Category Archives: Giving

LUM Emergency Shelter to Benefit from Grants


Twin Cities Recommend $21,290 to LUM

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Lafayette Urban Ministry has recently been recommended for two significant Community Development Block Grants from both the City of Lafayette & the City of West Lafayette.

LUM will be awarded $14,846 from Lafayette and $6,444 from West Lafayette — totaling $21,290.

Picture1CDBG is an important resource for local governments in their efforts to provide both transitional and permanent housing, as well as supportive services, to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant money will be used to support our homeless clients.

Thanks to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, for his work on these grants.


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COVID-19 Response – Programs Information

LUM is Open for Business – Safety & Compliance

LUM is open for business, but “how” LUM serves the families in our community has been modified to keep everyone as safe as possible. Below is information on how LUM is continuing to serve the families in our community today. 

LUM Office – 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

  • Phones staffed from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • No in-person visitors or clients allowed

Assistance Programs

Children’s Programs/Youth Programs

Food Programs – Protein Food Pantry (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette)

  • Open – Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; offering to-go, curbside service only
  • DONATIONS of protein food items, paper products, infant supplies & feminine hygiene products are needed and welcome. To learn more and see our list of needed items, click HERE.

Homeless Services

  • Emergency Shelter (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN)
    • Open nightly, with a strict protocol for intake, check in, dinner service and sleeping arrangements
    • Intake – 1:30 p.m., LUM Office 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • DONATIONS – Meals are needed every evening. Please consider preparing a meal for our shelter guests. To learn more and sign up online, please click HERE.
  • Winter Warming Station is closed until November 15, 2020 allowing staff to focus on the Emergency Shelter

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Three Ways to Support LUM Today

During times like these it is important to give wisely. LUM is a great investment in your local community.

A collaboration of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families who are experiencing difficult times. Last year, Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 3,792 families through one or another of our 22 programs.

Here are three ways you, your organization and your business can support and invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry.

  1. CASH DONATIONS are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. To give online, go to lumserve.org/donate/.
  2. MEALS — Prepare a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter. You may prepare & serve meals –OR– just drop off your prepared meal –OR– donate food that the LUM staff can prepare, like bread, deli meats, and large cans of soup, stew & chili. For more information and to sign up, go to lumserve.org/shelter-meal/.
  3. NEEDED ITEMS—Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wishlist of Needed Items, go to lumserve.org/wish-list/. You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Here is a list of “COVID-19 Supplies” that are urgently needed now:
  • Disinfectant (for surfaces) – bleach, wipes (Lysol, Clorox), spray (Lysol), cleaner (Fantasik, 409, Clorox)
  • Hand Cleaning – antibacterial wipes, gloves (nitrile disposable), hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap
  • Paper Products – paper towels, facial tissues, toilet paper

To give online, go to lumserve.org/donate/. To view the LUM Wish List of Needed Items, go to lumserve.org/wish-list/. THANK YOU.

LUM Retirement Follies – Emotional Tribute


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Joe Micon – Honored as True Community Leader

Last Friday, close to 500 individuals gathered to pay tribute to Joe Micon, a true community leader for more than 41 years. The event included amazing musical performances by Michael Kelsey, Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Black Voices of Inspiration, Zelaya, and the 65 member, LUM Ecumenical Choir.

Joe Micon and his family were joined by past executive director, Rev. Jud Dolphin; past acting director, Mary Anderson; Ellen Elly, the wife of the founding executive director, the late Rev. Ron Elly; Rev. Don Nead; and Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson. The event concluded with a reception sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Company.

Joe was overwhelmed with the love and support from the guests and speakers. He was presented with the following:

  • Sagamore of the Wabash – from Governor Holcomb presented by State Senator Ron Alting (click HERE for more information)
  • Marquis de Lafayette Award – from the City of Lafayette presented by Mayor Tony Roswarski – the highest award given for going above and beyond with volunteerism, citizenship, and overall dedication & commitment to the community
  • Quilt – made from squares created by the LUM After School Program students
  • Artwork Gift – from the City of West Lafayette presented by Mayor John Dennis
  • Proclamation & the Indiana State Seal – from the state legislature presented by State Rep. Sheila Klinker
  • Resolution – from the state legislature presented by State Rep. Chris Campbell
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – IU School of Social Work (click HERE for more information)
  • Executive Director Emeritus distinction – presented by the LUM Board of Directors (click HERE for more information)

LUM Follies was also a fundraising event for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — an emergency financial assistance program. So far, the event has raised close to $33,000 for the LUM general fund and Good Samaritan Fund in honor of Joe Micon. If you were not able to attend the LUM Follies, you may send your well wishes to Joe Micon by email or US Mail (jmicon@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Donations to LUM in Joe’s honor are still being accepted as well. Simply click the button below to give online.

Thanks to YOU, Joe Micon was given the retirement send-off he deserves.


In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry  in honor of Joe Micon. 


