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LUM Annual Report 2019

The Executive Directors of Lafayette Urban Ministry

Here is your advance copy of the LUM 2019 Annual Report. The pages detail the remarkable work that together we have accomplished on behalf of low-income children and working families in our community.

How gratifying it is for the LUM staff members, as well as for LUM’s many volunteers, to see the generous financial support of LUM’s many donors and to experience the ever-present encouragement of the LUM Board of Directors.

Feel free to share the LUM Annual Report with friends and family members to show the impact that you are having through your partnership in LUM.

Please be in touch if you have questions or comments. THANK YOU for all you continue to do for local children and families through the service & programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

  • To view the LUM 2019 Annual Report, click HERE.
  • To view all LUM reports including the Annual Report, click HERE.

In 2019…
  • Lafayette Urban Ministry served 3,792 households
  • More than 3,200 individuals volunteered in a LUM program
  • 1,776 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations or local businesses contributed financially to the work at LUM


LUM Mission Statement

Poverty is the greatest thief.
More than depriving a neighbor of food or shelter or warmth, it steals away hope.
While other thieves may take away the past, poverty steals the future and self-respect.
Lafayette Urban Ministry is in the business of restoring human dignity.
Through voluntary efforts and contributions we give back the hope, the future, and the self respect which all God’s people need and deserve.
Ours is a Christian ministry that welcomes congregations and people of all faiths.
We give witness to God’s saving love & prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.

Annual Report 2017 – Lafayette Urban Ministry


A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

How pleased we are to present to you, on the front cover of the 2017 Annual Report, “A Prayer for LUM.” It was recently written and shared with me by Dr. James Davidson and the Rev. Don Nead. Along with LUM’s first Executive Director Rev. Ron Elly and Dr. Thomas Hull, Davidson and Nead were instrumental in the early formation and development of LUM.

These four LUM “Dream Team” members knew then, that in order for LUM to grow and to have a positive impact in the lives of the needy in our community, it must become a place that seamlessly integrates both the spiritual and social aspects of our Christian faith. As LUM begins its 46th year of ministry to at-risk families and children in our community, how powerful it is for us to receive Jim and Don’s prayerful expression of why it is that LUM is here.

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who lost his life in June of 2015 along with eight members of his congregation at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, once shared in a sermon that “Our calling is not just within the walls of the congregation, but in the life & community in which our congregation resides.”

In eulogizing Rev. Pinckney, President Obama shared that Pinckney’s faith demanded that he perform deeds along with preaching words; that the sweet hour of prayer is supposed to last all week long; that putting faith into action is about more than just individual salvation, it is about our collective salvation; that to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and house the homeless is not just a call for isolated charity, but the imperative of a just society.

In the pages of this Annual Report, I hope you will look beyond all the data and dollars, as impressive as they are, to the deep reservoir of communal faith from which these things flow. I hope you gain a sense of what it is that motivates us as LUM donors, volunteers, staff and board members, to accomplish all the many works of charity and social justice that happen here.

At LUM’s board meeting last month, board secretary Joan Low (Greater Lafayette Stake LDS) shared a story about Dr. King’s final words. As far as anyone knows, the last thing Martin Luther King, Jr. said as he leaned over the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis was to saxophonist Ben Branch. “Ben, be sure you play my favorite song tonight, ‘Precious Lord.’ Play it real pretty.”

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord,
Lead me home.

LUM’s work is often difficult. Staff members work long hours. Volunteers always wish they could do more for those we serve. Decisions have to be made every day about how to best allocate limited resources. It is in the midst of these difficulties that so many of us at LUM draw upon our reservoir of faith to help lighten the load.

“Thank you” Jim Davidson and Don Nead for sharing your “Prayer for LUM” and for reminding us yet again of LUM’s mission and what motivates us to accomplish it.

