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Creasy Springs Gift Benefits LUM Families

Creasy Springs Donates $1,900+ and Food Items

Creasy Springs Health Campus recently presented LUM with a gift of $1,932.75 as well as a truck-load of food items for the LUM Protein Food Pantry.
The Creasy Springs staff members and residents selected LUM as the recipients of their annual Independence from Hunger food drive and other programs earlier in the year. LUM is thankful to Creasy Springs Health Campus & Trilogy Health Services for their continued support. {Pictured are Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and Molly Schulz, Creasy Springs community service representative.}


LUM Video – Giving Help, Giving Hope – For Your Use

Share with Others How Much You Love LUM

If you love and support Lafayette Urban Ministry and want to share your passion with others — the LUM Video is for you!
LUM produced the video, “Giving Help, Giving Hope,” to be used 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 is available to the public through the LUM website, and anyone, including YOU, as well as member churches, may use the video to entice others 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. Please SHARE with others today.
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LUM Executive Director Attends Mission Fair

Opportunities Through Local Presbyterian Churches

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the Mission Fair this past Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette. The fair was sponsored by the four Tippecanoe County Presbyterian congregations (Bethany, Central, Dayton Memorial & Elston), Presbyterian Mission Agency, and Presbytery of Wabash Valley; and included several booths with information about specific mission opportunities, as well as lunch and a presentation by Charles & Melissa Johnson from a partner mission in the Republic of Zambia, in south-central Africa. The planning committee for the Mission Fair (Chip Goldsberry, Terry Phillips, Paul Houser, Carolyn Goldsberry, the Rev. Lucia Oerter, and Sara Stallings) is pictured above with Joe Micon.

Retirement Celebration – Rev. Peter Bunder

Celebrating 34 Years of Ministry at Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, the Rev. Peter Bunder presided over his final Sunday service as the chaplain & vicar at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd — The Episcopal Church at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the service and celebration to honor the Rev. Bunder’s 34 years of ministry to our community through Good Shepherd.

The Rev. Peter Bunder has been a strong and steadfast supporter of the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is one of the more active member-churches of LUM. On behalf of the LUM staff and board of directors, congratulations, thank you, and best wishes to our friend, the Rev. Peter Bunder.

{Pictured above L to R: the Rev. Peter Bunder, Katy O’Malley-Bunder & Joe Micon.}

To view, the Rev. Peter Bunder’s final sermon, click HERE.

LUM Video – Giving Help, Giving Hope

Lafayette Urban Ministry presents the video, “Giving Help, Giving Hope,” which is being 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 is 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.

Please share with your members. Thanks.

LUM Campfire Stories from Joe Micon

LUM Camp provides the tools children need to navigate the challenges of growing up,” Joe Micon says. “Camp is such a fun and supportive place. Campers make new friends, experience new activities and are exposed to a world of possibility. As the week progresses, you can literally see each child grow in confidence.”

Here are a few stories he recently shared with Joan Low, LUM Board President:

  • One year Joe heard the Olympic torch was passing through Indiana. He moved heaven & earth to arrange for the torch to come to LUM Camp. Each camper got to lift the torch high over their head and feel like a real Olympian!
  • Another year, LUM Camp became Ag Camp, and Joe arranged for tractors, implements, and all manner of farm animals to visit. Each camper got to gaze down from the seat of a giant combine that was as big as a house. Pictured above.
  • The year that LUM Camp focused on aviation and the science of flight, each camper got to fly in an airplane, see their house and school from the air, and experience our community from a fresh new perspective. Somehow, Joe even convinced the LUM Board that flying in a plane was actually safer than driving in a car.
  • One former LUM camper played the snare drum in the President’s Old Guard Fife & Drum Corp after being exposed to the snare at LUM Camp. Joe remembers watching him march & perform on TV during President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Parade.

Every morning the children are beckoned from their beds by the sights and sounds of the forest and the experience of chapel around a campfire. At chapel they learn love of neighbor and respect for creation. They hear scripture stories about God’s love for them and justice for all his children. After breakfast they have a full day of hiking, riding horses, boating, swimming, entertainment, and art. LUM Camp is known for its great food, outstanding facilities, experienced staff & counselors, and all the singing, skits, and activities to form fond memories of fun, learning, and challenge.
We 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. Please, won’t you give a local child the gift of LUM Camp?

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“Gear Up” for LUM Camp 2019 & Sponsor a Camper

This year’s theme is “Gear up” for LUM Camp! Campers will learn in exciting ways about careers that will be in high demand when they enter the workforce. Leaders will help them formulate questions that will be important to them in charting their futures:

  • What is advanced manufacturing?
  • What do different kinds of healthcare professionals do?
  • Who develops the apps on mom’s phone and how is it done?
  • What will be the different kinds of construction trades – and can girls do them too?
  • How does the food we eat make it from the farm to our table?

Our campers will meet educators and vocational experts who know the answers to these and countless other questions. They will engage each child’s natural curiosity with creative hands-on activities and projects. Campers will read engaging books about careers during camp, and then be given the books to take home with them.

As you can see, plans for LUM Camp 2019 are a big order. LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight, scholarship-based camp for 8, 9, and 10 year old boys and girls whose parents have received services from LUM in the past year and who are not able to afford the $150 per child cost of camp. Would you please consider sharing a gift of $150 to give a child this marvelous opportunity? Your campership will pay for a child’s transportation, room and board, camp activities, books, supplies, and all of our career and vocational programs, in other words everything a camper will need to attend this year’s LUM Camp.  

