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Autumn is the Season for Planning Ahead


Create a Personal Legacy with LUM Planned Giving


The autumn season is approaching with cooler nights, colorful trees, pumpkins, football and having fun outdoors with family. But it is also a season for preparing. In addition to preparing for the winter — consider also preparing for the future.
 
Spend time creating a personal legacy by continuing your support of the Lafayette Urban Ministry mission beyond your own lifetime. Each of us supports our community with our gifts to LUM, but by creating a legacy through Planned Giving, your support will continue in perpetuity.
 
Estate Planning strategy is a win-win for you and LUM. In addition to the altruistic benefits, your charitable gift to LUM brings tax relief — and also allows you to make a larger gift to LUM than you could from your income alone. The benefits of Estate Planned Gifts can make this type of donation attractive, whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan. We also encourage you to remember LUM in your will.
 
Start by meeting 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 LUM. When you are ready to begin the conversation, please email or call Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (wtillett@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). Wes would enjoy meeting with you. 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.

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Summer is a Time for Fun & Reflection


Would You Consider a Legacy Gift with LUM?

Summertime is often a time for reflection and planning. Many of us are spending more time outdoors with our family & friends — while being cautious and staying healthy.

At LUM, plans have begun for upcoming programs like Hunger HikePort of HopeCommunity Thanksgiving and Jubilee Christmas. Your summer planning could include fun as well as creating a personal legacy by continuing your support of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime. By creating a legacy through Planned Giving your support of the LUM ministry will continue in perpetuity.

It’s a win-win Estate Planning strategy. 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 estateartworkpartnership interests, personal propertylife 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. Consider also remembering Lafayette Urban Ministry in your will.

Consult 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 MinistryWe hope you would consider a legacy gift that would support Lafayette Urban Ministry in your plans. We are ready and willing to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your philanthropic goals of supporting LUM. If you are interested in beginning the conversation, please email or call Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (wtillett@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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.


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Plan Ahead for 2021 – Consider a Legacy Gift


As you welcome in the NEW year consider making it your goal to create your own personal legacy by continuing to invest in the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime.

The kind of help provided by Lafayette Urban Ministry to this community doesn’t happen automatically and won’t happen without your support. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” At the Lafayette Urban Ministry we take those words seriously. LUM offers dozens of innovative programs of service, assistance, self-help, education and social justice advocacy. We will always need to help provide these vital services to the families in our community. During our lifetimes, we invest in these programs and support the families in our community with our gifts to LUM, but creating a legacy through Planned Giving means the ministry will continue for all time.

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 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.

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. We hope you would consider a legacy gift that would support Lafayette Urban Ministry in your plans. Create your legacy this new year to support the mission of LUM now and beyond your lifetime. We are ready and willing to help you leave a legacy and fulfill your philanthropic goals of supporting LUM. If you are interested in beginning the conversation, please email or call Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (wtillett@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry

Consider a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season


I come into the peace of wild things
Who do not tax their lives
With forethought of grief…
I rest in the grace of the world,
And am free.


December 2020

Dear Friend,

This poem by Wendell Berry has been instructive to me in recent years. When I feel anxious and despairing, it reminds me to keep a bigger perspective. At times I have actually put the words of this poem into practice. I have dropped everything, ventured out into the natural world, observed the peace of wild things, and found my heart quieted and reassured.

At Christmas, I celebrate the faith that this grace of the world is not some vague cosmic force but has a name and a human face. Christmas is the celebration that the grace of the world has taken human form, bringing us everlasting peace, rest, and freedom.

In this, my first year at Lafayette Urban Ministry, I have observed the grace of the world making a difference through our work together. As a faith-based, community-wide effort tackling basic human needs and uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette, LUM has risen to the unique challenges of 2020 and continues to serve people every day and every night. 


So far this year, Lafayette Urban Ministry served 2,735 households through one of our 22 programs.

These statistics would be impressive in any given year. In this tremendously tumultuous 2020, these numbers underscore the grit and generosity of people such as yourself — people who have not been frozen by forethought of grief but instead have doggedly decided to think of those less fortunate than themselves. 

In the spirit of peace, rest, and freedom for this Christmas season, I hope that you will support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a financial gift. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used to alleviate the needs of children and their families, right here in our own community. 

I have included below Wendell Berry’s poem The Peace of Wild Things. I send it along with a prayer that you will experience the peace of wild things and may rest in the grace of the world. Thank you very much for the great kindness you have consistently shown toward those LUM serves. May peace, rest and freedom be yours this Christmas season. Merry Christmas!

With sincere gratitude,

Wes Tillett
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


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The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water,

and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


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Before the End of 2020 – Invest in LUM


Only Days Left – Tax Deductible Gift for 2020


As New Year’s Day approaches, we ask that you remember Lafayette Urban Ministry in your end of the year plans.

