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October Begins the Season for Planning Ahead


Create a Personal Legacy with LUM Planned Giving


October brings cooler nights, pumpkins, colorful trees, football, having fun outdoors with family, and preparing. In addition to preparing for the winter — consider also preparing for the future.

Continuing your support of Lafayette Urban Ministry beyond your own lifetime takes “planning.” 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 this type of donation are attractive, whether you use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance or a retirement plan.

Meet with your professional advisor to learn more about planned giving and naming LUM in your will. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, would enjoy meeting with you when you are ready to begin the conversation (wtillett@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). 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.

LUM is Hiring – Financial Assistance Director


Half-time | Salaried | Benefits | Weekday Hours

Lafayette Urban Ministry is looking for an experienced individual who can help our clients with financial emergencies, provide assistance, and find the resources they need to manage difficulties they are currently facing. Successful candidates will oversee a talented team of volunteers who see a full caseload, meet with clients to determine their current needs and advise clients on what kind of help is available, and submit paperwork on time to get assistance. Our ideal candidate has at least two years of experience with client relations preferably as a social worker and has experience working with a diverse population of individuals and families.

Anticipated start date is December 1, 2022. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter online. To begin, click HERE. If you have any questions, please email careers@LUMserve.org. Please SHARE with others who may be interested and qualified.


POSITION – DESCRIPTION

This position is responsible for effectively implementing and coordinating all aspects of the LUM Financial Assistance Program and ID Clinic.

  • Title: Program Director: Financial Assistance Program, ID Clinic
  • Status: ½ time, Salaried 
  • Supervisor: Executive Program Director
  • Terms: As specified in LUM Personnel Policies.
  • Hours: 18.75 hours per week; Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Starting Salary: $19,500 annually – $20 per hour; Starting Cash Benefit: $6,435 annually

DETAILED POSITION – DUTIES

Financial Assistance Program

  • Assesses clients’ needs and provides support, assistance and referrals
  • Assists low-income households in obtaining emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, and health care assistance
  • Recruits, trains, coordinates, supervises, and schedules volunteers
  • Offers continuing in-service training to volunteers
  • Assures that volunteers enter intake records completely and properly
  • Manage online in-take forms
  • Maintains an accurate record of clients in the LUM database
  • Coordinates with the receptionist for client check-in
  • Enforces the LUM client confidentiality policy
  • Remains knowledgeable and up-to-date on all sources of emergency assistance, both public and private, in the Greater Lafayette community
  • Engages with and supports the LUM Jubilee Christmas program
  • Influence community and policymakers to develop programs, policies, and services to assist low income families and children

Good Samaritan Fund

  • Provides information to Executive Director for solicitation letters
  • Implements board-adopted guidelines for the administration of GSF
  • Maintains accurate accounting of disbursements on QuickBooks
  • Consults regularly with Executive Program Director on GSF activity, trends, and needs
  • Administers grants (for example, EFSP), including submitting the application, providing documentation and submitting required reports
  • Assists and actively participates in fundraising for GSF

ID Clinic

  • Meets with clients to assist them in obtaining valid Indiana ID
  • Prints & processes birth certificate requests
  • Assists clients obtain documentation for the following:
    • Identity
    • Lawful status
    • Residency
    • Social Security Number
  • Works with others to obtain documentation, including extended family, schools, other agencies, and employers
  • Works with the Social Security Administration office and other agencies
  • Obtains court documents as necessary
  • Assists in obtaining children’s birth certificates when needed, including HUD housing, school enrollment, Head Start, and child support proceedings
  • Processes application fees from the GSF account
  • Keeps accurate accounting records and database entries for disbursements

General Duties

  • Evaluate programs and services for quality
  • Attends staff meetings and retreats
  • Submits monthly reports to the Board of Directors
  • Complies with all LUM policies, laws, and NASW code of ethics
  • Completes other duties as assigned
  • Participates in the LUM strategic planning process and goal setting
  • Advocate and raise awareness on behalf of low income families and the needs of the community

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree preferred (bachelor’s degree required) from an accredited college or university
  • Proficient in data entry, word processing, and spreadsheets
  • Experience in client relations, program administration and volunteer recruitment and coordination
  • Self-directed and able to work without much supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work cooperatively with diverse people and groups (church, secular, public, private, low income)
  • 2+ years experience working with low-income families from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred
  • Able to travel when needed as required by job duties
  • Have a strong faith dynamic as expressed by a willingness to accept and support the LUM Mission Statement
  • Commitment to self-determination of the poor

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter online. To begin, click HERE. If you have any questions, please email careers@LUMserve.org.


Lafayette Urban Ministry does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political association or belief, or union affiliation or activity, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. LUM is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and guests.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an equal opportunity employer. LUM will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or parental status.

