Category Archives: Giving

Northview Church Donates Books to LUM

New Books for the LUM Youth Center Library

Recently, the members of the Greater Lafayette Campus of Northview Church gave a special gift to the LUM students — BOOKS!

All of the LUM youth programs are enhanced learning experiences for our students that include a time to read. Whether it is after school, during the summer months or at LUM Camp, reading time is a fun and engaging part of the LUM youth curriculum. That is why this gift from the members of Northview Church is so special.

If you or your group wishes to support LUM Youth Programs you may donate “needed items,” like books, make a cash donation, or volunteer. Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. If you wish to donate items to LUM, here is our Wish List. Please either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Thanks again to the Northview Church members for their thoughtful gift and support of LUM and the students we teach.

Row-A-Thon 2022 Raises $8,732 for LUM


The Purdue Crew Team raised $8,732 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund through the annual Row-A-Thon event which took place on February 12 at the local shopping mall. At the Purdue Crew Spring Banquet, Jack DeFuria, president, and Layne Harbourt, treasurer, presented a “big” check to Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director (pictured).

Each year, the Purdue Crew student athletes solicit donations for Row-A-Thon from their family and friends mostly from outside of this community; and this donation each year is the single largest gift to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund from any group or individual. LUM is grateful for the continued support over the years from the leadership, athletes and coaches of the Purdue Crew TeamBoiler Up!


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.

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Phi Kappa Psi Participates in LUM Service Day


Fraternity Members Deep Clean Shelter & More


This past Sunday, several members of the Indiana Delta chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at Purdue participated in a LUM Service Day at the LUM Ray Ewry Center.Purdue Phi Kappa Psi members spent the day deep cleaning the LUM Ray Ewry Center, home of the LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs. They picked up the grounds and cleaned, disinfected and organized the entire building, including the two kitchens, laundry room, 46 bed frames & mattresses, appliances, four bathrooms, showers, dining room chairs & tables, floors, ceiling vents, baseboards and more.

As a part of the LUM Healthy Shelter Initiative, each month a group of volunteers will be recruited to “deep clean” the LUM Emergency Shelter as well as the rest of the Ray Ewry Center facility and grounds.

Join us in thanking the members of the Indiana Delta chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at Purdue for their service to LUM. If your organization or business would like to volunteer with LUM, please visit the LUM website or email or call Terri Anderson, LUM Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

State & Local Recognition of LUM 50th Anniversary


Proclamations, Congratulations, and Honors

This year is very special for LUM. It is the 50th Anniversary of Lafayette Urban Ministry becoming a recognized nonprofit serving families, children and individuals in the Greater Lafayette community. In commemoration of this historic milestone, LUM has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. These special proclamations were formally presented at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month and include the following (in the order they appear in the picture above):

  • Sheila J. Klinker, state representative, Indiana General Assembly, “As a member of the 122nd Indiana General Assembly, I would like to acknowledge LUM on their 50 year anniversary with best wishes for success.”
  • Tony Roswarski, mayor, City of Lafayette, “Sends congratulations to LUM on your 50th anniversary.”
  • Scott Walker, president & CEO, Greater Lafayette Commerce, “Honors & congratulations to LUM as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. May you be rewarded with many more years of success in our community.”
  • John R. Dennis, mayor, and Sana G. Booker, city clerk, City of West Lafayette, “Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. Best wishes for success for many years to come.”
  • Sadie B. Harper-Scott, President, NAACP Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch, “Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishments. Your work will never go unnoticed. Continuing to change lives and the love shown in the community is always a blessing.”
  • Ronnie J. Alting, state senator, Indiana General Assembly, “As a member of the Indiana General Assembly, I would like to acknowledge LUM on this joyous occasion of the 50th anniversary with best wishes for their continued success.”

Lafayette Urban Ministry is humbled and honored by the recognition of these distinguished individuals representing these reputable community and state partners. LUM thanks the City of Lafayette, City of West LafayetteGreater Lafayette CommerceIndiana General Assembly, Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch of the NAACP, and Tippecanoe County Commissioners for their support, kind comments and well wishes.


More ways to get involved with the LUM 50th Anniversary:

For more information, please go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org

JX Enterprises Donates $1800 to LUM

Thanks to the Crew at JX Truck Center – Lafayette

Billy Erwin, Wes Tillett, and Dan Ryan

Thanks to the crew at the JX Truck Center of Lafayette (pictured above) for their donation of $1,800 to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Their donation was a part of JX Enterprises initiative called JX Gives Back. LUM appreciates the continued support of the members of the local JX Truck Center.

If you, your company or organization wishes to make investment in LUM, please consider a donation or designating LUM as the beneficiary of your company’s giving programs. If you have questions or need more information, please call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


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An Inspiring Tribute to 50 Years of LUM


Honoring the Legacy & Impact


On Friday, April 8, 2022, the friends of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at the Long Center (Lafayette, IN) for the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration. The event honored the legacy of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a lighthearted evening filled with uplifting stories, live entertainment, refreshments & good company. 