While preparing for holiday celebrations, it’s important to stop and reflect on the joy and blessings in your own life while also being aware that not everyone in your community is so fortunate. Please consider setting aside part of your budget to support the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a tax-deductible charitable donation.

If you review the list below, you will see that LUM persevered during the pandemic and continued to provide a number of essential services to needy families and children in our community. LUM appreciates your support of our mission, services and programs, especially during these difficult times when it’s needed to most.


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During the past year, Lafayette Urban Ministry served 2,725 families through one or another of our 22 programs.

Explore our website to see how you can make your donation to LUM more meaningful to you.


The donation process has been simplified allowing supporters to donate online, by phone, in person or by mail. Donate Online by clicking the button below -or- Call us at 765-423-2691. Mail or Drop off your donation to the LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47901.


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Surprise Gift to LUM – Brand New Dishwasher


Pete & Barb Siems – Generous Partners

Surprise Gift to LUM – Brand New Dishwasher

Months ago, Pete Siems stopped in the LUM Office to introduce himself and explain his “ministry.” Since retiring as an engineer, Pete has been re-building and donating computers, laptops and electronics to a few local agencies, which now includes LUM. Pete shared that, “My work with computers is my primary ministry to nonprofits and is my way of using the gifts and skills God has blessed me with.”

Recently, Pete and his wife, Barb, through a variety of unexpected circumstances found themselves in possession of an extra dishwasher. Pete & Barb Siems decided to donate it and called LUM on a whim. As it turns out, LUM needed to replace its dishwasher. Pete was thrilled and attributed it to divine intervention. He & Barb not only donated a brand new dishwasher, but Pete also purchased new hoses, dropped it off and helped install it. If you know him — this would not surprise you at all.

LUM is so very blessed to have connected with such a generous family. Join us in thanking Barb & Pete Siems for their ongoing support of LUM.

Summertime is for Fun, Family & Reflection


Planning for Summer – Planning for Your Future

Summertime is often a time for reflection and planning. Many of us are spending more time outdoors and trying to figure out how to keep in touch with our family & friends — while social distancing and staying healthy.

At LUM, staff are looking toward the future — preparing and modifying upcoming programs like Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Community Thanksgiving and Jubilee Christmas. You may also be spending the summer planning for your 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. Consider also remembering 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, please email or call Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, who is eager to meet with you (wtillett@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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.


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Urgent Need – COVID-19 Disinfectant Items

COVID-19 Supplies – High Demand, Urgent Need

As Lafayette Urban Ministry continues to serve local families and prepare for expanding in-person services, the supplies required by the CDC and state have been very difficult to find. Below are four of our most recent “donation heroes.” 

Pictured clockwise are Amy Engers donating disinfectant wipes, toilet paper and paper towels; Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe donating food; Connie Decker donating face masks; and Issac Leichty donating paper towels.

THANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that have given their love and support to LUM during this crisis. A list of the COVID-19 supplies that are “out of stock” and LUM urgently needs are as follows:

  • Bleach
  • Disinfectant Spray (Lysol)
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Latex Gloves, Vinyl Gloves
  • Liquid Soap (1 gal.)
  • Hand Sanitizer (2 L)
  • Hand Wipes – Disinfecting
  • Paper Towels, Toilet Paper

If you with to donate NEEDED ITEMS to LUM, check out our “wishlist.” To view, click HERE.


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Donations of NEEDED ITEMS for LUM Shelter


COVID-19 Supplies – High Demand, Urgent Need

The LUM Emergency Shelter is open with a strict protocol for intake, check in, food service, and sleeping arrangements, which requires cleaning supplies, bleach, soap, masks, gloves, and specialized equipment such as thermometers and portable sinks. LUM is thankful for the support of individuals, families, groups and churches.

Most recently, the Greater Lafayette Chinese Alliance Church, West Lafayette, donated 200 medical masks (pictured) and the Innovation Church, Lafayette, donated toilet paper and has scheduled a “cleaning supplies” drive. If you, your church, your company or your family wishes to make a cash donation or a donation of “needed items” to the LUM Emergency Shelter, click HERETHANK YOU to all of the families, churches and groups that given their love and support to the LUM Emergency Shelter these past few weeks.

If you with to donate NEEDED ITEMS to LUM, check out our “wishlist.” To view, click HERE.


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LUM Client Donates “Needed Items”

Recently a donation of “needed items” was dropped off at the LUM Office with this note,

Good morning. I would like to help more, but my resources are limited. My heart is happy when I can give a little of what I have. If we all gave just a little of what we have the world would be better. Have a great day. God bless you.

This donation came from an individuals who is a recent client with the LUM Immigration Clinic. She and her family donated many of the items that LUM urgently needs now, including paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissues, latex gloves, bleach, spray disinfectant, bathroom cleaner, garbage bags, coffee, coffee filters, and coffee sweetener. LUM is grateful and moved by this thoughtful gift from this special family.

If you with to donate NEEDED ITEMS to LUM, check out our “wishlist.” To view, click HERE.


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