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Best Friends & Superstar LUM Volunteers


Suz & Theresa – A Friendship Built on Service

Suz Branson & Theresa Landis have been friends for more than 15 years. They became friends through their church and have found that engaging in the community together has been fulfilling and has strengthened their bond as friends.

Suz grew up in Sidney, Ohio, and moved to Lafayette with her husband, Pete. After retiring from Purdue HR, she became an active volunteer. Theresa is originally from Demotte, Indiana, earned a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue, and was the 4th & 5th grade teacher for high achieving students in Kankakee Valley. After retirement, Theresa and her husband, Jeff, moved to Tennessee. When they returned to Lafayette in 2018, Theresa & Suz found community engagement opportunities that were meaningful to them and started serving.

Suz shared that,

For me, it’s a ‘heart thing.’ We have an obligation to give back and a duty to make our community better.

Theresa added that,

It is a reminder of how blessed we are, how fragile life is, and how difficult it is for many to ask for help.

Suz & Theresa agree the best part about volunteering is interacting with and getting to know the clients. Suz stated,

We are all people; so, we try to remember people’s names, greet them with a smile and try to make their day.

To which Theresa added,

We get so much out of this experience too.

Suz & Theresa love volunteering with LUM because, “LUM serves so many different people and offers so many ways to support them.” They also like that, “LUM helps people get back on their feet — and become more self sufficient.

LUM is grateful to Suz & Theresa for choosing to volunteer weekly with the LUM Protein Food Pantry. As you can imagine they soon became superstar volunteers. Suz & Theresa also volunteer each year with Jubilee Christmas and several other one-time opportunities at LUM. They encourage anyone who is thinking about helping out to “find a friend” and get started together. They shared that,

It will only make your friendship stronger and your bond everlasting.


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Meet Shirley – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Shirley Robertson – LUM Good Samaritan Program Volunteer

Shirley Robertson grew up on a farm in Kentland, Indiana. Growing up in Newton County along the creek, her life was her family and their cattle, sheep & chickens. Her family instilled in her this motto: “Save, Give & Spend.” And this is how she aspires to live even today.

After earning a bachelor’s in Music Education from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and a Master’s in Music from Butler University, Shirley became the music teacher and marching band director for the Benton Central School Corporation and stayed for more than 19 years. Just as she was thinking about a change, a position opened up at Sunnyside Elementary School and Shirley became their music educator for the final 12 years of her career.

Being true to her family’s motto, Shirley “gives” to her community. At LUM, she has been a volunteer in the Good Samaritan Program since 2009, when she was recruited by then director, Mary Anderson. She stated that,

“What I enjoy about LUM is that we ask, ‘What can we do TODAY to help this individual or family?’ LUM is caring, action oriented, positive, uplifting and nonjudgmental.”

Shirley identifies with the Servant Leader model and shared that,

“My day is so much better when I help someone else, especially my neighbors in need.”

This is evident in the story below about a recent time she assisted a client at LUM.

Shirley is one of our favorite volunteers for the joy she brings to LUM each morning she volunteers. At LUM, Shirley is also involved with the LUM Jubilee Christmas program through her church, Elston Presbyterian Church, and with Hunger Hike. In her free time, Shirley still enjoys playing the piano, walking and playing golf. She lives with her cat, Noodle (named for the golf ball brand), in east Lafayette.

LUM appreciates Shirley for allowing us to tell her story — which was not easy. Shirley avoids the limelight because she is serving in honor of her family’s motto. She agreed because she also hopes that sharing her experiences will encourage others to invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry and/or commit to getting engaged as a volunteer. LUM is truly blessed to have Shirley as a part of our team.


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Central Catholic Students Collect for LUM

Central Catholic Students Donate $1,231 to LUM Shelter

Robert Storey delivering care packages.

On behalf of Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School students, Robert Storey, the director of campus ministry, presented LUM with a check for $1,231.43 in support of Homeless Services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

As a part of Catholic Schools Week, the students raised the funds during the “Change Drive,” where they collected change for LUM. 

In addition to the Change Drive, the students collected items and created “care packages.” They also invited Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter director, to speak via Zoom to the students about homelessness.

LUM is blessed to have such active Catholic schools in Lafayette with students and staff committed to supporting the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Go Knights!


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Central Catholic Students Focus on Homelessness

LUM Presentation, Change Drive & Care Packages

As a part of Catholic Schools Week 2021, Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter director, was invited to speak via Zoom to the students at Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School about homelessness and homeless services at LUM. Robert Storey, the director of campus ministry at Central Catholic, and the campus ministry staff coordinated two events benefitting the LUM Emergency Shelter.

The entire student body collected items and created “care packages” and also participated in a “change drive.” The care packages contain a variety of items including gloves, hats, scarves, socks, hand & toe warmers, and prayer cards. The change drive is on track to raise more than $1,000 for the shelter as well. The care packages are available to all of the shelter guests each night and LUM clients. They are also available on a “clothes line” hanging outside the LUM Office (pictured).

LUM is blessed to have such active Catholic schools in Lafayette with students and staff committed to supporting the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry

Go Knights!


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Bells Rang for Jubilee Christmas 2020


BELLS RANG this past Saturday (December 12) from churches across the county in celebration of the 40th annual Lafayette Urban Ministry Jubilee Christmas program. Thirty churches and numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided gifts of new toys, books, food, and clothing, to parents from 525 local households impacting 1,499 local children.

Jubilee Christmas is designed to let mom and dad be the heroes, rather than providing gifts directly to the children or having volunteers deliver toys to the home. Jubilee Christmas strengthens families by supporting the important role of parents at Christmas time.

On Jubilee Christmas Saturday, each family received toys, clothing and stocking stuffers for their children plus a food card, gift wrap, homemade Christmas cookies and a restaurant gift card. A program of this size is a real benefit to our local retail economy. Gifts and food for Jubilee Christmas are purchased locally, and gift cards are redeemed locally. As a result of this program, LUM will see fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February.

If you participated or made a donation this year, THANK YOU! And, Merry Christmas!


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VERY SPECIAL THANKS to all of our Host-Sites who, during a pandemic, hosted all of our families, and whose members donated an incredible number of toys, clothes, cookies, blankets, food cards and more. Jubilee Christmas could not happen without their support over the past 40 years.

  • Bethany Presbyterian Church
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Campus Ministry
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Congress Street United Methodist Church
  • Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Elston Presbyterian Church
  • Faith Presbyterian Church
  • Federated Church
  • First Baptist Lafayette
  • First Christian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Grace United Methodist Church
  • Heartland Community Church
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Immanuel United Church of Christ
  • Lafayette Christian Reformed Church
  • Lafayette Church of the Brethren
  • Lafayette Friends Meeting
  • Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Riverside Covenant Church
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church
  • Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Center
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

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Central Catholic Junior High Students Support LUM

The Central Catholic Junior High Student Council sponsored a “Spirit Day” fundraiser (students pay to not wear their uniforms) and chose LUM & Jubilee Christmas as the recipient.

They raised $638.76, which will be used to assist the Jubilee Christmas events at the Catholic churches — the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Lawrence, St. Mary Cathedral, and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The student council members are also baking cookies for the Jubilee Christmas families at St. Thomas Aquinas. 

Please join us in thanking these junior high school student leaders for their generosity and commitment to helping others.


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Couple Donates $10,000 to Feed Local Families

Jubilee Christmas Families Receive Restaurant Gift Card

A local couple, who wish to remain anonymous, made a donation to LUM of $10,000 to feed local families who are struggling. They met with Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, to make sure that their donation would be distributed soon, go to local families in need and direct these families to a place in town to eat. The donor shared that, 

“It’s Christmas time, the happiest time of the year 
— and we wanted help in some way.” 

As a result, this Saturday each of the 525 families registered for Jubilee Christmas will be receiving, in addition to toys for their children, a $15-$20 gift certificate to this couple’s favorite restaurant — Lafayette Brewing Co. Their gift will not only feed 525 families with 1,500 children but will also support a family-owned & operated, downtown business. During their visit with Wes, the couple kept coming back to the passage, 

“When did we see you hungry?” 

(Matthew 25:31-46).

Such a powerful, generous, thoughtful gift from an amazingly supportive local couple. Join us in thanking them. 

{Please note: the LBC gift certificates may be used for carry-out or dine-in, for food & nonalcoholic beverages only, and are redeemable for up to one year. Plus, kids eat free on Sundays.}

Bells will Ring for Jubilee Christmas 2020


This Saturday, you will hear BELLS RINGING from churches across the county in celebration of LUM Jubilee Christmas. When you hear them ringing you will know that close to 1,500 local children have just been given the gift of CHRISTMAS.

