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In Memoriam: Professor James Davidson, PhD


LUM Dream Team Member – Jim Davidson

James (Jim) D. Davidson, Jr., 79, passed away on May 22. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Fairfield University (Connecticut); and a master’s degree and PhD at the University of Notre Dame. He was Professor of Sociology at Purdue University from 1968 until he retired in 2009. Jim had a very productive and fulfilling career. His research focused on religion and social inequality.

With Ron Elly, the first LUM executive director (1972-1977); Tom Hull, LUM Board president (1976, 1978), and Don Nead, Jim played a leadership role in the survival, stability, and success of the Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM). They collaborated on and published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM (AKA the Green Book). His research on changes in the Catholic Church and trends among American Catholics was considered exemplary and received numerous awards. Jim was a popular keynote speaker at gatherings of religious educators and church leaders.

Professor Davidson was a dedicated friend to LUM for 50 years and recently attended the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration in April. He will be missed for his friendship, sage advice, and compassionate counsel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry or to a local charity of your choosing.


Jim & Anna Tassone were married in 1971. They were resident parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue. Jim & Anna had two children: Jay (wife Corina) Davidson of Chicago, IL and their two daughters (Lucy & Evelyn) and Terry Davidson of Denver, CO and her two sons (Brady & Anthony). Jim was very proud of both Jay and Terry; and Jim & Anna have loved all four of their grandchildren, visiting and vacationing with them as often as possible.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow (6/10) at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, 535 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN. To read the full obituary, click HERE.

Women Leaders of LUM Member Churches

Celebrating the Women of LUM


For Women’s History Month, LUM is celebrating the 12 women who currently lead a local church or religious community that is also a member of the LUM Board of Directors. Women have been a important part of the formation, growth and sustainability of Lafayette Urban Ministry since the very beginning. It is particularly important to recognize the Women of LUM as we begin celebrating the LUM 50th Anniversary because in many ways their impact has evolved. {Not pictured is the Rev. Elizabeth Lee, the new pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, who was installed this past Sunday.}

Today, more than 27% of the LUM Member Churches are led by women. The women being honor this year are in leadership roles within their churches with the power to make decisions and initiate change in our community. Having more women engaged in leading LUM brings an important voice to everything LUM does. Compared to when LUM was incorporated in 1972, this progress is encouraging.

Join us in honoring these women religious leaders and ALL of the other women who have leadership roles in LUM Member Churches, by saying their names:

  • Dr. Karen Atcheson, Lafayette Friends Meeting
  • Rev. Jennie Barrington, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Rev. Ashley Bonnes, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church
  • Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, Chapel of the Good Shepherd
  • Rev. Lisa Hood, First Baptist Church
  • Rev. Pamela Jones-Horne, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Rev. Elizabeth Lee, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Rev. Tracey Leslie, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Rachel Methany, Congress St. United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Gladys Nwabah, Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Lucia Oerter, Central Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Stephanie Smith, Heartland Community Church

LUM is grateful for their knowledge, expertise, experience and insight; and is thrilled that they are a part of the LUM leadership team as well.

LUM Annual Report 2021 -Our Programs


OUR PROGRAMS

In 2021, LUM programs served 2,996 households and 2,007 children. The programs offered in 2021 are as follows:

The charts below display the OCCURRANCES (18,250) or the number of times LUM programs offered assistance to an individual in 2021 (chart on left) and the total number of families, HOUSEHOLDS and individuals (2,996) served in 2021 (chart on right).


OCCURRANCES – 18,250

HOUSEHOLDS – 2,996


OUR PEOPLE

Cris King is a LUM volunteer, donor, and board member. She shared that, I volunteer at LUM in the Financial Assistance Program because of its important role in helping people in need keep their homes and utilities. LUM’s modest financial support and referrals often make a huge difference for those struggling to survive financially. Volunteering in this program is a small way I can help. Other LUM programs, including the Emergency Shelter, After School Program, and Immigration Clinic, provide assistance that is at the heart of social justice, and why I contribute financially. Another positive aspect of volunteering is the LUM staff. They are dedicated and kind. It’s a pleasure to see their respect toward the clients, and in turn the clients’ appreciation for the help. Lafayette Urban Ministry is a wonderful organization.

Cris King grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and received degrees from Manchester College and DePauw University. She worked at universities in several states, but returned to Indiana in 1998 for a position at Purdue, where she was Director of Research Development Services for the Vice President for Research until her retirement 10 years ago. Cris and her husband, Ted Harris, have enjoyed involvement in several local charitable organizations, as well as travel (including bicycling in all 50 states).

Cris represents the thousands of volunteers who support all of the LUM program and events throughout the year. Email volunteer@LUMserve.org or go to LUMserve.org/volunteer, if you wish to  become a LUM volunteer.

