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LUM Students Visit Prophetstown State Park

LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette. During their visit they hiked through the park exploring the fens, prairie and open woodlands; and learned about prairie grass, and Native American culture.

They also participated in the Silly Safari Program at the Tippecanoe County Library and met some animals including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, bugs and more.

At least once a week, the LUM students go on an excursion, locally, to continue their summer learning (zoo, library, museum, firehouse) and for recreation (swimming, bowling, local park, hiking). If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a study/recreation trip, volunteer, and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


{To view more Prophetstown photos, click HERE.}



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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

UU Church Clothes Drive Benefits LUM Clients

Saturday, May 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (333 Meridian St., West Lafayette) will hold their annual Goodwill Clothing Drive on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Clean out your closets
  2. Bring your clothes to the Unitarian Universalist Church
  3. Support Local Families through LUM

UU Church will receive a $5 voucher from Goodwill for each bag of clothing donated. These vouchers will be passed along to LUM to assist our neediest families. Let your spring cleaning be a Win-Win and help local children & families.

For more information, click HERE.

East End Grill – Food & Wine Experience


SPECIAL Event Benefits LUM – Thursday, June 13

East End Grill in downtown Lafayette is hosting a very special, unique Food & Wine Experience, and all of the proceeds go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. The event details are as follows:

  • What: Four-course dinner experience with Wine pairings
  • Date & time: Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: East End Grill, 1016 Main Street, Lafayette, IN
  • Donation: $100 per person
  • Limited to the first 10 lucky individuals

Perfect for Father’s Day or Date Night


Scott Trzaskus, owner, and Ambarish Lulay, chef, are hosting the event and will give details on each course and the wine pairings. They share that,

“East End Grill would like the pleasure of hosting you for a four-course dinner experience with wine pairings. The dinner will feature local produce and meats from our purveyors to create an interactive dining experience whereby we introduce you to food and wine the way we enjoy sharing with our guests. The flavors will feature Spanish influences and include seafood and meat dishes that best convey our style of family dining and hospitality. We look forward to cooking for you.”


Make Your Reservation TODAY — If you & your friends are interested, call, email or stop by the LUM Office (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).

First come, first served. Limited to ONLY 10 participants.

East End Grill – Food & Wine Experience


SPECIAL Event Benefits LUM – Thursday, June 13

East End Grill in downtown Lafayette is hosting a very special, unique Food & Wine Experience, and all of the proceeds go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. The event details are as follows:

  • What: Four-course dinner experience with Wine pairings
  • Date & time: Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: East End Grill, 1016 Main Street, Lafayette, IN
  • Donation: $100 per person
  • Limited to the first 10 lucky individuals

Scott Trzaskus, owner, and Ambarish Lulay, chef, are hosting the event and will give details on each course and the wine pairings. They share that,

“East End Grill would like the pleasure of hosting you for a four-course dinner experience with wine pairings. The dinner will feature local produce and meats from our purveyors to create an interactive dining experience whereby we introduce you to food and wine the way we enjoy sharing with our guests. The flavors will feature Spanish influences and include seafood and meat dishes that best convey our style of family dining and hospitality. We look forward to cooking for you.”


Make Your Reservation TODAY — If you & your friends are interested, call, email or stop by the LUM Office (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).

First come, first served. Limited to ONLY 10 participants.

LUM Tax Assistance – Strengthens Families

Celebrating Another Successful Tax Year

Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • $633,267 – Total Refunds
  • $568,183 – Total Federal Refunds
  • $65,084 – Total State Refunds
  • 407 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $153,912 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $20,750 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?

  • Lower wage workers wouldn’t be able to afford having their tax returns prepared professionally
  • Federal & state support for working families is often offered through tax code
  • If workers don’t file, significant tax credits will be left unclaimed
  • Refunds boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail

This year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers and staff met for dinner at the program director’s home to reflect & celebrate another successful year. Attending the celebration, pictured above L to R, were (back row) Rob Patrick, Karen Marty, Patti O’Callaghan, Andrea Schmidt, Josh Prokopy, LUM Tax Assistance Program director, & Ron Smith; and (front row) Cheryl Nettleman & Ann Pellegrino.


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LUM Follies – Make Your Reservation Today

Support Local Families in Crisis – Attend Follies

Make your reservation today for the 8th annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. 