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To view VIDEO, click HERE. To view more PHOTOS from the event, click HERE.
To view Joe Micon’s Remarks, click HERE.
{Photos courtesy of Bob Bauman. Video courtesy of Max Malavenda.}

LUM Named First “Nonprofit of the Month”

Blue Fox Heating & Cooling Awards LUM $1,000

Earlier this week, Cody Slate brought LUM great news!
LUM has been selected, through an online vote, as the “Nonprofit of the Month” for February 2020. The honor also includes a $1,000 donation to LUM from Blue Fox Heating & Cooling. Since the program was just launched by Blue Fox HVAC — LUM is the first recipient of this award.

Pictured is Cody, the Blue Fox HVAC owner, presenting Joe Micon, LUM executive director, with the “big” check. Everyone at LUM is humbled and honored with this distinction and grateful for the donation. Thank you to the entire team at Blue Fox HVAC for their commitment to local nonprofits by spot-lighting one agency each month this whole year. Thanks also to everyone who nominated and voted for LUM.

Farewell Event for Joe Micon – NEXT Friday


A Message from LUM Board President

As you know, Joe Micon, LUM’s Executive Director, will be retiring on March 31, after 41 years of dedicated service. I can think of no one else who has been such a major change agent for good in our community and state.

In true Joe Micon fashion, he has asked that LUM not provide him with any gift of value upon his departure. He shares that having had the opportunity to serve so long at LUM is gift enough.

Joe has agreed to allow me to ask you to share a monetary gift to LUM’s programs in his honor. I am hoping you will consider such a gift in the amount of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or more. Your gift will be used to support LUM’s important programs for at-risk children and working families.

I know Joe would also be truly honored if you could join us on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue for his special LUM Retirement Follies tribute. Details below.

Finally, I encourage you to read Joe Micon’s recent farewell address to the LUM board of directors. It is affirmation of all the good that all of us working together have achieved during Joe’s years at LUM. I believe your spirits will be lifted as you read his heartfelt message. {To READ – Joe Micon’s Farewell Address – click HERE.}

Thank you for your kind consideration. Place your gift in the mail or give online at lumserve.org/donate.
Gratefully,

Joan Foord Low
President, LUM Board of Directors


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Salute to Joe Micon

Join us for the ninth annual  LUM Follies  and help us celebrate Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director , who is retiring on March 31. The event is on Friday,  March 6  at 7 p.m. and includes a program to honor Joe Micon for his  41 years of service  to our community through his work at  Lafayette Urban Ministry . The celebration will include performances by the Purdue  Black Voices of Inspiration , Purdue  Glee Club , and  Michael Kelsey  as well as a large  Ecumenical Choir  representing the many churches that make up the membership of the LUM Board of Directors. There will be tributes, presentations, videos and much lighthearted fun. After the program, there will be a reception with refreshments, sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Co.  LUM Follies is FREE & open to all. To learn more, click HERE.

In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry  in honor of Joe Micon. 

For more details, click HERE.

LUM Retirement Follies 2020


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Join us for the ninth annual  LUM Follies  and help us celebrate Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director , who is retiring on March 31. The event is on Friday,  March 6  at 7 p.m. and includes a program to honor Joe Micon for his  41 years of service  to our community through his work at  Lafayette Urban Ministry . The celebration will include performances by the Purdue  Black Voices of Inspiration , Purdue  Glee Club , and  Michael Kelsey  as well as a large  Ecumenical Choir  representing the many churches that make up the membership of the LUM Board of Directors. There will be tributes, presentations, videos and much lighthearted fun. After the program, there will be a reception with refreshments, sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Co.  LUM Follies is FREE & open to all. To learn more, click HERE.

In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry  in honor of Joe Micon. 


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For more details, click HERE.

Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — A Rowing Spectacle

You Still May Donate – Benefits LUM Fund

This past Saturday, the Purdue Rowing Team held their annual “Row-A-Thon” event at the Mall. Each member of the co-ed team rowed a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

If you missed Row-A-Thon, you may still make a donation by mail or online (click HERE). Please make checks payable and mail your checks to: Purdue Crew Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Henri Laliberte (pictured above with Joe Micon, LUM executive director), Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban MinistryPlease note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team. To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2019, the Good Samaritan Fund provided assistance 1,783 times and $103,614 was shared.

THIS TUESDAY (2/25) – Chipotle Fundraising Night


33% Donated to the LUM After School Program

Join us at Chipotle (Purdue, West Lafayette) on THIS Tuesday, February 25 from 5 – 9 p.m. — and the LUM After School Program gets 33% of all orders, if you present this COUPON (pictured).

It’s easy! Print the coupon or show it on your phone, order your favorite Chipotle meal (burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads or kids meals), don’t forget to get chips, guac’, and a drink — and LUM gets 33%. So — plan to eat out on Tuesday, February 25 — all for a GREAT CAUSE — the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program.

If you can’t make it and wish to support the LUM students, click the button below to make a donation.

Tribute Gift Form

Thank you for your “Tribute Gift” to Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Please complete the form below. If you have any questions, email bus@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691.