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, go to LUMserve.org/donate

LUM Annual Report 2021 -Our People


OUR PEOPLE

Cris King is a LUM volunteer, donor, and board member. She shared that, I volunteer at LUM in the Financial Assistance Program because of its important role in helping people in need keep their homes and utilities. LUM’s modest financial support and referrals often make a huge difference for those struggling to survive financially. Volunteering in this program is a small way I can help. Other LUM programs, including the Emergency ShelterAfter School Program, and Immigration Clinic, provide assistance that is at the heart of social justice, and why I contribute financially. Another positive aspect of volunteering is the LUM staff. They are dedicated and kind. It’s a pleasure to see their respect toward the clients, and in turn the clients’ appreciation for the help. Lafayette Urban Ministry is a wonderful organization.

Cris King grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and received degrees from Manchester College and DePauw University. She worked at universities in several states, but returned to Indiana in 1998 for a position at Purdue, where she was Director of Research Development Services for the Vice President for Research until her retirement 10 years ago. Cris and her husband, Ted Harris, have enjoyed involvement in several local charitable organizations, as well as travel (including bicycling in all 50 states).

Cris represents the thousands of volunteers who support all of the LUM program and events throughout the year. Email volunteer@LUMserve.org or go to LUMserve.org/volunteer, if you wish to  become a LUM volunteer.


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, go to LUMserve.org/donate


OUR PROGRAMS

In 2021, LUM programs served 2,996 households and 2,007 children. The programs offered in 2021 are as follows:

The charts below display the OCCURRANCES (18,250) or the number of times LUM programs offered assistance to an individual in 2021 (chart on left) and the total number of families, HOUSEHOLDS and individuals (2,996) served in 2021 (chart on right).


OCCURRANCES

HOUSEHOLDS

Annual Report 2021 – Lafayette Urban Ministry


The 2021 Annual Report of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Inc. is now available for your review. The sections of the annual report are as follows:


How humbling it is for the LUM staff members, as well as the many LUM many volunteers, to see the generous financial investment from the LUM donors and to experience the ever-present encouragement and support of the LUM Board of Directors.

In 2021
  • Lafayette Urban Ministry served 2,996 households
  • Thousands of individuals volunteered in a LUM program
  • 1,755 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations or local businesses contributed financially to the work at LUM

Please take the time to review the entire Annual Report, which details the remarkable work that together WE accomplished on behalf of low-income children and working families in our community during one of the most challenging years of our history.

If you have any questions or comments, please be in touch. THANK YOU for all you continue to do for local children and families and your neighbors experiencing homelessness through the service & programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry — especially during this crisis.


  • To view the LUM 2021 Annual Report, click HERE.
  • To view all LUM reports including the Annual Report, click HERE.

LUM Mission Statement

Poverty is the greatest thief.

More than depriving a neighbor of food or shelter or warmth, it steals away hope.
While other thieves may take away the past, poverty steals the future and self-respect.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is in the business of restoring human dignity. Through voluntary efforts and contributions we give back the hope, the future, and the self respect which all God’s people need and deserve.

Ours is a Christian ministry that welcomes congregations and people of all faiths.
We give witness to God’s saving love & prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.

LUM Annual Report 2021 -Our Impact


OUR IMPACT

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis.

In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and  other crises 2,018 times; and shared $196,198.

The charts below display the SOURCE of GIFTS to the Good Samaritan Fund in 2021 (left chart) and HOW the FUNDS were USED to impact local families and individuals in 2021 (right chart).


SOURCE of GIFTS

HOW the FUNDS were USED

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, go to LUMserve.org/donate


OUR FINANCES

In 2021, LUM revenue was $1,206,817 thanks to contributions from 1,755 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations and local businesses.

The charts below display the source of REVENUE (left chart) and the EXPENDITURES (right chart).


REVENUE

EXPENDITURES

The LUM Federal 990 and other financial reports are available for public inspection online at LUMserve.org or in the LUM Office.

LUM Annual Report 2021 -Our Finances


OUR FINANCES

In 2021, LUM revenue was $1,206,817 thanks to contributions from 1,755 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations and local businesses.

The charts below display the source of REVENUE (left chart) and the EXPENDITURES (right chart).


REVENUE

EXPENDITURES

The LUM Federal 990 and other financial reports are available for public inspection online at LUMserve.org or in the LUM Office.


OUR IMPACT

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis.

In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 2,018 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and  other crises 1,309 times; and shared $196,198.

The charts below display the SOURCE of GIFTS to the Good Samaritan Fund in 2021 (left chart) and HOW the FUNDS were USED to impact local families and individuals in 2021 (right chart).