Thirty local churches will host 25 separate events serving 525 local families impacting close to 1,500 local children. This year due to COVID-19, most Jubilee Christmas sites are curbside events, following strict protocols approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE. If you are participating or made a donation this year, THANK YOU! And, Merry Christmas!


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Lafayette, IN — Tomorrow (Saturday, December 12), you will hear BELLS RINGING from churches all around the county in celebration of the 40th annual Jubilee Christmas sponsored by Lafayette Urban Ministry. When you hear the bells ringing you will know that close to 1,500 local children have just been given the gift of CHRISTMAS. See the Bell Ringing details below.

Thirty local churches will host 25 separate events serving 525 local families impacting close to 1,500 local childrenJubilee Christmas is designed to let mom and dad be the heroes. Jubilee Christmas strengthens families by supporting the important role of parents at Christmas time. This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas sites are either curbside or walkthrough events, following strict protocols approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department. All gifts will be pre-packaged and ready for pick up at a pre-assigned time. Each family also receives a holiday ham, food gift card, gift certificate for dinner at Lafayette Brewing Company, and homemade Christmas cookies.

The LUM Jubilee Christmas program has a real benefit to our local retail economy. All the gifts and food for Jubilee Christmas are purchased locally; and the gift cards and food cards will be spent locally. Each year as a result of this program, LUM staff see fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February. More than $250,000 worth of toys, clothes and food will be distributed; and Jubilee Christmas takes more than 1,200 individual volunteers to make it a success, year after year. Donations are still welcome at lumserve.org/donate.

Please visit Jubilee Christmas sites for photo and interview opportunities with LUM staff, pastors, volunteers and family guests. The list of host sites and times are below.

Contact:
Wes Tillett
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765-423-2691
wtillett@lumserve.org

Bell Ringing
– Details – Church, Time & Address

  • Central Presbyterian Church, 11:00 AM, 31 N. 7th Street, Lafayette
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 1 to 3 PM (on the half hour), 2224 Sacramento Drive, West Lafayette
  • Congress Street United Methodist Church, 1:00 PM, 2010 Congress Street, Lafayette
  • Elston Presbyterian Church, Noon, 375 Elston Road, Lafayette
  • Federated Church, 9-11 AM, 2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette
  • First Baptist Church, 10:00 AM, 411 N. 7th Street, Lafayette
  • First Christian Church, 10 AM to 4 PM (on the half hour), 329 N. 6th Street, Lafayette
  • Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9 to 11 AM, 1526 S. 18th Street, Lafayette
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, 10 AM to 2 PM (on the half hour), 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette
  • St. Mary Cathedral, Noon, 218 South 4th Street, Lafayette
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 11 AM to noon (on the half hour), 535 W State Street, West Lafayette

If you are participating in Jubilee Christmas this year, THANK YOU! If not, venture outside on the 12th and listen carefully, because BELLS will be RINGING across the community for the promise of a joyful Christmas for each family served by Jubilee Christmas 2020.

Countdown to Jubilee Christmas


Curbside & Walkthrough Events Only


LUM Jubilee Christmas is only nine days away. This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas sites are either curbside or walkthrough events. There will be no “shopping rooms,” gift wrapping tables or socializing. All gifts will be pre-packaged and ready for pick up at a pre-assigned time. But Jubilee Christmas is still happening, at a time when it is needed most.

On Saturday, December 12, 30 local churches will host 25 separate events serving 525 local families impacting close to 1,500 local children. If you are participating this year, THANK YOU! If not, venture outside on the 12th and listen carefully, because BELLS will be RINGING across the community for the promise of a joyful Christmas for each family served by Jubilee Christmas 2020.


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For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


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Knights of Columbus Donate Books to LUM

A Gift of Books to the LUM Students in ASP

The members of the Purdue Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas Aquinas Center (council #15144) recently donated a trunkload of books to the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The group acquired surplus toys and books from Phoenix International Publications, and decided to donate the books to LUM and the toys to various LUM Jubilee Christmas sites, including the St. Thomas Aquinas Center event.

Pictured (L to R) from the Purdue Knights of Columbus are John Kertesz, member, and Zach Schreiner, president.

LUM is thankful to the members of the Purdue Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas Aquinas Center (council #15144) for this gift of books for our students & library. To view more photos, click HERE.


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