Sincere thanks to the outgoing 2020 LUM Board of Directors & Executive Council members, who served valiantly during the transition of a new executive director and impact of the pandemic. Congratulations to the incoming 2021 Executive Council members (pictured above L to R), who are as follows:
President – Cheryl Fowler, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
Vice President – Chuck Anderson, St. Thomas Aquinas Center
Treasurer – Tricia Sembroski, At Large
Secretary – Penny Glotzbach, Congress Street United Methodist Church
Facilities – Allen “Buz” Grady, Our Saviour LutheranChurch
Personnel – Nina Morgan, Grace Lutheran Church
Program, Planning & Evaluation – Deb Parent, At Large
Executive Director – Wes Tillett, Lafayette 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. Led by the officers listed above, the board meets each month to oversee and direct policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, and to ensure that LUM fulfills its vital Mission. The board members are passionate, hard-working, talented — and are well-equipped to serve during this difficult time.
LUM is thrilled to introduce the LUM After School Program team (not pictured: Tabatha Volpi, teacher). What a talented and caring team! Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers are assisted each afternoon by volunteers.
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 the LUM buses 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 professionally trained teachers, interns and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.
In 2020, 80 children were enrolled; and so far in 2021, 44 children are enrolled.
Local Families & Children Will Benefit from CPC Gift
When Wes Tillett, the current LUM executive director, was the Director of Family & Youth Ministries at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette (2006-2010), they entered and won a video contest inspired by Micah 6:8,
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
The leadership at Central Presbyterian Church invested the $25,000 prize money in an endowment to benefit local initiatives impacting local children.
Recently, Allen Bol, the current Director of Family & Youth Ministries, shared the great news; stating,
“For the first time in our history, the Central youth decided to give 100% of the revenue from the Micah 6:8 Fund to only one organization — Lafayette Urban Ministry!”
He shared that during the discussion,
“The pandemic was heavy on the youth’s minds. As they made a list of where the money should go (hunger, school needs, etc.), they kept turning back to LUM.”
Allen Bol also shared that the Central Presbyterian Church youth have been meeting with the youth of Bethany Presbyterian Church — and the combined youth groups discussed and agreed to give this gift entirely to Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM is grateful for this generous gift and for inspiring a new generation to support the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry.
When parents pick up their children from the LUM After School Program they are able to take home vegetables that were grown by the LUM students. The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engaged in a garden project that gave them many opportunities for experiential learning. Now these freshly grown vegetables are being shared with the students’ families. This was such a rewarding project, and the students loved being a part of it.
If you would like to invest in this project and the LUM Youth Programs, please make a donation today. If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs Director (email@example.com | 765-423-2691).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Cheryl Fowler, Vice President, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
Tricia Sembroski, Treasurer, St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Penny Glotzbach, Secretary, Congress Street United Methodist Church
Chuck Anderson, Facilities, St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue
Nina Morgan, Personnel, Grace Lutheran Church
Patty Useem, Program Planning, Federated Church
Joe Micon, Executive Director, Lafayette 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!