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LUM Position Announcement — Case Management Contractor

Lafayette Urban Ministry — Position Announcement — Case Management Contractor

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Hours and Service: 22 hours per week: October 2014 – June 2015; $1,558 per month

Objective:  To assist homeless shelter guests in moving out of the shelter into housing.

Case Management Contractors reports to LUM Shelter Coordinator.


  • Contact family members and arrange for housing and transportation
  • Assist shelter guests in locating affordable housing
  • Follow case management procedures
  • Complete all required documentation
  • Access needs and required services
  • Set weekly goals and follow up with shelter guests
  • Learn local resources and qualifications for services
  • Assist shelter guests in setting appointments with service providers
  • Assist shelter guests with transportation to limited areas of service

Successful applicant will have the ability to:

  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Treat shelter guests with respect and dignity
  • Acknowledge shelter guests’ victories large and small

Send to Joyce Fasani at Resumes will be accepted until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Please share with interested and qualified individuals.

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Free Haircut – Reflections from a LUM Volunteer

Free Haircut Day at LUM

Today, as I sit at the front desk, I can see and hear some small miracles going on in the hallway.

A woman has come to give free haircuts. We have had eight 2013-02-21 LUM haircuts 008 (2)men so far, who have come in looking the very best they can in their circumstances, and leave with a brand new look.

They touch their hair and lift up their heads. When I tell them how good they look, they smile broadly. They have already ducked into the restroom to take a look, and they know they look good.

However, this is less a ministry of haircutting and hygiene, and much more a ministry of touch, of kindness, of normalcy, of conversation, of humanity. I hear the voices down in that hall. They are calm and stress-free.

Someone is touching those men, standing close to them as people who work on hair do. I wonder when that has happened last for them. There is a little bit of laughter now then; the seriousness of their day relieved for 20 minutes. They are doing what most of us do; this is one of those every-day-life sorts of things that we say is necessary and makes us feel good. Twenty minutes of normalcy.

The woman speaks with interest in their lives, and she always ends by saying she will pray for them. That is what is going on down the hall. I am so blessed to be here to see it.

Donna Enersen
volunteer receptionist
September 11, 2014


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30th Anniversary of the LUM Shelter

September 2014

Dear Friend,

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter for the homeless.  Started as a joint effort between St. Thomas Aquinas Center and LUM, the shelter’s first location was on the second floor of the old Reifer Parsonage at Central Presbyterian Church.  We started with seven beds.

St. Thomas Aquinas Center

St. Thomas Aquinas Center

In 1987 we moved to the old Franciscan Convent at St. Boniface Church – 22 beds. And in 1995 we moved into the shelter’s current 42 bed location on North Fourth Street in downtown Lafayette.

For each of those years, our shelter has been a place of warmth and safety for those in our community who have nowhere else to turn – a place whose doors are always open.

First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)

First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)

And since 1984, more than 10,000 different individuals have been our guests at the shelter a combined total of 200,000 times!

Some of those guests have lost their jobs and been evicted from their homes. Some are estranged from family because of mental illness or addiction.  Others have been temporarily stranded in our community due to breakdowns or mishaps during travel.

Each is valued in God’s eyes.  And at LUM, each is extended Christ’s hospitality and compassion.

But over the years, we have become more than just a well-run emergency shelter. Our primary focus is to help the homeless move off the street, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  We have helped literally thousands of homeless men and women to make a fresh start.

  • Like the woman who was dumped by her abusive boyfriend into a snow bank in our parking lot. We provided her a safe place that night and in the morning a bus ticket to return home to her parents.
  • Or the homeless vet who stayed with us while he was being connected to VA health services and enrolled as a resident at the Indiana Veterans Home.
  • Or the twenty guests each week that receive job coaching at LUM. A full one-third of our homeless guests are employed, staying with us until their first paycheck arrives and they can move into a home of their own.
  • Or the Purdue PhD graduate whose mental illness worsened after she lost her university-sponsored mental health care and prescription drug benefits.  She stayed at the LUM shelter until we were able to connect her with a new psychiatrist and therapist.  She found a job and moved into an apartment.

