Category Archives: Lafayette Urban Ministry

Consider an IRA Charitable Rollover to LUM

Satisfy Your Required IRA Distribution & Pay No Tax

DID YOU KNOW?If you are 70 ½ or older, you are required by the IRS to take required minimum distributions from your IRA(s) each year. When planning your IRA withdrawal strategy, you might consider making charitable donations to Lafayette Urban Ministry through a Qualified Charitable Distribution, also known as an IRA charitable rollover. Since LUM is a qualified 501(c)(3) charity, your gift can be made directly from your IRA to LUM. The ADVANTAGES are as follows:

  • It’s an easy way to make an investment in LUM from one of your major assets.
  • It satisfies all or part of your annual mandatory distribution requirement at age 70 ½ and older.
  • It is excluded from income so you pay no federal tax on this amount, and avoid potentially being moved into a higher tax bracket.

To calculate your mandatory minimum withdrawal use the IRA Required Minimum Distribution Worksheet, click HERE. Once you’re ready, direct the administrator of your IRA(s) to make the charitable distribution(s) directly from your IRA(s) to Lafayette Urban Ministry, Inc. For a sample letter to your IRA administrator, click HERE. For more information, you may email or call the LUM executive director, Joe Micon ( | 765-423-2691).

LUM Receives Anonymous Gift of $15,000

Gift Benefits Food Initiatives at LUM

LUM relies on donations from individuals, businesses and organizations to offer programs that strengthen families & children in our community. LUM has recently been blessed with a special gift of $15,000

The donor family, who wish to remain anonymous, has admired the work of LUM for some time. The donor approached Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and they soon came up with a plan that matched the goals of the donor and also met the needs of LUM. Our donor has designated the gift to support various food & nutrition initiatives at LUM, including meals at LUM Camp, snacks at the After School Program, snacks & meals at the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, meals at the Emergency Shelter, and food items for the Protein Food Pantry (pictured above).

LUM is fortunate to have such generous and passionate supporters, and is especially grateful to our recent anonymous donor. This gift of $15,000 is already having a tremendous positive impact on LUM programs and strengthening local families and children. If you and your family are ready to make an investment in the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, Joe Micon is ready to meet with you as well. Please email or call Joe Micon ( | 765-423-2691).

We’re Thinking about “Christmas in September”

Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14

It’s less than 100 days until the LUM Jubilee Christmas day — Saturday, December 14. LUM is thinking about Christmas in July — because it’s never too early to begin planning for Jubilee Christmas. Won’t you please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2019?

Four Ways YOU and your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:

  • HOST Families at your own Jubilee Christmas event, click HERE
  • PARTNER with a JC Host Site that is hosting Families, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – learn more, click HERE
    • Register Families (10/21-23) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Donation Center (12/2-12) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Jubilee Christmas Day (12/14) – to sign up, click HERE
  • DONATE – learn more, click HERE
    • Host a “Toy Drive” & Donate Items – to view needed items, click HERE
    • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE

Last year on Jubilee Christmas Day, 1,831 children from 640 families received gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food for Christmas Day at 27 different events. If you need more information or have questions, please go to, email or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!

The important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

  • Coordinators Meeting—Thursday, October 10 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Open Registration — M-W, October 21-23 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinators Meeting—Tuesday, November 12 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Donation Center Open – Monday, December 2 – Friday, Dec. 6, Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10 (1 – 5 p.m.) 
  • Host Sites Pick-Up – Thursday, December 12 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14
    • Part 1 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – various locations
    • Part 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Oakland High School
    • Part 3 – 5 p.m. – Oakland High School

If you need more information or have questions, please go to, email or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!

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4 Ways You Can Help the LUM Emergency Shelter

LUM Emergency Shelter Needs You!

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Emergency Shelter are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary DONATION, click HERE
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER, click HERE
  • Donate Needed ITEMS, click HERE
  • Prepare a MEAL for LUM Shelter Guests, click HERE

Currently there are openings for Overnight Shelter Volunteers. Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include check-in, serve dinner, and distribute toiletries. Volunteers must be able to maintain confidentiality, interact with a variety of people, be at least 18 years old, and attend one Shelter Training Session. Training sessions are offered every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. (no need to register for training).

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call David Heckert ( | 765-423-2691).

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LUM Fall & Winter Events Announced

Mark Your Calendar. Save the Date. See You There.

Hunger Hike

Hunger Hike (September 22) is three weeks away. NOW is the perfect time to get started! The Hunger Hike 3K Walk kicks off on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, Lafayette.

Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. It’s the perfect event for a team or group — church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

Donate | Online Fundraising Site | More Info: go to |

If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email for more information.

Port of Hope

Port of Hope (November 7) – Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The event includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants, a silent auction featuring items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.

Thanksgiving Celebration

Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 28) – The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by volunteering or making a donation.

Turkey Trot 5K Run

Turkey Trot 5K Run (November 28) – Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM.

Jubilee Christmas

Jubilee Christmas (December 14) – LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.

For more information about LUM Events, click HERE.

LUM Spanish Conversation Tables – Begin Sept. 11

The LUM Immigration Clinic and Ayuda y Aprende, the Spanish Language Service Learning Program at Purdue, have teamed up to offer weekly Spanish Conversation Tables. Details are as follows:

  • Wednesdays – Sept. 11 through Nov. 13 from Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Location – LUM Office Conference Room
  • No Spanish language skills required – ideal for both beginners & those wanting to refresh their skills
  • FREE and open to the public – Limited to 30 participants
  • BYO lunch & bring a friend (optional)

Each conversation table will focus on a different topic such as shopping, communicating with a doctor, dining out, obtaining directions, etc. These sessions offer a wonderful opportunity for individuals wishing to connect with their Spanish speaking neighbors. Staff, volunteers and congregants from member churches are encouraged to take advantage of these sessions.

For more information, email or call Susan Brouillette ( | 765.423.2691) — or click HERE.

Esperamos verle allí.

State Rep. Klinker Honors the Rev. Susan Brouillette

Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker recently presented the Rev. Susan Brouillette with a proclamation from the Indiana General Assembly. It states,   

“Be it hereby known & proclaimed that Susan Brouillette is commemorated upon receiving the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Five-Year Service Award.”  

The Rev. Susan Brouillette is the founding director of the LUM Immigration Clinic, which began offering assistance in 2014. Last year, 111 individuals received assistance with the immigration process and 23 with naturalization applications; 31 participated in Citizenship Classes; and eight individuals participated in Spanish Conversation Tables.

Congratulations to Susan and the entire LUM Immigration Clinic team.

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New Endowment for LUM Immigration Clinic

Endowment Established for LUM Immigration Clinic
Cris King, LUM board member from Central Presbyterian Church and volunteer with the LUM Good Samaritan Program, recently established an endowment for the benefit of the LUM Immigration Clinic through The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.
The income from this endowment will provide perpetual support to the LUM Immigration Clinic. Cris believes that the services LUM provides through the Immigration Clinic are needed now more than ever. “Those who are immigrants to our community are too often confused about the complex and ever-changing federal laws and rules that stand between them and US citizenship. They need help to navigate the legal process. In our current political climate, anxiety, fear of family separation, imprisonment and deportation are part of the equation, too.  I feel compassion for these children and families. Holy Scripture reminds us that the alien who resides with us should be treated as the citizen, and that we should love the alien as ourselves. LUM’s Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers are doing the work of faith.”
LUM is so very grateful to Cris King for establishing her endowment and for her special friendship and generous support of all the many immigrant children and families served here.

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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Get Engaged with LUM & Invest in LUM

Support Local Children & Strengthen Families

DONATE — Lafayette Urban Ministry receives most of its financial support from individual gifts, member church contributions, and donations from church & civic groups and businesses. There are many different ways & options for giving to LUM, including an unrestricted donation, a designated gift to a specific program, a pledge with payments over the course of the year, pre-authorized automatic monthly donations, estate planning, establishing or giving to an existing endowment, and a memorial/special event gift. You may give securely online, by mail or in person — with cash, check, credit card, debit card, electronic check or through an authorized direct withdrawal. You may also help LUM by attending any (or all) of the LUM fundraising events such as Hunger Hike (food programs), Port of Hope (Immigration Clinic), and the Turkey Trot 5K Run (LUM programs). To learn more, go to the LUM website, call us, email us or stop by the LUM Office ( | 765-423-2691 | | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN).

VOLUNTEER — There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the After School Program to helping run the 44-bed Emergency Shelter for the homeless. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being a regular advocate with the Immigration Clinic, Good Samaritan Program or ID Clinic — or doing data entry at the LUM Food Pantry or intake for our shelter guests each weekday afternoon —  to one time work with an events like Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, the Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, the Turkey Trot 5K Run, Jubilee Christmas, and LUM Camp. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. To learn more, go to the LUM website, call us, email us or stop by the LUM Office ( | 765-423-2691 | | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN).