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LUM Immigration Clinic – World Refugee Day


Impact So Far in 2022 – 248 Consultations

World Refugee Day, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate and honor refugees around the world, was celebrated this past Monday. This week it is important to recognize the impact that the LUM Immigration Clinic is having on our community, including with Ukrainian and Afghan refugees in Temporary Protected Status. So far in 2022, the LUM Immigration Clinic has met and consulted with more than 248 individuals. Among these have been nine Ukrainian citizens and ten Afghan citizens.

Did You Know? Under United States law, a refugee is someone who is located outside of the United States, is of special humanitarian concern to the United States, is not firmly resettled in another country, is admissible to the United States, and demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

50th Anniversary – $50,000 for 50 Years of LUM


55% Raised So Far – For Families In Need

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

As of today, 55% or $27,725 has been raised toward the $50,000 goal announced at the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration event in April and since.

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, click the button below.


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. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 local families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.


LUM “Summer of Service” Needs YOU!


Hot Needs – Volunteer – Immediate Openings

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Below are two immediate needs. Sign up today and share with others.

LUM Camp — Counselors
Needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Oversee children during a four-day, overnight camp. Support each child with structured activities.

Training is provided. Stipend of $200 offered.

Shelter — Provide Meals
A simple meal for 44 shelter guests is needed each evening at 8 p.m. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. Meals needed July 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 26 29.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the LUM volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


LUM Outreach – Community Health Fair & More


Visit Us at Various Community Events This Summer

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Recently, LUM has been attending various community events, church services and group meetings — including the Community Health & Wellness Fair (pictured).

Come and visit the LUM table at these upcoming events: 

  • Indiana Fiddlers Gathering (6/25), 
  • Community Health Block Party (6/9), 
  • Global Fest (9/17), 
  • Hunger Hike (9/18), and 
  • Tippecanoe Latino Festival (9/24).

LUM staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


SIA Foundation Supports LUM Shelter


SIA Foundation Awards $13,976 to LUM

At a recent celebration at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, the SIA Foundation awarded more than $173,000 to Indiana nonprofits, including LUM. For the spring cycle, 20 organizations from 14 counties received capital grants — including a $13,986 award to Lafayette Urban Ministry.

{Pictured receiving the big check is Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director (center), and SIA Foundation board members (L to R): Tom Easterday, David Rausch, Julie Cole & Ed Wulbrecht.}

At the LUM Emergency Shelter, there is a focus on health, cleanliness, accessibility, and safety each and every evening. Last fall, the LUM Healthy Shelter Initiative was launched and a comprehensive plan was put in place to make specific improvements. This $13,986 gift from the SIA Foundation will support this Initiative and will be used to purchase new bunk beds and mattresses. A few of the highlights of this Initiative are listed below.

BUNK BEDS

To best prevent insects, most of the wooden bunk beds have been replaced with metal ones; and new seam-sealed mattresses and pillows were purchased. These are also easier to disinfect.

OUTDOOR LOCKERS

LUM plans on installing outdoor lockers for the guests to store their personal belongings. With everything being securely left outside of the facility, there will be a positive impact on the health and safety of the shelter.

FOOD SERVICE

In addition to strict food service protocols, LUM has made a “no food waste” pledge. LUM directors make sure that all food is served at the shelter or youth program, distributed at the two food pantries, or donated to another agency. So far, there has been zero food waste and the kitchens are cleaner and more organized.

ACCESSIBILITY

A new elevator was installed, ensuring that individuals with disabilities may use the shelter.

CHAIRS & TABLES

All are now sturdy, made from plastic and metal, ensuring that they are able to be disinfected regularly.

DEEP CLEANING

In addition to the daily cleaning, volunteers now deep clean the entire shelter building and grounds each month.

HEATERS

Heat is the best way to kill insects. LUM now has heating units that will eliminate all insects when used regularly along with professional extermination.

Thanks to the associates of SIA and the board members of the SIA Foundation for supporting LUM.

LUM Impacted 1,861 in 2022…So Far


Tackling Basic Human Needs | Uplifting People


Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to report that 1,861 unique individuals and low-income households were assisted so far in 2022. LUM has nurtured and educated children, sheltered families, fed the hungry, supported the legal immigrant, and helped our neighbors experiencing homelessness become more self-sufficient.


A S S I S T A N C E

Financial Assistance
712 families received assistance with rent, utilities and other crises.

Immigration
165 individuals received assistance with the immigration and naturalization process.

ID Clinic
43 individuals assisted in obtaining their birth certificate enabling them to get a legal ID.

Tax Assistance
309 working families were assisted in filing their taxes.

Jubilee Christmas
800 families will be assisted, impacting 1,800 children.