LUM Follies’ Details and Schedule are as follows:

  • Friday, May 3
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Price: $50 per person; $400 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction; 6:30 p.m. — Dinner; 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment
  • Make your reservations ($50 per person; $400 per table) online HERE or by calling 765-423-2691.
  • If you wish to be an Event Sponsoremail or call us

Last year, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times and $109,784 was shared through the LUM Good Samaritan Program. Evictions were averted. Utility disconnects were halted. Prescription medication was secured. More than $1.6 million has been shared over the past 14 years. The money raised at LUM Follies, including your gift, is a significant part of this emergency fund.


Be a LUM Follies SPONSOR

Please review your LUM Follies sponsorship options (click HERE) and return it with your gift in the via mail. You may also give online at lumserve.org/follies.


Make your reservations ($50 per person; $400 per table) online HERE or by calling 765-423-2691.

Susan Brouillette Highlighted on Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, Catholic Legal Immigration Network highlighted the Rev. Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director. CLINIC wrote, “As an advocate, accredited representative and Presbyterian minister, Susan draws on her faith and commitment to justice to serve the local immigrant community. Susan goes above and beyond to assist her clients in obtaining citizenship, even traveling around the state to attend naturalization ceremonies.” Congratulations, Rev. Susan!


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LUM Pilots New Protein Food Pantry

Lafayette Urban Ministry will begin piloting a new response to food insecurity in our community beginning April 4 — the LUM Protein Food Pantry. It will feature proteins, produce & paper products. Local families in need will be able to select canned and frozen meats & fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans & legumes, peanut butter, infant formula and paper products. High carb foods & snacks will be avoided. The LUM Protein Food Pantry will be open Thursday mornings at the LUM Ray Ewry Center (525 N 4th Street) in downtown Lafayette.

In addition, a committee of the LUM board is in place working to re-imagine and improve on how LUM best serves local children and families through food assistance initiatives. Stay tuned for news about LUM’s latest efforts.

Financial donations to the LUM Protein Food Pantry are welcome. The new LUM Protein Food Pantry will also need volunteers starting Thursday, April 4. If you are interested in volunteering or making an investment in the LUM Protein Food Pantry, click the appropriate button below.

VOLUNTEER – click HERE


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Food Pantry – LUM Protein Food Pantry

Purdue Catholic Students Day of Service

St. Tom’s Students & Alumni Help LUM

The students, alumni & staff attending last weekend’s Boiler Awakening Retreat(sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue) spent a day serving with LUM. The retreat participants helped with “spring cleaning” at the LUM Emergency Shelter. They gave the interior a new coat of paint. LUM is blessed to have such hard working volunteers at Purdue willing to lend a hand. Thanks to the Boiler Awakening students, alumni & staff and the members of Purdue Catholic Students.

If you or your group wishes to volunteer with LUM, go to lumserve.org/volunteer. Boiler Up!

To view more photos, click HERE.

Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

On February 27, Senate Bill 111was referred to the House for further consideration. The bill, authored by Senators Eric KochErin Houchin, and John Crane, seeks to establish the Community and Faith Based Substance Abuse Program. If passed, SB 111 will enable the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to establish and administer this grant. The legislation would also fund a Community and Faith Based Substance Abuse Transportation Assistance Grant Program. Signaling widespread support for the bill, SB111 moved quickly through the Senate Family and Children Services and Appropriations committees. Twenty-three days after its first reading in the Senate, SB 111 passed with a roll call vote of 49 yeas and 0 nays. Unfortunately to date there has been no movement on the bill since being forwarded to the House of Representatives.

This bill, if passed, will help Hoosiers struggling with substance abuse across the state. Enabling both community and faith based programs to apply for grants to help with recovery is an important step in the right direction. According to a 2017 report by the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 5.9% of Hoosiers had an alcohol use disorder within a year of the study. 30.8% of Hoosiers also reported tobacco use in the past month. These numbers, as well as the continued prevalence of hard drug use by some, are alarming. Understanding that substance abuse is an issue which affects individuals and families across the state, it is commendable that the General Assembly is considering such a bill. Hopefully, Senate Bill 111 will become law in the not to distant future.  

When asked to comment on whether the bill would be helpful to the homeless population served by Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter director, David Heckert commented, “It would be another option for our homeless guests a majority of whom struggle with addiction. It would also be a resource for building the capacity of existing programs as well as helping to starting new ones by making additional state and Federal funds available. I am pleased that providers, policy makers, and law enforcement officials are now considering addiction to be a chronic disease rather than a personal choice.”

To view the Report on Substance Abuse in Indiana, click HERE.