Category Archives: Member Churches

Meet the After School Program Team

Youth Programs Director & the Teachers

The LUM After School Program is staffed by professionally trained teachers and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements. This year, the After School Program team includes four teachers who assist the program director, Kristi Hogue. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):

  • Kristi Hogue – Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 26 years, and their three children, Taelynn (20), Jaedren (13) and Maekenna (8). Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past few years. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National After School Association.  
  • Carleigh Bennett –  Carleigh grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She currently lives with her sister and newborn niece. She graduated from Jefferson High School, and plans to start school next fall at Ivy Tech Community College.
  • Shavonn Kimbrough – Shavonn grew up in Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her two children — Gregory & Zariyah (ages 8 and 7). She graduated from Carver Military Academy and is now enrolled at Indiana Tech pursuing a degree in accounting.
  • Mady Lester – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College, and is pursuing a bachelor’s in social work at IUPUI.
  • Tabatha Volpi – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 6 & 8. 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 also works for the Lafayette School Corporation.

LUM is fortunate to have such a talented, experienced and dedicated team overseeing this year’s After School Program. See below for four ways that you can help the LUM After School Program today.

Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you. For more information on how to VOLUNTEER , click  HERE.


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In Memoriam – Jillaine Shoop & Marge Fitzgerald


LUM Lost Two Special Friends This Week


Jillaine Shoop

Jillaine A. Shoop of West Lafayette passed away July 13, at her home following a three-year long battle with cancer. She was a Twin Lakes High School graduate, earned her bachelors & Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Ball State University, and was a teacher, librarian, supervisor of student teachers, director of religious education, and lay minister.
At LUM, Jillaine was a dedicated volunteer, assisting where ever she was needed including as an bi-weekly afternoon receptionist and with Jubilee Christmas.

Jillaine is survived by her husband of 40 years, Orlo G. Shoop, her daughter Jenaiah, her son Wesley, her granddaughter Isabella, her brother Galen and her sister Pequita.


Marge Fitzgerald

Marjorie B. Fitzgerald of Lafayette passed away earlier this week. She attended St. Francis High School, St. Francis College, and worked for the Purdue Agricultural Department.
At LUM, Marge was a longtime volunteer. She served on the Board of Directors for eight years representing her parish, St. Mary’s Cathedral, was a Good Samaritan Program case manager and Jubilee Christmas volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, and her son, Philip; and survived by her four children (Jeanne, Susan, Dennis & Nancy), 17 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Central Presbyterian Gives $10,000 to LUM


$10,000 to Support Summer Programs at LUM



The leadership and members of Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette) recently donated $10,000 to Lafayette Urban Ministry to support summer programs, including LUM Camp and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. In a recent conversation with the LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, church members asked, “How can we help during this crisis?”

When Wes opened the daily mail and saw a check for $10,000, he was humbled and joyously surprised. This grant was made possible by generous gifts from the Chuck & Jack Horner families, who established the Central Presbyterian Foundation’s Horner Family Fund in 1980 to further the community mission & ministry of the church by funding youth camperships for camping programs.

This gift will have a tremendous impact on the families that LUM will serve this summer, especially the children who enroll in LUM youth programs.

Please join us in THANKING Central Presbyterian, one of the founding LUM member churches, for their continued support of LUM.


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Boiler ESTEEM Student Leaders Serve LUM

St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Student Leaders

Last week, the student leaders from the Thomas Aquinas Center’s Boiler ESTEEM program prepared and served a meal to the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter. The Boiler ESTEEM students chose LUM for their project. ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics — and part of their experience includes a major service project. To view more PHOTOS , click HERE.

LUM is grateful to St. Tom’s and the Boiler ESTEEM program student leaders for their continued support. If you or your group wants to VOLUNTEER or prepare a meal for the guests at the LUM Emergency Shelter, click  HERE.


