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LUM Programs – Save the Dates – Get Engaged

Planning for a Better Tomorrow


Hunger Hike  (Sunday, September 20)

– Join us in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally — by participating in Hunger Hike 2020. Hunger Hike offers many ways for individuals, churches, groups, organizations, teams, families and companies to raise funds to fight hunger. Walk and raise funds on your own or create a Team and raise funds as a group. Make a donation online, support a Team & become a Corporate Sponsor.

Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. If an outdoor event is not feasible the committee is exploring a virtual event. Find everything you need to start fundraising on the Hunger Hike website — go to hungerhike.org.


Port of Hope  (Thursday, November 5)

– Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM  Immigration Clinic . For many families in our community the LUM Immigration Clinic is their “Port of Hope.” Please support the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic by attending Port of Hope. Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food from local restaurants, a Market Place featuring unique experiences and items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.


Turkey Trot 5K Run  (Thursday, November 26)

– Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration  (Thursday, November 26)

– The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by preparing food, volunteering or making a donation.


Jubilee Christmas  (Saturday, December 12)

– LUM Jubilee Christmas serves more than 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.


COVID-19 Response – Planning for these events is well underway. LUM is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily, and the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff members are the highest priority. The event planning teams are hopeful that these events will be better than ever this year, and alternative plans are being explored for virtual or mix platform programs. Check the LUM website for the most up-to-date information on each event. PLEASE – Save the dates and support LUM and these important events.

Meet Josh Prokopy – New Role with LUM in 2020

This year, Josh J. Prokopy will be expanding his role with LUM to include outreach, fundraising and tax assistance. Josh will now be the director of two major fundraising events (Hunger Hike & Turkey Trot 5K Run), the Tax Assistance Program and the Dream Team project.

Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Linda, and their three teenage children, Annabel, Margaret & David. Anabel & Margaret are both in 10th grade, and David is in 7th grade, all at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School. They are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County.

Josh earned a bachelor’s in independent concentration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and both a Master’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to being active in the community with housing related organizations and with his church, he is an avid home-brewer of beer and has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Josh enjoys being out in nature, playing strategy games, and spending time with friends and family engaged in meaningful conversation, “preferably over a pint of excellent home-brewed beer.”

LUM is fortunate to have someone with Josh’s talent and experience as a member of the team.

Malavenda’s New Role at LUM


Pablo Malavenda, Executive Program Director

Not to be confused with the “executive director,” Pablo Malavenda is the new Executive Program Director (reporting to the Executive Director).

In addition to his duties directing Jubilee Christmas, LUM communications & social media, IT support, database management and website development, Pablo will now also supervise the directors of the following LUM programs: Community Thanksgiving, Emergency Shelter/Winter Warming Station, Good Samaritan ProgramID ClinicYouth Programs, Food Pantry & Tax Assistance Program.

Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Pablo now lives in West Lafayette with Kristin, his wife of 23 years, and their children, Maximilian (21) and Zoe (19), both of whom are attending Purdue. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas, West Lafayette. Pablo graduated from Platt High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/ Industrial Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and has more than 15 years of supervisory experience.

With LUM, Pablo directed Hunger Hike from 2014-2019 and LUM Follies from 2015-2019. Pablo shared that,

I am excited to work with the talented team of LUM program directors. Over the years I have witnessed many great things but also know that together we can always do better and achieve more.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys sharing books with Kristin, going to concerts with Max, being the best Dance Dad to Zoe, as well as cooking for and traveling with all three. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Pablo’s experience to join the management team at LUM.

Turkey Trot 5K Run 2019 Raises Close to $21,000


The annual Turkey Trot 5K Run was festive as well as a big success. Turkey Trot attracted a fun bunch willing to arrive before sunrise and run or walk a 5K on a brisk Thanksgiving morning.

Many arrived in costume or wearing a turkey hat, and participated with their entire family including their dogs. Turkey Trot participants shared that they enjoy being able to add more meaning to their holiday by supporting local children & families through the programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Special thanks to our first annual Costume Contest celebrity judges, Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker and Joe Micon, LUM executive director. To view the TT5K Run results, click HERE. To view event PHOTOS, click button below.

The event was also a successful fundraiser for all of the LUM programs & services offered to local families and children. It is still early but Turkey Trot 2019 is on track to raise more than $21,000. Thanks to all of our participants and Event Sponsors. If you were not able to participate and would like to give, click the donate button below.


PHOTOS – To view photos from the event, click HERE.