It is not easy work.  And not every story is a success story.  But for 30 years, we have been absolutely committed to helping our homeless neighbors move on to more productive, self-sufficient lives.

Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)

Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)

I hope you will join me in supporting this important work with your dollars…

  • $250 will operate our shelter for one day.
  • $100 cover the costs of our case management services for one day.
  • $50 will provide food, drink, and personal grooming items for our 280 overnight guests each week.
  • A gift of $1,000 will pay the shelter’s heat, water and electric bills for one month.
  • $500 will cover our shelter’s monthly maintenance, repair and fire protection costs.

Your gift to the LUM emergency shelter program will celebrate thirty years of serving the homeless with dignity and compassion.  It will keep our doors open in the here and now, help our guests to become more self-sufficient – and it will assure that this important work continues into the future.

As we search for new ways to reunite our guests with the support of family and friends, help equip them for employment in a shifting economy and search for better avenues for mental health and addiction services, your help is needed more than ever.

Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)

Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)

Perhaps you’ve been part of this remarkable effort by serving as a volunteer case manager, overnight shelter volunteer or volunteer meal provider.  Perhaps you’ve been supportive through your prayers or words of encouragement. My hope is that you will join me now in supporting the LUM shelter program with a generous financial gift.

Place mail your check in or give online at

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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

P.S. — Help us to celebrate 30 years of shelter ministry at LUM. Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow us to help the homeless in our community move off the streets, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  Please, may we hear from you today? Give online at

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Live-In Shelter Coordinator Needed — Immediate Opening

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Position Opening: LUM Live-in Shelter Coordinator

The Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Homeless Shelter has an opening for a Volunteer Live-in Coordinator.  

Volunteer Live-in Coordinator’s benefits include efficiency apartment, utilities, cable, phone, internet, meals, laundry facilities and a $400 monthly stipend.

Volunteer Live-in Coordinator is on duty 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; sleeps those nights from 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.; and is available for consultation throughout the night.  

Volunteer Live-in Coordinator supervises shelter guests, and directs and oversees the work of shelter volunteers. 

Interested persons should email or call the Shelter Director, Joyce Fasani ( | 765.423.2691).

Please share this position announcement with qualified individuals.

More information, click HERE.

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Shelter Coordinators Needed — Immediate Openings

position announcement buttonHomeless Shelter Coordinators Needed

The LUM Emergency Homeless Shelter has openings for a volunteer live-in coordinator and weekend coordinators with flexible hours.

        • Volunteer Live-in Coordinator’s benefits include efficiency apartment, utilities, cable, phone, internet, meals, laundry facilities and a monthly stipend.
        • Weekend Coordinators work one or more Friday or Saturday nights a month from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.; sleep from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. provided no emergencies occur. Coordinator supervises shelter guests and volunteers. Stipend per shift provided. Coordinators may sign up for one night a month or more, according to their schedule. Coordinators supervise the shelter guests and volunteers. Three volunteers take turns staying awake each night. The shelter director is on call 24/7.

Interested persons should email or call the Shelter Director, Joyce Fasani (765.423.2691 | Please share with qualified individuals. More information, click HERE.

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Denver Mattress – Doubles Donations to LUM

Double Your Donation to LUM!

Denver Mattress Pledges a Dollar for Every Dollar Donated to Lafayette Urban Ministry and 68 Other Rescue Missions Across the U.S.

During the month of November 2013, the Denver Mattress Co. has agreed to match all gifts to the Lafayette Urban Ministry shelter up to $2,500. No purchase necessary.

To participate in this match opportunity you must donate online through the Denver Mattress website.

Denver Mattress Co., LLC (DMC) is pleased to announce the continuation of their annual charity partnership with Lafayette Urban Ministry as together they continue to help those in need during the holidays.

DMC will match every dollar that is donated to LUM and 68 other missions across 29 states from November 1st until the 30th. LUM is able to receive up to $2,500 from DMC to help support their overall efforts. DMC’s total matching donation is capped at $150,000. LUM will be able to use the donations for the specific needs in our community for necessities such as food, warm clothing, shelter, or assistance.

