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Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast

750 Meals – 75 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

Despite COVID-19, the LUM Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast persisted and was a success. Many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. It is for this reason that LUM decided to re-imagine the event and make it curbside with meals packaged to go. Rather than open our doors and welcome our neighbors for a community event, LUM volunteers and staff safely greeted our guests outside and provided as many meals as they needed. Even though it was a curbside event it still brought together the entire community. 

The to-go meals included roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 750 meals were distributed — including 78 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen.

Thanks to Jess Avila, who directed the event; and Phil Butera, who headed up the kitchen crew. LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities as well as Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for mingling with our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Pictured L to R: Sheila Klinker, Jess Avila, Phil Butera & Wes Tillett, LUM executive director.

Harrison Kiwanis Club Donates $300 to LUM

State Rep Sheila Klinker Delivers $300 Check

Early one morning this past week, Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker delivered a $300 donation from the Harrison Kiwanis Club to Wes Tillett, LUM executive director (pictured). The Harrison Kiwanis Club is part of a global community of clubs, members and partners in 80 countries and geographic areas dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.

This gift will be used to offer assistance to families in our community, including the support of the LUM Youth Programs. LUM is grateful to all of the members of the Harrison Kiwanis Club, especially Representative Klinker, for their continued support of LUM. If you, your group or organization would like to invest in the children & families served by LUM, click the button below to donate or email lum@lumserve.org.

State Rep. Klinker Honors the Rev. Susan Brouillette

Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker recently presented the Rev. Susan Brouillette with a proclamation from the Indiana General Assembly. It states,   

“Be it hereby known & proclaimed that Susan Brouillette is commemorated upon receiving the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Five-Year Service Award.”  

The Rev. Susan Brouillette is the founding director of the LUM Immigration Clinic, which began offering assistance in 2014. Last year, 111 individuals received assistance with the immigration process and 23 with naturalization applications; 31 participated in Citizenship Classes; and eight individuals participated in Spanish Conversation Tables.

Congratulations to Susan and the entire LUM Immigration Clinic team.

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Remembering the Greatest Jumper in Olympic History

Annual Commemoration of Raymond Clarence Ewry

On the 81st anniversary of his passing (September 29), Ray Ewry, the greatest jumper in Olympic history,was remembered for his athletic achievements as well as his career in the field of mechanical & civil engineering. There was a short commemoration, including the laying of 10 yellow roses at his grave marker — one rose for each Olympic gold medal he earned in jumping events.

{Pictured L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Judith & Dick Leill; and Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker.}

Lafayette native and Jefferson High & Purdue graduate, Ray Ewry was diagnosed with polio at age seven, eventually recovering, going on to be an engineer and Olympic gold medalist. To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.

  • To read more about Ray Ewry, click HERE.
  • PHOTOS – To view photos of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

LUM Client Becomes US Citizen

LUM Immigration Clinic client and school teacher, Somdatta Datta Roy, was recently sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America at the oath ceremony at White Horse Christian Center, West Layette.

Ms. Datta Roy shared, “I appreciated the guidance I got from the (LUM Immigration) Clinic.” She added, “I have a 13 year old son who was born in the U.S. and I look forward to sharing citizenship with him. We are settling down here. This is my country now!”

{Pictured L to R: Beata Ribeiro, LUM Volunteer; State Representative Sheila Klinker; new citizen, Somdatta Datta Roy & Adelia Sorge, LUM Volunteer.}

Since opening in 2014, the LUM Immigration Clinic has helped clients petition for relatives, become permanent residents, renew green cards, apply for citizenship, and obtain protection from abusers as well as reunite family members and help young people follow their dreams. The clinic also offers Citizenship Classes and Spanish Conversation Tables.

Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic Director, shared, “during the past year we have been blessed to have six volunteers complete the training necessary to become accredited by the US-DOJ, which allows us to better meet the need for low-cost quality immigration law services within our community.”

