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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.

LUM Follies Raises $14K+ For Emergency Aid


FolliesAd-noTextThe 7th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies was lovely evening and all in support of emergency financial assistance for local families.

The LUM Follies stage show wowed the audience, and the meal was delectable. LUM Follies guests bid generously on an exciting variety of Silent Auction baskets and made specific donations using the Butterfly Tree (community needs with donations amounts). At LUM Follies 2018, over $14,000 was raised for emergency aid — making this year’s LUM Follies the one of the most successful.

The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. If you missed this year’s LUM Follies and still wish to make a difference by making a donation, click HERE.


To view more PHOTOS from the 2018 LUM Follies, click HERE.


LUM Follies—Acknowledgements & Thanks

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund 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 Good Samaritan Fund Follies including:


LUM Follies Sponsors
Gold Level

  • Ron “Rock-Man” Jackson
  • Lafayette Brewing Co.

Silver Level

  • Andrea & David Schmidt

Bronze Level

  • Essential Touch Massage
  • Jo & Joe Micon

Silent Auction Basket Donors

  • Allegro Violin Shop
  • Bob Poynter
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal Church at Purdue (2)
  • Congress St. United Methodist Church
  • Debra, Thomas & Monique Parent
  • Eileen Weiss
  • Federated Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Gail & Charlie Davis
  • Heartland Church
  • Jo & Joe Micon
  • Linda Dolby & Cleve Shields
  • Marilyn & Mark Zerbes
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Center
  • Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

In Kind Gifts

  • Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette
    – 450 yeast rolls & cinnamon butter
  • Lafayette Brewing Company
    – Social Hour snacks – cocktail napkins, appetizers (hummus, veggies, dip, fruit, nuts, tortilla chips, salsa) and LBC root beer
  • St. Andrew UMC
    – candles, tablecloths, coffee, tea
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – ice

Special Acknowledgements

  • Rev. Chris Danielson, Rev. Joseph Seger & the staff & congregation of St. Andrew United Methodist Church—Our Hosts
  • Laurie Klenosky, Cindy Nycz, Dave Evans, Juan Valdez—St. Andrew Facilities Support
  • Wes White & Larry Theller—St. Andrew
    Sound, Lights, Video & Technology
  • Eileen Weiss—Entertainment Producer
  • Joan Low—Meal Coordinator
  • Bryn Seymour—Meal Preparation
  • Greater Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Boiler Out, Beta Upsilon Chi (Fairway Cooperative), Purdue Immigrant Allies, Purdue Reamer Club, Harrison High School Keyettes & Central Catholic High SchoolVolunteers
    (Set up, Serving & Breakdown)
  • Joe Micon, Berdine Martin, Linda Hicks, David Heckert, Connie Decker, Afternoon Receptionists, Hannah Cox, Emilee McCrackenEvent Support & Hospitality
  • Gayle Koning & Tricia Sembroski—
    Financial Management

LUM Follies Talent

  • Zoe Malavenda, Fred Koning, Jennifer & Christopher Wright, H.I.S. (Jane Creswell, Gail Polles, and Ellen Wilson), Brendan’s Boat Irish Fiddle & Dance (Bridget Hickey, Evangeline Hickey, Elijah Hickey, Charlie Hickey, JJ Newcomb, and Jessica Hickey), Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mark Buche, Kelly Jacobs, Bob Poynter, The Rev. Charlie & Gail Davis, Eileen Weiss, and David Stith – Talent
  • Guy Haley—Piano accompanist
  • Gary Tyner—Pianist, Dinner
  • Member Church affiliation of LUM Follies Talent— Faith Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Boniface Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

Stories from the LUM Good Samaritan Program

How Attending LUM Follies Helps Local Families

Last year the LUM Good Samaritan Program served families 2,032 times and distributed $115,314 to avert evictions, utility disconnects and other financial crises.
Here are three examples of how your support of LUM Follies helps local families.