Quick Links – Fall Engagement Opportunities


| Sign Up | Donate | Volunteer | Needed Items |


COMMUNITY Thanksgiving Feast
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – Noon)


EMERGENCY Shelter
(Every Night – 8 p.m.)


FOOD Pantries
(Thursdays & Fridays – 10 a.m. to Noon)


TURKEY Trot 5K Run
(Thursday, Nov. 24 – 8:30 a.m.)


JUBILEE Christmas
(Saturday, Dec. 10)


Please click the name above for more information — and SHARE with others who might be interested.

IU Health & Central Catholic Engage with LUM


LUM Service Days – Healthy Shelter Initiative

As a part of the LUM Healthy Shelter Initiative, each month a group of volunteers are recruited to “deep clean” the LUM Emergency Shelter as well as the rest of the Ray Ewry Center facility and grounds.

On two separate dates recently, the eighth-grade students from Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School and staff from IU Health participated in a LUM Service Day at the LUM Ray Ewry Center. Both groups deep cleaned the LUM Ray Ewry Center, home of the LUM Emergency Shelter and Youth Programs. The Central Catholic students also prepared a meal for the LUM Emergency Shelter.

LUM is grateful for each business, church, and school group whose members take the time to volunteer at LUM. Special thanks to Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School and IU Health for their support of LUM. If your organization or business would like to volunteer with LUM, please visit the LUM website or email or call Terri Anderson, LUM Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

$50,000 for 50 Years – Anniversary Campaign


90% Raised So Far – For Families In Need

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with the goal of raising at least $50,000 — representing $1,000 per year — for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

As of today, 90% or $45,172 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal announced at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event in April.  

Please join the celebration, help LUM reach this goal, and honor LUM’s 50 years of service to our community. To make an online donation, go to LUMserve.org/donate-online.


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides local individuals, families and children with a financial safety net when in crisis – and is not used for any administrative expenses. No operating expenses are taken out of the Good Samaritan Fund — 100% of all donations go to help those in need. So far in 2022, the LUM Financial Assistance Program has had 1,544 requests for housing, utility and health-care, disbursing $102,247 of assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


Eileen Weiss – Celebrating 15 Years of Service


A Fitting Tribute to a Remarkable Career


Community members and friends of LUM gathered recently to celebrate the remarkable career of Eileen Hession Weiss at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

After 15 years at LUM, most recently as the Business Manager, Eileen has decided to move on and dedicate her time and talent to her family, the City of Lafayette as a member of the City Council, and the many faith and community organizations, with which she is involved.

The celebration was well attended and a fitting tribute to Eileen honoring her tremendous positive impact on the community to the betterment of local families and children. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, emceed the event at First Christian Church (Lafayette), which included presentations by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker and City of Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski (pictured). A choir of some of the most talented vocalists also performed some of Eileen’s favorites. Of course, the choir was directed by the honoree, Eileen Weiss, and was the highlight of the celebration.

Join in thanking and congratulating Eileen Weiss with wishes for continued success and happiness. In lieu of gifts, Eileen has requested a personal note or card and a tribute donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry. To make a tribute donation in honor of Eileen, click the button below.

Eileen Hession Weiss


15 Years of Service to LUM



Eileen Weiss

Eileen Hession Weiss has had a remarkable career and has made a significant positive impact on the community through her work with Lafayette Urban Ministry and the City of Lafayette.

Eileen has been a part of the LUM staff for more than 15 years. She served as the LUM project manager (1999-2001) and the LUM business manager for four years (2009-2013). Although she retired from LUM in 2013, Eileen continued to process payroll, fill in for the executive director and business manager during their personal time off, and assist with LUM Camp from 2013 to 2017. Eileen coordinated LUM Camp in 2017 and then began her second stint as the LUM business manager in 2018. Over the years, Eileen has directed Jubilee Christmas, Tax Assistance Program, Community Thanksgiving Feast and Hunger Hike. She produced the first LUM Follies and directed the live entertainment each year from 2013 through the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2022. 

Eileen also has been an important part of the City of Lafayette government. She is currently serving on the City Council and served as the City Clerk from 1984-1995. Eileen is a parishioner of The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, was their Director of Music on-and-off from 1983 to 2001, and has sung in their choir since 1964. Eileen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Campbell Rose, Max, and Nicole.


After 15 years at LUM, most recently as the Business Manager, Eileen decided to move on in September 2022 and dedicate her time and talent to her family, the City of Lafayette as a member of the City Council, and the many faith and community organizations, with which she is involved. Join us in thanking and congratulating Eileen Weiss with wishes for continued success and happiness. In lieu of gifts, Eileen has requested a personal note or card and a tribute donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry. To make a tribute donation, click the button below.

LUM 50th Anniversary – Favorite LUM Memories


LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues

This is the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration year! Throughout the LUM 50th Anniversary year, friends, volunteers & staff members have been sharing theirFavorite LUM Memories.” Please read and enjoy these LUM memories.





