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St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Celebration

Celebrating 27 Years of Ministry

You are cordially invited to attend the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Celebration. Here are the event details:

  • DATE: Saturday, March 23
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: Commons – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette
  • Free & open to the public
  • Hors d’oeuvres will be served

The reception will celebrate and honor 27 years of service to the families in Tippecanoe County. Reflections of the food pantry will be shared, and volunteers and staff will be recognized.

If you have stories to share or know of milestones in the history of the food pantry, please submit those in advance to the Rev. Bradley Pace at bradleypace@stjohns-laf.org.

For more information, click HERE.


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LUM Summer Program in Review – 2018


|  Educate  |  Shelter  |  Serve  |  Assist  |  Nourish  |

This summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry, the staff was busy educating, sheltering serving, assisting, nourishing and strengthening families in our community. Through the various programs LUM served 1,703 families and 128 children. Here are some interesting milestones and statistics from another successful summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Programs – Summer Statistics
LUM Summer Milestones
  • LUM Promotional Video – premiered in June and is currently being used…MORE.
  • Immigration Clinic client, Luis Urbano, became a US Citizen (pictured above)…MORE
  • Eileen Weiss becomes the new LUM Business ManagerMORE
  • Susan Brouillette ordained & is new LUM ChaplainMORE
  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engage in garden project (pictured below)…MORE

Now that the summer at LUM is over — the staff are busy with fall programs such as the After School Program and in planning for upcoming events — Hunger HikeHH5K RunPort of HopeTurkey Trot 5K Run & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

Thank you to all who invested financially and by volunteering in our summer at LUM. We count on YOU to volunteer and make a donation which enables LUM to continue serving the families and children in our community.


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Drivers Needed – St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


Drivers Needed to Pick Up, Deliver & Unload Food

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is in need of drivers. Drivers must be able to lift food items, have a valid driver’s license in good standing, and have access to a pick-up truck, large SUV or minivan.

Duties are as follows:


Monday Driver

  • Needed first Monday of each month
  • Arrive at Food Finders Food Bank (1210 N 10th Street, Lafayette) between 12:30 – 1 p.m.
  • Pick-up small order and any other free items you deem appropriate
  • Drive food to St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (600 Ferry Street, Lafayette), unload food, and take banana boxes back to Food Finders Food Bank
  • Usually done by 2 p.m.

Wednesday Driver

  • Needed first and/or third Wednesday of each month
  • Arrive at St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (600 Ferry Street, Lafayette) at 1:30 p.m.
  • Unload items from delivery truck
  • Load up & drive banana boxes back to Food Finders Food Bank (1210 N 10th Street, Lafayette)
  • Usually done by 2:30 p.m.

St. Tom’s Driver

  • Needed first Monday of each month at 11 a.m.
  • Pick-up food at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (535 W State Street, West Lafayette) at 11 a.m.
  • Bring to St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (600 Ferry Street, Lafayette)
  • Load into the back for volunteers to weigh and put away at another time

For more information, please email Katy Travis at foodpantryadmin@stjohns-laf.org.


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Volunteers Needed — St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry (6th & Ferry Streets, Lafayette) needs volunteers especially on Monday mornings. Specific days and times that volunteers are needed are as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 12:45-3:15 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to work the Distribution Window, Check-in/Data entry, and pick up and deliver food (truck driver). A weekly commitment is requested. Volunteers may work 2.5 to 14.5 hours per week.

Please consider signing up for a few shifts. Our community needs volunteers like you to offer this vital resource. For more information, click HERE or email Katy Travis, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry director at foodpantryadmin@stjohns-laf.org.


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Position Opening — Interim Food Pantry Director


Interim Director for St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


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St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette, Indiana, is seeking an Interim Director for the St. john’s/LUM Food Pantry. The position requires up to 15 hours of work spread across 3-4 days per week.

Type: Part-time, paid, temporary

Schedule: 15 hours per week; 3-4 days a week; 9-12 month term

Starting Pay: $12.00 per hour with work-related mileage reimbursed at the federal reimbursement rate

Position Requirements:

  • A strong commitment to providing food for diverse, lower-income individuals & families
  • The ability to communicate through writing including email
  • Computer literacy & use of technology
  • Effective time management
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pound cases of food
  • Use of personal vehicle to pick up food supplies
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with clients, St. John’s and LUM staff, volunteers and service agencies

Volunteer experience in faith-based or community organizations and/or familiarity with the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is preferred.