Make Your Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies


Gregory had to move closer to his aunt, who had taken ill. He was suddenly homeless and unemployed. While he stayed in the LUM Emergency Shelter, Gregory looked for and found a new job in a local restaurant and soon after signed a lease for a new apartment. During this transition he needed “non-skid” shoes for his new job and some assistance with his security deposit for his new apartment. Gregory shared that he appreciates the support from the LUM Good Samaritan Program which gave him the stability and freedom to be close to and be there for his family — especially his aunt.


Freddie has nine children and 16 grandchildren. She lives with two of her grandchildren (her son’s two children). When Freddie agreed to help her son with his children she was working full-time and healthy. Unfortunately, Freddie fell and broke her leg, and after surgery and physical therapy still was not able to keep working. The LUM Good Samaritan Program was able to help Freddie with rent and food assistance. She shared that “LUM saved me and my grandchildren from being hungry and losing our home.”


Trisha & James are a happily married, hard working couple with three teenage children. When Trisha had to quit her job because of debilitating back pain, their family was in financial crisis. LUM Good Samaritan Program helped with the paperwork to receive food assistance and Medicaid and helped pay two months of electric bills to prevent their service from being disconnected. Trisha shared, “It was emotionally and physically difficult to go to LUM, but once inside everyone was so helpful and nonjudgmental that we left feeling positive about our financial situation and had hope for the first time in weeks.”


Make Your Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies

LUM Follies 2018 – The Event of the Season


Special Event benefiting a Special Fund

Lafayette Urban Ministry would be honored with your presence at the 7th annual
LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES
for the benefit of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund
Friday, the thirteenth of April
Social hour – 5:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:30 p.m.
Follies entertainment – 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
West Lafayette, Indiana
$45 per person – $360 per table

LUM Follies is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company, filled with joyful surprises. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families.


Make Your Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies


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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Photos

Check out the photos from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies:

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Purdue Row-A-Thon 2018 – Spectacular Success


Purdue Crew Supports LUM Good Samaritan Fund


The Purdue Rowing Team brought “Row-A-Thon 2018” to the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette) last Saturday — and drew excited crowds with their fun spectacle of rowing. Row-A-Thon is an annual charity event that raises funds for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

The Row-A-Thon event yields one of the largest donations to LUM each year — and this year they’re on pace to exceed their goal. If you weren’t able to attend Row-A-Thon you may still make a donation by mail or online (click HERE). Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to: Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907.

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

{Pictured above L to R: Apoorva Setlur, Purdue Crew treasurer; Hannah Stefanik, Purdue Crew president; Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Dave Kucik, Purdue Crew coach; & Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director.}


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.

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


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2018” 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 2018 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 17
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, Lafayette (inside near Macy’s)

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 17 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, Hannah Stefanik; 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.


Check out the photos from the 2017 Row-A-Thon.


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.

Meet the LUM Interns – Spring 2018


Rhyannon Barrett
Originally from Sweet Home, Oregon, Rhyannon now lives in Lafayette.

She is matriculating toward an Associates Degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College. She will graduate in May 2018 and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

As an intern at LUM, Rhyannon is working with the Good Samaritan Program & Emergency Shelter.


Kaitlyn Hettinger
Kaitlyn grew up and still lives in Lafayette.

She is matriculating toward an Associates Degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College. Kaitlyn will graduate in December 2018 and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

As an intern at LUM, Kaitlyn is working with the After School Program.


Erice Perez
Originally from Avon, Erice now lives in West Lafayette.

She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & Public Relations from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Erice will graduate in May 2018 and is planning on working for a non profit in the field of PR, with eventual plans to get a degree in law.

As the Klinker-Alting Intern at LUM, Erice is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.


Saedie Spikes
Originally from Fowler, Saedie now lives in Lafayette.

She earned an Associates Degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College and is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis. Saedie will graduate from IUPUI in May 2018 and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

As an intern at LUM, Saedie is working with the After School Program.