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Joe Micon – Director of LUM Camp for 40 Years

Reflections from Joan Low, LUM Board President

This year will mark Joe Micon’s 40th year at LUM Camp. That’s right, our LUM Camp Director has been at it for four decades! So what keeps a grown man coming back to summer camp for so long? It’s the campers, of course. For these many years Joe has put heart, might, talent, and soul into planning, hiring staff, and leading the most inspiring experiences the campers have ever encountered.

Joe has inspired young imaginations through exciting activities in areas such as biology, engineering, sports, farming, space exploration, math and many more. Campers gain new visions for their future and more tools for realizing those visions. If you ask him, Joe will tell you that his time spent with LUM campers and creating experiences for them has done more to change the world than anything else he has accomplished.

Over Joe’s 40 years at camp he has watched with delight as LUM Campers have grown up, entered college, and gone on to exciting careersIn our community there are social workers, nurses, and teachers who enthusiastically share fond memories of attending a LUM Camp directed by Joe Micon. One LUM Camper even went on to become an accomplished NFL wide receiver, and another is LUM’s current CPA.  

I’m sure you realize that Lafayette Urban Ministry is so much more than a social safety net. It is a ministry with a vision for a community where children, regardless of the circumstances into which they are born, can grow up to be valuable contributors in whatever walk of life they choose. And no single person drives this vision toward realization more forcefully than Executive Director Joe Micon!  

I hope that this year you will give, not only for our campers, but also in honor of Joe’s 40 years of service to them. Over four decades, Joe has touched the lives of 4,000 at-risk children. I can think of nothing he would appreciate more. I think you can see that LUM Camp is one of the finest overnight summercamp programs available to children anywhere. It will take place during the week of July 29 at beautiful Hanging Rock Camp in Warren County. I know of nearly 100 children waiting anxiously to attend. Please, won’t you offer them the gift of LUM Camp?


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New Year’s Resolution – Leave a Legacy


Consider a Legacy Gift to LUM This Year

What better goal for this NEW year than to create your own personal legacy by continuing your support of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry.



Giving to Lafayette Urban Ministry is a win-win Estate Planning strategy for you (the donor) and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan or cash, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as a well as LUM.

We hope you would consider a legacy gift that would support Lafayette Urban Ministry in your plans. Meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Once you’re ready, let us know. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, is eager to meet with you to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your giving goals of supporting LUM. Simply email or call Joe Micon to begin the process (jmicon@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


More information on giving to LUM may be found HERE.


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Creasy Springs Health Campus Supports LUM


Residents & Staff Raise $1,063 to Benefit LUM

Creasy Springs Health Campus presented LUM with a gift of $1,063.35.

The Creasy Spring Health Campus staff and residents selected LUM as the recipients of their recent fundraising events. LUM is thankful to Creasy Springs for their continued support “Lafayette Urban Ministry.”

Creasy Springs – Holiday Bazaar 2018



You’re invited to the Holiday Bazaar at Creasy Springs Villa Clubhouse. Details are as follows:

  • Saturday, November 17
  • 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Creasy Springs Villa Clubhouse, 1750 S Creasy Lane, Lafayette
Vendors include boutique clothing, pottery, jewelry, wooden items, memory teddy bears, charity wreath auction and more. For more information call, (765) 413-2967.

 

Spotlight on Jamie – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Collection of Items for LUM Emergency Shelter

Jamie Volom is a long-time overnight volunteer with the LUM Emergency Shelter. He has been volunteering for over six months and assists frequently with check-in, meals, clean up and just about anything that needs to be done. Jamie has a special affinity toward the shelter guests with addictions and has a scholarship go through training to be a certified addiction coach.



Recently Jamie noticed that the LUM shelter was running low on critical supplies like bleach, toilet paper, laundry detergent and paper towels. He asked permission from his church, Grace United Methodist Church, to share his LUM shelter volunteer experiences with his fellow church members and asked for donations of money and needed items. The response to his plea for donations was wildly successful (see picture above).

Thanks to Jamie Volom and the members of Grace United Methodist Church, the LUM Emergency Shelter is well stocked with paper goods, cleaning supplies, food, personal hygiene products, clothes & more.

If you, your church and/or organization are interested in making a donation or coordinating a collection drive to benefit the LUM Emergency Shelter or other LUM program, check out the LUM wish-list, click HERE.


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Fall – Family, Foliage, Football & Future Planning


Create a Legacy at LUM through Planned Giving


The autumn season is here and with it comes cooler nights, colorful trees, pumpkins, football and having fun outdoors with friends and family. But it is also a season for preparing. In addition to preparing for the winter months — also spend some time preparing for the future.

This fall, spend some time creating a personal legacy by continuing your support of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime. During our lifetimes, we support our neighbors with our gifts to LUM, but by creating a legacy through Planned Giving your support of our ministry will continue for all perpetuity.