For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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LUM Follies — Talent Line-up Announced

The LUM Follies talent coordinator, Eileen Hession Weiss, is thrilled to announce the line-up of entertainment for this year’s LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. The LUM Follies show will amaze you with the level of talent on stage. It also has more variety than year’s past with dance, magic and several different types of musical acts from blue grass to Broadway. The talent line-up for this year’s LUM Follies is as follows:

  • Sheila Klinker – solo vocal – pop jazz
  • Cards Across featuring magic with Bob Poynter & Middle Eastern dancing with Valerie Figg & Jennifer Case
  • H.I.S. (His In Song) featuring Jane Creswell, Gail Polles & Ellen Wilson – trio vocal – pop rock
  • The Vagaband featuring Linda Hicks, Sharon McKnight, Allison Nyquist & Noemi Ybarra – folk quartet
  • Kelly Jacob & Mark Buche – duo – pop jazz
  • Hand Bells featuring Susan Lisack & Kay Hunt
  • Ballroom Dancing featuring Jennifer & Christopher Wright
  • Fred Koning – solo vocal – Broadway
  • Friends & Stuff featuring Kelly Evans, Travis Horton & Reni Evans – blue grass music & comedy


Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies — or call us or stop by our office.

Don’t Miss This Amazing Live Show!

Everything is set to go — now all we need is YOU! Please make your reservation TODAY.
LUM Follies details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday, May 5
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. social hour/silent auction; 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. Follies show
  • Place: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette
  • Reservation: $45 per person; $360 per table

Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies — or call us or stop by our office.

All of the proceeds from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies go directly to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, which is our community’s social safety net. The LUM Good Samaritan Program is a vital emergency financial assistance program for the families in our community. Last year the LUM Good Samaritan Program served families 2,232 times and distributed $114,495 to avert evictions, utility disconnects and other financial crises.


Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies

More ways to get involved in the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies:

  • Corporate Sponsors — If you wish to be an event sponsor, click HERE or email us
  • Silent Auction Donations — If you, your company, organization or group wishes to donate items to our silent auction, please email us

765-423-2691 | pmalavenda@lumserve.org | www.lumserve.org/follies

If you aren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — click:

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Check out the photos from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies:

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LUM Students Learn About Fireflies

Recently, the 5thsheilafirefly Quarter Summer Learning Program students were treated to a guest speaker — Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker.

Rep. Klinker taught the children about fireflies and the fireflies’ unique role in the environment and ecosystem of the State of Indiana. Klinker is also partnering with the LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families to give these students a unique opportunity. (She is pictured with her firefly model.)

In the coming weeks, Rep. Klinker and Susan Brouillette, CHF director, will be working with Cindy Haley, 5th Quarter program director, to engage the students in advocating for the firefly being designated as the official insect for the State of Indiana. Forty-seven states have a “state insect.” Indiana is one of only three states without an official insect — and the firefly would be an ideal choice.

Later this summer Susan Brouillette will work with the students to write letters of support for the firefly and coordinate a way to get them to the appropriate committees within the state legislature.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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LUM Outreach – Forum on Redistricting


Forum on Redistricting — Three former state lawmakers, including Joe Micon former state representative & current LUM executive director, participated Sunday in a public forum on redistricting of state lawmakers’ districts and congressional districts.

The event was sponsored by Moral Mondays and the League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette. It was open to the public and held at the Tippecanoe County Public Library.

Other panelists included former state Representative Sue Scholer and former state Senator Mike Gery. {Pictured above are Mike Gery, Joe Micon, Sue Scholer and Sheila Klinker, current Indiana State Representative.}

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry; and members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to engage with and educate people on a variety of issues. Directors of the various LUM programs are well-informed on social and economic issues and are passionate about helping raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Thanksgiving Recap 2014

2014-11-27 ThanksgivingDay 366 (2)The Lafayette Urban Ministry Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration was a spectacular success. More than 800 meals were served — including 80 turkeys and 200 pies. It takes over two months of planning, over 160 volunteers and more than $10,000 in donations to made it happen.

The meal was a delicious Thanksgiving feast but more importantly it brought together the entire community. Thanks to Susan Brouillette, 2014-11-27 ThanksgivingDay 331 (2)who directed the event; and Sandra Dukes and James Bishops, who headed up the kitchen crew.

LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian church for use of their facilities as well as Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (pictured left) & Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for serving our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

If you still wish to make a donation to LUM Thanksgiving, please click HERE.

To view PHOTOS of the 2014 LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration, click HERE.

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