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Purdue Crew Team Donates $16,844 to LUM

Row-A-Thon Benefits LUM Good Samaritan Program

The Purdue Crew Team raised $16,843.92 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund through the 10th annual Purdue Row-a-Thon event which took place on February 16 at Tippecanoe Mall. This is the single largest gift to the LUM Good Samaritan Program again this year. The “big” check was presented to Linda Hicks, the director of the LUM Good Samaritan Program, by the Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty, last Sunday at their end of the year banquet (pictured above). To view PHOTOS from Row-A-Thon 2019, click HERE.

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2018, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times, and $109,784 was shared.


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LUM Follies 2019 – Record Breaking Success

Raising $18,000 for Emergency Assistance Fund

The 8th annual LUM Follies was a wonderful evening, and it was all in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund – the emergency financial assistance fund for local families. This year’s LUM Follies raised more than $18,000 (so far) — making this year’s LUM Follies the most successful ever.

The LUM Follies stage show was the best ever! The meal was the best ever! The friends of LUM in attendance ARE the best ever! Attendees bid generously on an exciting variety of Silent Auction baskets, items and experiences and made specific donations using the Pineapple Tree (community needs with donations amounts).

If you missed this year’s LUM Follies and still wish to make a difference by making a donation, click the DONATE button below.


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LUM FOLLIES was successful this year because of our sponsors and a hard-working & talented team of volunteers & staff who worked together in support of the families in crisis in our community. The LUM Staff and Board of Directors wish to extend sincere thanks to our donors and the many individuals who assisted in the planning of this year’s LUM Follies including:


Special Acknowledgements

  • Our Hosts—Rev. Chris Danielson & the staff & congregation of St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • Invocation—Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP
  • Facilities Support—Laurie Klenosky, Berdine Martin, Cindy Nycz, Juan Valdez
  • Sound, Lights, Video—Wes White and Larry & Becky Theller
  • Entertainment—Eileen Weiss
  • Meal Coordinator—Joan Low
  • Meal Preparation—Bryn Seymour
  • Volunteers—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Harrison, McCutcheon & Central Catholic High Schools
  • Event Support & Hospitality—Joe Micon, Linda Hicks, Tricia Sembroski & Marilyn Zerbes
  • Financial Management—Gayle Koning & Eileen Weiss

Silent Auction Basket Donors

  • Individuals: Linda Dolby & Cleve Shields, Mike Johnson, Deborah Kull, Joe & Jo Micon, Mary Nelson, and Eileen Weiss
  • Businesses: Allegro Violin Shop, Caterpillar Inc., East End Grill, John E. Christian Family Memorial Trust, Inc., and Lafayette Brewing Co.
  • Churches: Bethany Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd – Episcopal Church at Purdue, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Congress Street United Methodist Church, Heartland Community Church, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Thomas Aquinas—the Catholic Center at Purdue, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

In Kind Gifts

  • Lafayette Brewing Company – appetizers (hummus, veggies, dip, fruit, nuts, tortilla chips, salsa)
  • Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette – their famous yeast rolls & cinnamon butter
  • St. Andrew UMC – tablecloths & coffee
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – ice

LUM Follies Sponsors

Gold Level

  • Denny’s Body Shop
  • Ron “Rock-Man” Jackson
  • Lafayette Brewing Co.

Silver Level

  • City of Lafayette
  • Essential Touch Massage
  •  Andrea & David Schmidt

Bronze Level

  • Cardinal Copier Solutions
  • Huth Thompson LLP
  • Steve Schrader Homes
  • Lafayette Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
  • Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette
  • Tom & Mary Arth
  • James & Anna Davidson
  • Martin & Patty Jischke
  • Joe & Jo Micon
  • Arwin & Judy Provonsha
  • David & Thea Strand

Friend Level – Underwood Insurance Agency


LUM Follies Talent

  • Talent—Blue Moon Rising (Denise Wilson, director), Fred Koning, Mike Johnson, H.I.S. (Gail Polles & Ellen Wilson), Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mark Buche, Kelly Jacobs, Eileen Weiss, Chip & the Old Block (Jim & Aaron Brehm), Deborah Kull & Stephen Sekoulopoulos, Charity Rankin and Tricia Sembroski
  • Piano accompanist—Guy Haley
  • Dinner pianist—Frank Rosenthal
  • Member Church affiliation of LUM Follies Talent—Central Presbyterian Church, Federated Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Mary Cathedral, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