Y O U T H

After School Program
64 children were enrolled and provided academic support, snacks and enrichment in a fun environment each school day from 2 to 6 p.m.

5th Quarter Summer Learning Program
72 children are participating in the summer learning program each weekday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with reading time, tutoring, math skills work, science labs, recreation, excursions, snacks and lunch.

LUM Camp
77 children (8-10 years old) are signed up so far to participate in a four-day, overnight camp experience in July with fun and education.


F O O D

Food Pantries
PROTEIN – 292 households received emergency food aid in Lafayette, IN.

WESTSIDE – 70 households received aid in West Lafayette, IN.

Community Thanksgiving Feast
900 free meals will be prepared and served.

H O M E L E S S N E S S

Homeless Services
Emergency Shelter – 343 individuals provided overnight shelter.
Winter Warming Station – 174 individuals used this winter shelter.
Match Program & New Opportunity Fund – 28 guests have been employed & participating in the Match Program, and/or were given assistance in moving into his/her own home through the NOF.


Thanks to your compassion and generous support, LUM continues to make Greater Lafayette a better place for all of its citizens. Please remember LUM through the remainder of 2022 by participating in one of our upcoming eventsvolunteering, and/or by giving a financial gift! Go to LUMserve.org.


Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed


Daytime Volunteer Opportunity – Biweekly


If you’re interested in a recurring, daytime service opportunity, consider becoming a Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionist is needed each weekday from noon to 4:30 p.m. — and some weekday mornings.

Normally, Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists work every two weeks on the same day of the week. They greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).


Sign Up Today

If you are interested, please email or call Terri Anderson, LUM office manager/volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you need more information, click HERE.


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LUM “Summer of Service” Needs YOU!


Hot Needs – Volunteer – Immediate Openings

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Below are a few immediate needs. Sign up today and share with others.

Afternoon Receptionist
Needed each weekday afternoon from noon to 4:30 p.m. It’s a recurring, daytime service opportunity, typically one afternoon every two weeks. Greet guests, answer phones & complete general clerical duties. Training provided

Shelter — Volunteers
Needed each evening from 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. – midnight. Check-in guests, serve meals and distribute bedding & shower items. Training is provided.

LUM Camp — Counselors
Needed from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 29. Oversee children during a four-day, overnight camp. Support each child with structured activities. Training is provided.

Child Care — Teacher’s Aides
Needed each weekday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Help children with math, reading, arts & crafts and recreation; prepare and serve snacks and lunch, and supervise study trips. Training provided.

Shelter — Provide Meals
A simple meal for 44 shelter guests is needed each evening at 8 p.m. Planning and preparing a meal is a great activity for groups. You may stay and serve the meal or drop it off in advance. Meals needed June 4, 11, 19, 25 & 26.

Food Pantries
Needed Thursdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. – noon. Check-in clients, enter data, pick up food, assist clients in shopping & organize pantry.

For more information, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer; or email or call Terri Anderson, the LUM volunteer coordinator (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).

In Memoriam: Professor James Davidson, PhD


LUM Dream Team Member – Jim Davidson

James (Jim) D. Davidson, Jr., 79, passed away on May 22. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Fairfield University (Connecticut); and a master’s degree and PhD at the University of Notre Dame. He was Professor of Sociology at Purdue University from 1968 until he retired in 2009. Jim had a very productive and fulfilling career. His research focused on religion and social inequality.

With Ron Elly, the first LUM executive director (1972-1977); Tom Hull, LUM Board president (1976, 1978), and Don Nead, Jim played a leadership role in the survival, stability, and success of the Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM). They collaborated on and published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM (AKA the Green Book). His research on changes in the Catholic Church and trends among American Catholics was considered exemplary and received numerous awards. Jim was a popular keynote speaker at gatherings of religious educators and church leaders.

Professor Davidson was a dedicated friend to LUM for 50 years and recently attended the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration in April. He will be missed for his friendship, sage advice, and compassionate counsel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry or to a local charity of your choosing.


Jim & Anna Tassone were married in 1971. They were resident parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue. Jim & Anna had two children: Jay (wife Corina) Davidson of Chicago, IL and their two daughters (Lucy & Evelyn) and Terry Davidson of Denver, CO and her two sons (Brady & Anthony). Jim was very proud of both Jay and Terry; and Jim & Anna have loved all four of their grandchildren, visiting and vacationing with them as often as possible.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow (6/10) at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, 535 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN. To read the full obituary, click HERE.

50th Anniversary Celebration Continues

Raise $50,000 for 50 Years – For Families In Need

The LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration continues this year with the goal of raising $50,000 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — representing $1,000 per year. More than $23,440 has already been raised toward the $50,000 goal at the LUM 50th Anniversary 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, click the button below.


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. In 2021, the Good Samaritan Fund helped 1,309 local families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.