It’s a win-win Estate Planning strategy for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as well as LUM. We also hope you will remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

First, meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. When you are ready to begin the conversation, please email or call Joe Micon, LUM executive director, who is eager to meet with you (jmicon@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). To give to LUM online, click HERE.

Whatever you decide — enjoy this season with your family and friends — and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve. For more information on giving to LUM, please click HERE.


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LUM Summer Program in Review – 2018


|  Educate  |  Shelter  |  Serve  |  Assist  |  Nourish  |

This summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry, the staff was busy educating, sheltering serving, assisting, nourishing and strengthening families in our community. Through the various programs LUM served 1,703 families and 128 children. Here are some interesting milestones and statistics from another successful summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Programs – Summer Statistics
LUM Summer Milestones
  • LUM Promotional Video – premiered in June and is currently being used…MORE.
  • Immigration Clinic client, Luis Urbano, became a US Citizen (pictured above)…MORE
  • Eileen Weiss becomes the new LUM Business ManagerMORE
  • Susan Brouillette ordained & is new LUM ChaplainMORE
  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engage in garden project (pictured below)…MORE

Now that the summer at LUM is over — the staff are busy with fall programs such as the After School Program and in planning for upcoming events — Hunger HikeHH5K RunPort of HopeTurkey Trot 5K Run & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

Thank you to all who invested financially and by volunteering in our summer at LUM. We count on YOU to volunteer and make a donation which enables LUM to continue serving the families and children in our community.


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LUM Announces New Promotional Video


LUM Video 2018 – Now Available to Online

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce a new promotional video. The LUM Video is stunning and will be used by LUM board members and staff to recruit new volunteers; engage new churches, civic & school groups; and ask individuals and businesses to invest in LUM by making a donation. LUM worked with Gary Higgins of Indiana Motion Pictures to produce the video.

The LUM Video features narration from Kristin Malavenda, Purdue communications director & former NPR host, and heart-felt stories of how LUM “Gives Help & Gives Hope” each and every day of the year from the following:

  • Jaqueline Albarenga-Flores, LUM volunteer
  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Center, LUM member church
  • Tiffany Hicks & her children, Chastity & Cincere (pictured below), LUM clients
  • Martin & Patty Jischke, former Purdue president & first lady
  • Joe Micon, LUM executive director
  • Patti O’Callaghan, LUM volunteer & former staff member
  • Deb Parent, LUM board member & volunteer (pictured above)
  • Arwin & Judy Provonsha, LUM volunteers
  • Andrea Schmidt, LUM volunteer

This short LUM promotional video is now available on the LUM YouTube Channel.

YOU may NOW use the new LUM video to entice your members, family, friends & colleagues to engage and invest in Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM relies on donations and volunteers to continue to offer support to the families and children in our community; so, please share the new LUM video soon & often.


You are now invited to take a look at the new LUM Video by clicking the image below.

Summer – A Time for Fun, Family & Reflection


Planning for Summer – Planning for Giving


Summer is in full swing, and many of us are enjoying travel and fun outdoors with our family & friends. Summertime can also be a time for reflection and planning.

At LUM, staff are looking toward the future — preparing for fall programs like Hunger HikePort of HopeCommunity Thanksgiving and Jubilee Christmas. You too may spend some time this summer planning for the future and reflecting how you may assist those less fortunate. Perhaps you could create a personal legacy by continuing your support of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime. During our lifetimes, we support our neighbors with our gifts to LUM, but by creating a legacy through Planned Giving your support of our ministry will continue for all perpetuity.

It’s a win-win Estate Planning strategy for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to Lafayette Urban Ministry brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could make from your income alone. Whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan, the benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive to you as a well as LUM. We also hope you will remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.


First, meet with your professional advisor to learn how informed estate planning can increase the overall value of your estate with a gift of tax-burdened assets (like IRAs, 401(k), or savings bonds) to Lafayette Urban Ministry. When you are ready to begin the conversation, please email or call Joe Micon, LUM executive director, who is eager to meet with you (jmicon@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). To give to LUM online, click HERE.

Whatever you decide — enjoy your summer with your family and friends — and think for a moment about the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the families we serve.


More information on giving to LUM may be found HERE.


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New LUM Video – Giving Help, Giving Hope


New LUM Video to Debut in June 2018

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to announce that a new LUM video is currently being produced and will debut in June.

This video will be used by LUM board members and staff to recruit new volunteers, engage new churches, civic & school groups, and ask individuals and businesses to invest in LUM by making a donation. This video will eventually be made available to the public through the LUM website, and anyone, including member churches, may use the video to entice their members to engage and invest in LUM as well. The video features Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and several LUM volunteers who tell heart-felt stories about how LUM “Gives Help & Gives Hope” each and every day of the year.

Stay tuned for more information about the exciting, official LUM Video debut!