Category Archives: Lafayette Urban Ministry

Meijer Simply Give Supports LUM Food Programs

Meijer Donates $5,000 in Food Cards to LUM

Since November 2018, the Simply Give campaign at Meijer has supported local nonprofits like Lafayette Urban Ministry to help fight hunger locally. Meijer in Lafayette has chosen Lafayette Urban Ministry as the recipient of Simply Give. This season, Meijer gave $5,000 in food only gifts cards to LUM for use with the LUM food assistance programs including the LUM Protein Food Pantry. Please join us in thanking Meijer by visiting their Lafayette location soon.

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.}

Purdue Crew Team Donates $16,844 to LUM

Row-A-Thon Benefits LUM Good Samaritan Program

The Purdue Crew Team raised $16,843.92 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund through the 10th annual Purdue Row-a-Thon event which took place on February 16 at Tippecanoe Mall. This is the single largest gift to the LUM Good Samaritan Program again this year. The “big” check was presented to Linda Hicks, the director of the LUM Good Samaritan Program, by the Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty, last Sunday at their end of the year banquet (pictured above). To view PHOTOS from Row-A-Thon 2019, 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 2018, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times, and $109,784 was shared.


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Thanks to LDS Members – Volunteer Painters


LUM Youth Center Gets New Coat of Paint
Last weekend, the members of the Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered with LUM. The LDS volunteers painted the porch and outside trim of the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, home to the LUM After School Program5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, LUM Protein Food Pantry and Emergency Shelter. LUM is grateful to have such wonderful support from the LDS members throughout the year.
 
If you or your group would like to volunteer with LUM, click HERE to find out how to get started.

LUM Follies 2019 – Record Breaking Success

Raising $18,000 for Emergency Assistance Fund

The 8th annual LUM Follies was a wonderful evening, and it was all in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund – the emergency financial assistance fund for local families. This year’s LUM Follies raised more than $18,000 (so far) — making this year’s LUM Follies the most successful ever.

The LUM Follies stage show was the best ever! The meal was the best ever! The friends of LUM in attendance ARE the best ever! Attendees bid generously on an exciting variety of Silent Auction baskets, items and experiences and made specific donations using the Pineapple Tree (community needs with donations amounts).

If you missed this year’s LUM Follies and still wish to make a difference by making a donation, click the DONATE button below.


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LUM FOLLIES was successful this year because of our sponsors and a hard-working & talented team of volunteers & staff who worked together in support of the families in crisis in our community. The LUM Staff and Board of Directors wish to extend sincere thanks to our donors and the many individuals who assisted in the planning of this year’s LUM Follies including:


Special Acknowledgements

  • Our Hosts—Rev. Chris Danielson & the staff & congregation of St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • Invocation—Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP
  • Facilities Support—Laurie Klenosky, Berdine Martin, Cindy Nycz, Juan Valdez
  • Sound, Lights, Video—Wes White and Larry & Becky Theller
  • Entertainment—Eileen Weiss
  • Meal Coordinator—Joan Low
  • Meal Preparation—Bryn Seymour
  • Volunteers—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Harrison, McCutcheon & Central Catholic High Schools
  • Event Support & Hospitality—Joe Micon, Linda Hicks, Tricia Sembroski & Marilyn Zerbes
  • Financial Management—Gayle Koning & Eileen Weiss

Silent Auction Basket Donors

  • Individuals: Linda Dolby & Cleve Shields, Mike Johnson, Deborah Kull, Joe & Jo Micon, Mary Nelson, and Eileen Weiss
  • Businesses: Allegro Violin Shop, Caterpillar Inc., East End Grill, John E. Christian Family Memorial Trust, Inc., and Lafayette Brewing Co.
  • Churches: Bethany Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd – Episcopal Church at Purdue, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Congress Street United Methodist Church, Heartland Community Church, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Thomas Aquinas—the Catholic Center at Purdue, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

In Kind Gifts

  • Lafayette Brewing Company – appetizers (hummus, veggies, dip, fruit, nuts, tortilla chips, salsa)
  • Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette – their famous yeast rolls & cinnamon butter
  • St. Andrew UMC – tablecloths & coffee
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – ice

LUM Follies Sponsors

Gold Level

  • Denny’s Body Shop
  • Ron “Rock-Man” Jackson
  • Lafayette Brewing Co.

