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Annual Report 2020 – Lafayette Urban Ministry



Here is your personal copy of the 2020 Annual Report of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Inc. The pages detail the remarkable work that together WE have accomplished on behalf of low-income children and working families in our community during one of the most challenging years of our history.

How humbling it is for the LUM staff members, as well as the many LUM many volunteers, to see the generous financial investment from the LUM donors and to experience the ever-present encouragement and support 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 with Lafayette Urban Ministry.

If you have any questions or comments, please be in touch. THANK YOU for all you continue to do for local children and families and your neighbors experiencing homelessness through the service & programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry — especially during this crisis.

  • To view the LUM 2020 Annual Report, click HERE.
  • To view all LUM reports including the Annual Report, click HERE.

In 2020
  • Lafayette Urban Ministry served 3,020 households
  • Thousands of individuals volunteered in a LUM program
  • 2,137 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.

Learn More about the LUM Team


Business | Maintenance | Office Management

Lafayette Urban Ministry is proud to introduce the staff members, who work behind the scenes — the business office, maintenance & office management team. Much of the success of LUM may be attributed to these unsung heroes. As you will see in their bios, these staff members have the experience to make the LUM mission a reality. LUM is fortunate to have this talented, dedicated, passionate & hard working staff.


Business Office Team

Eileen Weiss is the Business Manager

She returned to LUM in June 2018. Eileen grew up and currently lives in Lafayette and graduated from Central Catholic High School. Eileen’s education includes:

  • Ivy Tech Community College, Business Law
  • Chrysler Corporation, Automotive Accounting

With LUM, Eileen was the LUM Camp assistant, business manager for four years, project manager for 21 months, Jubilee Christmas program director, Tax Assistance Program director, Community Thanksgiving Celebration program director, Hunger Hike program director, and Good Samaritan Fund Follies entertainment director.


Gayle Koning is the Assistant Business Manager

She started with LUM in 2016. Gayle grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; graduated from Lawrenceville Catholic High School; and currently lives in Lafayette. Gayle’s education includes:

  • American Institute of Banking, Diploma
  • Radisson Hotels International, Revenue Manager certification & General Manager certification
  • The Ohio State University, Pool Operator certification

With LUM, she was a special needs counselor at LUM Camp and has assisted with LUM FolliesHunger HikePort of HopeTurkey Trot 5K Run and Jubilee Christmas.


Nancy Emig is the Clerk in the Business Office working with the Good Samaritan Program

She started with LUM in 2020. Nancy grew up in Valparaiso, graduated from Valparaiso High School, and currently lives in West Lafayette. Her education includes:

  • Purdue University, BS, Supervision

With LUM, Nancy has volunteered as an afternoon receptionist and with the Good Samaritan ProgramJubilee Christmas, and LUM Follies. Nancy’s dog Bayley also is a regular “reading buddy” for the After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


Office Management Team

Mónica Casanova is the Office Manager and Assistant Program Director for Immigration Clinic

She started with LUM in January 2020. Mónica grew up and lives in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School. Mónica’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Education
  • IUPUI, MLS, Library Science & MA, Public History

Mónica volunteered with the LUM Immigration Clinic prior to serving as the assistant director.


Connie Decker is the Receptionist

She started with LUM in 2017. Connie grew up and lives in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School.

Connie took several classes at Ivy Tech Community College to gain skills in customer service, clerical & receptionist duties and professional writing. With LUM, Connie was a volunteer receptionist from 2009 through 2017. She also was the Summer Receptionist in 2016 and has assisted with LUM Camp.


Maintenance Team

Nate Gick is the Maintenance Director

He started with LUM in November 2016. Nate grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Benton Central High School, and currently lives in Oxford.

Nate attended Ball State University and completed the HVAC Maintenance Technology Program at the AC/C Tech – Indianapolis.


Kieron Denson is the Custodian

He started with LUM in June 2020. Kieron grew up and lives in Oxford and graduated from Benton Central High School.

With LUM, Kieron has served as a LUM Camp counselor and volunteered for more than four years with various programs and with the Maintenance director.


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Meet the LUM Program Directors


Talent | Dedication | Passion | Caring

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to introduce the staff members who are on the frontlines of providing services and programs to your neighbors in need. As you read their bios, you will see that this small but dedicated team has the experience, education and background to provide the day-to-day management and leadership to carry out the LUM mission. LUM is fortunate to have this talented, dedicated, passionate & hard working staff.


Wes Tillett is the Executive Director

He started with LUM in April 2020. Wes grew up in Rensselaer and currently lives in Battle Ground. Wes’s education includes:

  • Cedarville University (Ohio), BA, Biblical Education
  • Western Theological Seminary (Michigan), Master of Divinity

In 2005, Wes was the assistant to the program director of the LUM After School Program, who at the time was his wife, Rita. He assisted in program logistics, tutored, mentored and in the process became a self-proclaimed basketball champion & kickball legend. During this time he also served as a volunteer LUM Camp counselor.


