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Mary Anderson – Retirement Reception


Thank You to Mary Anderson for 21 years of valued service to Lafayette Urban Ministry and the children & families in our community.

“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
Plans to give you hope and a future.”

~Jeremiah 29:11


On Friday, December 18, many of Mary Anderson’s colleagues and friends gathered to 2015-12-18 Mary Anderson Retirement Reception 062 (2)celebrate her incredible career at LUM. Highlights of the event were as follows:

  • Presentation by Joe Micon, LUM executive director, to Mary of a clock with NO alarm. Joe also offered some heartfelt remarks.
  • Presentation by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker to Mary of the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Pence (pictured to the right)
  • Song tribute to Mary by Linda Hicks
  • Remarks from Mary Anderson

The retirement celebration was a joyous affair with LUM volunteers, LUM staff, and community leaders paying tribute to Mary.


Check out the photos from the reception HERE.


Your retirement leaves a great bi2015-12-18 Mary Anderson Retirement Reception 033 (2)g gap
In all our lives and hearts,
A workplace is never quite
the same
When someone like
you departs.

You’ve enriched us in
so many ways
We’ll miss you more
than you know,
We wish you luck,
and hope you take
Good memories when
you go.


After 21 years on the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff, Mary Anderson has returned as of December 31, 2015. Mary was first hired to direct Jubilee Christmas while LUM was in the midst of its capital campaign for the new LUM office and shelter building in 1994.

2015-12-18 Mary Anderson Retirement Reception 056 (2)She has served as assistant director of LUM Camp, LUM Emergency Shelter Director, Acting Executive Director for 5 years and of course Good Samaritan Program Director for many years. Mary has performed her ministry at LUM as an extension of God’s Grace—always kind, helpful, wise and generous in the administration of her duties.

In honor of Mary’s 21 years of professional service, the LUM Board has established the Mary Anderson Kickstart Fund. This will be a permanent account within the LUM Good Samaritan Fund that will allow up to $100 more than our usual assistance grant for those who have especially difficult utility or housing needs. You may honor Mary Anderson’s years of service to the needy of our community by making a generous year-end contribution to the Mary Anderson Kickstart Fund (Write Check to Lafayette Urban Ministry and write “Kickstart” on memo line. Or give online at www.lumserve.org/donate.

Write your check to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it or drop it off to our office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). If you prefer, you may contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at www.lumserve.org/donate. Thank you.


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Congratulations to LUM’s Mary Anderson


Dear Friends,

On this Thanksgiving Holiday, I join the LUM board, staff and our many volunteers, in 2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 003expressing our thanks for Good Samaritan Program Director Mary Anderson.

After 21 years on the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff, Mary will be retiring on December 31. Mary was first hired to direct Jubilee Christmas while LUM was in the midst of its capital campaign for the new LUM office and shelter building in 1994.

She has served as assistant director of LUM Camp, LUM Emergency Shelter Director, Acting Executive Director for 5 years and of course Good Samaritan Program Director for many years. Mary has performed her ministry at LUM as an extension of God’s Grace—always kind, helpful, wise and generous in the administration of her duties.

In honor of Mary’s 21 years of professional service, the LUM Board has established the Mary Anderson Kickstart Fund. This will be a permanent account within the LUM Good Samaritan Fund that will allow up to $100 more than our usual assistance grant for those who have especially difficult utility or housing needs.

You may honor Mary Anderson’s years of service to the needy of our community in two ways:

  1. Make a generous year-end contribution to the Mary Anderson Kickstart Fund (Write Check to Lafayette Urban Ministry and write “Kickstart” on memo line. Or give online at www.lumserve.org/donate.
  2. Join us for a reception in Mary Anderson’s honor on Friday, December 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lafayette Urban Ministry office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette.

Please join me in thankful celebration for Mary Anderson’s 21 wonderful years of service to the children and families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry!



PS — Write your check to Lafayette Urban Ministry and mail it or drop it off to our office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). If you prefer, you may contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at www.lumserve.org/donate. Thank you.


 

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Mary Anderson celebrates 20 Years with LUM


2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 003 (3)Twenty years ago this month, Rev. Carl Malmgren saw something special in Mary Anderson and recommended that she be offered the three-month, part-time position with LUM to coordinate Jubilee Christmas 1994. Malmgren was a member of the LUM Board of Directors and was the chair of the search committee for this position. Joe Micon, executive director, was pleased with Mary’s work with Jubilee Christmas and invited her back in the Spring of 1995 to be the co-director of LUM Camp – another three-month, part-time position. Opportunities like this continued for Mary and in the next few years she served as the Shelter Director, the director of the Summer Lunch program and the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Director.

In 1998, Mary found her niche when she became the director of the LUM Advocate Program, now known as the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Program. During these early years, Mary was also the director of the Summer Lunch Program and Jubilee Christmas. The LUM Board of Directors demonstrated their confidence in Mary’s work and ability when they asked her to serve as the interim LUM executive director from 2004-2008 (during Joe Micon’s leave of absence to serve as the Indiana State Representative for the 26th District). This was an important time for LUM because they were beginning a capital campaign which would enable LUM to initiate new programs and move into a new office building.

