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Linda Hicks – Bon Voyage, Good Friend


Celebration of 17 Years of Service Through LUM

Mary Anderson & Linda Hicks

After 17 years of service to the community through her work at Lafayette Urban Ministry, Linda Hicks has decided to start a new journey. Yesterday, LUM honored Linda with a lunch as she steps down from her position at LUM to pursue a few of her other passions. The lunch was a bright and fun celebration. In attendance were many of her friends and colleagues including Joe Micon, LUM executive director emeritus, and Mary Anderson, Linda’s predecessor as the director of the LUM Financial Assistance Program. Linda was presented with a memory book, which is filled with wonderful memories of her incredible work as well as the strong connections she made over the years. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.


Linda grew up in West Lafayette; graduated from Harrison High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette with her husband. They have a daughter who lives in Bloomington, IN. Linda earned a BA in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette. She started with LUM in 2005 as the LUM morning receptionist. Since 2017, Linda has been the director of the LUM Financial Assistance Program and ID Clinic. With LUM, she was the Office Manager and LUM Camp director. She will work through the end of this year, at which time her successor will be announced.


Linda and her staff of volunteer caseworkers view their daily work as a calling. She believes in those she helps too much, rather than not enough – and she provides the care and encouragement they need to overcome difficulties. Linda always does her job with grace rather than judgment. She is a blessing to each person she meets.

Linda’s work is made possible because people like you give generously to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Please continue to give so that this important community financial safety net can continue to be available. Will you be a blessing like Linda? Share a generous tribute gift in honor of Linda Hicks to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

Mission Moments – LUM Good Samaritan Fund


Real-Life “Shoes” – Three Families in Crisis


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is a financial assistance program that provides a strong and reliable safety net to our community’s families and children. This financial assistance is paid to a third party for rent, utilities, or prescription medication. Here are some other real-life, local “shoes” you’re invited to imagine yourself in:

  • You are a SINGLE DAD caring for CHILDREN with DISABILITIES. You can’t return to work for several weeks until your children are approved to receive the supportive services they need. You need help with an overdue heating bill.
  • You are a SINGLE MOTHER of three, needing aid to move out of a LEAD-contaminated apartment and into a clean and safe living situation.
  • You are a YOUNG ADULT recovering from BRAIN SURGERY. You are determined to return to work again someday, but for now you have no income. It’s the onset of winter, and you cannot afford to pay your heating bill.

Again, these are NOT made-up scenarios. There are precious local people in these precarious situations that have come through our door, seeking financial assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Because of empathetic donors such as YOU, LUM has been able to give financial assistance – and with it, emotional support and hope – thousands of times. Thank you.

In 50 years of serving low-income households in Greater Lafayette, LUM has learned that even modest financial assistance can have a dramatic, positive impact on families.

In the past 10 years, LUM has distributed more than $1.2 million in emergency financial assistance to 5,030 families in 21,248 separate client visits. Any given client could receive a maximum of $200 each year. In the past decade, the average client only visited three times. Clearly, the LUM Good Samaritan Fund is not creating financial dependence on LUM but instead is giving an empowering hand of hope to people in the midst of their own financial crises. The impact is life-altering.

Would you please consider giving $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Good Samaritan Fundto ensure that LUM can continue to offer this critical social safety net to our neighbors in need?

A Letter from Executive Director, Wes Tillett


Can You Imagine Being in Someone Else’s Shoes?


Photo credit: Sophia Kunkel

The roots of EMPATHY lie in our ability to imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes. I invite you to jump into the shoes of a few people in our Greater Lafayette community for a moment.

Imagine receiving the news that your child is being diagnosed with cancer. This news then requires you to give up your current job so that you can spend all of your time and energy attending to your child’s medical needs and appointments. Then comes the double-whammy of enormous medical expenses and greatly reduced income. After all of this, imagine falling behind on rent and reaching out to LUM for some financial assistance in order to stay securely housed.

For more than one family in Greater Lafayette right now, no imagination is needed – this is reality.

EMPATHY requires imagination. Jesus taught “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This necessitates some ability to envision how we would like to be treated and then translate that into how we treat the person right in front of us. I imagine if I were in a financial crisis, I would want someone to listen to me and offer practical help. My guess is that you have listened well and offered practical help in the past by making a contribution to LUM, and maybe specifically to the LUM Good Samaritan FundThank you for your empathy. On behalf of the many people in our community who receive hope and help through your kindness, thank you in advance for whatever you can contribute today to continue to assist our neighbors in need.

In 50 years of serving low-income households in Greater Lafayette, LUM has learned that even modest financial assistance can have a dramatic, positive impact on families.

In the past 10 years, LUM has distributed more than $1.2 million in emergency financial assistance to 5,030 families in 21,248 separate client visits. Any given client could receive a maximum of $200 each year. In the past decade, the average client only visited three times. Clearly, the LUM Good Samaritan Fund is not creating financial dependence on LUM but instead is giving an empowering hand of hope to people in the midst of their own financial crises. The impact is life-altering.

Would you please consider giving $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Good Samaritan Fundto ensure that LUM can continue to offer this critical social safety net to our neighbors in need?

LUM Receives $7,500 Grant from Glick Fund


LUM Good Samaritan Fund – A Glick Grantee

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with the goal of raising at least $50,000 — representing $1,000 per year — for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. This campaign received a boost with a $7,500 grant from the Glick Community Relief Fund. As of today, 70% or $35,225 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal.

The Glick Fund representative shared that, “The pandemic and inflation continue to place undue hardship on our communities, and we are committed to reducing the burden. That’s why Glick Philanthropies – a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity – made a $7,500 contribution to the LUM. This program helps nonprofit organizations, like LUM, provide individuals, families, and communities with access to basic needs, such as food access, transportation, emergency shelter, utility assistance, mental health support & social isolation, and learning loss.

