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Eileen Weiss – Celebrating 15 Years of Service


A Fitting Tribute to a Remarkable Career


Community members and friends of LUM gathered recently to celebrate the remarkable career of Eileen Hession Weiss at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

After 15 years at LUM, most recently as the Business Manager, Eileen has decided to move on and dedicate her time and talent to her family, the City of Lafayette as a member of the City Council, and the many faith and community organizations, with which she is involved.

The celebration was well attended and a fitting tribute to Eileen honoring her tremendous positive impact on the community to the betterment of local families and children. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, emceed the event at First Christian Church (Lafayette), which included presentations by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker and City of Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski (pictured). A choir of some of the most talented vocalists also performed some of Eileen’s favorites. Of course, the choir was directed by the honoree, Eileen Weiss, and was the highlight of the celebration.

Join in thanking and congratulating Eileen Weiss with wishes for continued success and happiness. In lieu of gifts, Eileen has requested a personal note or card and a tribute donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry. To make a tribute donation in honor of Eileen, click the button below.

Eileen Hession Weiss


15 Years of Service to LUM



Eileen Weiss

Eileen Hession Weiss has had a remarkable career and has made a significant positive impact on the community through her work with Lafayette Urban Ministry and the City of Lafayette.

Eileen has been a part of the LUM staff for more than 15 years. She served as the LUM project manager (1999-2001) and the LUM business manager for four years (2009-2013). Although she retired from LUM in 2013, Eileen continued to process payroll, fill in for the executive director and business manager during their personal time off, and assist with LUM Camp from 2013 to 2017. Eileen coordinated LUM Camp in 2017 and then began her second stint as the LUM business manager in 2018. Over the years, Eileen has directed Jubilee Christmas, Tax Assistance Program, Community Thanksgiving Feast and Hunger Hike. She produced the first LUM Follies and directed the live entertainment each year from 2013 through the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2022. 

Eileen also has been an important part of the City of Lafayette government. She is currently serving on the City Council and served as the City Clerk from 1984-1995. Eileen is a parishioner of The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, was their Director of Music on-and-off from 1983 to 2001, and has sung in their choir since 1964. Eileen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Campbell Rose, Max, and Nicole.


After 15 years at LUM, most recently as the Business Manager, Eileen decided to move on in September 2022 and dedicate her time and talent to her family, the City of Lafayette as a member of the City Council, and the many faith and community organizations, with which she is involved. Join us in thanking and congratulating Eileen Weiss with wishes for continued success and happiness. In lieu of gifts, Eileen has requested a personal note or card and a tribute donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry. To make a tribute donation, click the button below.

Join Us in Celebration of Eileen Hession Weiss!


Retirement Celebration – Wednesday, September 28


Eileen Hession Weiss, LUM Business Manager, will retire at the end of this month, and you are invited to attend her retirement celebration. The details are as follows:

  • DATE – Wednesday, September 28
  • TIME – 7 p.m.
  • PLACE – First Christian Church, 329 N 6th St, Lafayette, IN
  • RSVP by Monday, September 26 by clicking the button below

In lieu of gifts, Eileen has requested a personal note or card and a tribute donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry. To make a tribute donation, click the button below.

Eileen Weiss

Eileen has had a remarkable career and has made a significant positive impact on the community through her work with Lafayette Urban Ministry and the City of Lafayette.

Eileen has been a part of the LUM staff for more than 15 years. She served as the LUM project manager (1999-2001) and the LUM business manager for four years (2009-2013). Although she retired from LUM in 2013, Eileen continued to process payroll, fill in for the executive director and business manager during their personal time off, and assist with LUM Camp from 2013 to 2017. Eileen coordinated LUM Camp in 2017 and then began her second stint as the LUM business manager in 2018. Over the years, Eileen has directed Jubilee Christmas, Tax Assistance Program, Community Thanksgiving Feast and Hunger Hike. She produced the first LUM Follies and directed the live entertainment each year from 2013 through the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2022. 

Eileen also has been an important part of the City of Lafayette government. She is currently serving on the City Council and served as the City Clerk from 1984-1995. Eileen is a parishioner of The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, was their Director of Music on-and-off from 1983 to 2001, and has sung in their choir since 1964. Eileen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Campbell Rose, Max, and Nicole.

Join Us in Celebration of Eileen Hession Weiss!


Retirement Celebration – Wednesday, September 28


Eileen Hession Weiss, LUM Business Manager, will retire at the end of this month, and you are invited to attend her retirement celebration. The details are as follows:

  • DATE – Wednesday, September 28
  • TIME – 7 p.m.
  • PLACE – First Christian Church, 329 N 6th St, Lafayette, IN
  • RSVP by Monday, September 26 by clicking the button below

In lieu of gifts, Eileen has requested a personal note or card and a tribute donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry. To make a tribute donation, click the button below.

Eileen Weiss

Eileen has had a remarkable career and has made a significant positive impact on the community through her work with Lafayette Urban Ministry and the City of Lafayette.

With LUM, Eileen served as the LUM project manager (1999-2001) and the LUM business manager for four years (2009-2013). Although she retired from LUM in 2013, Eileen continued to process payroll, fill in for the executive director and business manager during their personal time off, and assist with LUM Camp from 2013 to 2017. Eileen coordinated LUM Camp in 2017 and then began her second stint as the LUM business manager in 2018. Over the years, Eileen has directed Jubilee Christmas, Tax Assistance Program, Community Thanksgiving Feast and Hunger Hike. She produced the first LUM Follies and directed the live entertainment each year from 2013 through the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2022. 

Eileen also has been an important part of the City of Lafayette government. She is currently serving on the City Council and served as the City Clerk from 1984-1995. Eileen is a parishioner of The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, was their Director of Music on-and-off from 1983 to 2001, and has sung in their choir since 1964. Eileen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Campbell Rose, Max, and Nicole.