Silver Level

  • City of Lafayette
  • Essential Touch Massage
  •  Andrea & David Schmidt

Bronze Level

  • Cardinal Copier Solutions
  • Huth Thompson LLP
  • Steve Schrader Homes
  • Lafayette Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
  • Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette
  • Tom & Mary Arth
  • James & Anna Davidson
  • Martin & Patty Jischke
  • Joe & Jo Micon
  • Arwin & Judy Provonsha
  • David & Thea Strand

Friend Level – Underwood Insurance Agency


LUM Follies Talent

  • Talent—Blue Moon Rising (Denise Wilson, director), Fred Koning, Mike Johnson, H.I.S. (Gail Polles & Ellen Wilson), Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mark Buche, Kelly Jacobs, Eileen Weiss, Chip & the Old Block (Jim & Aaron Brehm), Deborah Kull & Stephen Sekoulopoulos, Charity Rankin and Tricia Sembroski
  • Piano accompanist—Guy Haley
  • Dinner pianist—Frank Rosenthal
  • Member Church affiliation of LUM Follies Talent—Central Presbyterian Church, Federated Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Mary Cathedral, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

LUM is Hiring – Shelter Security Staff


Part-time | Immediate Openings | Paid – $15 per Hour

The LUM Emergency Shelter is seeking applications for the Security Staff. The positions are part-time, paid ($15 per hour).
More details are as follows:
Hours: Daily – 8 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 7 a.m.
Duties:
  • Maintains safety of guests, volunteers and premises; a team environment modeling mutual respect; and a professional and safe environment
  • Ensures compliance with Shelter Rules
  • Monitors arrival, departure, activity within shelter, activity outside within three blocks of the building
  • Disciplines guests who are noncompliant; refers guests to police when necessary
  • Submits written reports of daily activities and incidents
If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter Director (dheckert@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Earth Day at LUM – Solar Panel Energy Update

This week started with the celebration of Earth Day. In that spirit, here is an update on the LUM Solar Energy Initiative launched three months ago. To date, the LUM Office building has generated over $1,100 worth of electricity.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the savings to LUM will potentially be more than $5,000 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families. This savings will also allow LUM to freeze the enrollment fees for the LUM After School Program for the next three years. As the days grow longer and there are more days with bright sun and clear skies, the amount of energy generated daily will keep increasing. Stay tuned for more updates in the future.

Exclusive Interview with Bayley, the Bernedoodle

Reading Dog – LUM After School Program

GRRR-Ruff. My name is Bayley, and I am a six-month-old Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog & Poodle mix). My dog guardians are Nancy, Greg & Carly Emig. Nancy, Greg, Carly and I live in West Lafayette with my animal-siblings: Zoey (7 years old) & Abbey (3 years old) who are both Golden Retrievers and my best friends.

I am a big fan of LUM because the students in the LUM After School Program read to me every Monday afternoon. After they read to me, I usually give them a high-five or shake their hand. I love making them laugh and smile — and give kisses. Mostly though they read to me and we relax together. They tell me that I’m perfect for LUM because I love people (especially kids), I’m really mellow and I don’t shed or bother people with allergies.
I also visit the LUM Office every other week with Nancy when she works as the volunteer afternoon LUM receptionist. I greet everyone who visits the office and love meeting the LUM Emergency Shelter guests at 2 p.m. when they check in to pick up their passes — because I get lots of attention and they smile at me a lot. It makes me happy to make them happy.

It gives me great joy to give my human-friends happiness, comfort and hope during difficult times. I especially enjoy seeing the children in the LUM After School Program get excited about reading books and develop their mastery of the subject matter, knowledge, and their ability to apply that knowledge to the real world. It is a win-win – they become better readers and I get to hear great stories. I love those kids!


To view more PHOTOS of Bayley with the LUM students, click HERE.


Kibbles & Bits

  • In 2017, 33% of Indiana fourth graders read at or below basic level; and
  • 59% of Indiana fourth graders do not read at a proficient level-demonstrating mastery of subject matter, knowledge, or the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress)
  • Bayley and others like her provide a win-win for helping to further the development and interest in reading for our children
  • There are proven benefits of animal assisted learning with children and adults (International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health)
  • The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. In 2018, 105 children were provided academic support and education enrichment in a fun learning environment each day after school.

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LUM Summer Program Needs Teacher


Full-time | Summer (May 28-Aug 2) | Paid

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is seeking applications for a Teacher.

The position is full-time, paid ($15 per hour). Teachers are needed from May 28 – August 2, Monday – Friday, daily 8-hour shifts (between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Bachelor’s degree in Education is required, and duties include supervising and teaching children, pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade (enrollment is 40-60).

Qualified candidates should Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter including a teaching philosophy to the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org ).

LUM Tax Assistance – Strengthens Families

Celebrating Another Successful Tax Year

Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • $633,267 – Total Refunds
  • $568,183 – Total Federal Refunds
  • $65,084 – Total State Refunds
  • 407 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $153,912 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $20,750 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?

  • Lower wage workers wouldn’t be able to afford having their tax returns prepared professionally
  • Federal & state support for working families is often offered through tax code
  • If workers don’t file, significant tax credits will be left unclaimed
  • Refunds boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail

This year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers and staff met for dinner at the program director’s home to reflect & celebrate another successful year. Attending the celebration, pictured above L to R, were (back row) Rob Patrick, Karen Marty, Patti O’Callaghan, Andrea Schmidt, Josh Prokopy, LUM Tax Assistance Program director, & Ron Smith; and (front row) Cheryl Nettleman & Ann Pellegrino.


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