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Local Foundations Support LUM Programs


Two Recent Gifts Totaling $19,600

The McAllister Foundation recently awarded the LUM youth programs a $12,100 grant for playground improvements, books & a bookshelf, bus back-up cameras, outdoor lighting and hands-free faucets. As LUM students return to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center this week, this gift will have a tremendous positive impact on the LUM youth programs, directly enhancing the students’ experiences. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director is pictured receiving the check from Dave Webb, representing the Alfred J. & Dorothy N. McAllister Foundation.

LUM was nominated by an employee of Briarwood Apartments (Gene B. Glick Company property) and has been awarded a gift of $7,500 from Glick Philanthropies through the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program to help local nonprofits continue to respond to those impacted by COVID-19. LUM serves local families & children including residents in the Briarwood Apartments. This gift allows the LUM Good Samaritan Program and Protein Food Pantry to offer rapid relief to more families needing food assistance, rental & utility assistance and other funds for emergency expenses.

LUM is grateful to the McAllister Foundation and Glick Philanthropies for their support of the LUM mission to serve local families and children.


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$29,500 Gift from the McAllister Foundation


Support for the LUM Emergency Fund & Solar Energy

The McAllister Foundation recently awarded LUM $29,500. Five thousand dollars is for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund; and $22,500 is for the LUM Solar Energy Project.

A new steel roof was installed on the LUM Office building, completing the first phase of the LUM Solar Energy Project. With the McAllister Foundation money a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed next week. In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.

The project will be completed in January. If you would be interested in making a capital gift to the LUM Solar Energy Project, please email Joe Micon. If you wish to donate to the Good Samaritan Fund, click below.

Thank you to the McAllister Foundation and the McAllister family for their continued support Lafayette Urban Ministry.


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LUM Awarded EnviroWatts Grant for Solar Panels


Tipmont REMC Invests in LUM Solar Energy Project

Tipmont REMC awarded LUM a $10,000 EnviroWatts grant.

In October, the roof on the LUM Office building was replaced with a new steel roof, completing the first phase of the LUM Solar Energy Project. With the EnviroWatts Grant money a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed. LUM has applied for other grants for this project.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.

Thank you to Tipmont REMC and the members of the EnviroWatts Trust Board. {Pictured above with Joe Micon, LUM executive director is Rob Ford, Communication Director for Tipmont REMC.}



The entire project should be completed by January 1, 2019. If you would be interested in making a capital gift to the LUM Solar Energy Project, please email Joe Micon (jmicon@lumserve.org).

{Pictured L to R from Advanced Exteriors of Otterbein: Derek Wolfe and Dustin Helterban, owner. For more photos, click HERE.}


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LUM Solar Energy Project – Progress Report


New LUM Roof — Going Solar & Saving Money

Lafayette Urban Ministry has begun a project to bring solar energy to the office building at 420 N 4th Street, downtown Lafayette. Thanks to a $34,900 grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, LUM was able to begin the first phase of the LUM Solar Energy Project — replacing the current roof with a new steel roof. Other monies have already been secured from the LUM Campaign for the Future Fund ($20,000) and two anonymous donors ($2,500). Thank you, Community Foundation!

The steel roof installation will be completed by the weekend, and then a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed. In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.



The entire project should be completed by January 1, 2019. If you would be interested in making a capital gift to the LUM Solar Energy Project, please email Joe Micon (jmicon@lumserve.org).

{Pictured L to R from Advanced Exteriors of Otterbein: Derek Wolfe and Dustin Helterban, owner. For more photos, click HERE.}


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New Mattresses for the LUM Shelter


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The LUM Emergency Shelter will soon have new mattresses in all 45 beds. Thanks to a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, LUM was able to place an order for 45 new mattresses, mattress covers and pillow covers from Holder Bedding Inc.

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Adam Sechrest

As a result of LUM’s order, the Holder Bedding Inc. hired a new employee. To assist with the LUM mattress order, Holder Bedding hired Adam Sechrest. Adam is an Iraq War Veteran who was wounded in the line of duty. Adam joins Jonathan Fields, sales manager, and Merrick Steinmetz, production manager, in manufacturing the new mattresses for LUM at the Lafayette plant of the Holder Bedding Inc.

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Merrick Steinmetz and Jonathan Fields

Holder Bedding Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that has been making high quality mattresses in Lafayette since 1947.

The grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is having a tremendous positive impact locally – new mattresses in the LUM Emergency Shelter, increased business for Holder Bedding, and a new employment opportunity in our community.

LUM is grateful to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Holder Bedding Inc., and their talented staff:

Adam Sechrest, Jonathan Fields, and Merrick Steinmetz.

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To learn more about the CFGL Grant, Read LUM post –

LUM Shelter Awarded $26K Grant


The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette Supports LUM Emergency Shelter


“It is a wonderful feeling to help those who are trying to help themselves. The LUM Emergency Shelter is such an integral part of our community that a grant to the shelter has a direct impact – helping the members of our community who have some very basic and immediate needs – and who need it the most. The new mattresses and water heater will allow individuals to get a good night’s sleep, wash off the old day, and wake up with a new attitude and self-respect to get on a path for a brighter future.”

Rick Olson (Kettelhut Construction Inc.)
Board of Directors member/Grant Committee Chair
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette


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Pictured L to R: Greg Kapp, president & CEO, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette; Joan Low, LUM board VP; Cheryl Ubelhor, CFGL program director; Deb Parent, LUM board member; and Rick Olson, CFGL board member

CFGL logoLafayette Urban Ministry is thrilled to be the recipient of a Tier 1 Discretionary Grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.  LUM has been awarded $26,642.65 to purchase much needed items for the Emergency Shelter.

LUM will use this grant money to replace all 45 mattresses at the shelter including vinyl mattress and pillow covers. The current mattresses are over 18 years old but have been kept in good shape over the years because they are covered and inspected and cleaned regularly.  Part of the grant money will be used to replace the water heater at the shelter as well which has not been functioning properly for the past few months.

2013-05-14 Grant Awards Ceremony 003 (3)LUM Board members, Deb Parent and Joan Low attended the Grant Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2013; at which The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette awarded $102,493 in grants to five charitable organizations. Among these was LUM member church, First United Methodist Church. The grant criteria states that the recipients’ projects must address at least one of the six priority community needs adopted by The Foundation’s Board of Directors: Education – Children/Youth – Health – Diversity – Physical Environment – Arts & Culture. This round of grants focused on Health and the Arts.


“I am happy that The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette was able to award a grant to LUM to cover the cost of new mattresses and a hot water heater for LUM’s Emergency Shelter. It was a true community need. In 2012, 607 individuals were provided emergency overnight shelter and, on average, each stayed about 20 nights. The mattresses being used each evening were about 18 years old, worn, and in obvious need of replacement. Each mattress had been used at least 4,750 times since its original purchase.”

Cheryl Ubelhor
Program Director
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette


2013-05-29 Holder Bedding 013 (2)The mattresses will be manufactured by Holder Bedding – a family owned company in Lafayette. According to representatives at Holder Bedding, LUM’s order of 45 mattresses will created new jobs in Lafayette. LUM appreciates The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. The Foundation’s financial support over the years has had a positive impact on the programs and services of LUM and more importantly the families in our community.


“LUM is so very grateful for the new mattresses and water heater for our many homeless shelter guests. We are even more grateful to live in a community with a community foundation so in tune with local needs and so able to respond in such significant ways. The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is making a HUGE difference!”

Joe Micon, LUM executive director