  • Sending $300 will allow two children to attend LUM Camp
  • Sending $450 will provide three camperships
  • $75 will provide half a campership

LUM Camp is one of the finest overnight summercamp programs available to children anywhere. 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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LUM Reflection – Always More Left Over

A Message from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

LUM has focused a lot in recent weeks on issues of food distribution to those in our community who don’t have enough good, nutritious food for themselves or their children. During this process I have paid special attention to the miracle story Jesus Feeds the 5,000. Found in all four Gospels, it remains one of scripture’s most powerful teachings of faith, compassion and service. And it is a teaching that touches, in real and practical ways, virtually everything that goes on at LUM.

As the disciples gathered to figure out what to do about the hungry crowd, they could only pool 200 denari. A young boy had five loaves and two fish. It wasn’t enough, but Jesus was filled with compassion and miraculously, faithfully, moved quickly forward. The story is a lesson to us about beginnings. But it is also a powerful lesson about endings. Because miraculously, faithfully, there was more left over than Jesus started with — 12 baskets full of broken pieces! I love this story, because during my time at LUM, I have always found there to be more left over than when we start something.

There are more children doing better in school now than we ever imagined when LUM first started the After School and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Programs. There are more neighbors receiving paralegal help and support through the LUM Immigration Clinic. There are more chronically homeless individuals who have turned to addiction getting help because LUM found creative ways to offer information and support.

Service fosters deeper relationships with others. If you volunteer at LUM, you can’t help but develop a keener knowledge of poverty and income inequality. When you see the faces of those we serve, learn their names and hear their stories, you can’t help but grow in understanding. Your friendships are strengthened. Your perceptions are broadened. Your heart is expanded.

I believe so very firmly that our faith is enriched through service at a place like LUM. We are challenged to be more loving. We become more generous with our time and treasure. We respond more fully to the prophet’s call to justice. Thank you for joining with us; for your prayers of support; for the service you render; for the dollars you donate; for performing miracles at LUM each and every day!

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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Purdue Crew’s donation to LUM from Row-A-Thon is one of the largest gifts each year. Row-A-Thon takes place all day in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall and check it out. Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

You may make a donation online, in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and send your checks to: Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty; Head Coach David Kucik; and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2018, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times, and $109,784 was shared.

PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew

Meet the LUM Staff

The Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry

Lafayette Urban Ministry depends on volunteers and donations from individuals like you to be successful. But behind the scenes of every great nonprofit is a small but dedicated team of staff who provide the day-to-day management and leadership to carry out the organization’s mission. LUM is fortunate to have an experienced, hard working team who believe strongly in the LUM mission while engaging and training volunteers.

Joe Micon is the Executive Director

He started with LUM in 1990. Joe grew up in Niagara Falls, New York; graduated from LaSalle Senior High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Joe’s education includes:
  • Purdue University, BA, Applied Sociology
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work with concentration in the Administration of Not-for-Profit Organizations

With LUM, Joe has also served as Program Director for Jubilee Christmas, Emergency Shelter, Social Justice Ministries, and Repairs on Wheels.

Susan Brouillette is the Program Director for the Social Justice Ministry, including the Immigration Clinic & Campaign for Hoosier Families, and is the LUM Chaplain

She started with LUM in 2013. Susan grew up in Fowler, Indiana; 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.

Connie Decker is the Receptionist

She started with LUM in 2017. Connie grew up in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School. She currently lives in Lafayette and has been in the same house for over 40 years.

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.

Marlena Edmondson is the Assistant Program Director of LUM Camp

She started with LUM in 2018. Marlena grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives on the north side of Lafayette. Marlena’s education includes:

  • University of Indianapolis, BSW, Political Science and Social Work
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work with concentration in Child Welfare

With LUM, Marlena was also a LUM camper for three years and LUM Camp volunteer camp counselor for 13 years.

Nate Gick is the Maintenance Director & Custodian

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 is currently enrolled int the HVAC Maintenance Technology Program at the AC/C Tech – Indianapolis.

David Heckert is the Emergency Shelter Director

He started with LUM in November 2017. David grew up in Dayton, Indiana and Honolulu, Hawaii; graduated from Jefferson High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette.

David’s education includes:

  • Ivy Tech Community College, AS, Human Services
  • Indiana University, BS, Social Work

Linda Hicks is the Good Samaritan Program Director & Office Manager

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

  • Purdue University, BA, Early Childhood Education

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

Kristi Hogue is the Youth Programs Director

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

  • Purdue University, BA, Child Development & Family Studies

She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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 in Pittsburgh; 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 Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Turkey Trot and Jubilee Christmas. Gayle is also a member of the choir at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Lafayette.

Pablo Malavenda is the Executive Assistant for Social Media; 2015-02-16 Website Launch Party 002 (3)Webmaster; and Program Director, LUM Follies, Hunger Hike & Jubilee Christmas

He started with LUM in 2012. Pablo grew up in Meriden, 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

Victor Mite is the Assistant Program Director for Immigration Clinic

He started with LUM in September 2018. Victor grew up in Ancon, Panama, Republic of Panama and now lives in Lafayette. Victor’s education includes:

  • Graduated from the Pan American Institute
  • University of Panama, AS, Accounting

Kathy Parker is the Program Director for Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration

She started with LUM in October 2017. Kathy grew up in Storrs, Connecticut; graduated from E.O. Smith High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Kathy’s education includes:

  • Roanoke College, BA, History
  • University of Rhode Island, elementary teaching certificate

With LUM, Kathy also serves on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee.

Josh Prokopy is the Program Director for the Tax Assistance Program and Turkey Trot 5K Run

He started with LUM in October 2017. Josh grew up in Conway, 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

Eileen Weiss is the Business Manager

She returned to LUM in June of 2018. Eileen grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Central Catholic High School, and currently lives in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. 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 assistant.

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