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St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Celebration

Celebrating 27 Years of Ministry

You are cordially invited to attend the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Celebration. Here are the event details:

  • DATE: Saturday, March 23
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: Commons – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette
  • Free & open to the public
  • Hors d’oeuvres will be served

The reception will celebrate and honor 27 years of service to the families in Tippecanoe County. Reflections of the food pantry will be shared, and volunteers and staff will be recognized.

If you have stories to share or know of milestones in the history of the food pantry, please submit those in advance to the Rev. Bradley Pace at bradleypace@stjohns-laf.org.

For more information, click HERE.


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Position Opening — Interim Food Pantry Director


Interim Director for St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


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St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette, Indiana, is seeking an Interim Director for the St. john’s/LUM Food Pantry. The position requires up to 15 hours of work spread across 3-4 days per week.

Type: Part-time, paid, temporary

Schedule: 15 hours per week; 3-4 days a week; 9-12 month term

Starting Pay: $12.00 per hour with work-related mileage reimbursed at the federal reimbursement rate

Position Requirements:

  • A strong commitment to providing food for diverse, lower-income individuals & families
  • The ability to communicate through writing including email
  • Computer literacy & use of technology
  • Effective time management
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pound cases of food
  • Use of personal vehicle to pick up food supplies
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with clients, St. John’s and LUM staff, volunteers and service agencies

Volunteer experience in faith-based or community organizations and/or familiarity with the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is preferred.

The position is an interim position and will last at least six months. The position may continue beyond that time period.

To apply, Email, Mail or Drop-off a cover letter and resume to The Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN 47901; email: bradleypace@stjohns-laf.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

St. John’s & LUM are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers.


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Position Opening — Interim Food Pantry Director


Interim Director – St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


2012-08-27 LUM food pantry 026 (3)Type: Part-time, paid, temporary

Schedule: 15 hours per week; 3-4 days a week; 9-12 month term

Pay: $12.00 per hour with work-related mileage reimbursement

Position Requires:

A strong commitment to providing food for diverse, lower-income individuals & families

  • The ability to communicate through written communication including email
  • Computer literacy & use of technology and software
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively managing time & a range of tasks
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pound cases of food
  • Use of personal vehicle to pick up food supplies
  • The ability to effectively engage with the other St. John’s and LUM staff, volunteers and service agencies across the community

Volunteer experience in faith-based or community organizations and/or familiarity with the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is preferred.

If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to The Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace, St. John’s Episcopal Church (bradleypace@stjohns-laf.org | 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

For more detailed information, click HERE.


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Creasy Springs Donates Truckload of Food


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This summer, the staff & employees at Creasy Springs Health Campus held activities &
events to raise money & collect food for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.

Recently, on behalf of the Creasy Springs Health Campus, Molly Schulz, community service representative and Zach Wilson, administrator, delivered over 8,034 pounds of food to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Lafayette.

In June, Creasy Springs Health Campus also hosted Dash & Dine. From the Dash & Dine event, Molly & Zach presented Joe Micon, LUM executive director, with a check for $922. Sincere thanks to Creasy Springs for their generous food donation and monetary gift. Their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry and the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is magnificent.


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Food Pantry Volunteers Celebrated


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The volunteers of the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry were celebrated at a luncheon at St. John’s Episcopal Church Wednesday to honor their efforts in feeding our community’s hungry children and families.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and Rev. Bradley Pace, St. John’s Episcopal Church rector, attended the event; and remarks were offered by Steve Starks, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry director. In 2015, these wonderful food pantry volunteers served 2,879 Tippecanoe County households who were in need of emergency food. Join us in thanking our Food Pantry Volunteers for their service to our community.


To view more PHOTOS from the volunteer luncheon, click HERE.


If you (or your group) are interested in becoming a food pantry volunteer, click HERE for more information.


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Creasy Springs Delivers Truckload of Food


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This summer the staff & employees at Creasy Springs Health Campus held activities & events to raise money & collect food for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry. Earlier this month, Sally Miller, executive director; Melanie Brown, community service representative; & Molly Schulz, customer service specialist (pictured L to R), delivered over 233 pounds of food and purchase an addition 7,000+ pounds from all of the monetary donations that were donated ($1=3 lbs. of food).

This is a very welcome gift at a time when need is high and donations are lower. LUM and the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry truly appreciate the continued support of our friends at Creasy Springs.


 

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Little Inspirations of Giving


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Each birthday, Anna (8) & Emily (6) Foerg have asked their friends to bring food to their parties instead of birthday gifts. Pictured right is Emily with her donation of food items for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry. Such amazing kids—so giving. Thanks, Anna & Emily!



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The Battle Ground Bible Church Women’s Ministries collected much needed items for the LUM emergency shelter. Leanne and her boys (Christopher 10, Matthew 8, and Michael 6) delivered the donation to LUM. Thanks, Christopher, Matthew & Michael — and the Battle Ground Bible Church Women’s Ministries!

Client Corner – St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry – Meet William Darnell


Meet William Darnell, Sr. from Lafayette — he is a widower with four living, adult children. William is a client of the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.

WDarnellWilliam has a disability which prevents him from working — and was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. When his wife and oldest son, William, Jr., passed away, he was forced to moved into a house with three roommates. After paying his monthly rent and utility bills, William has little left for food.

William appreciates the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, which allows him to get additional food items when he needs them.

To make a donation to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, click HERE.

 

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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