Susan Brouillette is the Program Director for the  Immigration Clinic

She started with LUM in 2013. Susan grew up in Fowler, graduated from Benton Central High School in Oxford, and currently lives in Lafayette. Susan’s education includes:

  • Hanover College, BA, Communication and Political Science
  • Christian Theological Seminary, Masters in Divinity

Susan was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 2018.


Linda Hicks is the Program Director for the Good Samaritan Program and ID Clinic

She started with LUM in 2005. Linda grew up and lives in West Lafayette and graduated from Harrison High School. Linda’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Early Childhood Education

With LUM, Linda also served as the Office Manager and assistant director of LUM Camp.


Kristi Hogue is the Program Director for  Youth Programs including the After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

She started with LUM in September of 2018. Kristi grew up in Logansport, graduated from Logansport High School, and currently lives in Lafayette. Kristi’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Child Development & Family Studies

She is a member of the National AfterSchool Association.


Pablo Malavenda is the Executive Program Director, Communications Director, and Program Director for Jubilee Christmas

He started with LUM in 2012. Pablo grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Platt High School, and currently lives in West Lafayette. Pablo’s education includes:

  • University of Connecticut, BA, Industrial Psychology
  • UConn, MA, Higher Education Administration, focus in Counseling

With LUM, Pablo directed LUM Follies and coordinated Hunger Hike.


Nina Morgan is the volunteer Program Director for the Protein Food Pantry

Nina started with LUM in June 2019. She is originally from Bainbridge, Indiana; graduated from North Putnam High School; and currently lives in Lafayette.  Nina’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BS, Home Economics Education

With LUM, Nina serves on the LUM Board of Directors and volunteers as a LUM afternoon receptionist and with Jubilee Christmas.


Josh Prokopy is the Program Director for the Tax Assistance Program, Dream Team, Hunger Hike and Turkey Trot 5K Run

He started with LUM in October 2017. Josh grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Deerfield Academy, and currently lives in West Lafayette. Josh’s education includes:

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, Individual Concentration with a concentration in Development and Social Change
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, MA, Sociology and MSW, Social Work

Briton Weise is the Program Director for Homeless Services including the Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station

He started with LUM in August 2020. Briton grew up in Otterbein, graduated from Otterbein High School, and currently lives in West Lafayette.

Briton’s education includes:

  • Taylor University (Upland), BA, Christian Education
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, MA, Organizational Leadership

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Sponsor a Camper – $150 Per Child


LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning we only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150 per child cost of camp.  We ask the campers parents to pay $5 per child, and ask our generous donors to cover the rest.    

Won’t you consider a gift of $150 or more to send a child to LUM Camp?  Your “campership” (camp scholarship) will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – literally everything she or he will need to attend LUM Camp 2020.  

  • Sending $300 will allow 2 children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • $75 will provide ½ of a campership

Every child who attends LUM Camp 2020 and “Joins the Green Side” will enjoy the life-giving benefits and lively fun of camp.  

LUM Camp is one the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere.  There are so many children who are eagerly awaiting their chance to attend.  Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp


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LUM Camp

Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.

This Year’s Theme – “Join the Green Side”


LUM Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 8, 9, and 10.  The children come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry.  A typical week of LUM Camp involves nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, climbing, zip-lining, delicious meals, and a top-of-the-line array of staff and counselors.  

LUM Camp 2020’s theme is “Join the Green Side” (“May the forest be with you…”) and will take place the last week of July.  LUM will focus on teaching children to care for their neighbors by caring for the environment (the planet) in which their neighbors must live.  


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LUM Camp

Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.

Camp is A Blast! The Best Week of the Summer!


LUM Camp is A BLAST! 

All these positive changes are happening while children are having the time of their lives.  Many children describe LUM Camp as “the best week of my summer,” sometimes even “the best week of my life!”

LUM has always known that camp is extraordinarily beneficial.  That’s why LUM has hosted a camp every summer since the 1960’s.  And in spite of all the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, LUM is committed to hosting camp once again this summer at Hanging Rock Camp, where staff continues to work with local, state and CDC guidelines.  LUM Camp might have to look a little different due to Coronavirus, but the fun and friendship and life-enhancing benefits will remain the same.


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LUM Camp

Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.

Camp is Life-Giving & Life-Changing


Consider for a moment these amazing realities of almost all camp experiences. 

LUM Camp is LIFE-GIVING. 

The benefits of camp to those children who attend are well-documented and rather staggering: 

  • positive identity
  • social skills
  • physical and thinking skills
  • positive values and spirituality

LUM Camp is LIFE-CHANGING. 

Not only is there immediate, measurable growth in each of those four developmental areas for nearly every camper, that growth persists and expands for months and years afterwards.


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LUM Camp

Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.