Last year’s efforts yielded $132,753 in local community support, which was matched to the full $150,000 by DMC. To participate in the DMC matching gift program – click here:

For more information on the Denver Mattress Matching Gift Program for the LUM Shelter, please call or email Joe Micon (

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Special Thank You to the Denver Mattress Co.!

Read the LUM post: “LUM Shelter for the Homeless” to Learn more about the LUM emergency homeless Shelter.

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Ray Ewry — Greatest Jumper in Olympic History

October 14, 1873 (Lafayette, Indiana) – September 29, 1937 (New York, New York)

Ray Ewry Olympics 1908Raymond Clarence Ewry was born in Lafayette, Indiana on October 14, 1873. Orphaned at the age of 5, Ewry seemed destined to spend his entire life in the tiny town. Confined to a wheelchair by polio when he was 7, Ewry exercised his legs until he could walk, and then increased their strength through his jumping regimen.

In 1890, he entered Purdue University, where he played football and captained the track team. Ewry  led the Purdue team to its first national track title ever and personally broke world records in standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump (also known as the ‘hop, step and jump’). He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue in civil and mechanical engineering and taught engineering for a bit in the late 1890’s. He then moved to New Jersey in 1899 and became a member of the New York Athletic Club.


Ray Ewry accumulated his record total of 10 gold medals in four Olympiads without losing any of his competitions. No other Olympic athlete earned more gold medals than Ray Ewry until Michael Phelps earned his 11th in 2008. At his first Olympics, held in Paris (1900), Ewry won gold medals in all three standing jumps; and all three finals were held on the same day (July 16). At the 1904 Summer Olympics, Ewry successfully defended all three of his titles.  He won three gold medals apiece in 1900 and 1904 and two each in 1906 and 1908.


All of his gold medals came in events no longer contested — the standing long jump, standing high jump and standing triple jump. Nicknamed “The Human Frog” for his incredible leaping ability Ewry was a 15-time national champion in the standing events from 1898 to 1910. He undoubtedly would have earned more titles if the standing jumps had not been dropped from the AAU program for a six-year period. Ewry’s world record in the standing long jump (3.48 meters or 11 feet 5 inches) was still standing when the event was discontinued internationally in the 1930’s.

After his Olympic career, Ewry helped design boilers for US naval vessels during WWI and served as lead engineer in the building ofray-ewry the aqueduct that still brings water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City. A hydraulics engineer by profession, he competed until he was almost 40; at age 39, he made a bid for the 1912 Olympic team but fell short. Ray Ewry is known by sports writers and historians as the greatest jumper in Olympic history – a remarkable accomplishment for a kid who wasn’t expected to walk. Ray Ewry died in New York City on September 29, 1937.

Ewry was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983. In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors dedicated and named the new youth program center after Ray Ewry. In July 2012, the Greater Lafayette community honored Ray Ewry with a monument at Lafayette Jefferson High School. All of these are well-deserved honors to Ray Ewry, Olympic Hall of Famer and local hero.

To see more pictures of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center

2013-05-18 525 sign in spring 002 (2)In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors opened the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center. The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is home to the LUM After School Program, LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, and LUM Achieve! Stay in School Program.

The opening of this new facility enabled LUM to expands its programs to focus on “narrowing the academic achievement gap” within low income families in our community. Ray Ewry’s grandson, Tom Carson, from Baltimore, Maryland, attended the dedication ceremony and shared with the attendees that his grandfather would have been proud to receive this honor. Carson asked, “Can you think of any better way to celebrate Ray Ewry’s legacy than to provide young people with the tools, education and safe space they need to grow strong and succeed in life?”

The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is located at 525 N. 4th Street in downtown Lafayette in the same building as the LUM Emergency Shelter

Ray Ewry in the News: 

NPR: All Things Considered — Before Leaping to 10 Gold, Athlete Beat Polio. By Mike Pesca | To hear the entire show, click HERE.

Reid Duffy Chronicles — Ray Ewry, U.S. Olympian and Purdue University Alumnus

ESPN The Magazine — Ray Ewry wasn’t even supposed to walk. By Eric Adelson | To read the full article, click HERE.

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