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Central Presbyterian Serves Shelter Meal


Church Members Offer Healthy Meal & Fellowship

Pictured L to R are Harriet Smith, Chip & Carolyn Goldsberry, and Nancy Nargi.

Recently, members of the Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette, IN) prepared and served a meal to the guests of the LUM Emergency Shelter — and offered fellowship as well. Thanks to Central Presbyterian Church for their commitment to our community and continued support of LUM.

If you or your group would like to prepare and serve LUM Emergency Shelter Meals, here’s what to do:

For more information or to sign up, click HERE or the button below — or email or call us (shelter@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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Thanks to the LUM THANKSGIVING Sponsors


LUM would like to thank the businesses & churches that made significant donations to the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast.

  • Event Sponsors: Industrial Federal Credit Union, Cathy Russell Team Real Estate, Kalan Homes, and Lafayette Heating & Cooling
  • Food donations: Central Presbyterian Church, Chick-fil-A, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Co., Lafayette Brewing Co., La Scala, Jane’s Gourmet Deli, McAllister’s Deli, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, Phoenix Paramedics Solutions, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Smitty Bread, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, and Sweet Revolution Bake Shop
  • Decoration donations: 21 Petals Designs, West Lafayette Elementary School art students, LUM After School Program, St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School students 
  •  Entertainment: Lee Anna Atwell, West Lafayette High School Orchestra students

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Recap 2021

800 Meals – 82 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

This was the 35th consecutive year that LUM has hosted the Community Thanksgiving Feast in downtown Lafayette, IN. It was an especially important event this year because food prices are high and many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. Even though it was mostly a “walk-through” event it still brought together the entire community and was a lively event. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade pies

Community Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities, and to Lee Anna Atwell and West Lafayette High School students for providing live music. It was also special to have several local officials mingling with our guests, including Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Mayor John Dennis, and County Commissioner Tracy Brown. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Thanks to Allie Parker, who directed the event; and Ian Kennedy, who headed up the kitchen crew. Please consider a donation to the event.

On Black Friday, both of the LUM Food Pantries were open and well stocked with turkeys and many other food staples for families in need this holiday weekend.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast


800 Meals – 82 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

This was the 35th consecutive year that LUM has hosted the Community Thanksgiving Feast in downtown Lafayette, IN. It was an especially important event this year because food prices are high and many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. Even though it was mostly a “walk-through” event it still brought together the entire community and was a lively event. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities, and to Lee Anna Atwell and West Lafayette High School students for providing live music. It was also special to have several local officials mingling with our guests, including Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Mayor John Dennis, and County Commissioner Tracy Brown. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Thanks to Allie Parker, who directed the event; and Ian Kennedy, who headed up the kitchen crew. Please consider a donation to the event.

On Black Friday, both of the LUM Food Pantries were open and well stocked with turkeys and many other food staples for families in need this holiday weekend.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast


750 Meals – 75 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

Despite COVID-19, the LUM Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast persisted and was a success. Many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. It is for this reason that LUM decided to re-imagine the event and make it curbside with meals packaged to go. Rather than open our doors and welcome our neighbors for a community event, LUM volunteers and staff safely greeted our guests outside and provided as many meals as they needed. Even though it was a curbside event it still brought together the entire community. 

The to-go meals included roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 750 meals were distributed — including 78 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen.

Thanks to Jess Avila, who directed the event; and Phil Butera, who headed up the kitchen crew. LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities as well as Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for mingling with our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Pictured L to R: Sheila Klinker, Jess Avila, Phil Butera & Wes Tillett, LUM executive director.

Meet Pastor Oerter—Central Presbyterian



Recently, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, met the new pastor at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette — the Rev. Lucia Oerter. Rev. Oerter is from Indianapolis, and was most recently serving churches in eight states as a trained Transitional Pastor. Rev. Oerter earned a bachelor’s degree from IUPUI and a divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis.

Rev. Lucia Oerter is married to John, who is also a pastor; and together they have a blended family of six grown children and eight grandchildren.

Join us in welcoming the Rev. Lucia Oerter and her family to the community.

Jubilee Christmas — Making the Season Bright


Jubilee Christmas Helps to Make the Season Bright.

