This past weekend the members of Congress Street United Methodist Church hosted a reception for Rev. Clarinda Crawford. At this event, Joe Micon, LUM executive director and Mark Thomas, LUM board president, presented Clarinda with a special proclamation from the LUM Board of Directors and staff. The proclamation stated that, “Clarinda possesses a prophetic thirst for social justice, always calling the wider faith community to respond to the needs of the oppressed with fairness and compassion.”
The event was joyful celebration of Clarinda’s seven years of service to the community through Lafayette Urban Ministry and Congress Street United Methodist Church. It is clear that Clarinda had a positive impact on many people and programs during her time in Lafayette and will be greatly missed. Pictured L to R are Penny Glotzbach, Congress St. UMC representative to the LUM board, Clarinda Crawford, Mark Thomas & Joe Micon.
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After a fruitful seven year relationship with Lafayette Urban Ministry, Rev. Clarinda Crawford announced that she will be moving to Franklin, North Carolina, at the end of this month to serve two congregations in the United Methodist Church. Clarinda served as a pastor-liaison to the LUM Board of Directors and eventually became an officer serving on the Executive Committee for two terms. For the past 18 months, Clarinda has been the program director overseeing the LUM Good Samaritan Program, which includes the Good Samaritan Fund and the ID Clinic.
Clarinda shared that leaving LUM “comes with a mix of emotions — part mournful, part restless, and wrapped in the excitement” of what this next phase will offer. Through her work with LUM, Clarinda has made a positive impact on the clients in the Good Samaritan Program and ID Clinic — using her numerous skills, knowledge of technology, awareness of resources, and experience. She has empathy for those in need and has made improvements in the day-to-day process of both the ID Clinic and the Good Samaritan Program. Clarinda will be missed, but she has left the program in great shape for LUM and her successor.
Please join us to celebrate Clarinda’s service to the community at a reception hosted by the Congress Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.
If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in honor of Rev. Clarinda Crawford, click below.
Todd P. Wesbrook is the new program director for theLUM Emergency Shelter. He is responsible for the management of and intake process for the overnight emergency shelter and the Winter Warming Station (November – April) and oversees the New Opportunity Grants, a match program which offers financial assistance to shelter guests transitioning into their own home.
Todd grew up in Hillsboro, North Dakota and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife of 26 years, Linda. Todd and Linda have two cats, Faith & TT, and have been members of the White Horse Christian Center for 19 years, where Linda works as the assistant to the senior pastor. Todd earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mayville State University and a Master of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.
Todd shares that he finds inspiration “when people do what is right, though there is no benefit to themselves. Because it is often against our human nature to do so.” Todd’s faith is important to him stating, “I make it a priority to demonstrate the love of Christ, making God my first priority followed by my relationship with my wife and others.” He also agrees with his pastor who has stated, “the only way you lose is if you quit.”
Todd enjoys running, biking and hanging out with his wife and close friends. He loves to laugh so also enjoys a good, clean comedy movie.
Todd is excited about his new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because it gives him an opportunity to continue his work to help individuals and families get stronger within a Christian ministry. He stated that he “loves the LUM Mission Statement because it focuses on renewal and restoring hope. It is a great privilege and honor to get the opportunity to serve at such a wonderful organization.”
LUM is fortunate to have Todd Wesbrook join the LUM staff.
Gina Williams is the new program director for the LUM Emergency Shelter. She is responsible for the management of and intake process for the overnight emergency shelter and the Winter Warming Station and oversees the Sunday Noon Meal.
Gina grew up in Indianapolis and now lives in Lafayette with her dog of 12 years, Yoshi. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in psychology and is currently earning her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis.
Gina is excited about her new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because it gives her an opportunity to work with people, which is an important part of her life. She shares that she finds inspiration in her co-workers and the mission of LUM.
“It feels to good to work in an environment full of people that really care about the community, and to be part of an organization that has so many wonderful programs aimed at meeting the needs of our community.”
In addition to her work with LUM, Gina has volunteered with the Crisis Center and the Area IV Senior Games. In her free time, Gina enjoys sewing and hanging out with Yoshi.
LUM is fortunate to have Gina Williams join the team.
Rob Shook is the new LUM director of maintenance responsible for the upkeep of both LUM buildings, grounds & buses. He has over 20 years of experience in facility management and construction including extensive knowledge of mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems. Rob grew up in West Lafayette and graduated from Harrison High School and Purdue with a degree in organizational leadership & supervision. He still lives in West Lafayette with his wife of 19 years, Gretchen, and their two daughters, Hannah and Abby.
Rob is excited about his new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because it gives him an opportunity to create safe, reliable and comfortable environments at LUM. He enjoys helping others, problem-solving, finding solutions, and leaving things better than he found them. Rob believes that “when the environment is right — we are better able to think, work, create, collaborate, communicate and serve.” He feels pride in knowing that what he does contributes to a greater purpose. Rob shares, “I am greatly inspired by LUM’s mission. We restore hope when we create safe spaces where people can come for support and healing. I’m grateful to be a part of that.”
In his free time, Rob enjoys golfing, watching football, and traveling to warm places — and most importantly spending time with his family and supporting his daughters in their activities.