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Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Purdue Crew’s donation to LUM from Row-A-Thon is one of the largest gifts each year. Row-A-Thon takes place all day in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall and check it out. Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

You may make a donation online, in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and send your checks to: Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty; Head Coach David Kucik; and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2018, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times, and $109,784 was shared.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu

LUM Follies 2019 – Save the Date


Support Local Families in Crisis – Attend Follies

Save the Date for the 8th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. LUM Follies’ Details and Schedule are as follows:
  • Friday, May 3, 2019
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Price: $50 per person; $400 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction; 6:30 p.m. — Dinner; 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment
Make your reservations ($50 per person; $400 per table) online HERE or by calling 765-423-2691. If you wish to be an Event Sponsor, email or call us.

More ways to get involved in LUM Follies :

  • Corporate Sponsors — If you wish to be an event sponsor, please email us
  • Silent Auction Donations — If you or your company wishes to donate items to our silent auction, please email us

(765-423-2691 | pmalavenda@lumserve.org | www.lumserve.org/follies )


If you aren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — click:

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Make your Reservations TODAY!
Start the Follies Reservation process NOW, click HERE.

Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon is one of the largest donations each year.


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Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

Each year, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon takes place all day  in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall on Saturday, February 16 and check it out.

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty, Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Please note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


Contacts:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu


More information:
The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2017, the Good Samaritan Fund provided assistance 2,032 times and $115,314 was shared. (GSP 2018 stats coming soon.)

A Holiday Season Greeting from LUM


A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director


Ring in the valiant man and free, the larger heartthe kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.


Dear Friend, 

The Christmas poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells” was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 168 years ago in England – but it could have just as easily been written in the here and now.  

As a child from a large and impoverished family, Tennyson would have seen and experienced first-hand many of the ills of mid-19th century England that he writes about in his poem. His words are a social commentary about the prevailing political climate and inequality of his times. 

The poem cries out for social reform. Tennyson longed for the worst aspects of human nature to be corrected – for corruption, political ruthlessness, ambition, class barriers, poverty, and social inequality to be replaced by a more civil, caring, equal and compassionate society. 

I think the poem could have been written in the here and now because these are the same longings so many of us hold for our own time and place. It’s why so many of us have chosen to support the work of the Lafayette Urban Ministry. We know that through LUM we are contributing toward a more caring and compassionate community.

A collaboration of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families who are experiencing difficult times. During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,100 families through one or another of our 22 programs. 

Two-hundred and forty-four at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th QuarterLUM Camp and Enhanced After School Program.

LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community. LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 900 homeless individuals during 2018.

LUM’s Tax Preparation Programserved 552 low-income workers, returning to them $1 million in tax credits and refunds.          

LUM’s Good Samaritan Programserves up to 12 families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies. LUM has aided more than 2,000 such families so far this year.


Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind. 

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in. 

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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Mission Moment – Meet Angela & Dante


A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

November 2018

Dear Friend,

Angela Williams moved to our community for the same reasons so many others have in recent years…

  • Plentiful jobs
  • Good schools
  • Affordable housing
  • Safe streets

She felt that this would be the best community in which to raise her three children: Freya, Dajon, and Dante.  She hoped that Lafayette would be the place to make a home and build their new life together.

Then, little 3 year old Dante lost his appetite, started losing weight and became sluggish and fatigued.  The doctor diagnosed him with lead poisoning.  An assessment of their new apartment found lead paint virtually everywhere.

For the sake of the family’s health and well being, they were told they had to move from their new home – and quickly.

Even though Angela works full-time doing cleaning for a local staffing agency, her hourly earnings weren’t enough to cover a second move in the period of less than a year.  Unless she could pay off her current electric bill, in full, the family would be stuck in a contaminated apartment.

That’s where the Lafayette Urban Ministry came in.

Angela asked if it might be possible for LUM to pay her electric bill so the family could move to safer quarters.  She was overwhelmed with relief when she left our office with a Good Samaritan Fund check for $150 – enough to cover the entire amount of the bill.

In a matter of days, the family was moved into a new, safe, duplex and little Dante has been eating better and gaining weight ever since.  Thank goodness.


Last year, LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund expended $117,058 to resolve more than 2,030 financial emergencies.  Helping to keep families together in their homes was our first priority and much of our assistance was spent for rent and utility aid.  But we also helped with food, prescription medications and transportation.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry Good Samaritan Fund is made possible by those in our community who know how important it is for there to be a strong and reliable social safety net for our neighbors who fall upon hard times.  I hope you will consider making a generous financial gift today so that this important work can continue.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow the Good Samaritan Fund to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon us for help.

