Category Archives: LUM Staff

Celebrating 2019 – Another Amazing Year at LUM

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch

Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at BRU Burger Bar (Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2019, another amazing year.
Pictured L to R: Pablo Malavenda, Gayle Koning, Kristi Hogue, Nina Morgan, the Rev. Susan Brouillette, Connie Davis, Anna Tatman, Nate Gick, Monica Casanova, Linda Hicks, Josh Prokopy, Mady Kirts, Shavonn Kimbrough, Joe Micon & Eileen Weiss.

Meet Linda Hicks | Grace In Action | 15+ Years

A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

As I look at my life, I would prefer: to err on the side of GRACE rather than judgment, to love too much rather than too little, to believe in my sisters and brothers too much rather than not enough, to believe the best and be wrong rather than believe the worst and be right. ~Author unknown

Each time I read these words, I can’t help but smile and think of Linda Hicks, the LUM Good Samaritan Program director. 

Linda has been on staff since 2004, but it has been just 2 ½ years since she assumed the responsibility of directing the LUM Good Samaritan ProgramDuring that time, more than 5,000 cases have crossed Linda’s desk. She has provided more than $300,000 in direct Good Samaritan Fund aid. 

Whether it is a family threatened with eviction because of mom’s job loss, a senior facing a utility disconnect, or a woman trying to escape domestic violence in need of a bus ticket to safety, Linda has worked directly with each case. And while every situation is unique, Linda’s response is always the same – the generous sharing of both grace and concrete action.

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Good Samaritan Fund

I remember Linda working with JULIE. Julie’s back injury was so severe that it prevented her from hugging her two little children. Julie’s husband has a job that includes health insurance, but coverage wasn’t enough to pay all the costs of Julie’s doctor bills and physical therapy costs. A check to their landlord from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund is the only thing that kept a roof over her family’s heads during their time of greatest need.

I remember Linda working patiently over the phone with TAMMY, who was at home recovering from brain surgery. Tammy will work again someday, but for now, she has no income. An online payment to Tammy’s utility company from the Good Samaritan Fund was the only thing keeping her air conditioner running during the heat of last summer. 

I think of Linda working on Jeff’s behalf. A single dad caring for two special needs children, JEFF couldn’t return to work for several weeks until his children were approved to begin receiving supportive services. Checks from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund paid for Jeff’s back rent and overdue heating bill.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow the LUM Good Samaritan Fund to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon us for help. And remember, not a single dollar of what you give is ever used for administrative overhead or staff costs. Gifts to the Good Samaritan Fund are spent exclusively for food, shelter, health care or transportation assistance for someone in need. 

Jesus said, “Come & inherit the kingdomfor I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,I was a stranger and you welcomed me….

Linda Hicks and her staff of volunteer caseworkers, follow Jesus’s call every day. Their work is made possible because people like you give generously to the Good Samaritan Fund. I hope you will continue to give, so that our community’s most important financial safety net can continue. 

Linda Hicks always does her job with grace rather than judgment. She believes in those she helps too much, rather than not enough – and she provides the care and encouragement they need to overcome difficulties. She is a blessing to each person she meets. Please, won’t you be a blessing too? Share a generous gift today with the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

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Bending Toward Justice – 40 Years of Influence

Presentation by Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

Mark your calendar for this special presentation by Joe Micon, executive director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, on Thursday, November 14 at Noon at the LUM Ray Ewry Center (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN).

Bring your own lunch and join us as Joe Micon reflects on the impact LUM has had, over the decades, working toward social justice and advocacy on behalf of families.

The presentation is entitled, Bending Toward Justice; LUM’s Forty Years of Influence in the Public Square

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Bending Toward Justice – 40 Years of Influence

Presentation by Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

Mark your calendar for this special presentation by Joe Micon, executive director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, on Thursday, November 14 at Noon at the LUM Ray Ewry Center (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN). Micon will reflect on the impact LUM has had, over the decades, working toward social justice and advocacy on behalf of families.

The presentation is entitled, Bending Toward Justice; LUM’s Forty Years of Influence in the Public Square. Stay tuned for more details and save the date.