The attendees filled the Long Center and included leaders, community partners, volunteers, donors and clients spanning the entire 50 year history of LUM. They were fully engaged the entire evening, often singing along and on their feet with excitement. The program was hosted by LUM executive director, Wes Tillett with narration from Mike Piggot. There were several visual presentations with congratulatory messages from volunteers, clients and community leaders; client success stories; and the oral history of LUM past and present featuring former LUM executive directors the Rev. Jud Dolphin and Joe Micon.


One of the highlights of the evening was the live entertainment. The show included a duet by Onyx Uzomah & Derrick Williams-Bacon, an ensemble featuring Linda Hicks & friends (Jim Brehm, Sharon McKnight, Sam Cody & Hunt Wiley), Briton Weise, the LUM Children’s Chorus featuring LUM students, LUM Ecumenical Choir directed by Eileen Weiss and featuring singers from more than 20 local churches. Jeff Goodspeed (piano) and Larry Guentert (drums) provided accompaniment throughout the event, and the social hour featured the West Lafayette High School String Quartet. The event also included volunteer recognition and 2021 LUM Star Volunteer awards presented by the Rev. Dr. Gladys Nwabah and Rev. Lucia Oerter, and an acknowledgement of the event sponsors by Wes Tillett.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. 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 distributed $196,198.

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration kicks off a yearlong series of events commemorating LUM becoming a recognized nonprofit in 1972. If you are not able to attend this event, you still have an opportunity to invest in the next 50 years of Lafayette Urban Ministry in its quest to “tackle basic human needs and uplift the people of Greater Lafayette.” One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, which provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis. To make a 50th anniversary donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, click the button below, go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


In 1972, a small group of dedicated individuals successfully incorporated a new social services agency in Tippecanoe County — Lafayette Urban Ministry. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us to honor the leadership, shareholders, programs & services, and impact of Lafayette Urban Ministry for the last half-century.


Tackling Basic Human Needs &
Uplifting the People of Great Lafayette


LUM also invites you to be a part of the vision for the next 50 years, which will include an in-depth and strategic look at the sustainable future for Lafayette Urban Ministry as a valuable asset to the people, families, and children in our community for generations to come.

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Prayer | Fasting | Giving

In many religious faiths, this is the most celebrated time of year. It is a time for prayer (justice towards your faith), fasting (justice toward yourself), and giving & serving (justice toward your neighbors).The Lenten Season has ended and Passover has begun. Many of us have been spending time “preparing” through prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice toward self), and almsgiving (justice toward your neighbors). As you reflect on giving — perhaps you would consider a legacy gift to LUM — an organization pledged to fighting for justice for you and your neighbors.

Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as well as LUM.

Meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. We hope you will remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

Once you’re ready, let us know. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, is eager to meet with you to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your giving goals of supporting LUM. All you have to do is email or call Wes Tillett to begin the process (wtillett@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). More information on Giving to LUM may be found at LUMserve.org/donate.


Whatever you decide —
we sincerely hope you have a fruitful Lenten journey and a blessed holiday.


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50th Anniversary Celebration Benefits Local Families


All Proceeds go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

This 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 distributed $196,198. Please support the Good Samaritan Fund by attending the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration.

If you cannot attend but wish to make an investment in the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, click the button below to make a donation. And thanks.


LUM 50th Features “Visual Presentations”

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration program will be hosted by LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, and will include live entertainment as well as several visual presentations.

The visual presentations will include

The program will also highlight several LUM superstar volunteers. There will be a reception before the celebration at 6 p.m. and after at 8:30 p.m. The reception will include refreshments, LUM swag, presentation of prestigious awards to LUM from community leaders, and music from the West Lafayette High School string quartet.


Live Entertainment Featured at LUM 50th Anniversary

  • LINDA Hicks will be performing the song Drop in the Bucket (Mitch Barrett/Carla Gover), accompanied by Jim Brehm on harmony vocals, Sharon McKnight on banjo, Sam Cody on violin, and Hunt Wiley on upright bass.
  • BRITON Weise will be performing the song Do Something (Matthew West).
  • LARRY Guentert will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on drums & percussion.
  • JEFF Goodspeed, director of music at First Christian Church, will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on the piano.

A special singing duo will perform at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration — ONYX Uzomah & DERRICK Willams-Bacon. Onyx & Derrick have reunited to perform just for you at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration. They will sing Wake Up Everybody (Whitehead/McFadden/Carstarphen) accompanied by Jeff Goodspeed on the piano and Larry Guentert on the drums.

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature the LUM Ecumenical Choir, formed just for you and this event. The choir is made up of singers from more than 20 local churches. It is directed by Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager, with accompaniment by Jeff Goodspeed on piano and by Larry Guentert on drums. They will perform We Are CalledBe Thou My Vision, and a special rendition of Let There Be Peace On Earth.