Rev. Clarinda E. Crawford
— LUM Good Samaritan Program & ID Clinic, program director
Rev. Clarinda E. Crawford is the new LUM program director responsible for the Good Samaritan Program & ID Clinic. She is excited about her new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because it gives her an opportunity to continue to do what she can for “the oppressed, the poor, the hungry, and all the least of these who present themselves in need of LUM’s services.” She feels pride in getting to do something she loves while “being surrounded by others with incredibly gracious, generous and love-filled hearts.” Clarinda also believes in the power of Hope; stating, “If whatever it is you’re doing doesn’t bring HOPE to someone, somewhere — then why do it?”
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Clarinda believes that “theology is an ongoing pilgrimage and life is an ongoing muddled paradox.” She finds inspiration in “all people since Jesus’ time who have and continue to fight for the oppressed, the poor, the hungry and all the least of these in the local and global societies that comprise our very-human world.”
Originally from Attica, Clarinda now lives in Lafayette, Indiana with her two dogs: Fuzzy (mutt; age 14) and Bentley (Weimaraner; age 10.5).
Rev. Clarinda Crawford is currently the lead pastor at Congress Street United Methodist Church (Lafayette), a bus driver for the Lafayette School Corporation, and a member of several community groups and boards including the Inter-Religious Network of Greater Lafayette, which she founded in 2010. She also served on the LUM Board of Directors for five years including two terms on the Executive Council.
Clarinda graduated from Attica Junior/Senior High School and DePauw University with majors in communications & political science. She also earned her Master of Divinity from the Christian Theological Seminary with a focus on theology and pastoral care & counseling. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program with a focus on nonprofit management, public management, policy analysis & public finance administration at Indiana University.
Clarinda also loves the beach — Grand Strand in South Carolina, to be more specific — and anything starring, directed by or written about Robert Redford.
In a short time, Clarinda has already made a positive impact on the clients in the Good Samaritan Program and ID Clinic — using her numerous skills, knowledge of technology, and experience to learn about the position and the fund, meet the clients, and make suggestions for improvements in the process. “I am so pleased we are able to bring Rev. Clarinda Crawford onto LUM’s very outstanding staff. We are so fortunate that she has chosen to share her considerable talents on behalf of those we serve here. Clarinda has a real heart for helping and a commitment to making our world a more fair and just place for everyone” shared Joe Micon, LUM executive director.
If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in honor of Rev. Clarinda Crawford, please go to www.lumserve.org/donate.
Originally from Indianapolis, Gina now lives in Lafayette with her 12 year old dog, Yoshi. She graduated with a degree in psychology from IUPUI and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). Upon graduation in 2017, Gina will pursue a career working with the elderly population.
At LUM, Gina is an intern with the LUM Emergency Shelter supporting the director and working with the shelter guests during their intake process.
Thomas Bowman —LUM Intern (pictured above, right)
Tom is from Wallace, Indiana in Fountain County. Tom is a psychology major in the College of Health & Human Services at Purdue University (West Lafayette). Tom has worked in the Purdue Psychology Research Lab and is currently in the Venture Crew with the Boys Scouts of America. Upon graduation in May 2017, Tom plans on a career in criminal and forensic psychology.
At LUM, Tom is an intern with the LUM Emergency Shelter supporting the director and working with the shelter guests during their intake process.
Erin Knorr —LUM Intern
Erin’s family lives in North Carolina; and she grew up in Winamac, Indiana and currently lives in West Lafayette. Erin is enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College (Lafayette). She is a member of First Baptist Church (Lafayette) and also works at Menard’s. Upon graduation in May 2016, Erin plans on earning a Bachelor’s degree and pursuing a career working with children.
Marilyn Zerbes —LUM Emergency Shelter, acting program director
Originally from a small town in Virginia called Bremo Bluff, Marilyn lives in Lafayette with her husband, Mark. Marilyn graduated from Purdue University (West Lafayette) and is a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Center (West Lafayette). Marilyn and Mark have three children, all of whom are married with children of their own. Marilyn and Mark have five granddaughters and two grandsons. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
Marilyn has many years of not for profit accounting experience including as the LUM Business Manager in 2013. She loves gardening and more recently camping in a tiny vintage camper – but is a homebody at heart who enjoys being with her family.
Marilou Warden —LUM Achieve! Stay-in-School Program, new program director
Marilou has lived in Lafayette for most of her life. She has been married for 42 years to Mike Warden, who she met in chemistry class their last semester in high school. A graduate of Purdue University (West Lafayette), she was a teacher in the Lafayette School Corporation for 28 years before retiring. Since retirement, Marilou has been active with the LUM Achieve! Stay-in-School Program and the LUM After School Program.
Marilou and Mike, who is retired from Purdue, are members of Crestview Community Church (Lafayette) and have two sons, Nolan and Elliot. Nolan and his wife, Hilda, have two children – Lucia (4) and Elias (16 months). Nolan is preparing to defend his dissertation in ethnomusicology at UCLA. Elliot graduated from Purdue (art education/photography) and now lives in New York City. In addition to her work with LUM, Marilou enjoys spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.