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Last Chance – Tax Deductible Gift for 2019

As New Year’s Day approaches, we ask that you remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your end of the year plans.

While preparing for joyous celebrations with your friends and family, it’s important to stop and reflect on the joy and blessings in your own life while also being aware that not everyone in your community is so fortunate.

As you gathering with loved ones, exchanging gifts and enjoying a meal, please consider setting aside part of your budget to support the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a tax-deductible charitable donation.

If you review the list on the right, you will see that LUM provides a number of essential services to needy families and children in our community. LUM appreciates your support of our mission, services and programs.

Explore our website to see how you can make your donation to LUM more meaningful to you.

The donation process has been simplified allowing supporters to donate online, by phone, in person or by mail.

Donate Online by clicking the button below -or- Call us at 765-423-2691. Mail or Drop off your donation to the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47901.


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

    • 221 at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and enhanced After School 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 930 homeless individuals during 2019.
    • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 399 low-income workers, returning to them more than $906,000 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 1,136 such families so far this year.
    • More than, 1,291 individuals received emergency food from our LUM Protein Food Pantry.
    • The Community Thanksgiving Celebration Celebration served 900 meals
    • LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients
    • Our Legal Immigration Program served 122 individuals
    • And of course Jubilee Christmas –1,828 children!

Happy New Year to You & Your Family

Dear Friend,
 
Happy New Year!
 
Wishing you and your family Comfort & Joy in the new year.
 
At LUM, we’re thankful for YOU and each individual who contributed to the successes at LUM in 2019.
 
May you have a blessed New Year — full of family, friends, comfort & joy in 2020.
 
Gratefully yours,
 
LUM Board of Directors,
Joe Micon, LUM executive director, &
LUM staff members
 

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Thank You

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

Thank You

Thank you for being a friend in 2019. 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 gives hope to families, encourages and educates children, is a positive force in our community — offering “comfort & joy” to the families we serve.

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


Merry Christmas to You & Your Family


LUM Wishes You a Blessed Christmas

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Dear Friends,

Holiday greetings from Lafayette Urban Ministry! I hope this card finds you well and getting into the spirit of the season.

As the year (and decade) draws to a close, I just want to say thanks. Thanks for your enthusiasm and generosity. Thanks for being you. Your support helps us to give back the hope, the future, and self-respect to low-income people in the greater Lafayette area. We’re truly grateful.

I look forward to catching up in 2020. In the meantime, I wish you and your family joy and good cheer during the holidays!

Warmly,

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


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LUM Finances – Audit Report for 2018

Financial Report, Audit & Tax Return – Online Now
At the August meeting of the LUM executive council, associates from Edward Opperman Certified Public Accountants presented an overview of the LUM Report on Audit of Financial Statements (Dec. 31, 2018 & 2017). Presenting was the CPA who prepared the report and most recent tax return, Edward Opperman (pictured at the head of the table).
 
Opperman shared that,
“LUM’s finances are in very good order and would be the envy of any non-profit organization.” 
He also stated that,
“LUM is financially stable and strong. There is a good balance between operating revenue and expenses managed by a very professional business office staff who keep clear records of fiscal transactions. LUM is spending money on programs & services that are in line with its mission statement and less on overhead — which is impressive!”
 
Thanks to the vision and leadership of the LUM Board of Directors, executive director and business office staff, as well as the generous support of the many financial donors, Lafayette Urban Ministry has established a history of being fiscally sound, allowing its vital programs and services to adapt and grow with the needs of the children and families in our community.

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Two Unique Experiences Benefited LUM

Thanks to East End Grill & the Samara House Trust

Two local events, offering one-of-a-kind, unique experiences, benefited the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program for local families.

East End Grill hosted a Dining & Wine Experience, which included an incredible four-course meal with wine pairing. This event raised $1,000. (Pictured above.)

The second event was the Samara Experience, which was an intimate tour of the John and Catherine Christian House (Frank Lloyd Wright home) and closed with a lovely reception. This event raised $540. (Pictured above.)

Special thanks to the following…
  • LUM Board Members: Alee Gunderson, Joan Low & Cheryl Fowler (pictured to right)
  • LUM Member Churches: The Church of the Blessed Sacrament & Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Our sponsors: East End Grill & the Samara Trust
  • All who participated in the Dining & Wine and Samara Experiences

One hundred percent of the money raised at these two events ($1,540) will assist local children and families in financial crisis. If you wish to support the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please make a donation the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


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Rev. Rodney Lynch Spoke at Pizza & Perspectives

Theological Reflections on the “Urban Ministry”

As a part of the on-going training of the LUM Board of Directors, each quarter their meeting features a program called “Pizza & Perspectives.” At last week’s board meeting, the Pizza & Perspectives program featured remarks from the Rev. Rodney Lynch, pastor & director of the Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue University.

The evening began with a wonderful meal at Jane’s Gourmet Catering followed by the Rev. Lynch who shared his Theological Reflections on the Urban Ministry. His presentation was lively, informative and inspiring. The Rev. Lynch gave an overview of the importance of “urban ministries” incorporating Bible verses as well as personal stories to highlight his message. The event was well attended, and the participants were engaged and appreciative of the timely information.