LUM 50th Anniversary – Sneak Peak Video

Make your reservation today — go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary and take care of everything online — or call us at 765-423-2691 — or stop by the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. Don’t miss the event of the season – and join us in celebrating LUM and your partnership with LUM yesterday, today and in the future. LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES: 7 p.m. celebration begins; 6 p.m. social hour
  • LOCATION: Mars Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • RESERVATION: $50 per person; $500 for row of ten; limited seating
  • Entertainment, Visual Presentations, Refreshments & Beverages

More ways to get involved with the LUM 50th Anniversary:

For more information, please go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org

LUM 50th Features “Visual Presentations”


The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration program will be hosted by LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, and will include live entertainment as well as several visual presentations.

The visual presentations will include

The program will also highlight several LUM superstar volunteers. There will be a reception before the celebration at 6 p.m. and after at 8:30 p.m. The reception will include refreshments, LUM swag, presentation of prestigious awards to LUM from community leaders, and music from the West Lafayette High School string quartet.


Live Entertainment Featured at LUM 50th Anniversary

  • LINDA Hicks will be performing the song Drop in the Bucket (Mitch Barrett/Carla Gover), accompanied by Jim Brehm on harmony vocals, Sharon McKnight on banjo, Sam Cody on violin, and Hunt Wiley on upright bass.
  • BRITON Weise will be performing the song Do Something (Matthew West).
  • LARRY Guentert will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on drums & percussion.
  • JEFF Goodspeed, director of music at First Christian Church, will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on the piano.

A special singing duo will perform at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration — ONYX Uzomah & DERRICK Willams-Bacon. Onyx & Derrick have reunited to perform just for you at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration. They will sing Wake Up Everybody (Whitehead/McFadden/Carstarphen) accompanied by Jeff Goodspeed on the piano and Larry Guentert on the drums.

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature the LUM Ecumenical Choir, formed just for you and this event. The choir is made up of singers from more than 20 local churches. It is directed by Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager, with accompaniment by Jeff Goodspeed on piano and by Larry Guentert on drums. They will perform We Are CalledBe Thou My Vision, and a special rendition of Let There Be Peace On Earth.


LUM 50th Anniversary – Sneak Peak Video

Make your reservation today — go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary and take care of everything online — or call us at 765-423-2691 — or stop by the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. Don’t miss the event of the season – and join us in celebrating LUM and your partnership with LUM yesterday, today and in the future. LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES: 7 p.m. celebration begins; 6 p.m. social hour
  • LOCATION: Mars Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • RESERVATION: $50 per person; $500 for row of ten; limited seating
  • Entertainment, Visual Presentations, Refreshments & Beverages

More ways to get involved with the LUM 50th Anniversary:

For more information, please go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org

Live Entertainment Featured at LUM 50th Anniversary


  • LINDA Hicks will be performing the song Drop in the Bucket (Mitch Barrett/Carla Gover), accompanied by Jim Brehm on harmony vocals, Sharon McKnight on banjo, Sam Cody on violin, and Hunt Wiley on upright bass.
  • BRITON Weise will be performing the song Do Something (Matthew West).
  • LARRY Guentert will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on drums & percussion.
  • JEFF Goodspeed, director of music at First Christian Church, will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on the piano.

A special singing duo will perform at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration — ONYX Uzomah & DERRICK Willams-Bacon. Onyx & Derrick have reunited to perform just for you at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration. They will sing Wake Up Everybody (Whitehead/McFadden/Carstarphen) accompanied by Jeff Goodspeed on the piano and Larry Guentert on the drums.

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature the LUM Ecumenical Choir, formed just for you and this event. The choir is made up of singers from more than 20 local churches. It is directed by Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager, with accompaniment by Jeff Goodspeed on piano and by Larry Guentert on drums. They will perform We Are CalledBe Thou My Vision, and a special rendition of Let There Be Peace On Earth.


LUM 50th Features “Visual Presentations”

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration program will be hosted by LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, and will include live entertainment as well as several visual presentations. The visual presentations will include former LUM executive directors, the Rev. Jud Dolphin and Joe Micon, client testimonials, a spotlight on current LUM programs, stories of the history of LUM, and the impact of the Good Samaritan Fund. The program will also highlight several LUM superstar volunteers. There will be a reception before the celebration at 6 p.m. and after at 8:30 p.m. The reception will include refreshments, LUM swag, presentation of prestigious awards to LUM from community leaders, and music from the West Lafayette High School string quartet.


LUM 50th Anniversary – Sneak Peak Video

Make your reservation today — go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary and take care of everything online — or call us at 765-423-2691 — or stop by the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. Don’t miss the event of the season – and join us in celebrating LUM and your partnership with LUM yesterday, today and in the future. LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES: 7 p.m. celebration begins; 6 p.m. social hour
  • LOCATION: Mars Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • RESERVATION: $50 per person; $500 for row of ten; limited seating
  • Entertainment, Visual Presentations, Refreshments & Beverages

More ways to get involved with the LUM 50th Anniversary:

For more information, please go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org