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. LUM is grateful for the continued support of the Glick Fund. Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, click the button below.

Celebrating Mary & Women’s History Month

Mary Anderson, Executive Director Emerita

It is March — and LUM is celebrating Women’s History Month by spotlighting Mary Anderson. Mary started at LUM in 1994, was the interim executive director from 2004 – 2008, and served as the director of the Financial Assistance Program from 1998 to her retirement in 2015.

As Mary reflects on the LUM 50th Anniversary, she shares that,

LUM has been able to put a face on the issues of homelessness and poverty. LUM volunteers and donors see first hand how individuals and families struggle — and become more connected to the community and more empathetic to their neighbors in need.

As she looks toward the next 50 years for LUM, Mary says,

The community will always need LUM because there will always be people in need. LUM offers a faith-based approach to assistance — giving help and giving hope. It gave me a perspective that changed me for the better.

During her time at LUM, Mary created the ID Clinic and was instrumental in raising the funds to acquire the current LUM Office building. In honor of her 21 years at LUM, the Board of Directors named Mary an executive director emerita and established the Mary Anderson Kickstart Fund, which allows the Financial Assistance Program to give up to $100 more than the usual grant for those who have especially difficult financial needs. A mentor to many and an inspiration to all, Mary has always been, and continues to be, kind, helpful, wise and generous — and a gift to LUM. To read more about Mary Anderson, click HERE.

COVID-19 Response to Local Financial Need


LUM Offers Direct Financial Assistance plus Hope

In 2019, the last “normal” year that any of us experienced, the LUM Good Samaritan Program disbursed $103,617 to 1,783 individuals. That money was used to help pay utility bills, keep people housed, and pay for prescription medications. The LUM Good Samaritan Program gives people a financial boost, empowering them to make it through a “rainy day” to a brighter future. 

THEN CAME THE PANDEMIC!

The financial needs of households in Greater Lafayette grew significantly. Thankfully, so did the generosity of individuals and partner organizations. The Good Samaritan Program provides practical help as well as a sense of hope to those who are helped. Clients are seen, heard, reassured, and valued. This program is one key way that LUM fulfills the mission to “restore human dignity.” 

  • In 2020, an amazing $229,834 in financial assistance was provided
  • In 2021 (as of October 31), our neighbors were assisted 1,661 times with a total of $169,380

Would you please consider donating to the LUM Good Samaritan Program, providing this critical social safety net to our neighbors in need in Greater Lafayette? Not a single dollar of what you give to the Good Samaritan Program is ever used for administrative overhead or staff costs. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will allow the LUM Good Samaritan Program to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon LUM for help. And, THANK YOU!


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Linda’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines


Good Samaritan Program

“Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, ‘Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.’ The ability to help others through the Good Samaritan Program has felt hopeful during a year filled with many challenges far beyond any that I have experienced in my lifetime. So many of our clients have been overwhelmed, feeling they will never catch up with their rent and bills. Our ability to help financially, along with offering a listening ear, referrals and information on where else to turn, has helped to provide a stone of hope.

Linda Hicks, Director, LUM Good Samarian Programs


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Financial Assistance – First Quarter 2021


Financial Assistance – Since January 2021

As LUM closes out the first quarter of 2021, it is worthy to note that although families are receiving their tax refunds and stimulus checks, the crisis continues.

Families are still needing financial support. Since January 1, 2021, here are the stats:

  • 382 local families have been helped
  • 138 of these families (36%) were asking for assistance for the first time
  • $43,032.57 has been distributed so far

LUM hopes you agree that investing in the LUM Good Samaritan Program is a wonderful way to support your community and those in need of emergency assistance. If you are able, please consider a donation. One hundred percent of what you give will be passed along to struggling households, perhaps one in your own neighborhood.


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One Year Later – Financial Assistance

During the entire pandemic the generosity of this community has been heartwarming. Some gave supplies, some gave money and some gave of their time & expertise. LUM is grateful for each and every individual, family, company, agency, group, and church who has supported LUM programs during this crisis. Thanks to our volunteers who risk their own health to keep serving others.

Pictured below are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

Other notable donations to LUM for COVID-19 relief were from those listed as follows:

  • Tippecanoe COVID-19 Response Fund
  • United Way of Greater Lafayette
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce
  • Fairfield Township Trustees
  • Purdue Crew Team – Row-A-Thon
  • McAllister Foundation
  • Glick Community Relief Fund
  • Regions Bank
  • Bob & Patti Truitt

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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One Year of Rapid Relief to Families in Crisis


One Year Later – Financial Assistance

In the past 12 months, a small but mighty team has kept LUM “open” and “serving” local families in financial crisis. In the beginning of the pandemic, everything had to change immediately. Despite all of the obstacles, LUM was able to continue providing emergency financial assistance using online forms, email and phone calls. The LUM Good Samaritan Program has not faced a challenge like this before but the staff members and volunteers were so passionate and focused that nothing, not even a global pandemic, could stop them.
As the news of LUM’s success spread, LUM became one of the few trusted agencies for assistance and referrals, and the donations followed. Since March 23, 2020:

  • 1,256 local families have received financial help
  • 728 of these families (58%) were asking for assistance for the FIRST time
  • An additional $213,025 of COVID-19 relief funds has been donated to LUM
  • $253,801.14 has been distributed by LUM

Pictured above are two LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers (L to R, front row): Pat Garrott & Shirley Robertson; who are joined by LUM staff members (L to R, back row): Linda Hicks, director; Connie Decker, receptionist; & Nancy Emig, clerk.

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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