State Rep. Klinker Honors the Rev. Susan Brouillette

Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker recently presented the Rev. Susan Brouillette with a proclamation from the Indiana General Assembly. It states,   

“Be it hereby known & proclaimed that Susan Brouillette is commemorated upon receiving the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Five-Year Service Award.”  

The Rev. Susan Brouillette is the founding director of the LUM Immigration Clinic, which began offering assistance in 2014. Last year, 111 individuals received assistance with the immigration process and 23 with naturalization applications; 31 participated in Citizenship Classes; and eight individuals participated in Spanish Conversation Tables.

Congratulations to Susan and the entire LUM Immigration Clinic team.

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Hiring Program Aides – Immediate Openings

LUM has immediate openings for Program Aides with the LUM After School Program.  Please review the information below — and share with others. Applications will be reviewed as received.

position announcementsProgram Aide – After School Program

This is a part-time (20 hours per week), paid position ($15 per hour), which ends May 21, 2019. Program aides will support the youth programs director and supervise children and the program each weekday, including the transportation of the students to the LUM Youth Center. Successful candidates must complete all LUM and State required training and screenings, have experience working with children in a school setting, and have a valid driver’s license.

To view the position description, click HERE.

If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue ( | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Meet Marlena – 2019 LUM Camp Program Director

Marlena Edmondson is the program director of LUM Camp 2019. She earned a BSW in Political Science & Social Work from IUPUI, and an MSW with a concentration in Child Welfare from Indiana University.

Marlena was a LUM Camper as a child for three years and LUM Camp volunteer camp counselor for 13 years. During the school year, she is the Student Services Coordinator at Mayflower Mill Elementary School in Tippecanoe County. Marlena grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives on the north side of Lafayette with her sister, Aly (who is also a former LUM Camper & camp counselor) and her two cats, Dudley & Rawry.

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Meet the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Teachers

LUM is excited to introduce the teachers for the 5thQuarter Summer Learning Program. Pictured (from L to R) with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:

  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and recently earned her associates degree in Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. In the fall, Mady will begin her coursework at IUPUI toward a bachelor’s in social work. She plans to pursue an MSW and eventually working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.
  • Jaunice Williamson – Jaunice is from Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her four children, ages 4, 3, 2 & 9 months. Jaunice is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College and anticipates graduating in December. After graduation, she plans to start a daycare business.
  • Alyssa Bella – Alyssa is from New Carlisle and currently lives in West Lafayette. She recently earned her bachelor’s in social work from IUPUI. In the fall, Alyssa will be attending New York University to pursue a Master in Social Work. She will be pursuing a career working with children.
  • Tabatha Volpi (not pictured) – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 5 & 7. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University in 2013. During the school year, Tabby teaches special education in the Lafayette School Corporation through GLASS.

What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at

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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Micon Speaks at Stockwell United Methodist

Joe Micon Participates in Service & Mission Event

This past Sunday, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, participated in Worship Service & Mission event at the Stockwell United Methodist Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to educate and update the members of Stockwell on the programs at LUM and their impact and needs. It also gave Joe Micon a chance to reconnect with several current and former LUM board members and volunteers. LUM is grateful for the support that it receives all year-long from the members and leadership of Stockwell United Methodist Church.

{Pictured above L to R are Linda Morris, Joe Micon, the Rev. Mark Berg & Alan Kemper.}

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry; and members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to engage with and educate people on a variety of issues. Directors of the various LUM programs are well-informed on social and economic issues and are passionate about helping raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.For more information on LUM outreach, click HERE.

Thanks & Congrats to the LUM Spring Interns

LUM Staff Host Reception for LUM Spring Interns

Special THANK YOU to all of the LUM Interns for their valuable contributions this past Spring semester. Best wishes to all of our interns, especially Evie Griffin, Rob Krasa Angela Weaver, who are graduating. Evie & Rob will receive their MSW from IU, and Angela, her BA from Purdue, at ceremonies this weekend. John Schumann will continue his studies toward his MSW.

Interns allow LUM to serve our youth, clients and guests with increased efficiency and innovation. Thanks also to Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College and the IU School of Social Work for trusting LUM with the education and supervision of their talented intern students.

{Pictured above L to R , are John Schumann, Evie Griffin, Rob Krasa, and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.}