LUM Jubilee Christmas “Helps Make the Season Bright.” This past Saturday, close to 1,000
volunteers across the county hosted 684 families who were shopping for 1,913 children at 27 different host-sites engaging 31 churches and organizations — It’s LUM Jubilee Christmas!

Our Jubilee Christmas families are wonderful, loving parents — and our caring volunteers are excited to make these parents the “super-heroes” on Christmas morning. Each Jubilee Christmas family also received a ham, food card & homemade Christmas cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.

In addition to the new friendships forged, the highlight of the day is always the surprise visit from Santa Claus.


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Jubilee Christmas


More PHOTOS from Jubilee Christmas 2016 may be viewed HERE.


Thanks to all of our Jubilee Christmas partners:

Host Sites: Bethany Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Christ United Methodist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Congress Street United Methodist Church, Elston Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Federated Church, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church, Lafayette Church of the Brethren, Lafayette Friends Meeting, Memorial Presbyterian Church of Dayton, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Riverside Covenant Church, Sigma Chi Fraternity, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, Trinity United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Church.

Community Partners: First United Methodist Church, Lafayette Adult Resource Academy, Lafayette School Corporation, Oakland High School, SpeedPro Imaging, Purdue Musical OrganizationsSt. Andrew United Methodist Church & U-Haul

Donation Centers: Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. & Olive Garden Italian Restaurant


Jubilee Christmas in the News


Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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Jubilee Christmas


Jubilee Christmas — Helps to Make the Season Bright


Jubilee Christmas Helps to Make the Season Bright.

Jubilee LOGO red

More than a thousand volunteers across the county hosted 681 families who were shopping for
over 1,900 children at 27 different host-sites engaging 32 churches and organizations — It’s LUM Jubilee Christmas!

Jubilee Christmas events are joyful celebrations. Our Jubilee Christmas families are wonderful, loving parents — and our caring volunteers are excited to make these parents the “super-heroes” on Christmas morning. LUM Jubilee Christmas is truly a community effort — that helps making the season bright.

Each Jubilee Christmas family also received a ham, food card & homemade Christmas cookies to make Christmas dinner special too. The highlight of the day was a surprise visit from Santa Claus.


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Jubilee Christmas


More PHOTOS from Jubilee Christmas 2016 may be viewed HERE.


Thanks to all of our Jubilee Christmas partners:

Host Sites: Bethany Presbyterian Church, Brown Street United Methodist Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Congress Street United Methodist Church, Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elston Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Federated Church, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church, Lafayette Church of the Brethren, Lafayette Friends Meeting, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Riverside Covenant Church, Sigma Chi Fraternity, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Community Partners: First United Methodist Church, Lafayette Adult Resource Academy, Lafayette School Corporation, Oakland High School, SpeedPro Imaging, Purdue Musical OrganizationsSt. Andrew United Methodist Church

Donation Centers: Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. & Olive Garden Italian Restaurant


Jubilee Christmas in the News


Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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Jubilee Christmas


Jubilee Christmas — A Joyful Celebration


Jubilee Christmas is a Joyful Celebration.

Jubilee LOGO red

Hundreds of volunteers across the county hosted 653 families who were shopping for
1800 children at 24 different host-sites engaging 31 churches and organizations — It’s LUM Jubilee Christmas!

Jubilee Christmas events are joyful celebrations. Our Jubilee Christmas families are wonderful, loving parents — and our caring volunteers are excited to make these parents the “super-heroes” on Christmas morning. LUM Jubilee Christmas is truly a community effort.

Each Jubilee Christmas family also received a ham, food card & homemade Christmas cookies to make Christmas dinner special too. The highlight of the day was a surprise visit from Santa Claus.


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Jubilee Christmas


More PHOTOS from Jubilee Christmas 2015 may be viewed HERE.


Special Thanks to all of our Sponsoring Organizations:

Bethany Presbyterian Church, Brown Street United Methodist Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Congress Street United Methodist Church, Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elston Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Federated Church, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church, Lafayette Church of the Brethren, Lafayette Friends Meeting, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Riverside Covenant Church, Sigma Chi Fraternity, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Trinity United Methodist Church.