SOURCE of GIFTS

HOW the FUNDS were USED

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, go to LUMserve.org/donate

LUM Annual Report 2021 -Our Story


LUM serves this community night and day, round the clock, 365 days a year. The 45+ churches that combine to provide 20 programs and events through LUM would not be possible without supporters like you.

In 2021, LUM served close to 3,000 households, which was all the more vital in the midst of this pandemic. Thank you for the role you play in honoring the dignity of every person in Greater Lafayette.

You make a life-giving impact every night and every day.

Chuck Anderson
President, Board of Directors

You did it again. In 2021, you made a night and day difference for children and families in our community. You liberated people from the stifling grip of poverty. You provided people with solid ground on which to build a better future. You did what Jesus taught: to love & serve “the least of these.” Thank you!

Wes Tillett
Executive Director

LUM Annual Report 2021 -Our Finances – Our Impact


OUR FINANCES

In 2021, LUM revenue was $1,206,817 thanks to contributions from 1,755 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations and local businesses.

The charts below display the source of REVENUE (left chart) and the EXPENDITURES (right chart).


REVENUE

EXPENDITURES

The LUM Federal 990 and other financial reports are available for public inspection online at LUMserve.org or in the LUM Office.


OUR IMPACT

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis.

In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 2,018 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and  other crises 1,309 times; and shared $196,198.

The charts below display the SOURCE of GIFTS to the Good Samaritan Fund in 2021 (left chart) and HOW the FUNDS were USED to impact local families and individuals in 2021 (right chart).


SOURCE of GIFTS

HOW the FUNDS were USED

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, go to LUMserve.org/donate

2021 at LUM – A Year to Remember


Happy New Year!

For many 2021 wasn’t the best year ever, but it was at least better than 2020. At LUM, the focus on and service to all of our neighbors in need is stronger than ever. Some of the highlights that made this a year to remember are as follows:

  • NEW LUM LOOK – at a special event in June, a new logo, colors, and brand were revealed honoring the enduring legacy of LUM and signifying a new era with a renewed commitment to give help & hope.
  • NEW FOOD PANTRY – LUM food program expanded with the opening of the LUM Westside Food Pantry located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County. The LUM Westside Food Pantry complements the LUM Protein Food Pantry, located in downtown Lafayette, and is the only TEFAP food pantry in West Lafayette.
  • NEW EVENTS: Two new initiatives were launched this year: Day for Dads & Free HaircutsDay for Dads is designed to encourage and celebrate fathers who are engaged with their children and families. Free Haircuts are now offered once a month at LUM thanks to Jay Soto and other barbers in town.
  • NEW STAFF POSITIONS: After reviewing the staffing needs, the following positions were created: Volunteer Coordinator, Immigration Clinic Assistant Director, Shelter Shift Supervisor, & Business Office Clerk.

Even more remarkable is that in 2021 LUM served more than 3,000 households through 22 different programs! Thanks to caring and generous people like YOU, LUM is still here and still providing essential services to the community. It has been “a year to remember,” indeed. Cheers to 2022! And Happy New Year to you and your family.

Wishing you and your family Peace, Hope & Love in the new year.


New Year’s Message from the LUM Executive Director


| Welcome 2022 | Still in Our Heart | Six Feet Apart |

Thank You

  • For your generous financial support of the program & services of LUM

Thank You

  • If you volunteered overnight or prepared a meal and delivered it to the LUM Emergency Shelter
  • If you volunteered as a LUM Camp counselor, After School Program tutor or in one of LUM’s other youth programs that are narrowing the academic achievement gap
  • If you attended the LUM Retirement Follies, contributed to LUM Good Samaritan Fund or served as an advocate with the LUM Good Samaritan Program, helping more than 1,500 families to avert utility disconnect or eviction from their homes
  • If you participated in the Port of Hope event or volunteered with the LUM Immigration Clinic
  • If you ran in the Turkey Trot 5K Run, or donated food or worked for the Community Thanksgiving Feast
  • If you donated, hosted a family, participated in Jubilee Christmas making Christmas possible for 1,750 local children in 625 local families
  • If you served on the LUM Board of Directors
  • If you fought hunger in our community by volunteering with the LUM Protein Food Pantry — or by participating in Hunger Hike
  • If you served as a LUM tax preparer and helped return hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds and credits to low-income households in our community

Thank you for being a friend in 2021. LUM has impacted a significant number of children and families in our community this year because of YOU. What YOU do for LUM is so important in enabling us to accomplish our mission — and restores dignity to families, encourages and educates children, is a positive force in our community — offering peace, hope & love to the families we serve.

Thank you for choosing us as your community partner this year. Here’s to another day of service to the people of this great community.