LUM Camp is Life-Giving, Life-Changing & a Blast!


Dear Friend,

Consider for a moment these amazing realities of almost all camp experiences. 

Camp is LIFE-GIVING.  The benefits of camp to those children who attend are well-documented and rather staggering: 

  • positive identity
  • social skills
  • physical and thinking skills
  • positive values and spirituality

Camp is LIFE-CHANGING.  Not only is there immediate, measurable growth in each of those four developmental areas for nearly every camper, that growth persists and expands for months and years afterwards.

Camp is A BLAST!  All these positive changes are happening while children are having the time of their lives.  Many children describe camp as “the best week of my summer,” sometimes even “the best week of my life!”

LUM has always known that camp is extraordinarily beneficial.  That’s why LUM has hosted a camp every summer since the 1960’s.  And in spite of all the uncertainties caused by Covid-19, LUM is committed to hosting camp once again this summer at Hanging Rock Camp, where staff continues to work with local, state and CDC guidelines.  Camp might have to look a little different due to Coronavirus, but the fun and friendship and life-enhancing benefits will remain the same.

LUM Camp is a weeklong overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 8, 9, and 10.  The children come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry.  A typical week of LUM Camp involves nature hikes, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, morning chapel, climbing, zip-lining, delicious meals, and a top-of-the-line array of staff and counselors.  

LUM Camp 2020’s theme is “Join the Green Side” (“May the forest be with you…”) and will take place the last week of July.  LUM will focus on teaching children to care for their neighbors by caring for the environment (the planet) in which their neighbors must live.  

LUM Camp is a scholarship-based camp, meaning we only invite children whose parents are not able to pay for the $150/child cost of camp.  We ask the campers parents to pay $5/child, and ask our generous donors to cover the rest.    

I would like to ask you to consider a gift of $150 or more to send a child to LUM Camp.  Your “campership” (camp scholarship) will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – literally everything she or he will need to attend LUM Camp 2020.  

  • Sending $300 will allow 2 children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide 3 camperships
  • $75 will provide ½ of a campership

Only God knows exactly what LUM Camp 2020 will look like.  But I feel quite confident that every child who attends LUM Camp 2020 and “Joins the Green Side” will enjoy the life-giving benefits and lively fun of camp.  

LUM Camp is one the finest overnight summer camp programs available to children anywhere.  There are so many children who are eagerly awaiting their chance to attend.  Would you please invest in both their long-term life skills and their short-term fun by offering them the gift of LUM Camp? 

With gratitude,

Wes Tillett
Executive Director

P.S.  It costs $150 to send a child to LUM Camp.  Contribute online (click button below) or place your campership in the mail (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).  


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LUM Camp

Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.

Row-A-Thon 2020 Raises $27,693 for LUM


Annual Row-A-Thon Benefits LUM Families


Each February, the Purdue Crew Team hosts the Row-a-Thon fundraising event and donates half of the proceeds to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. After Row-A-Thon this year, their competition year was cut short due to COVID-19, and the team decided to donate ALL of the proceeds to LUM, totaling $27,693 — $10,850 more than last year.

The check was presented in a video conference by Purdue Crew President Henri Laliberte & Head Coach David Kucik to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, and Linda Hicks, LUM Good Samaritan Program director — who were surprised and genuinely overwhelmed by their generosity. Please take a minute to watch the presentation video.



The LUM Good Samaritan Program provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong & reliable safety net. Emergency financial assistance is available for utility bills, rent, prescription medications, work clothes, and food. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. In 2019, assistance was provided through the LUM Good Samaritan Program 1,783 times, totaling $103,616.73.


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Good Samaritan Fund


Room Dedicated to LUM Executive Directors

LUM Conference Room Dedication Ceremony

At a special reception last Thursday evening, the conference room in the LUM Office was dedicated to the Executive Directors of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The emcee for the event was the Rev. Don Nead.

Those honored at this event were as follows:

  • Executive Directors: Joe Micon, the Rev. Jud Dolphin & the Rev. Ron Elly
  • Acting Executive Director: Mary Anderson
  • Interim Executive Directors: the Rev. Kurt Kremlich & Jo Johannsen

Joan Low, LUM Board president, also bestowed the title of Executive Director Emeritus to Joe Micon, Rev. Jud Dolphin & Rev. Ron Elly; and Acting Executive Director Emerita to Mary Anderson. Accepting for the Rev. Ron Elly was his wife, Ellen. After the “ribbon cutting,” the guests attended a reception in the newly dedicated conference room, which now displays plaques in tribute to the above mentioned honorees.

It was a wonderful program and the beginning of a new LUM tradition.


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Salute to Joe Micon

{Pictured above L to R are the Rev. Don Nead, the Rev. Jud Dolphin, Ellen Elly, Joan Low, Mary Anderson, Cheryl Fowler & Joe Micon.}
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