Lafayette Urban Ministry Serves 900+ Meals


Yesterday, Lafayette Urban Ministry hosted the 33rd annual Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community THANKSGIVING Celebration. The event was free, open to the public and included a Thanksgiving feast served from noon to 2 p.m. Special guests included State Representative Sheila Klinker. There was also live entertainment from Frank Rosenthal, the West Lafayette High School Orchestra, Jason Dufair, and Second Presbyterian Church featuring Ebony Barrett. More than 900 meals were served, which included 75 turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls and 112 pies. It was a festive event for the community. To view event PHOTOS, click button below.
 
Special thanks to Central Presbyterian Church for most of the turkeys (28) and for the beautiful facility. Thanks also to the major donors, Lafayette Auto Supply, Industrial Federal Credit Union, Cathy Russell Team Real Estate, Denny’s Body Shop, Purdue Aviation, and Phronesis, Inc. — as well as Lafayette Brewing Co., Jane’s Gourmet Deli & Catering, and Popp-A-Top for food donations.
 
If you’d like to make a donation to offset the expenses of the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community THANKSGIVING Celebration, click the donate button below.

PHOTOS – To view photos from the event, click HERE.

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LUM Thanksgiving – Give Support & Get Engaged

Turkey Trot 5K Run
  • NEXT Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Morning)
  • Run start time — 8 a.m. 
  • Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Cattail Trail Loop – Walmart Parking Lot, West Lafayette, IN
  • $35 Adult; $10 Youth

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats, costumes and more. 
Advanced registration is encouraged but race day walk-ups are welcome!A few more volunteers are also needed.

All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds directly support local children & families through the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry — and it’s a blast! Register TODAY!

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LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith 
Community Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • NEXT Thursday, Nov. 28
  • Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette, IN
  • FREE – All are welcome

More than 800 people will be served at the annual Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

It is a true community event, where everyone is welcome.
To make it a success, LUM relies on donations of money as well as food & supplies. Please consider making a donation, cooking a casserole or baking a pie.

And join us on Thanksgiving — it’s free.


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LUM Thanksgiving Day Events NEED You!

Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration

More than 800 people will be served this Thanksgiving at the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, and we’d love to have you get involved in some way.

You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run – Fundraiser for LUM benefiting Local Families

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. Families, dogs, walkers, strollers, wagons, costumes & turkey hats are welcome. It is a great way start off your Thanksgiving day. Build lifetime memories — and support local families in need through the programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Times: Run start time — 8 a.m.; Check-In — 6:30-7:45 a.m.
  • Place: Near Walmart, 2801 Cumberland Ave,West Lafayette
  • Fees: $35 Adult; $10 Youth (under 13)
  • Register: click HERE 
  • Course: Cattail Trail Loop – Celery Bog Nature Area. View route map HERE.
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to turkeytrot5krun.org.

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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration


Donate Food & Supplies | Volunteer | Attend

More than 800 people will be served this Thanksgiving at the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, and we’d love to have you get involved in some way.

You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

LUM Thanksgiving Dinner Needs Food Donations


Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 | Noon to 2 p.m.
Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette, IN
FREE – All are welcome


Pies and casseroles are needed for the annual LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration. Please consider baking and cooking for this special Thanksgiving holiday dinner.
Another way to get involved is to donate needed items (food & supplies) and volunteer before or at the event on Thanksgiving Day. Dozens of volunteers are needed to work in the kitchen, serve food and drinks, greet and assist our guests and, of course, set up, breakdown and clean up.

More than 800 people will be served this Thanksgiving at the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, and we’d love to have you get involved in some way. You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Start a New Family Tradition This Thanksgiving

Lafayette Urban Ministry offers two fun & meaningful community events on Thanksgiving Day (11/28) for you to start a new family tradition. This year, why not get your family engaged in the LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Turkey Trot 5K Run by cooking, shopping, running, and/or volunteering? Learn more about each event below.


Community Thanksgiving Dinner – All Are Welcome

Pies and casseroles are need for the annual Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration. What a wonderful tradition to start with your family to bake and cook for this special Thanksgiving holiday dinner. Another way to get your family involved is to volunteer before or at the event on Thanksgiving Day. Dozens of volunteers are needed to work in the kitchen, serve food and drinks, greet and assist our guests and, of course, set up, breakdown and clean up.

More than 800 people will be served, and we’d love to have you get involved in some way. You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. For more information about volunteering and donating, go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


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