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$50,000 for 50 Years – Successful Campaign


LUM 50th Anniversary Campaign for LUM Families

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration included the goal of raising at least $50,000 — representing $1,000 per year — for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

WE DID IT! The $50K for 50 Years goal was reached! As of today, $53,025 has been raised exceeding the $50,000 goal.

Thank you everyone who celebrated with LUM this year and donated to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. If you wish to honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community, donations are still being accepted.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need.

So far in 2022, the LUM Financial Assistance Program assisted 1,248 households, 1,745 times disbursing $120,088 of assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund for emergency requests for housing, utility and health-care expenses.


$50,000 for 50 Years – Anniversary Campaign


Almost There! Help Us Reach the $50,000 Goal!

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with the goal of raising at least $50,000 — representing $1,000 per year — for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

As of today, 90% or $45,172 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal announced at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event in April.  

Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, go to LUMserve.org/donate-online.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. So far in 2022, the LUM Financial Assistance Program has had 1,544 requests for housing, utility and health-care, disbursing $102,247 of assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


$50,000 for 50 Years – Anniversary Campaign


90% Raised So Far – For Families In Need

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with the goal of raising at least $50,000 — representing $1,000 per year — for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

As of today, 90% or $45,172 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal announced at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event in April.  

Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, go to LUMserve.org/donate-online.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. So far in 2022, the LUM Financial Assistance Program has had 1,544 requests for housing, utility and health-care, disbursing $102,247 of assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


$50,000 for 50 Years Campaign


84% Raised So Far – For Families In Need

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with the goal of raising at least $50,000 — representing $1,000 per year — for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

As of today, 84% or $41,772 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal announced at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event in April. Two notable gifts have come from the Purdue Crew Team ($8,732) and a gift from the Glick Community Foundation ($7,500).  

Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, go to LUMserve.org/donate-online.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 local families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.


50th Anniversary – $50,000 for 50 Years of LUM


55% Raised So Far – For Families In Need

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with the goal of raising at least $50,000 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — representing $1,000 per year.

As of today, 55% or $27,725 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal announced at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event in April and since.

Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, click the button below.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 local families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.


50th Anniversary Celebration Continues

Raise $50,000 for 50 Years – For Families In Need

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues this year with the goal of raising $50,000 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — representing $1,000 per year. More than $23,440 has already been raised toward the $50,000 goal at the LUM 50th Anniversary event in April.

Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, click the button below.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 local families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.


State & Local Recognition of LUM 50th Anniversary


Proclamations, Congratulations, and Honors

This year is very special for LUM. It is the 50th Anniversary of Lafayette Urban Ministry becoming a recognized nonprofit serving families, children and individuals in the Greater Lafayette community. In commemoration of this historic milestone, LUM has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. These special proclamations were formally presented at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month and include the following (in the order they appear in the picture above):

  • Sheila J. Klinker, state representative, Indiana General Assembly, “As a member of the 122nd Indiana General Assembly, I would like to acknowledge LUM on their 50 year anniversary with best wishes for success.”
  • Tony Roswarski, mayor, City of Lafayette, “Sends congratulations to LUM on your 50th anniversary.”
  • Scott Walker, president & CEO, Greater Lafayette Commerce, “Honors & congratulations to LUM as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. May you be rewarded with many more years of success in our community.”
  • John R. Dennis, mayor, and Sana G. Booker, city clerk, City of West Lafayette, “Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. Best wishes for success for many years to come.”
  • Sadie B. Harper-Scott, President, NAACP Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch, “Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishments. Your work will never go unnoticed. Continuing to change lives and the love shown in the community is always a blessing.”
  • Ronnie J. Alting, state senator, Indiana General Assembly, “As a member of the Indiana General Assembly, I would like to acknowledge LUM on this joyous occasion of the 50th anniversary with best wishes for their continued success.”

Lafayette Urban Ministry is humbled and honored by the recognition of these distinguished individuals representing these reputable community and state partners. LUM thanks the City of Lafayette, City of West LafayetteGreater Lafayette CommerceIndiana General Assembly, Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch of the NAACP, and Tippecanoe County Commissioners for their support, kind comments and well wishes.


More ways to get involved with the LUM 50th Anniversary:

For more information, please go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org

An Inspiring Tribute to 50 Years of LUM


Honoring the Legacy & Impact


On Friday, April 8, 2022, the friends of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at the Long Center (Lafayette, IN) for the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration. The event honored the legacy of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a lighthearted evening filled with uplifting stories, live entertainment, refreshments & good company. 

The attendees filled the Long Center and included leaders, community partners, volunteers, donors and clients spanning the entire 50 year history of LUM. They were fully engaged the entire evening, often singing along and on their feet with excitement. The program was hosted by LUM executive director, Wes Tillett with narration from Mike Piggot. There were several visual presentations with congratulatory messages from volunteers, clients and community leaders; client success stories; and the oral history of LUM past and present featuring former LUM executive directors the Rev. Jud Dolphin and Joe Micon.


One of the highlights of the evening was the live entertainment. The show included a duet by Onyx Uzomah & Derrick Williams-Bacon, an ensemble featuring Linda Hicks & friends (Jim Brehm, Sharon McKnight, Sam Cody & Hunt Wiley), Briton Weise, the LUM Children’s Chorus featuring LUM students, LUM Ecumenical Choir directed by Eileen Weiss and featuring singers from more than 20 local churches. Jeff Goodspeed (piano) and Larry Guentert (drums) provided accompaniment throughout the event, and the social hour featured the West Lafayette High School String Quartet. The event also included volunteer recognition and 2021 LUM Star Volunteer awards presented by the Rev. Dr. Gladys Nwabah and Rev. Lucia Oerter, and an acknowledgement of the event sponsors by Wes Tillett.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration kicks off a yearlong series of events commemorating LUM becoming a recognized nonprofit in 1972. If you are not able to attend this event, you still have an opportunity to invest in the next 50 years of Lafayette Urban Ministry in its quest to “tackle basic human needs and uplift the people of Greater Lafayette.” One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, which provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis. To make a 50th anniversary donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, click the button below, go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


In 1972, a small group of dedicated individuals successfully incorporated a new social services agency in Tippecanoe County — Lafayette Urban Ministry. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us to honor the leadership, shareholders, programs & services, and impact of Lafayette Urban Ministry for the last half-century.