And remember, not a single penny of what you contribute will ever be spent for administrative overhead.  Every gift to the Good Samaritan Fund is used directly for food, shelter, health care or transportation assistance.



Angela Williams favorite past time, actually her passion, is cooking.  She believes it is the most personal and intimate gift you can give to another.  Cooking and eating she says is an essential common bond that connects people of all races, nationalities and backgrounds.

So perhaps it should have been no surprise when Angela showed up at the LUM office with a fully cooked meal of chicken casserole, greens and biscuits to share with LUM’s staff and volunteers!

She said she just wanted to thank us for all we had done for her family.

As we were enjoying her gift of food and the warm conversation that surrounded our impromptu meal in the LUM break area, I couldn’t help but realize that Angela was really thanking you.  She was thanking you for the kindness shown to her family in their time of need.  And she was thanking you for your support of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund.

I pray that you will continue that support.  Please, won’t you join me in sending a generous gift today?


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LUM Summer Program in Review – 2018


|  Educate  |  Shelter  |  Serve  |  Assist  |  Nourish  |

This summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry, the staff was busy educating, sheltering serving, assisting, nourishing and strengthening families in our community. Through the various programs LUM served 1,703 families and 128 children. Here are some interesting milestones and statistics from another successful summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Programs – Summer Statistics
LUM Summer Milestones
  • LUM Promotional Video – premiered in June and is currently being used…MORE.
  • Immigration Clinic client, Luis Urbano, became a US Citizen (pictured above)…MORE
  • Eileen Weiss becomes the new LUM Business ManagerMORE
  • Susan Brouillette ordained & is new LUM ChaplainMORE
  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engage in garden project (pictured below)…MORE

Now that the summer at LUM is over — the staff are busy with fall programs such as the After School Program and in planning for upcoming events — Hunger HikeHH5K RunPort of HopeTurkey Trot 5K Run & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

Thank you to all who invested financially and by volunteering in our summer at LUM. We count on YOU to volunteer and make a donation which enables LUM to continue serving the families and children in our community.


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Meet Pat G. – LUM Superstar Volunteer


Spotlight on Volunteers – A Vital Part of LUM

Patricia S. Garrott and her husband, Floyd, were childhood sweethearts growing up in Battle Ground, Indiana, where they raised their family and eventually moved to West Lafayette. Pat earned a BS in sociology and an MS in Counseling & Personnel Services, both from Purdue University. She and Floyd are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and have three grown children (all who have earned at least one degree from Purdue) and four grandchildren. She has increased her service to the community since retiring as the Senior Executive Associate Director for the Center for Career Opportunities at Purdue.

At LUM, Pat has been volunteering with the Good Samaritan Program for over six years — and was one of the founding volunteers of the Immigration Clinic when it was established in 2014. She still occasionally teaches Citizenship Classes but regularly volunteers, one morning a week, meeting clients who need emergency financial assistance. Pat shared that,

“LUM is a wonderful thing in our community. My role is so rewarding. LUM only pays a portion of what the family needs but more importantly we share other community resources, give them the tools they need to begin to develop skills to be more self-sufficient, which in turn gives them hope and dignity.”

Pat & Floyd are also LUM donors.

“We’re comfortable giving to LUM because we know that all of the money is going to help local children and families,”

Pat stated.

In the community, Pat also volunteers working with fifth grade students in Battle Ground with a reading initiative and serves on a local library board of directors. For fun, she travels, spends lots of time with her grandchildren, attends Purdue sports (women’s basketball, men’s basketball and football) as well as Purdue stage shows and Butler basketball games (her husband’s alma mater). Pat also enjoys spending time with her mother who is 94 years old.

Pat encourages others to volunteer regularly with LUM, especially the recently retired, sharing that,

“It will give YOU back so much more than you can ever give.”


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Thanks & Best Wishes to LUM Spring Interns


LUM Interns – Valuable Resource to LUM


Special THANK YOU to all of the LUM Interns for their valuable contributions this past Spring semester. Best wishes to all of our interns.

Interns allow LUM to serve our students, clients and guests with increased efficiency and innovation.

Thanks also to Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University and the IU School of Social Work for trusting LUM with the education and supervision of their talented intern students.