LUM Offers a Summer of Enrichment & Joy


LUM Summer Youth Programs Sharpen Skills

During the summer months, LUM youth programming focuses on providing enrichment and joy for local children. Research warns that children suffer from the Summer Slide — the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. That’s why Lafayette Urban Ministry is so passionate about the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp. LUM consciously creates learning opportunities throughout the summer to keep LUM students’ academic skills sharp.


5th Quarter Summer Learning Program – Recap

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program offers children the chance to keep pace academically with their peers. It has been offered each weekday during the summer.

Sixty-four students were enrolled and, in addition to being served a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack, they have been engaged each day in a mix of learning, reading, excursions, and recreation. This included trips to the park, local pool and library as well as guest presenters who ignited their excitement in science, fitness, and reading. Special excursions included a visit to Prophetstown State Park, Wolf Park and Imagination Station.


LUM “Culinary” Camp – Recap

LUM Camp is the best week of the summer for 76 local children (8-9-10 year olds), and this year was special. Campers experienced campfires, skits, horseback riding, s’mores, swimming, wall climbing, ziplining, pizza pudgy pies, giant swing, creek exploring, kickball, and fishing (catch & release) — often for the first time. 

This year’s theme was LUM Culinary Camp. Special theme-related events included movie night feature Ratatouille, cooking demonstrations led by Purdue Extension, and a chance to be Pastry Chefs in the LUM Sweet Shoppe and create their own gourmet desserts. LUM friends were invited to camp one evening. They attended the camp meeting, sang camp songs, joined the campers for an indoor cook-out, and enjoyed informal interactions with the LUM Campers. It was a wonderful evening, and LUM is grateful for their support.


Your donations made it possible to continue these two important youth programs.

It was well worth it!

LUM students and campers made new friends and made great memories, while having a blast, learning new things and discovering themselves. Truly life-changing.

Supporting the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and LUM Camp gives children a chance for academic success and a better future. If you wish to make a donation, click the button below.

LUM Camp 2022 Countdown – 2 Days to Go


LUM Culinary Camp – 80+ Children Enrolled

In two days, LUM Camp will be in full swing with more than 80 local children experiencing the best week of the summer. It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year.

LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning LUM only invites children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp, which is more than $200 per camper. Campers’ parents pay only $5 per child, and LUM needs donors like YOU to cover the rest. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $200 — or two for $400. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?

LUM Summer of Service – LUM Camp 2022


Make a Difference This Summer at LUM Camp

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand.

The ultimate LUM “Summer of Service” opportunity is being a LUM Camp Counselor. A few more counselors are needed from 11 a.m. Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 29. LUM Camp counselors must be:

  • 18 years old
  • prepared to hike, have fun, be outdoors
  • a good team player
  • flexible, fun & fair
  • willing to work with at-risk children from low income families
  • able to spend the entire week at camp (July 25-29)

Make a difference in the lives of local children this summer and receive a $200 stipend. To learn more about becoming a LUM Camp Counselor, click HERE.

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If you are not able to volunteer, you may support LUM Camp by making a donation or sponsoring a camper ($200 per child).


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LUM Camp 2022 Countdown – 12 Days to Go


LUM Culinary Camp – LUM Camp 2022 Theme

In two weeks, LUM Camp will be in full swing with more than 80 local children experiencing the best week of the summer. This year, the theme of LUM Camp 2022 is “LUM Culinary Camp.

Marlena Edmondson, LUM Camp director, has developed a fun and engaging curriculum using “food” to teach science, math, nutrition, and art. LUM Camp will also include nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning campfires, wall climbing, zip-lining, the giant swing, snacks, delicious meals, and diverse and caring counselors.

It’s not too late to sponsor a LUM Camper this year. Donations to LUM Camp (Youth Programs) are still welcome. LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning LUM only invites children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp, which is more than $200 per camper. Campers’ parents pay only $5 per child, and LUM needs donors like YOU to cover the rest. Individuals may sponsor a camper for only $200 — or two for $400. Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp?


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Sponsor A Local Child for LUM Camp 2022


Camperships Offer Life-Changing Experience


LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning we only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the actual cost of camp. (The actual cost is more than $200 per camper.) Campers’ parents to pay $5 per child, and LUM needs donors like you to cover the rest. Won’t you please consider a gift to support the LUM Youth Programs and send a child to LUM Camp? Here is how your gift impacts our children:

  • $200 = sponsor one LUM camper
  • $400 = sponsor two LUM campers
  • $100 = ½ LUM Camp sponsorship 
  • Any amount will support LUM Youth Programs

A typical week of LUM Camp involves nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, wall climbing, zip-lining, the giant swing, snacks, delicious meals, and diverse and caring counselors. LUM knows first-hand what has been verified by scientific research: a week of camp has tremendous benefits for the campers’ social skills, gross and fine motor skills, intellectual curiosity, positive values, spirituality, and overall positive identity. These benefits of a camp experience are shown to persist throughout a lifetime. This is why Lafayette Urban Ministry has hosted a camp every summer since the 1960’s.

Your camp sponsorship will help pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – everything she or he will need to attend LUM Camp 2021. And THANK YOU!


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Quick Links to Important LUM Opportunities


Now is a great time to add these important LUM programs and opportunities to your calendar.


LUM Camp (July 25 – 29) – A week-long, overnight camp program at Hanging Rock Camp for children from 8 to 10 years old from low-income families. Why not say “yes” this year to being a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor?

Hunger Hike (September 18) – Saturday, September 21 is the annual HH5K Run. Sunday (9/22) is the traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Proceeds benefit LUM Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Mark your calendars and get your team together.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 24) – 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 (November 24) – 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 (December 17) – 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.


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