Category Archives: Member Churches

LUM Immigration Clinic – World Refugee Day


Impact So Far in 2022 – 248 Consultations

World Refugee Day, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate and honor refugees around the world, was celebrated this past Monday. This week it is important to recognize the impact that the LUM Immigration Clinic is having on our community, including with Ukrainian and Afghan refugees in Temporary Protected Status. So far in 2022, the LUM Immigration Clinic has met and consulted with more than 248 individuals. Among these have been nine Ukrainian citizens and ten Afghan citizens.

Did You Know? Under United States law, a refugee is someone who is located outside of the United States, is of special humanitarian concern to the United States, is not firmly resettled in another country, is admissible to the United States, and demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

LUM Outreach – Community Health Fair & More


Visit Us at Various Community Events This Summer

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Recently, LUM has been attending various community events, church services and group meetings — including the Community Health & Wellness Fair (pictured).

Come and visit the LUM table at these upcoming events: 

  • Indiana Fiddlers Gathering (6/25), 
  • Community Health Block Party (6/9), 
  • Global Fest (9/17), 
  • Hunger Hike (9/18), and 
  • Tippecanoe Latino Festival (9/24).

LUM staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


Immigration Clinic – Outreach & Networking


Staff Promote the LUM Immigration Services

Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, and Yanina Gomez Szyszko, assistant director, have recently visited with two local agencies to share more about the LUM Immigration Clinic.

As a guest speaker in a LARA class for international students (pictured above), Christian gave a presentation and answered general questions about LUM Immigration Clinic services including the naturalization process, Green Cards, F2 Visa, J2 Visa, work permit application, asylum, M2 Visa, and how COVID-19 affected the processing times. 

On another occasion, Christian and Yanina met with Jeannette Fonseca, advocate with the Heartford House Child Advocacy Center (pictured below), to discuss opportunities to collaborate, common challenges faced when offering services to bilingual families, and advocacy for immigrant victims of certain crimes (U Visa, T Visa and VAWA). Both of these outreach opportunities were valuable.


Outreach and networking are important parts of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger, immigration, and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

LUM Outreach – Lafayette Volunteer Expo


Promoting the LUM “Summer of Service”

Recently, LUM participated in the Lafayette Volunteer Expo. It was a great opportunity to recruit new volunteers and invite individuals to become more engage with LUM.

L to R: Jeffrey Auguste, LUM shelter director; Marlena Edmondson, LUM Camp director; Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, Yanina Gomez Szyszko, LUM Immigration Clinic assistant director; and Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator & office manager

LUM staff were excited to share the LUM Summer of Service. LUM Summer of Service focuses on the variety of LUM volunteer opportunities offered this summer from being a LUM Camp counselor — to serving meals at the Emergency Shelter — to being a teacher’s aide in the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — to assisting clients at one of the two LUM food pantries — or working as an advocate with the Immigration Clinic and Financial Assistance Program.

If you missed the Lafayette Volunteer Expo and want to be a part of the LUM Summer of Service, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer or email or call the LUM volunteer coordinator, Terri Anderson (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

Hunger Hike 2022 — Needed More Than Ever


Mark Your Calendars – Sunday, September 18


Planning for Hunger Hike 2022 has begun — and all indications suggest it may be needed now more than ever. Did you know…

  • Food prices increased 7.9 percent since 2021
  • Food insecurity has increased among families with children and communities of color due to COVID-19
  • Rural communities are especially hard hit by hunger
  • Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs
  • Hunger in African American, Latino, and Native American communities is higher in large part due to systemic racial injustice (Source: Feeding America)

Hunger Hike is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally, & globally. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger! Mark your calendars (Sunday, September 18, 1 p.m.), check out the Hunger Hike website, recruit your team, and begin planning your fundraising. Your participation will have a much needed positive impact on eliminating hunger.


Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for your group — student organization, church group, civic group, team or family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any other way you choose.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the two LUM Food Pantries; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry. This is YOUR opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while engaging in a meaningful and fun community event.


We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

| Donate Online | Hunger Hike—Online Fundraising |


If you are a business owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor. For more information on how to become 2022 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.


LUM Attends Taste of Ramadan


Local Islamic Society Donates $2,000 to LUM


Last Friday, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, attended the Taste of Ramadan event sponsored by the community members of the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette with the Purdue Muslim Student Association. Wes was honored to share with the members in the breaking of their daily fast with prayer and a wonderful meal, and learn more about the customs and traditions of Ramadan.

As a part of the celebration, Wes was presented with a $2,000 gift to LUM from Dr. Humaira Gowher, chairperson of the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette Board of Trustees (pictured). LUM is grateful for the generosity and support from the local Islamic community especially from the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette and Purdue Muslim Student Association — and sends warm wishes for Eid al-Fitr with peace and prosperity to all. Eid Mubarak!


Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

50th Anniversary Features Local Musicians


Friday, April 8 | 7 p.m. | Long Center | $50

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce that three of our favorite musicians will be performing at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration — Linda Hicks, LUM Financial Assistance Program director; Briton Weise, former LUM Emergency Shelter director; and Larry Guentert, LUM Westside Food Pantry director.

  • 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 and the LUM Ecumenical Choir (drums & percussion).

These are performances you won’t want to miss! For more information and tickets, click the image above or below.

Join us for the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration, hear the LUM Ecumenical Choir performance live, and help us honor the legacy of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The event is a lighthearted evening with uplifting stories, live entertainment, refreshments & good company — with a few surprises. Because you have been a part of the success and endurance of LUM, we would love to see you there. The celebration begins at 7 p.m., but be sure to show up at 6 p.m. for the social hour with refreshments and and meet the former LUM executive directors, Jud Dolphin and Mary Anderson. The details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES7 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, Remarks, Refreshments & Beverages

50th Anniversary Features Ecumenical Choir


Friday, April 8 | 7 p.m. | Long Center | $50

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce that the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature the LUM Ecumenical Choir, formed just for you and this event. Directed by Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager, the LUM Ecumenical Choir features performers from LUM member churches, including:

  • Bethany Presbyterian Church,
  • Central Presbyterian Church,
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd,
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
  • Covenant Church
  • Elston Presbyterian Church,
  • Federated Church,
  • First Christian Church,
  • First United Methodist Church,
  • Grace Lutheran Church,
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,
  • Immanuel United Church of Christ
  • Lafayette Christian Reformed Church,
  • Memorial Presbyterian Church of Dayton,
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church,
  • St. Ann’s Catholic Church,
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church,
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church,
  • St. Mary Cathedral Catholic Church,
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue,
  • Second Baptist Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, and
  • Word of Life Fellowship Church. 

They will perform We Are CalledBe Thou My Vision, and a special rendition of Let There Be Peace On Earth. It’s a performance you won’t want to miss!

Join us for the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration, hear the LUM Ecumenical Choir performance live, and help us honor the legacy of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The event is a lighthearted evening with uplifting stories, live entertainment, refreshments & good company — with a few surprises. Because you have been a part of the success and endurance of LUM, we would love to see you there. The celebration begins at 7 p.m., but be sure to show up at 6 p.m. for the social hour with refreshments and and meet the former LUM executive directors, Jud Dolphin and Mary Anderson. The details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES7 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, Remarks, Refreshments & Beverages

LUM Outreach – Local Resistance Fair


Promoting LUM Opportunities, Services & 50th Anniversary


Recently, LUM participated in the Greater Lafayette Resistance Fair. It was a great opportunity to recruit new volunteers, share the scope of LUM programs with attendees, and invite individuals to the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration.

L to R: Patti O’Callaghan, Larry Guentert, Terri Anderson, Ann Cripe, Susan Broillette & Adelia Sorge

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

Women Leaders of LUM Member Churches

Celebrating the Women of LUM


For Women’s History Month, LUM is celebrating the 12 women who currently lead a local church or religious community that is also a member of the LUM Board of Directors. Women have been a important part of the formation, growth and sustainability of Lafayette Urban Ministry since the very beginning. It is particularly important to recognize the Women of LUM as we begin celebrating the LUM 50th Anniversary because in many ways their impact has evolved. {Not pictured is the Rev. Elizabeth Lee, the new pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, who was installed this past Sunday.}

Today, more than 27% of the LUM Member Churches are led by women. The women being honor this year are in leadership roles within their churches with the power to make decisions and initiate change in our community. Having more women engaged in leading LUM brings an important voice to everything LUM does. Compared to when LUM was incorporated in 1972, this progress is encouraging.

Join us in honoring these women religious leaders and ALL of the other women who have leadership roles in LUM Member Churches, by saying their names:

  • Dr. Karen Atcheson, Lafayette Friends Meeting
  • Rev. Jennie Barrington, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Rev. Ashley Bonnes, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church
  • Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, Chapel of the Good Shepherd
  • Rev. Lisa Hood, First Baptist Church
  • Rev. Pamela Jones-Horne, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Rev. Elizabeth Lee, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Rev. Tracey Leslie, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Rachel Methany, Congress St. United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Gladys Nwabah, Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Lucia Oerter, Central Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Stephanie Smith, Heartland Community Church

LUM is grateful for their knowledge, expertise, experience and insight; and is thrilled that they are a part of the LUM leadership team as well.