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Meet the After School Program Team

55 Students | K – 8th Grade | 3 Hours Per Day

The LUM After School Program  provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

LUM is thrilled to introduce the  After School Program  team. What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Pictured (L to R) are Ann Mobley, Ivy Tech intern; Shavonn Kimbrough, teacher; Mady Kirts, teacher; Kristi Hogue program director; and Michael Welk, Ivy Tech intern (not pictured: Tabatha Volpi, teacher). Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you. For more information on how to VOLUNTEER , click  HERE.


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Meet the New Officers of the LUM Board


LUM Executive Council 2020


Best wishes and thanks to the outgoing 2019 LUM Board of Directors and Executive Council members. Congratulations to the incoming 2020 Executive Council members (pictured above L to R), who are as follows:

  • Joan Low, PresidentThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Cheryl Fowler, Vice PresidentUnitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Tricia Sembroski, TreasurerSt. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • Penny Glotzbach, Secretary, Congress Street United Methodist Church
  • Chuck Anderson, FacilitiesSt. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue
  • Nina Morgan, PersonnelGrace Lutheran Church
  • Patty Useem, Program PlanningFederated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive DirectorLafayette Urban Ministry

LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by this eight member executive council. The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s bound to be another successful year!

LUM Executive Director Attends Mission Fair

Opportunities Through Local Presbyterian Churches

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the Mission Fair this past Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette. The fair was sponsored by the four Tippecanoe County Presbyterian congregations (Bethany, Central, Dayton Memorial & Elston), Presbyterian Mission Agency, and Presbytery of Wabash Valley; and included several booths with information about specific mission opportunities, as well as lunch and a presentation by Charles & Melissa Johnson from a partner mission in the Republic of Zambia, in south-central Africa. The planning committee for the Mission Fair (Chip Goldsberry, Terry Phillips, Paul Houser, Carolyn Goldsberry, the Rev. Lucia Oerter, and Sara Stallings) is pictured above with Joe Micon.

Meet the LUM After School Program Team


The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained program aides and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

LUM is thrilled to introduce the After School Program team. Pictured (L to R) are Kristi Hogue, program director, and teacher’s aides: Shavonn Kimbrough, Mady Kirts, and Tabatha Volpi. What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you.


For more information on how to volunteer with the LUM After School Program, click HERE.


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Two Unique Experiences Benefited LUM

Thanks to East End Grill & the Samara House Trust

Two local events, offering one-of-a-kind, unique experiences, benefited the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program for local families.

East End Grill hosted a Dining & Wine Experience, which included an incredible four-course meal with wine pairing. This event raised $1,000. (Pictured above.)

The second event was the Samara Experience, which was an intimate tour of the John and Catherine Christian House (Frank Lloyd Wright home) and closed with a lovely reception. This event raised $540. (Pictured above.)

Special thanks to the following…
  • LUM Board Members: Alee Gunderson, Joan Low & Cheryl Fowler (pictured to right)
  • LUM Member Churches: The Church of the Blessed Sacrament & Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Our sponsors: East End Grill & the Samara Trust
  • All who participated in the Dining & Wine and Samara Experiences

One hundred percent of the money raised at these two events ($1,540) will assist local children and families in financial crisis. If you wish to support the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please make a donation the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


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“Never Again Is Now” Rally – Powerful Event

LUM Immigration Clinic Participates in Rally

Last Sunday, the LUM Immigration Clinic staff members attended and participated in the “Never Again Is Now Rally” organized by the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette.

ILGL members planned the rally at St. John’s Episcopal Church, stating that the members are “horrified at the conditions in the detention centers on our borders, wherein children are abused, denied medicine, refused soap and toiletries, and are forced to sleep in freezing temperatures on concrete floors. This dehumanization is immoral!”

Lafayette Urban Ministry was one of the event sponsors, and the Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, was an invited speaker (pictured above). Other speakers included the Rabbi Michael Harvey from Temple Israel representing the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette, Purdue Professor Jay McCann representing the Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies and Annabel Prokopy, 10th grade student at West Lafayette High School (and daughter of LUM program director, Josh Prokopy). Each speaker was well received, and the rally drew more than 300 participants and local media. The overarching message throughout the rally was that,

“Our community will not stand for these violations of human rights.”

For more information, please email interfaithleadersgl@gmail.com.


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