Tackling Basic Human Needs &
Uplifting the People of Great Lafayette


LUM also invites you to be a part of the vision for the next 50 years, which will include an in-depth and strategic look at the sustainable future for Lafayette Urban Ministry as a valuable asset to the people, families, and children in our community for generations to come.

50th Anniversary Celebration Benefits Local Families


All Proceeds go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

This fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis.

In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 families; provided financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198. Please support the Good Samaritan Fund by attending the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration.

If you cannot attend but wish to make an investment in the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, click the button below to make a donation. And thanks.


LUM 50th Features “Visual Presentations”

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration program will be hosted by LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, and will include live entertainment as well as several visual presentations.

The visual presentations will include

The program will also highlight several LUM superstar volunteers. There will be a reception before the celebration at 6 p.m. and after at 8:30 p.m. The reception will include refreshments, LUM swag, presentation of prestigious awards to LUM from community leaders, and music from the West Lafayette High School string quartet.


Live Entertainment Featured at LUM 50th Anniversary

  • LINDA Hicks will be performing the song Drop in the Bucket (Mitch Barrett/Carla Gover), accompanied by Jim Brehm on harmony vocals, Sharon McKnight on banjo, Sam Cody on violin, and Hunt Wiley on upright bass.
  • BRITON Weise will be performing the song Do Something (Matthew West).
  • LARRY Guentert will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on drums & percussion.
  • JEFF Goodspeed, director of music at First Christian Church, will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on the piano.

A special singing duo will perform at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration — ONYX Uzomah & DERRICK Willams-Bacon. Onyx & Derrick have reunited to perform just for you at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration. They will sing Wake Up Everybody (Whitehead/McFadden/Carstarphen) accompanied by Jeff Goodspeed on the piano and Larry Guentert on the drums.

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature the LUM Ecumenical Choir, formed just for you and this event. The choir is made up of singers from more than 20 local churches. It is directed by Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager, with accompaniment by Jeff Goodspeed on piano and by Larry Guentert on drums. They will perform We Are CalledBe Thou My Vision, and a special rendition of Let There Be Peace On Earth.


LUM 50th Anniversary – Sneak Peak Video

Make your reservation today — go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary and take care of everything online — or call us at 765-423-2691 — or stop by the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. Don’t miss the event of the season – and join us in celebrating LUM and your partnership with LUM yesterday, today and in the future. LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES: 7 p.m. celebration begins; 6 p.m. social hour
  • LOCATION: Mars Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • RESERVATION: $50 per person; $500 for row of ten; limited seating
  • Entertainment, Visual Presentations, Refreshments & Beverages

More ways to get involved with the LUM 50th Anniversary:

For more information, please go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org

LUM 50th Features “Visual Presentations”


The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration program will be hosted by LUM executive director, Wes Tillett, and will include live entertainment as well as several visual presentations.

The visual presentations will include

The program will also highlight several LUM superstar volunteers. There will be a reception before the celebration at 6 p.m. and after at 8:30 p.m. The reception will include refreshments, LUM swag, presentation of prestigious awards to LUM from community leaders, and music from the West Lafayette High School string quartet.


Live Entertainment Featured at LUM 50th Anniversary

  • LINDA Hicks will be performing the song Drop in the Bucket (Mitch Barrett/Carla Gover), accompanied by Jim Brehm on harmony vocals, Sharon McKnight on banjo, Sam Cody on violin, and Hunt Wiley on upright bass.
  • BRITON Weise will be performing the song Do Something (Matthew West).
  • LARRY Guentert will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on drums & percussion.
  • JEFF Goodspeed, director of music at First Christian Church, will be accompanying Briton Weise, Onyx & Derrick, the LUM Children’s Chorus, and the LUM Ecumenical Choir on the piano.

A special singing duo will perform at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration — ONYX Uzomah & DERRICK Willams-Bacon. Onyx & Derrick have reunited to perform just for you at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration. They will sing Wake Up Everybody (Whitehead/McFadden/Carstarphen) accompanied by Jeff Goodspeed on the piano and Larry Guentert on the drums.

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature the LUM Ecumenical Choir, formed just for you and this event. The choir is made up of singers from more than 20 local churches. It is directed by Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager, with accompaniment by Jeff Goodspeed on piano and by Larry Guentert on drums. They will perform We Are CalledBe Thou My Vision, and a special rendition of Let There Be Peace On Earth.


LUM 50th Anniversary – Sneak Peak Video

Make your reservation today — go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary and take care of everything online — or call us at 765-423-2691 — or stop by the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. Don’t miss the event of the season – and join us in celebrating LUM and your partnership with LUM yesterday, today and in the future. LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration details are as follows:

  • DATE: Friday, April 8
  • TIMES: 7 p.m. celebration begins; 6 p.m. social hour
  • LOCATION: Mars Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • RESERVATION: $50 per person; $500 for row of ten; limited seating
  • Entertainment, Visual Presentations, Refreshments & Beverages

More ways to get involved with the LUM 50th Anniversary:

For more information, please go to LUMserve.org/50th-anniversary or call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org