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African Leaders From Purdue Serve LUM


Mandela Washington Fellows Visit LUM Students

Four participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Purdue recently engaged with the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program and taught them about their countries in Africa. The fellows are Mathabo Duma from Lesotho, Leonor Fall from Senegal, and Immaculate Nwajagu and Temitope Olatimehin from Nigeria (pictured with Wes Tillett, LUM executive director). This is just one example of the “enhanced learning” offered by LUM each summer. To see more photos of their visit, click HERE. To learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Purdue, click HERE. Thanks to the Fellows as well as Lonni Kucik and Holly Shaver at Purdue for connecting us and making their visit so meaningful.


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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.

Delta Delta Delta Sorority Gives to LUM


Purdue Tri-Delta at Donates “Needed Items” to LUM

The members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue recently donated a truckload of paper products to LUM. Polly Magee, house director, delivered the paper products to LUM on behalf of the sorority (pictured).

These items will be used primarily at events like the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast and Turkey Trot 5K Run, both scheduled for Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 24.

LUM is grateful to have the support of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Thanks again to the members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed items.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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Summer of Service – Volunteer Opportunities

Serve | Explore | Learn | Make a Difference

There are LUM volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand.

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.

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

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 — 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.

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.

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.


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

Northview Church Donates Books to LUM

New Books for the LUM Youth Center Library

Recently, the members of the Greater Lafayette Campus of Northview Church gave a special gift to the LUM students — BOOKS!

All of the LUM youth programs are enhanced learning experiences for our students that include a time to read. Whether it is after school, during the summer months or at LUM Camp, reading time is a fun and engaging part of the LUM youth curriculum. That is why this gift from the members of Northview Church is so special.

If you or your group wishes to support LUM Youth Programs you may donate “needed items,” like books, make a cash donation, or volunteer. Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. If you wish to donate items to LUM, here is our Wish List. Please either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Thanks again to the Northview Church members for their thoughtful gift and support of LUM and the students we teach.

Row-A-Thon 2022 Raises $8,732 for LUM


The Purdue Crew Team raised $8,732 for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund through the annual Row-A-Thon event which took place on February 12 at the local shopping mall. At the Purdue Crew Spring Banquet, Jack DeFuria, president, and Layne Harbourt, treasurer, presented a “big” check to Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director (pictured).

Each year, the Purdue Crew student athletes solicit donations for Row-A-Thon from their family and friends mostly from outside of this community; and this donation each year is the single largest gift to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund from any group or individual. LUM is grateful for the continued support over the years from the leadership, athletes and coaches of the Purdue Crew TeamBoiler Up!


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 families; providing financial assistance in averting eviction, utility disconnects and other crises 2,018 times; and distributed $196,198.

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Delta Tau Delta Makes Two Special Donations


Delta Tau Delta Donates & Brings Easter to LUM

Members of the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity volunteer regularly at the LUM Protein Food Pantry in downtown Lafayette and are very helpful. They recently surprised LUM with two special donation. First, the fraternity members prepared beautiful 48 Easter baskets filled with treats for each of the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program. The students were thrilled, and the teachers were touched by their kindness and generosity. Second, the chapter also made a donation to LUM for $616.22 to support the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

LUM is fortunate to have such great support from Purdue students and the members of Purdue student organizations and Greek-letter organizations. Special thanks to the members of the Purdue Delts for this special, surprise gift for the LUM students.


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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gives to LUM


Purdue Chapter Donates Gift Baskets to Shelter

As a part of their national initiative, “Operation AKA Assist,” the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue created 40 baskets for LUM to distribute to our clients experiencing homelessness. The baskets included snacks, personal hygiene items and an encouraging note from the students. In addition to assembling the baskets, their event included teaching the members about homelessness and the mission and programs of LUM.

Mamie Johnson, secretary, and Anyah Cork, chaplain, recently delivered the baskets to LUM on behalf of their sorority (pictured). The baskets have already been distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness through the LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry. LUM is grateful to have the support of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and appreciate that they took the time to learn more about homelessness in their university community. Thanks again to the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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Purdue Students Honor Dr. King with Service


Seven Purdue Students Volunteer at LUM Shelter


For many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a long weekend, but for some it is a Day of Service. Seven Purdue University students, representing the Indiana NAACP Chapter, honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering this past Monday at LUM. These students helped advance the LUM Healthy Shelter initiative by cleaning the Emergency Shelter dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, lobby and stairwell. They also helped disassemble and removed wooden bunkbeds making room for new metal beds, which are easier to disinfect and help with pest control.

Please join us in thanking these students for choosing LUM and working hard to make the shelter cleaner, safer and healthier. LUM is grateful to be a part of such a giving community including the Purdue student body. Boiler Up!

{PICTURED above L to R are Malique Williams, Shawn Washington, Quinn Ford, Carey Walls IV, Nigel Taylor, Jonathan Young, and Chris Jefferson.}

Meet the LUM After School Program Team


62 Students| K – 8th Grade | 3 Hours Per Day

LUM is proud to introduce the talented LUM After School Program team. Led by Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, the LUM teachers do an incredible job of caring for and educating the LUM students each weekday afternoon, especially during the COVID-19 surge. This school year 62 students are enrolled from all over Tippecanoe County. The 2022 ASP teachers are as follows:

KRISTI Hogue grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 27 years, and their children, Jaedren (14) and Maekenna (10), who have been enrolled in the LUM After School & summer programs for the past few years. Her oldest daughter, Taelynn (21), also lives and works in the Lafayette area, and has volunteered, sharing art ideas and homework help. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National After School Association. She has worked with children and families as a career for nearly 30 years and enjoys continuing to learn and grow with LUM Youth Programs. Thanks to LUM and Indiana’s TEACH Scholarship program, she started her Master’s in Education focused on Early Childhood Education and a Graduate Certificate in Autism this semester at Ball State.

LUM is fortunate and grateful to have these dedicated teachers on the ASP Team.

Please consider investing in or volunteering with the After School Program – the LUM students need you.


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