The position is an interim position and will last at least six months. The position may continue beyond that time period.

To apply, Email, Mail or Drop-off a cover letter and resume to The Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN 47901; email: bradleypace@stjohns-laf.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

St. John’s & LUM are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers.


If you wish to make a donation to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, click below.

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LUM Needs Food Pantry Volunteers


CALL to ACTION – New Year, Renewed Commitment

St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance.

The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry needs volunteers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon; and Saturdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. for three to 16 hours per week. Food Pantry volunteers distribute food to clients and may shop for food, unload food donations and shelve and sort food. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested.

For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Donna Barker (765-742-4079×106 | foodpantry@stjohns-laf.org).

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volunteer opportunities

LUM Needs You! Here are the CURRENT LUM Volunteer Needs:

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time work with an event. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


Group Opportunities

If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (lum@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


Volunteer Opportunities

  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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LUM Volunteer Opportunities – 2018 – Hot Needs


CALL to ACTION – New Year, Renewed Commitment

volunteer opportunities

LUM Needs You! Here are the CURRENT LUM Volunteer Needs:

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time work with an event. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. READ BELOW for more detailed information on current volunteer opportunities. To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.


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Tax Assistance Program

Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns? Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training or you can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification.

The LUM Tax Assistance Programoffers flexible hours, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you. Choose your role – and get a chance to touch many lives.

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE. If you need further information, please call or email Ben Murphy (765.423.2691 | bmurphy@lumserve.org).


Afternoon Receptionist

If you’re interested in volunteering on a regular basis in the afternoon, consider becoming a volunteer afternoon receptionist at LUM.

A Volunteer LUM Receptionist is needed each weekday from noon to 4:30 p.m. — and some weekday mornings.

Volunteer Receptionists greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). Bi-weekly commitment is desired.

If you are interested or need more information, click HERE.


After School Program

The students enrolled in the LUM After School Program have returned from winter recess, and volunteers are needed from 2 to 6 p.m., every weekday.

Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children.

Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our students. ASP follows the Lafayette School Corporation’s regular calendar.

For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, HERE.


Emergency Shelter

The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment.

Must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must attend a Shelter Training Session, which are held every Monday night at 6:30 p.m.

MEALS Are Needed Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE.


Immigration Clinic

The LUM Immigration Clinic has several volunteer opportunities — and is especially grateful for volunteers who speak Spanish.

The volunteers needs are as follows — Program Assistant, Language Translator & Language Interpreter.

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE.

If you need further information, please call or email Susan Brouillette (765.423.2691 | sbrouillette@lumserve.org).


LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES

Volunteers are needed for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies fundraising event. More details are as follows:

  • Location: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette
  • Set-up — Thursday, April 12, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Staff the LUM Follies event — Friday, April 13, 4:30 – 7 p.m. or 4:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Break-down — Friday, April 13, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Perfect for groups. Check out the LUM Follies volunteer sign up sheets HERE.


LUM Camp Counselors

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?

LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 30 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3).

For additional information, click HERE.


St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance.

The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry needs volunteers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon; and Saturdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. for three to 16 hours per week. Food Pantry volunteers distribute food to clients and may shop for food, unload food donations and shelve and sort food. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested.

For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Donna Barker (765-742-4079×106 | foodpantry@stjohns-laf.org).


LUM Events

Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Thanksgiving Celebration, Turkey Trot 5K & Jubilee Christmas. Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.


Group Opportunities

If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information (lum@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).


Volunteer Opportunities

  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders.

Many more Volunteer Opportunities may be found HERE.


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Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept our heartfelt thanks and our wish for a joyous Christmas season.


Consider a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma, ‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town, Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director


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Share a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma,
‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town,
Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

{Read Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree HERE.}


December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director

PS – Please, place your generous Christmas Season gift to LUM in the enclosed envelope, or give online at www.lumserve.org


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Meet Saedie – New LUM Intern


Meet Saedie Spikes – LUM Intern

Originally from Fowler, Saedie now lives in Lafayette.

She is matriculating toward a Bachelors in Social Work from Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis.
Saedie will graduate from IUPUI in May 2018 and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

As an intern at LUM, Saedie is working with theAfter School Program and the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.