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Celebrating 2019 – Another Amazing Year at LUM

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch

Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at BRU Burger Bar (Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2019, another amazing year.
 
Pictured L to R: Pablo Malavenda, Gayle Koning, Kristi Hogue, Nina Morgan, the Rev. Susan Brouillette, Connie Davis, Anna Tatman, Nate Gick, Monica Casanova, Linda Hicks, Josh Prokopy, Mady Kirts, Shavonn Kimbrough, Joe Micon & Eileen Weiss.

Board President Responds to Announcement


Joe Micon Retiring Effective March 31

Dear Friend of LUM,

Let me be the first of what I expect will be a great many people in our community and beyond to congratulate Joe Micon on his well-deserved upcoming retirement. It is hard to think of anyone else, who over the course of his career, has had such a major impact for good on the children and families in our community and state. LUM will recognize Joe’s 41 years of service with a special “LUM Retirement Follies” on Friday, March 6, 2020, allowing each of us the opportunity to celebrate Joe’s service and to say thanks. (Event details will be coming soon.)

I am especially grateful to Joe for providing the LUM Board of Directors ample time and opportunity to plan and conduct a smooth transition to a new executive director. An in-depth assessment of LUM was conducted in 2019, and a national search for a new LUM executive director is nearing its successful conclusion. The LUM board will publicly introduce its new executive director in mid March. She or he will assume responsibilities on April 1, 2020. Until then, LUM will remain focused on fulfilling its mission of providing quality services to the children and families who come seeking help.

In his I Have a Dream speech the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the “fierce urgency of now,” reminding us that we need one another and that we are stronger when we march forward together. In my years of working closely with Joe, I have deeply appreciated his fierce urgency of now, the passion and clarity with which he has moved LUM forward on behalf of those we serve. Looking back over Joe’s 41 years of influence and impact, I see how incredibly blessed we have been by his faithful, and faith-filled leadership.

Sincerely,

Joan Foord Low
President
Board of Directors
Lafayette Urban Ministry

New Decade Introduces a New Era for LUM


Joe Micon Retiring Effective March 31

Dear Friend,

It was in October of 1978, more than 41 years ago, that I first came to the Lafayette Urban Ministry as a Purdue University Applied Sociology Intern. I was instantly captivated by the mission of this place. Imagine, local church congregations of every diverse offering coming together for the thing we each shared in common, namely our mandate to live out, in very real and concrete ways, God’s requirement to love kindness and to seek justice for the poor!

My first job at LUM was as our part time office manager. I could type and crank the handle on a mimeograph machine, so hey, why not? After graduating, it was on to directing LUM’s emergency assistance work, Jubilee Christmas and Repairs on Wheels. (Anyone remember that program?) After graduate school, LUM’s former Executive Director Jud Dolphin thought I would fit the bill to lead LUM’s new social justice arm. LUM won hard fought victories for at-risk children and working families all across Indiana. We reformed Township Poor Relief. We won free textbooks for low-income public school students in Indiana. We improved federal public assistance programs in our state and were responsible for instituting Indiana’s Free Public School Breakfast Program for needy children. LUM felt children learned better in school when they were not hungry, and we decided to do something about it. These were just the first of many more public policy victories to come.

In 1990, I was named LUM’s third Executive Director. During the ensuing years there have been expansions in our programs. There has been the increased stewardship of LUM’s very generous donors. There has been the selfless service of thousands of volunteers. We have attracted a very talented and faithful team of professional and support staff. Over the years literally hundreds of LUM board members have governed with wisdom and grace. There has been the successful completion of several major capital campaigns, the building of buildings and the purchase of homes for needy families. We navigated my four political campaigns, my service on the Warren County Council and my years in the Indiana General Assembly. I was blessed to have served at LUM Camp one week each summer for 40 years!


And through it all, LUM has remained faithful to its powerful Mission:

  • Loving neighbors
  • Seeking justice
  • Empowering the least among us
  • Helping churches to renew their social ministry.

In so many ways LUM hired two social workers when I became director. Jo, my wife and partner of 35 years has been here, behind the scenes, everyday, sharing support and offering insight. She helps me to be more bold in my approach when I am too timid. She helps me to be more humble when I am overly self-assured. Jo has never known me not employed by LUM. Our two grown children, Katie (29) and Jonathan (25), have never known life without their dad as LUM’s Executive Director. Can you imagine that?

 {Pictured: the Rev. Ron Elly, first LUM executive director; Jud Dolphin, second; and Joe Micon, third.}

I know that it is almost unheard of for someone to spend an entire career in one place, but somehow, seemingly in the blink of an eye, that’s what has happened. How grateful I am that 41 LUM boards have allowed me to serve.

It is from that place of gratitude that I share with you that I will retire from Lafayette Urban Ministry on March 31, 2020. LUM’s board has known about this transition for quite some time, has completed an in-depth organizational assessment of LUM and is nearing the completion of its national search for a new executive director. You will be hearing more about this from LUM’s Board President Joan Low in the immediate future. For the next 2+ months of my tenure, I will concentrate, as always, on the directing the important mission and work of LUM.

I am beginning to envision my new life outside of LUM. It will involve more time spent with family. Jo and I will travel more. I look forward to maintaining several community affiliations. I am also looking forward to having more time to nurture relationships with good friends.

Throughout the years, I have called upon the words of great writers and poets for inspiration. Directing a place like LUM requires a healthy balance of both heart and head. These thoughts from the philosopher Kahlil Gibran seem especially meaningful as my time at LUM begins to draw to a close…

You have been told that life is darkness,
And in your weariness you echo what is said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself,
And to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave a cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection,
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with the breath of your own spirit,
To become a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

May God’s blessings be with you. Thank you for the rich friendship and gracious support you have always extended to me. Thank you for your continued dedication to the work of the Lafayette Urban Ministry; for extending Grace to each child and family, each person, in the example of Jesus.

