basic needs of the community right now.

The funds are already being used to feed those in need and help local families suffering hardships, through the LUM Good Samaritan Program & Protein Food Pantry. LUM is appreciative to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette for their leadership in supporting local families through the programs at LUM.

If you wish to support LUM directly, make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — emergency financial assistance.


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LUM Receives $15,000 for COVID-19 Relief

Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry has been awarded a gift of $15,000 from the Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund was created by United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce, who announced a joint effort to bring relief to the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families. LUM has become a funded partner agency as our community begins to experience the short-term and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The monies will be distributed through the LUM Good Samaritan Program to seniors, children and low-income families to help with recovery, including rent, utility, and prescription medication assistance; access to childcare for families effected by closures; and services and shelter for people experiencing homelessness who lack the resources to stay safe. Thank you to United Way of Greater Lafayette, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, and Greater Lafayette Commerce for designating LUM a partner in the important initiative.


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Social Distancing – LUM Good Samaritan Program

The LUM Office is temporarily closed to the public, but the LUM Good Samaritan Program & Immigration Clinic are still assisting clients by email and follow up phone calls. Pictured here is the Good Samaritan Program director, Linda Hicks, on the phone, giving much needed “rent” assistance to a local family. Our community is experiencing unprecedented factory shut downs, layoffs, restaurant closings and furloughs; so, it is no surprise that most of the recent requests for financial assistance have been for rent.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please give a donation to the fund, which supports families and children in crisis with financial assistance.


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LUM Retirement Follies – Emotional Tribute


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Salute to Joe Micon

Joe Micon – Honored as True Community Leader

Last Friday, close to 500 individuals gathered to pay tribute to Joe Micon, a true community leader for more than 41 years. The event included amazing musical performances by Michael Kelsey, Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Black Voices of Inspiration, Zelaya, and the 65 member, LUM Ecumenical Choir.

Joe Micon and his family were joined by past executive director, Rev. Jud Dolphin; past acting director, Mary Anderson; Ellen Elly, the wife of the founding executive director, the late Rev. Ron Elly; Rev. Don Nead; and Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson. The event concluded with a reception sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Company.

Joe was overwhelmed with the love and support from the guests and speakers. He was presented with the following:

  • Sagamore of the Wabash – from Governor Holcomb presented by State Senator Ron Alting (click HERE for more information)
  • Marquis de Lafayette Award – from the City of Lafayette presented by Mayor Tony Roswarski – the highest award given for going above and beyond with volunteerism, citizenship, and overall dedication & commitment to the community
  • Quilt – made from squares created by the LUM After School Program students
  • Artwork Gift – from the City of West Lafayette presented by Mayor John Dennis
  • Proclamation & the Indiana State Seal – from the state legislature presented by State Rep. Sheila Klinker
  • Resolution – from the state legislature presented by State Rep. Chris Campbell
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – IU School of Social Work (click HERE for more information)
  • Executive Director Emeritus distinction – presented by the LUM Board of Directors (click HERE for more information)

LUM Follies was also a fundraising event for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — an emergency financial assistance program. So far, the event has raised close to $33,000 for the LUM general fund and Good Samaritan Fund in honor of Joe Micon. If you were not able to attend the LUM Follies, you may send your well wishes to Joe Micon by email or US Mail (jmicon@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Donations to LUM in Joe’s honor are still being accepted as well. Simply click the button below to give online.

Thanks to YOU, Joe Micon was given the retirement send-off he deserves.


In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry  in honor of Joe Micon. 


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Salute to Joe Micon

To view VIDEO, click HERE. To view more PHOTOS from the event, click HERE.
To view Joe Micon’s Remarks, click HERE.
{Photos courtesy of Bob Bauman. Video courtesy of Max Malavenda.}

Farewell Event for Joe Micon – NEXT Friday


A Message from LUM Board President

As you know, Joe Micon, LUM’s Executive Director, will be retiring on March 31, after 41 years of dedicated service. I can think of no one else who has been such a major change agent for good in our community and state.

In true Joe Micon fashion, he has asked that LUM not provide him with any gift of value upon his departure. He shares that having had the opportunity to serve so long at LUM is gift enough.

Joe has agreed to allow me to ask you to share a monetary gift to LUM’s programs in his honor. I am hoping you will consider such a gift in the amount of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or more. Your gift will be used to support LUM’s important programs for at-risk children and working families.

I know Joe would also be truly honored if you could join us on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue for his special LUM Retirement Follies tribute. Details below.

Finally, I encourage you to read Joe Micon’s recent farewell address to the LUM board of directors. It is affirmation of all the good that all of us working together have achieved during Joe’s years at LUM. I believe your spirits will be lifted as you read his heartfelt message. {To READ – Joe Micon’s Farewell Address – click HERE.}

Thank you for your kind consideration. Place your gift in the mail or give online at lumserve.org/donate.
Gratefully,

Joan Foord Low
President, LUM Board of Directors


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Salute to Joe Micon

Join us for the ninth annual  LUM Follies  and help us celebrate Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director , who is retiring on March 31. The event is on Friday,  March 6  at 7 p.m. and includes a program to honor Joe Micon for his  41 years of service  to our community through his work at  Lafayette Urban Ministry . The celebration will include performances by the Purdue  Black Voices of Inspiration , Purdue  Glee Club , and  Michael Kelsey  as well as a large  Ecumenical Choir  representing the many churches that make up the membership of the LUM Board of Directors. There will be tributes, presentations, videos and much lighthearted fun. After the program, there will be a reception with refreshments, sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Co.  LUM Follies is FREE & open to all. To learn more, click HERE.

In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry  in honor of Joe Micon. 

For more details, click HERE.

LUM Retirement Follies 2020


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Join us for the ninth annual  LUM Follies  and help us celebrate Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director , who is retiring on March 31. The event is on Friday,  March 6  at 7 p.m. and includes a program to honor Joe Micon for his  41 years of service  to our community through his work at  Lafayette Urban Ministry . The celebration will include performances by the Purdue  Black Voices of Inspiration , Purdue  Glee Club , and  Michael Kelsey  as well as a large  Ecumenical Choir  representing the many churches that make up the membership of the LUM Board of Directors. There will be tributes, presentations, videos and much lighthearted fun. After the program, there will be a reception with refreshments, sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Co.  LUM Follies is FREE & open to all. To learn more, click HERE.

In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry  in honor of Joe Micon. 


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Salute to Joe Micon

For more details, click HERE.