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

Joe Micon Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award


At an alumni awards luncheon last Friday at the Indiana University campus in Indianapolis, Joe Micon received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the IU School of Social Work Alumni Association. Joe was nominated by Mark Thomas, former LUM Board president and Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager. Mark and Joe’s family were able to attend the luncheon as well.

The IU School of Social Work Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to alumni who demonstrate outstanding service and leadership to the profession, state and school.

Congratulations Joe for this special IU School of Social Work alumni award.


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{Pictured above with Joe Micon is Mark Thomas, former LUM Board President.}
To view more PHOTOS from the event, click HERE.
To view Joe Micon’s Remarks, click HERE.

Joe Micon Receives the Sagamore of the Wabash

One of the surprises for Joe Micon at the LUM Retirement Follies was receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Governor Eric Holcomb, presented by State Senator Ron Alting.

The highest distinction in Indiana is the designation of “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the state governor. It is a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Among those who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, politicians, ambassadors, artists, musicians, and ordinary citizens who have contributed greatly to our Hoosier heritage.

Congratulation to Joe Micon for becoming one of the select few to received this honorary award.


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The Sagamore of the Wabash award reads:
WHEREAS, the greatness of the Sons of Indiana derives, in part, from qualities possessed by the noble Chieftains of the Indiana Tribes which once roamed its domain; and
WHEREAS, it has been the immemorial custom of the State of Indiana to attract to its support those who have exhibited such qualities; and
WHEREAS, there has endeared himself to the Citizens of Indiana one Joe Micon distinguished by his Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council, and his Inspiration in Leadership:
NOW, THEREFORE, recognizing his greatness and desiring to avail myself of his counsel, I do hereby appoint him a chieftain upon my staff with the rank and title of SAGAMORE of the WABASH
WITNESS my hand and the Seal of the Council of the Sagamores at Indianapolis, Indiana this 6th day of March in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twenty.
Signed: Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State of Indiana.

Farewell Event for Joe Micon – NEXT Friday


A Message from LUM Board President

As you know, Joe Micon, LUM’s Executive Director, will be retiring on March 31, after 41 years of dedicated service. I can think of no one else who has been such a major change agent for good in our community and state.

In true Joe Micon fashion, he has asked that LUM not provide him with any gift of value upon his departure. He shares that having had the opportunity to serve so long at LUM is gift enough.

Joe has agreed to allow me to ask you to share a monetary gift to LUM’s programs in his honor. I am hoping you will consider such a gift in the amount of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or more. Your gift will be used to support LUM’s important programs for at-risk children and working families.

I know Joe would also be truly honored if you could join us on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue for his special LUM Retirement Follies tribute. Details below.

Finally, I encourage you to read Joe Micon’s recent farewell address to the LUM board of directors. It is affirmation of all the good that all of us working together have achieved during Joe’s years at LUM. I believe your spirits will be lifted as you read his heartfelt message. {To READ – Joe Micon’s Farewell Address – click HERE.}

Thank you for your kind consideration. Place your gift in the mail or give online at lumserve.org/donate.
Gratefully,

Joan Foord Low
President, LUM Board of Directors


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Salute to Joe Micon

Join us for the ninth annual  LUM Follies  and help us celebrate Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director , who is retiring on March 31. The event is on Friday,  March 6  at 7 p.m. and includes a program to honor Joe Micon for his  41 years of service  to our community through his work at  Lafayette Urban Ministry . The celebration will include performances by the Purdue  Black Voices of Inspiration , Purdue  Glee Club , and  Michael Kelsey  as well as a large  Ecumenical Choir  representing the many churches that make up the membership of the LUM Board of Directors. There will be tributes, presentations, videos and much lighthearted fun. After the program, there will be a reception with refreshments, sponsored by Lafayette Brewing Co.  LUM Follies is FREE & open to all. To learn more, click HERE.

In lieu of gifts the Micon Family requests that you  make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry  in honor of Joe Micon. 

For more details, click HERE.