Jubilee Christmas in the News


Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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Jubilee Christmas


Thanksgiving Recap 2014

2014-11-27 ThanksgivingDay 366 (2)The Lafayette Urban Ministry Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration was a spectacular success. More than 800 meals were served — including 80 turkeys and 200 pies. It takes over two months of planning, over 160 volunteers and more than $10,000 in donations to made it happen.

The meal was a delicious Thanksgiving feast but more importantly it brought together the entire community. Thanks to Susan Brouillette, 2014-11-27 ThanksgivingDay 331 (2)who directed the event; and Sandra Dukes and James Bishops, who headed up the kitchen crew.

LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian church for use of their facilities as well as Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (pictured left) & Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for serving our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

If you still wish to make a donation to LUM Thanksgiving, please click HERE.

To view PHOTOS of the 2014 LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration, click HERE.



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30th Anniversary of the LUM Shelter


September 2014




Dear Friend,

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter for the homeless.  Started as a joint effort between St. Thomas Aquinas Center and LUM, the shelter’s first location was on the second floor of the old Reifer Parsonage at Central Presbyterian Church.  We started with seven beds.

St. Thomas Aquinas Center
St. Thomas Aquinas Center

In 1987 we moved to the old Franciscan Convent at St. Boniface Church – 22 beds. And in 1995 we moved into the shelter’s current 42 bed location on North Fourth Street in downtown Lafayette.

For each of those years, our shelter has been a place of warmth and safety for those in our community who have nowhere else to turn – a place whose doors are always open.

First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)
First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)

And since 1984, more than 10,000 different individuals have been our guests at the shelter a combined total of 200,000 times!

Some of those guests have lost their jobs and been evicted from their homes. Some are estranged from family because of mental illness or addiction.  Others have been temporarily stranded in our community due to breakdowns or mishaps during travel.

Each is valued in God’s eyes.  And at LUM, each is extended Christ’s hospitality and compassion.

But over the years, we have become more than just a well-run emergency shelter. Our primary focus is to help the homeless move off the street, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  We have helped literally thousands of homeless men and women to make a fresh start.

  • Like the woman who was dumped by her abusive boyfriend into a snow bank in our parking lot. We provided her a safe place that night and in the morning a bus ticket to return home to her parents.
  • Or the homeless vet who stayed with us while he was being connected to VA health services and enrolled as a resident at the Indiana Veterans Home.
  • Or the twenty guests each week that receive job coaching at LUM. A full one-third of our homeless guests are employed, staying with us until their first paycheck arrives and they can move into a home of their own.
  • Or the Purdue PhD graduate whose mental illness worsened after she lost her university-sponsored mental health care and prescription drug benefits.  She stayed at the LUM shelter until we were able to connect her with a new psychiatrist and therapist.  She found a job and moved into an apartment.

It is not easy work.  And not every story is a success story.  But for 30 years, we have been absolutely committed to helping our homeless neighbors move on to more productive, self-sufficient lives.

Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)
Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)

I hope you will join me in supporting this important work with your dollars…

  • $250 will operate our shelter for one day.
  • $100 cover the costs of our case management services for one day.
  • $50 will provide food, drink, and personal grooming items for our 280 overnight guests each week.
  • A gift of $1,000 will pay the shelter’s heat, water and electric bills for one month.
  • $500 will cover our shelter’s monthly maintenance, repair and fire protection costs.

Your gift to the LUM emergency shelter program will celebrate thirty years of serving the homeless with dignity and compassion.  It will keep our doors open in the here and now, help our guests to become more self-sufficient – and it will assure that this important work continues into the future.

As we search for new ways to reunite our guests with the support of family and friends, help equip them for employment in a shifting economy and search for better avenues for mental health and addiction services, your help is needed more than ever.

Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)
Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)

Perhaps you’ve been part of this remarkable effort by serving as a volunteer case manager, overnight shelter volunteer or volunteer meal provider.  Perhaps you’ve been supportive through your prayers or words of encouragement. My hope is that you will join me now in supporting the LUM shelter program with a generous financial gift.

Place mail your check in or give online at www.lumserve.org.


Gratefully,
Joe Micon Signature
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Help us to celebrate 30 years of shelter ministry at LUM. Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow us to help the homeless in our community move off the streets, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  Please, may we hear from you today? Give online at www.lumserve.org.



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