Category Archives: Outreach

Cole Elementary School 4th Graders Visit LUM

Students Learn, Tour & Donate “Needed Items”

Students from Ms. Bredar & Ms. Ferger’s 4th Grade classes at Cole Elementary School (TSC), visited the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center this past Monday. The students were on a field trip to attend a downtown show, and during their trip, their teachers scheduled some time for the students to visit and learn more about LUM. Joe Micon, the LUM executive director, gave the students a tour of the youth center and emergency shelter and shared information on the LUM programs & services. At the end of their visit, the Cole Elementary School students presented Joe Micon with lots of ” needed items” for the Emergency Shelter and After School Program. Thanks to Ms. Bredar & Ms. Ferger and their students for a wonderful visit, caring about LUM, and collecting ” needed items” for our students and shelter guests.


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Dream Team Project

The LUM Dream Team Project is a fund as well as an outreach & networking initiative.

OUTREACH & NETWORKINGThe Dream Team Project includes creating a network of “urban ministries” in the East North Central states for the purpose of sharing ideas and potentially resources. LUM will publish a Dream Team eNewsletter four times a year. If you wish to be included in the Dream Team network or wish to contribute to the newsletter, please email dreamteam@lumserve.org.

THE FUNDThe fund will support research and evaluation that will foster the goals of LUM and address its needs.  Research funded by this permanent fund will document societal-level, state-level and local-level trends in poverty, explain fluctuations in various types of poverty, give the LUM board the data needed to modify its policies and programs and show how participation in these programs impacts low-income people over time. The Dream Team Fund will allow LUM to subsidize original studies, secondary analyses and meta-analyses of societal trends related to the causes and consequences of poverty, the circumstances that foster poverty among individuals in our community (and other comparable communities), the effects poverty has on Hoosiers and their families, churches efforts to serve the poor and build a more just and equitable society, and the implications that theses analyses have on the policies and programs of LUM and its member churches.

DONATE If you wish to invest in this research, please consider a donation to the LUM Dream Team Fund for Research & Evaluation. To donate, click here:


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Additional information on the LUM Dream Team Fund, please call or email Josh Prokopy, Dream Team Project director (dreamteam@lumserve.org |765-423-2691).


LUM Dream Team History

On September 17, 2014, Lafayette Urban Ministry announced the creation of a new fund to support program-related research and evaluation at LUM — the LUM Dream Team Fund for Research and Evaluation.

The LUM Dream Team members — pictured above L to R — the Rev. Don Nead , Thomas Hull Ph.D, the Rev. Ron Elly , and Professor James Davidson Ph.D — were among the early planners and developers of what became the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

In 1976, only four years after LUM was incorporated, these four individuals conducted a research study that led to the formation of the LUM board model of participating member churches, which is still in place today. (This study was funded by the Lilly Endowment.) In 2014, the Dream Team members gave a combined gift of $40,000 to LUM to start this new research program, whose purpose is to further research and evaluation to benefit the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Installs New Pastor

LUM Executive Director Attends Celebration

This past Saturday, Joe Micon, LUM executive director attended a Celebration of New Ministry at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd – the Episcopal Church at Purdue. The event included the formal installation of their new chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Hilary E. Cooke, by the bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. Everyone at LUM is excited to continue our fruitful partnership with Good Shepherd and joins in on congratulating Chaplain Hilary on her new role with her church and the community.

{Pictured are L to R: Mark Thomas, Good Shepherd parish administrator, LUM Board member & former LUM Board president; Chaplain Hilary CookeJoe Micon; and Patti O’Callaghan, LUM Lobbyist & member of Good Shepherd.}

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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.

LUM Executive Director Spoke to Optimist Club

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, spoke yesterday at the weekly meeting of the local Lafayette Noon Optimist Club of Optimist International service organization.
The Lafayette Noon Optimists have supported LUM Camp by sponsoring campers each year for several consecutive years. LUM Camp matches the Optimists International’s goals of sponsoring programs that “educate youth, develop character through projects and encourage good sportsmanship and citizenship.”

Joe had a great visit with the members and was given an opportunity to share the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM is grateful to the members of the local club for their continued support of LUM and LUM Camp.

{Pictured with Joe Micon is Tom Ganz, past president of the Lafayette Noon Optimist Club.}


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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.

Retirement Celebration – Rev. Peter Bunder

Celebrating 34 Years of Ministry at Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, the Rev. Peter Bunder presided over his final Sunday service as the chaplain & vicar at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd — The Episcopal Church at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the service and celebration to honor the Rev. Bunder’s 34 years of ministry to our community through Good Shepherd.

The Rev. Peter Bunder has been a strong and steadfast supporter of the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is one of the more active member-churches of LUM. On behalf of the LUM staff and board of directors, congratulations, thank you, and best wishes to our friend, the Rev. Peter Bunder.

{Pictured above L to R: the Rev. Peter Bunder, Katy O’Malley-Bunder & Joe Micon.}


To view, the Rev. Peter Bunder’s final sermon, click HERE.

“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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