My deepest gratitude to each of you – LUM’s donors, volunteers, staff and board members – for expressing your faith through your special involvement in and support of the Lafayette Urban Ministry.


The 2017 LUM Annual Report is available to review, click HERE.


LUM Mission Statement

Poverty is the greatest thief.

More than depriving a neighbor of food or shelter or warmth, it steals away hope.
While other thieves may take away
the past, poverty steals the future and self-respect.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is in the business of restoring human dignity.

Through voluntary efforts and contributions we give back the hope, the future, and the self respect which all God’s people need and deserve.

Ours is a Christian ministry that welcomes congregations and
people of all faiths.

We give witness to God’s saving
love & prophetic power by
loving neighbors, seeking justice,
empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.


The 2017 LUM Annual Report is available to review, click HERE.


In 2017, Lafayette Urban Ministry served 5,166 households and more than 3,000 individuals volunteered in a LUM program. Over 1,600 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations or local businesses contributed financially to our work.

Please read the LUM Annual Report —learn the facts and figures—and see what your special friendship and generous support has accomplished and how many children and families were served. Then, take a moment to reflect upon what it was about LUM that evoked feeling in you this year.

Thanks again for a terrific 2017 — you’ve made our community a stronger, safer, more fair and just place for everyone.


To read the entire LUM Annual Report including a letter from the executive director, click HERE. Stop by the LUM office if you would like a paper copy.


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LUM Annual Report 2017

The 2017 LUM Annual Report is available to review, click HERE.


In 2017, Lafayette Urban Ministry served 5,166 households and more than 3,000 individuals volunteered in a LUM program. Over 1,600 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations or local businesses contributed financially to our work.

Please read the LUM Annual Report —learn the facts and figures—and see what your special friendship and generous support has accomplished and how many children and families were served. Then, take a moment to reflect upon what it was about LUM that evoked feeling in you this year.

Thanks again for a terrific 2017 — you’ve made our community a stronger, safer, more fair and just place for everyone.


To read the entire LUM Annual Report including a letter from the executive director, click HERE. Stop by the LUM office if you would like a paper copy.


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Using Your Unique Gifts


I encourage you to research the inspiring story of Jennie Hodgers. Born December 25, 1843 in Clogher Head Ireland, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1859 and in 1862 enlisted in the 95th Illinois Infantry as a man named Albert Cashier.



Cashier fought the entire Civil War, being present in 40 engagements. His regiment suffered 289 casualties. During the siege of Vicksburg, he was captured by the confederates but managed to escape by grabbing a guard’s rifle and knocking him senseless. After the war, Cashier lived the remaining 50 years of his life as a man. He received a military pension and lived as a veteran at the Sailor’s and Soldier’s Home in Quincy, Illinois. The staff at the home kept his original gender identity secret even after they eventually discovered the truth.


As we begin a new year of ministry together at LUM, we can learn an important lesson from Albert Cashier’s story.

Each moment for him was a calculated risk, somehow worth it all just to be able to commit to a cause greater than himself. One can’t help but admire his particular profile in courage. During this unprecedented period of change and fear in our nation, what are the calculated risks you and I are willing to take in order to make our community a safer, more healthy place for all of its children and families?

  • If you are a LUM volunteer, might you be able to contribute a few extra hours, or perhaps bring a friend to help too?
  • If you are a member of the LUM staff, might this be the time to advocate for growth or improvements in your programs?
  • If you are a member of the LUM board of directors, how might you step out just a little further in faith to advance the mission of LUM?
  • If you are a LUM donor, might you commit to continuing, or perhaps even increasing, your important financial support of LUM and all that happens here?

You have done so very much already. The pages of this annual report are a glowing testament to that. How appreciative I am for your special friendship and generous support of all the good that goes on here at LUM.


How aware I am of the challenges that lie ahead for us.

Albert Cashier, in his own unique and courageous way, helped to bend the long arc of our nation’s history toward justice. In the coming year, may we engage anew in that important work, using our unique gifts, to love more kindly, act more justly and to walk more humbly with our God and all those he calls us to faithfully serve.


