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Malavenda’s New Role at LUM


Pablo Malavenda, Executive Program Director

Not to be confused with the “executive director,” Pablo Malavenda is the new Executive Program Director (reporting to the Executive Director).

In addition to his duties directing Jubilee Christmas, LUM communications & social media, IT support, database management and website development, Pablo will now also supervise the directors of the following LUM programs: Community Thanksgiving, Emergency Shelter/Winter Warming Station, Good Samaritan ProgramID ClinicYouth Programs, Food Pantry & Tax Assistance Program.

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Pablo now lives in West Lafayette with Kristin, his wife of 23 years, and their children, Maximilian (21) and Zoe (19), both of whom are attending Purdue. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas, West Lafayette. Pablo graduated from Platt High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/ Industrial Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and has more than 15 years of supervisory experience.

With LUM, Pablo directed Hunger Hike from 2014-2019 and LUM Follies from 2015-2019. Pablo shared that,

I am excited to work with the talented team of LUM program directors. Over the years I have witnessed many great things but also know that together we can always do better and achieve more.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys sharing books with Kristin, going to concerts with Max, being the best Dance Dad to Zoe, as well as cooking for and traveling with all three. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Pablo’s experience to join the management team at LUM.

Wishing You ‘Amazing Peace’ This Christmas

A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper. At first it is too soft. Then only half heard. We listen carefully as it gathers strength. We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder. Louder than the explosion of bombs.


Dear Friend, 

It was during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2005 that Dr. Maya Angelou first shared her poem Amazing Peace. 

As one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, Angelou’s words beckon us to contemplate a world of peace during a season of peace. She wrote that, “there is no better time than Christmas to come away from rancor; no better time to look beyond complexion to see community; no better time to mend that which is broken into that which is whole. “

They are powerful words that speak directly to the mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 Greater Lafayette churches, LUM nurtures children and strengthens families who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served 4,723 families through one or another of our 22 programs. 

  • The LUM overnight Emergency Shelter continues to serve compassionately the chronically homeless in our community. The LUM shelter and Winter Warming Station will provide shelter and addiction services to more than 900 homeless individuals during 2019.
  • Two-hundred and thirty-nine at-risk youth learned and grew because of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning ProgramLUM Camp and enhanced After School Program.
  • The LUM Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies. LUM has aided 1,780 families this year.
  • The LUM Tax Preparation Program served 522 low-income workers, returning to them $906,000 in tax credits and refunds.
  • The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration served 900 meals, the LUM ID Clinic served 217 clients, our Immigration Clinic served 173 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas – 1,831 children!
  •  In addition, the Lafayette Urban Ministry started the LUM Protein Food Pantry in 2019. This new and innovative response to persistent food insecurity in our community provides meat, eggs, fresh vegetables, infant formula and baby food to children and families in need. More than 50 families are served each week.

In her poem, Maya Angelou interprets peace as a harmony of spirit and a comfort of courtesies. She defines it as security for our beloveds and their beloveds. She calls Christmas the halting of hate time. 

In the spirit of peace this Christmas season, I hope that you will support the important work of LUM with a gift of cash. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used to support needy children and their families, right here in our own community. 

I share below Dr. Maya Angelou’s Christmas poem, Amazing Peace, in appreciation of the kindness you have always shown toward those LUM serves. On behalf of each child and family, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas.


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Amazing Peace by Dr. Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We interrogate and worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly
in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal’s, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister. Peace, My Soul.


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LUM ID Clinic – Changing Lives One ID at a Time

Providing Assistance in Getting an ID

DID YOU KNOW? That without a government issued identification card, birth certificate and Social Security card, individuals CANNOT or find it difficult to do the following:

  • Open a BANK account
  • Accept a JOB offer
  • Enroll in SCHOOL
  • Get HOUSING: Sign a lease, rent an apartment
  • VOTE
  • Get an Indiana DRIVER’S license
  • Buy, lease or rent a CAR
  • See a DOCTOR, get medical treatment
  • Apply for and receive government ASSISTANCE such as food stamps, WIC, disability benefits, free federal school lunch, VA benefits

The LUM ID Clinic specializes in helping individuals obtain an ID card — including getting a birth certificate and Social Security card, often needed to get the ID card. To apply for an Indiana ID card, individuals must provide proofs of identity and residence, Social Security card and birth certificate; and pay a $13 fee (every six years) — not to mention fees of as much as $50 for a copy of a birth certificate. Additionally, getting an ID can be a complicated and frustrating process often requiring multiple visits to a state office and many phone calls. It is even more of a challenge for members of our community who are homeless.

The ID Clinic is one of the most important, life changing programs at LUM but one of which individuals are least aware. It is led by Linda Hicks, the LUM Good Samaritan Program director, and is offered as a free service three days a week. Please keep the LUM ID Clinic in mind when you meet someone struggling with the process of getting an ID Card — and invest in this important program by making a donation today.


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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.

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 the New LUM Summer Interns


Meron Tamene — LUM Summer Intern

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Meron now lives in West Lafayette. She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in Arabic, Spanish, Human Rights & Global Studies from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts. She will graduate in May 2020 and plans to attend law school. Meron hopes to work in immigration law and international human rights.

As an intern at LUM, Meron is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.


Morgan Torres  —LUM Summer Intern

Morgan grew up and lives in Monticello, Indiana. She is matriculating toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Society and Political Science with a minor in Forensic Science from Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts. She will graduate in May 2020 and plans to attend law school. Morgan hopes to work in international law & policy specializing in immigration policy.

As an intern at LUM, Morgan is working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.

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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follies event link FolliesOnlineRegistration  FolliesFBpage  FolliesGSF


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

Photos

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

| 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017ALL |



Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept our heartfelt thanks and our wish for a joyous Christmas season.


Consider a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma, ‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town, Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • 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 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director


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Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


Share a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma,
‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town,
Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

{Read Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree HERE.}


December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • 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 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director

PS – Please, place your generous Christmas Season gift to LUM in the enclosed envelope, or give online at www.lumserve.org


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