LUM would love to know your favorite memory of working with, supporting or being served by LUM. If you are willing to share your “Favorite LUM Memory,” click the button below.

Voter Registration Deadline is Approaching


Election Day – Tuesday, November 8

Here are the important dates & deadlines for the election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022:

Registration Deadline – Must be turned in, submitted online or postmarked by Tuesday, October 11

Absentee Ballot Deadlines

  • Ballot Request must be received by Thursday, October 27
  • Ballots Deadline: In person, submitted by noon on Monday, November 7; By mail, county election officials must receive not later than 6 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8

More information on when & where to vote and more, click HERE.

LUM is Hiring – Financial Assistance Director


Half-time | Salaried | Benefits | Weekday Hours

Lafayette Urban Ministry is looking for an experienced individual who can help our clients with financial emergencies, provide assistance, and find the resources they need to manage difficulties they are currently facing. Successful candidates will oversee a talented team of volunteers who see a full caseload, meet with clients to determine their current needs and advise clients on what kind of help is available, and submit paperwork on time to get assistance. Our ideal candidate has at least two years of experience with client relations preferably as a social worker and has experience working with a diverse population of individuals and families.

Anticipated start date is December 1, 2022. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter online. To begin, click HERE. If you have any questions, please email careers@LUMserve.org. Please SHARE with others who may be interested and qualified.


POSITION – DESCRIPTION

This position is responsible for effectively implementing and coordinating all aspects of the LUM Financial Assistance Program and ID Clinic.

  • Title: Program Director: Financial Assistance Program, ID Clinic
  • Status: ½ time, Salaried 
  • Supervisor: Executive Program Director
  • Terms: As specified in LUM Personnel Policies.
  • Hours: 18.75 hours per week; Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • Starting Salary: $19,500 annually – $20 per hour; Starting Cash Benefit: $6,435 annually

POSITION – DUTIES

Financial Assistance Program

  • Assesses clients’ needs and provides support, assistance and referrals
  • Assists low-income households in obtaining emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, and health care assistance
  • Recruits, trains, coordinates, supervises, and schedules volunteers
  • Offers continuing in-service training to volunteers
  • Assures that volunteers enter intake records completely and properly
  • Manage online in-take forms
  • Maintains an accurate record of clients in the LUM database
  • Coordinates with the receptionist for client check-in
  • Enforces the LUM client confidentiality policy
  • Remains knowledgeable and up-to-date on all sources of emergency assistance, both public and private, in the Greater Lafayette community
  • Engages with and supports the LUM Jubilee Christmas program
  • Influence community and policymakers to develop programs, policies, and services to assist low income families and children

Good Samaritan Fund

  • Provides information to Executive Director for solicitation letters
  • Implements board-adopted guidelines for the administration of GSF
  • Maintains accurate accounting of disbursements on QuickBooks
  • Consults regularly with Executive Program Director on GSF activity, trends, and needs
  • Administers grants (for example, EFSP), including submitting the application, providing documentation and submitting required reports
  • Assists and actively participates in fundraising for GSF

ID Clinic

  • Meets with clients to assist them in obtaining valid Indiana ID
  • Prints & processes birth certificate requests
  • Assists clients obtain documentation for the following:
    • Identity
    • Lawful status
    • Residency
    • Social Security Number
  • Works with others to obtain documentation, including extended family, schools, other agencies, and employers
  • Works with the Social Security Administration office and other agencies
  • Obtains court documents as necessary
  • Assists in obtaining children’s birth certificates when needed, including HUD housing, school enrollment, Head Start, and child support proceedings
  • Processes application fees from the GSF account
  • Keeps accurate accounting records and database entries for disbursements

General Duties

  • Evaluate programs and services for quality
  • Attends staff meetings and retreats
  • Submits monthly reports to the Board of Directors
  • Complies with all LUM policies, laws, and NASW code of ethics
  • Completes other duties as assigned
  • Participates in the LUM strategic planning process and goal setting
  • Advocate and raise awareness on behalf of low income families and the needs of the community

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree preferred (bachelor’s degree required) from an accredited college or university
  • Proficient in data entry, word processing, and spreadsheets
  • Experience in client relations, program administration and volunteer recruitment and coordination
  • Self-directed and able to work without much supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work cooperatively with diverse people and groups (church, secular, public, private, low income)
  • 2+ years experience working with low-income families from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred
  • Able to travel when needed as required by job duties
  • Have a strong faith dynamic as expressed by a willingness to accept and support the LUM Mission Statement
  • Commitment to self-determination of the poor

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter online. To begin, click HERE. If you have any questions, please email careers@LUMserve.org.


Lafayette Urban Ministry does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political association or belief, or union affiliation or activity, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. LUM is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and guests.

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an equal opportunity employer. LUM will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or parental status.