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The 2016 LUM Annual Report is available to review, click HERE. Stop by the LUM office if you would like a paper copy.


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The Feeling of the Place


2015-01-23 Joe Micon 009 GoldAn annual report, by definition is about financial figures and caseload data. It is an important document for a place like LUM. We work hard to be accountable to our many donors and volunteers. But truth be told, for most of us, the numbers will quickly fade and LUM’s many program accomplishments over the past year will soon be forgotten.

That’s why I think Maya Angelou was onto something when she said

“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


So, as we reflect upon our past year of ministry together, let’s focus, at least for a moment, on some of 2015’s most important emotional ic - first citizenhighlights…

  • How proud Rafaela Lopez (pictured) was to take her oath of US Citizenship on September 4. She was the first ever LUM Immigration Clinic client to earn that privilege. We were moved as she pledged allegiance to her new country for the first time.
  • A LUM tax client left our office fighting back tears of joy. Volunteer tax preparer Ann Pellegrino (pictured) had just secured a tax refund for him; and now he could purchase new shoes and clothes for his children.2015-02-23 AnnePellegrino 005 (gold)
  • How satisfying it was to see the hospitality with which each church and host-site treated their many guests on Jubilee Christmas Saturday.
  • Eileen Weiss sang All Creatures of our God & King during an outdoor morning chapel at LUM Camp this summer. All of us, campers and counselors, felt a special closeness to God and His creation.
  • After years advocating for Indiana to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, LUM Public Policy Director Susan Brouillette was finally able to report that the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 was implemented, granting healthcare to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Hoosiers. Such relief.
  • Mariana Paddock (pictured) provided free haircuts for LUM’s 2014-11-13 MissionMoment 006 borderhomeless clients once a month. You could feel the love and respect she offered as she washed and trimmed each person’s hair. You could literally see the confidence build in each of her “customers.”
  • A LUM After School Program student had a volunteer tutor from Purdue—all to himself. I don’t know which was more important, that student’s increased math comprehension or his new found self-esteem.
  • Was there anything more enjoyable last year than watching Father Patrick Baikauskas , pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Center (pictured) gleefully Zumba dancing at Hunger Hike?

Fr Patrick Zumba-ing

  • After 21 years of ministry at LUM, Mary Anderson (pictured) retired last year. A reception was 2015-12-18 Mary Anderson Retirement Reception 062 (2)held in her honor filled with hugs, well-wishes, laughter and tears. Mary’s many friends and colleagues offered their gratitude for her remarkable career of service.

So please, go ahead and read the pages of this Annual Report. Learn the facts and figures. See what your special friendship and generous support has accomplished and how many children and families were served. Then, take a moment to reflect upon what it was about LUM that evoked feeling in you this year. For me, those feelings will include sincere and heartfelt gratitude — for you. How thankful I am, that through your faithful support of LUM, you made our community a stronger, safer, more fair and just place for everyone.

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The 2015 LUM Annual Report is available to review, click HERE. Stop by the LUM office if you would like a paper copy.


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2015 LUM Annual Report


The 2015 LUM Annual Report is available to review, click HERE.


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In 2015, Lafayette Urban Ministry served 5,363 households and more than 3,000 individuals volunteered in a LUM program. Over 1,600 individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations or local businesses contributed financially to our work.

Please read the LUM Annual Report —learn the facts and figures—and see what your special friendship and generous support has accomplished and how many children and families were served. Then, take a moment to reflect upon what it was about LUM that evoked feeling in you this year.

As Maya Angelou wrote, “I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Thanks again for a terrific 2015 — you’ve made our community a stronger, safer, more fair and just place for everyone.


To read the entire LUM Annual Report including a letter from the executive director, click HERE. Stop by the LUM office if you would like a paper copy.


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