The Rev. Rodney Lynch earned a BA in Social Science from The College of New Rochelle, as well as a Master of Divinity & Master of Sacred Theology from Drew University (Madison, New Jersey). He is married to Felicia M. (Myles) Lynch, and they have three children: Jeremiah, David & Michael. A special thank you to the Rev. Rodney Lynch for taking the time to share his thoughts and expertise with the friends, board members and staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

To view more PHOTOS from the LUM Pizza & Perspectives program, click HERE.

Meet Joan Low – LUM Board President

Women in Leadership at Lafayette Urban Ministry

As Women in History Month winds down, LUM would like to showcase one of our superstar volunteer leaders, Joan Low. She is the current president on the LUM Board of Directors. Joan has been a volunteer leader with LUM since 2005 when she was selected to represent her church on the LUM board. Since then, Joan has followed her passion and used her expertise to impact a variety of areas at LUM.

Joan was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Her mother passed away when she and her brother were young. When Joan was 10, her father married a widowed woman with four children, and they all moved to California. Joan attended college in New England until she found her church and transferred to Brigham Young University, where she double majored in English & German.

After her first year, Joan traveled to Germany for her mission work. It was here that she met her future husband and fellow BYU student, Phil. Once back on campus in Provo, Utah, Joan & Phil began dating and were married a year later. They both earned their degrees from BYU and while Phil continued his education, they started a family.

Joan found her way to West Lafayette when her husband Phil, who grew up in West Lafayette, accepted a position at Purdue University. As their children began leaving home, Joan became certified to teach and taught German for several years at Southmont Jr. & Sr. High School, Harrison High School, West Lafayette High School, and Delphi Community Schools. Joan & Phil have five grown children and 17 grandchildren. Within their church, they teach adult Sunday school.

With LUM, Joan has done it all. With the LUM Board she is the president this year, was the president in 2014 and has served as the secretary for five separate terms, including last year. For over 11 years, Joan has followed her passion for teaching and assisted with the LUM After School Program, first as a teacher’s aide and more recently as a bus driver. She is also the “meal planner & chef” for the annual LUM Follies fundraising event for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

Joan is driven yet humble — a true servant leader, who steps up and leads when needed but is also content doing the day-to-day work at LUM, “as long as the work is meaningful.”

Joan shares,

“I enjoy serving and will lead if needed or called upon. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the children and families in our community, especially through the After School Program.

It is as much of a gift to my soul as a gift to others.”  

She often cites her family and her church for inspiring her

“to find ways to help in moral and Christian ways balancing doctrine with common sense.”

LUM has a long history of women leading and serving through the Board of Directors. Joan is a shining example of the contribution individuals make in our community through the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM and the children and families in this county are blessed to have someone like Joan as their advocate, leader, and servant.

Remembering the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Malmgren

Former LUM Board President & LUM Camp Pastor

It is with great sadness and loss that we share the passing of a great friend and colleague of LUM, the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Malmgren. Rev. Carl was the pastor at the First Baptist Church in Lafayette, and an engaged leader for many years with Lafayette Urban Ministry. With LUM, Rev. Carl was the president of the LUM Board of Directors and served as the resident pastor at LUM Campfor several years.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, shares, “Carl was a special leader during his years on the LUM Board of Directors. He was president when the current LUM Emergency Shelter was built. I remember him insisting that the building be bright and uplifting because those who would be using it should have at least one place like that in their lives. He always followed what was happening at LUM and was always there whenever I would call on him for advice or support. Whenever a homeless guest passed away, Carl would always say ‘yes’ to doing their memorial service. More than anything else, Carl was always generous with news about his beloved family and reveled in each new addition. He was a treasure to LUM, and he will be missed deeply.” {Rev. Carl is pictured above at last summer’s LUM Camp eager to serve the campers ice cream sundaes.}

To honor his life, the Malmgren family requests that you make a memorial donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry at lumserve.org/donate. Memories and condolences may be left online HERE.

Meet the New Officers of the LUM Board


LUM Executive Council 2019


Best wishes and thanks to the outgoing 2018 LUM Board of Directors and Executive Council members. Congratulations to the incoming 2019 Executive Council members (pictured above L to R), who are as follows:

  • Chuck Anderson, FacilitiesSt. Thomas Aquinas – Catholic Center at Purdue
  • Rev. Kevin Bowers, PersonnelBethany Presbyterian Church
  • Cheryl Fowler, Vice PresidentUnitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Joan Low, PresidentThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Susie Riley, TreasurerTrinity United Methodist Church
  • Tangie Armstrong, SecretaryWord of Life Fellowship
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & EvaluationFederated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive DirectorLafayette Urban Ministry

LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council. The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be another fruitful year!

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch



Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at The Bryant Food & Drink Co. (West Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2018, another great year.


Pictured L to R: Marlena Edmondson, Marilyn Zerbes, Louis Sausa, Kristi Hogue, Derrick Williams-Bacon, Joe Micon, Joshua Prokopy, Pablo Malavenda, Susan Brouillette, David Heckert, Gayle Koning, Linda Hicks, Eileen Weiss, Angela Weaver & Connie Decker.