Most Sincerely,

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

Double Your Donation to LUM – Ends Saturday


This Match Program expired November 30 at midnight.
Thanks to Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance for making it possible.

During the month of November, take advantage of the Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program and double your donation to LUM, increasing your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Make A Donation” button below, make a donation by November 30, and Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match all donations, up to $3,000.


PLUS — $10 Donation to LUM — for every insurance quote requested. You must be a new customer, email michael@neilklemme.com for an insurance quote, mention Lafayette Urban Ministry — and $10 will be donated to LUM!


All money will benefit local children & families through the LUM Jubilee Christmas program. Jubilee Christmas is aJubilee LOGO red special LUM program for families with children ages 12 and under. Families who participate in Jubilee Christmas are invited to a host site and are able to select new toys for their children. Families also receive some food items to make their Christmas dinner more special. This year, 617 local families are registered for Jubilee Christmas, impacting 1,766 children.


This is an exciting  partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is very fortunate and sincerely grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.


NOW through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation to LUM

Double Your Donation to LUM – Only 9 Days Left


This Match Program expired November 30 at midnight.
Thanks to Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance for making it possible.

During the month of November, take advantage of the Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program and double your donation to LUM, increasing your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Make A Donation” button below, make a donation by November 30, and Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match all donations, up to $3,000.


PLUS — $10 Donation to LUM — for every insurance quote requested. You must be a new customer, email michael@neilklemme.com for an insurance quote, mention Lafayette Urban Ministry — and $10 will be donated to LUM!


All money will benefit local children & families through the LUM Jubilee Christmas program. Jubilee Christmas is aJubilee LOGO red special LUM program for families with children ages 12 and under. Families who participate in Jubilee Christmas are invited to a host site and are able to select new toys for their children. Families also receive some food items to make their Christmas dinner more special. This year, 617 local families are registered for Jubilee Christmas, impacting 1,766 children.


This is an exciting  partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is very fortunate and sincerely grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.


NOW through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation to LUM

Holder Bedding Match Donation

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation


Holy Trinity Presents Two Upcoming Events

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to attend two upcoming community events.
Here are the details:

Topic: Medicare Overview

  • Wednesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Speaker: John Williams, Medicare Specialist, State Help Insurance Assistance Program

Topic: Social Security Retirement & Online Services

  • Friday, November 15 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Speaker: J. Winters, Social Security Office Manager, Lafayette, IN

Both events are FREE and open to the public; and take place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1005 N 21st Street, Lafayette, IN. For more information, please go to htlcweb.org or call 765-447-4205. All are welcome.

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program


This Match Program expired November 30 at midnight.
Thanks to Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance for making it possible.

Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette is offering a “$3,000 Match Donation” in support of LUM.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme Insurance Agency.

It’s simple — click the “Make A Donation” button, make a donation by November 30, and Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match it up to $3,000.


All money will benefit local children & families through the LUM Jubilee Christmas program. Jubilee Christmas is aJubilee LOGO red special LUM program for families with children ages 12 and under. Families who participate in Jubilee Christmas are invited to a host site and are able to select new toys for their children. Families also receive some food items to make their Christmas dinner more special. This year, 617 local families are registered for Jubilee Christmas, impacting 1,766 children.


This is an exciting  partnership because Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is a local business. LUM is very fortunate and sincerely grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.


NOW through November 30
Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will Match your Donation to LUM

Holder Bedding Match Donation

Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Donation


Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency to Match Your LUM Donation


This Match Program expired November 30 at midnight.
Thanks to Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance for making it possible.

This year, Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency is sponsoring the annual LUM “Match Program.”

Starting November 1, your donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Neil Klemme has chosen the LUM Jubilee Christmas programs for this match program. Up to $23,000 donated during the month of November to Jubilee Christmas will be matched by Neil Klemme Insurance Agency.

Stay tuned for more information on the Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program. Don’t miss your opportunity to double your donation to LUM during the month of November.

LUM’s Impact – So Far This Year – 2019

Each year, when we return from a successful Hunger Hike event, we realize that it’s October and time to focus on our fall & winter programs. The LUM staff members are already focused on Jubilee ChristmasPort of Hope, the Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Turkey Trot 5K Run!

It is also a time to reflect on the positive impact that LUM has had on the families, children and individuals in our community. So far this year, 3,160 different low-income households have been served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM has nurtured and educated children, sheltered families, fed the hungry, helped the homeless become self-sufficient, supported the legal immigrant — by giving HOPE & HELP to the often faceless and voiceless.

Here is a better snapshot of LUM’s impact to date:

All of this is due to the faithful work carried on every day and night by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Thanks to your friendship and generous support, LUM continues to make our community a better place for all of its citizens. Please remember LUM through the remainder of 2019 by participating in one of our upcoming events, volunteering, or by giving a financial gift! God bless you for all you do that allows LUM to make a difference with the families in our community.


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UU Church Gift Benefits LUM Families

Saturday, May 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and
Susanne McConville representing the Social Responsibility Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County donated clothes vouchers worth $540, redeemable at Goodwill Stores. The church received a $5 voucher for each bag of clothing donated to Goodwill from their annual Clothing Drive this past May.

These vouchers will be passed along to the neediest families in our community through the LUM Good Samaritan Program.

If you or your church or group would like to support the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please email or call Linda Hicks (lhicks@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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