During her tenure with LUM, moving was nothing new. In 1994, Mary started her work with LUM on 8th Street; she served as the director of the food pantry out of a storefront on Main Street; and in 1995 moved to 525 N 4th Street, a new building that would serve as the LUM emergency shelter, youth programs center, and administrative offices. Her final move was in 2010 to her current office in the new administrative building at 420 N 4th Street.2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 010 (2)

Today, Mary Anderson could not be more perfectly suited for her role at LUM. Mary directs one program which she founded and another which she has enhanced and modified over the years – the ID Clinic and the Good Samaritan Fund Program, respectively. Reflecting on her 20 years of service to the LUM clients and families, Mary is confounded by how much has changed as well as how many things have not.

Mary looks to two pivotal points in our country’s history as catalysts for change in her work with low income families: the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the recent recession. After 9/11, our country implemented laws and practices that greatly affected the poor and the homeless. Caring for the “least of us” is no longer a priority in our nation – as it was during the Great Depression and again in the 1960’s – and it may never be again. We must accept this and continue to do the best we can within those parameters. This has made Mary a strong advocate for eliminating the Voter ID law – which makes it very difficult for the homeless and low-income individuals to obtain picture ID and to vote. She is proud that her deposition was included in the US Supreme Court case brought against the Indiana Voter ID law.


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Mary enjoys getting to know those she serves. It gives her joy and hope to work face-to-face with individuals looking for a little bit of assistance to get past a difficult time. These interactions sometimes also give her some sad moments – especially when she sees poverty passed from one generation to the next. Before this recent recession, Mary saw mostly individuals who were “generationally” poor or “gradually” poor. Recently though there have been more and more individuals who are “suddenly” poor and in need of assistance for the first time in their lives. Individuals who used to help others are suddenly asking for help. Upon reflection, Mary shares that she couldn’t do this work if there wasn’t a social justice component at LUM. She is hopeful and see better days in the future only if there is a focus on changing our laws and priorities to serve each and every one of our neighbors.


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Through all of this, Mary still feels like she has the greatest job around. She emphasizes that one must be realistic on how much one’s able to offer – and must find ways to keep your perspective. Mary proudly proclaims that she has a life outside of the walls of LUM – and engages in some meaningful activities with her church. She also gives her family much of the credit for keeping her grounded. Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Mary met her husband while attending Purdue and has been here since. Today, Mary and Mike have three sons and four (of the world’s best) grandchildren.

Twenty years have flown by for Mary Anderson. But for this community, for LUM, for the families and individuals served by LUM – we are so much better off for Mary’s years of service – and her vision for what could be done at LUM which has served as a road map to a better future for all.

 



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Thank You — Congratulations — Farewell (to the LUM Interns)

LUM Intern Farewell Reception


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L to R – Standing: Ron Smith, Joe Micon, Katie Brandes, ‘Shay Johnson-Martin, Mary Anderson, Cindy Haley, Amanda Bajzatt, Joyce Fasani; Seated: Susan Brouillette, Rebekah Niedner

It is with mixed emotions that the LUM staff says “farewell” and “well done” to our fabulously talented and hardworking interns – Amanda Bajzatt, Katherine Brandes, Evan Guse, Jashay Johnson-Martin, Rebekah Niedner, & Brittany Rooze. LUM has truly been blessed to have 6 interns working with various programs since January 2013. As many can relate, the time with our interns has flown by.

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To celebrate the LUM interns were invited to an appreciation party hosted by all of the LUM staff — and cake. All interns will be graduating soon and LUM wishes them very well. Each of them used their unique talents to make LUM better.

So – Thank you, Congratulations, and Farewell (for now) – to Amanda, Katie, Evan, ‘Shay, Rebekah, and Brittany.

To read more about our interns, click HERE.



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Mission Moment — The Story of Michael’s I.D.

When Mary Anderson, LUM’s Director of Assistance, met with a client during the LUM ID Clinic drop-in hours recently, she could not have predicted that a week later she would be facilitating a family reunion between the client and his estranged mother. We will call this client, Michael.

Like many in our community who are taking that first step in a long journey back on track, Michael hit a road block – he needed an official ID. Michael was recently released from prison after being incarcerated for more than eight years. He was released without an ID, without a job, and without a home. Michael made several poor choices in the past which led to his imprisonment as well as destroying his relationship with his mother.

Today Michael is focused on becoming self-sufficient. Unfortunately Michael soon realized that you simply cannot do much without an official ID. His dilemma is that he needs a birth certificate to get an ID; and needs an ID to get his own birth certificate. This process is complex and became more so post-9/11. Although he is NOT able to get his own birth certificate on his own, his mother may. This is what led Mary and Michael to have a conversation about re-connecting with his mother who lives right here in town. It appeared to be the only option for Michael so he mustered the courage to call her. Michael’s mother quickly agreed to help Michael get his birth certificate by filling out the application and having it sent to her home address.

Michael is doing everything he can to keep his life moving forward. This vital service at LUM is getting him one step closer to being successful. And hopefully Michael and his mom have now begun to reestablish a positive relationship as well.