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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 (jfasani@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).

Please share this position announcement with qualified individuals.

More information, click HERE.



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Shelter Coordinators Needed — Immediate Openings

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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 | jfasani@lumserve.org). 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: http://www.denvermattresshelps.com/lafayette


For more information on the Denver Mattress Matching Gift Program for the LUM Shelter, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691jmicon@lafayetteurbanministry.org).

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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.


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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.


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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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Emergency Shelter Needs Meals

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Please help feed the homeless in our emergency shelter. The Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Homeless Shelter is in need of simple meals for our nightly guests. Individuals, families, organizations or groups are needed to prepare soup, stews or chili for a single night or monthly for 50 individuals.

You are encouraged to stay to serve your meal, but you may also drop off the meal. If you are interested, please email or call Joyce Fasani (765.423.2691 | jfasani@lumserve.org).



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New Mattresses for the LUM Shelter


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The LUM Emergency Shelter will soon have new mattresses in all 45 beds. Thanks to a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, LUM was able to place an order for 45 new mattresses, mattress covers and pillow covers from Holder Bedding Inc.

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Adam Sechrest

As a result of LUM’s order, the Holder Bedding Inc. hired a new employee. To assist with the LUM mattress order, Holder Bedding hired Adam Sechrest. Adam is an Iraq War Veteran who was wounded in the line of duty. Adam joins Jonathan Fields, sales manager, and Merrick Steinmetz, production manager, in manufacturing the new mattresses for LUM at the Lafayette plant of the Holder Bedding Inc.

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Merrick Steinmetz and Jonathan Fields

Holder Bedding Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that has been making high quality mattresses in Lafayette since 1947.

The grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is having a tremendous positive impact locally – new mattresses in the LUM Emergency Shelter, increased business for Holder Bedding, and a new employment opportunity in our community.

LUM is grateful to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Holder Bedding Inc., and their talented staff:

Adam Sechrest, Jonathan Fields, and Merrick Steinmetz.

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Central Catholic Seniors Serve LUM


CC Senior Service Project


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This past Saturday, dozens of seniors from Lafayette Central Catholic Junior Senior High School worked all morning doing a variety of jobs at LUM. Each year the Central Catholic senior class members raise money for and take an annual Senior Trip – this year to St. Louis, Missouri – and participate in a Senior Service Project as a part of their trip.

2013-05-18 CC Senior Service 076 (2)For their Senior Service Project the seniors chose to do their service with LUM. Students worked with the LUM staff to do everything from wash the LUM buses to wash windows in the Emergency Shelter. The students also cut the lawn, trimmed bushes, weeded and raked flower beds, edged the sidewalks, and swept. Inside the students cleaned furniture and offices, dusted, vacuumed, washed doors and baseboards, and stuffed envelopes for a LUM mailing. Mrs. Michelle Hruskovich and Principal Joe Brettnacher from Central Catholic also attended service day and worked alongside the students.

Principal Brettnacher shared with pride that “the Class of 2013 seniors enjoy giving2013-05-18 CC Senior Service 044 (2) back to the community and were delighted to help out LUM – an organization that gives so much to the needy in our community.”

Mrs. Hruskovich – who is the sponsor for the Class of 2013 and has had the unique opportunity to work with these students for years and watch them grow – stated, “This is a magnificent group of young women and men who I am confident will make significant contributions to society.”

After their service day at LUM, the seniors had just one hour to get cleaned up and 2013-05-18 CC Senior Service 102 (2)reassembled at the school. They departed from the high school at noon for St. Louis; and first thing on their Senior Trip agenda — attend Saturday evening Mass once they arrived in St. Louis.

Special thanks to the hard working seniors from Central Catholic Junior Senior High School for including LUM in their Senior Trip and Senior Service Project. LUM hopes the CC seniors had a fabulous trip to St. Louis — and wishes them great success in the future.


To see more Pictures from Central Catholic Senior Service Project at LUM, click HERE.



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LUM Shelter Awarded $26K Grant


The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette Supports LUM Emergency Shelter


“It is a wonderful feeling to help those who are trying to help themselves. The LUM Emergency Shelter is such an integral part of our community that a grant to the shelter has a direct impact – helping the members of our community who have some very basic and immediate needs – and who need it the most. The new mattresses and water heater will allow individuals to get a good night’s sleep, wash off the old day, and wake up with a new attitude and self-respect to get on a path for a brighter future.”

Rick Olson (Kettelhut Construction Inc.)
Board of Directors member/Grant Committee Chair
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette


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Pictured L to R: Greg Kapp, president & CEO, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette; Joan Low, LUM board VP; Cheryl Ubelhor, CFGL program director; Deb Parent, LUM board member; and Rick Olson, CFGL board member


CFGL logoLafayette Urban Ministry is thrilled to be the recipient of a Tier 1 Discretionary Grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.  LUM has been awarded $26,642.65 to purchase much needed items for the Emergency Shelter.

LUM will use this grant money to replace all 45 mattresses at the shelter including vinyl mattress and pillow covers. The current mattresses are over 18 years old but have been kept in good shape over the years because they are covered and inspected and cleaned regularly.  Part of the grant money will be used to replace the water heater at the shelter as well which has not been functioning properly for the past few months.

2013-05-14 Grant Awards Ceremony 003 (3)LUM Board members, Deb Parent and Joan Low attended the Grant Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2013; at which The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette awarded $102,493 in grants to five charitable organizations. Among these was LUM member church, First United Methodist Church. The grant criteria states that the recipients’ projects must address at least one of the six priority community needs adopted by The Foundation’s Board of Directors: Education – Children/Youth – Health – Diversity – Physical Environment – Arts & Culture. This round of grants focused on Health and the Arts.


“I am happy that The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette was able to award a grant to LUM to cover the cost of new mattresses and a hot water heater for LUM’s Emergency Shelter. It was a true community need. In 2012, 607 individuals were provided emergency overnight shelter and, on average, each stayed about 20 nights. The mattresses being used each evening were about 18 years old, worn, and in obvious need of replacement. Each mattress had been used at least 4,750 times since its original purchase.”

Cheryl Ubelhor
Program Director
The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette


2013-05-29 Holder Bedding 013 (2)The mattresses will be manufactured by Holder Bedding – a family owned company in Lafayette. According to representatives at Holder Bedding, LUM’s order of 45 mattresses will created new jobs in Lafayette. LUM appreciates The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. The Foundation’s financial support over the years has had a positive impact on the programs and services of LUM and more importantly the families in our community.


“LUM is so very grateful for the new mattresses and water heater for our many homeless shelter guests. We are even more grateful to live in a community with a community foundation so in tune with local needs and so able to respond in such significant ways. The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is making a HUGE difference!”

Joe Micon, LUM executive director



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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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Brittany Rooze

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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Opportunities to Serve LUM


Immediate Openings — HOT Volunteer Needs

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        • Overnight Shelter Volunteers
        • After School Program Volunteers
        • Food Pantry Data Entry Volunteers
        • LUM Camp Volunteer Counselors

Please scroll down and read more details about all of these incredible opportunities to serve LUM and your community.


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Overnight Shelter Volunteers


2013-02-05 LUM Emergency Shelter 036 (2)Shelter Volunteers are needed 365 nights a year from 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Duties include assist coordinator in checking in guests and serving meals, stay on site all evening, and take a shift on “awake” duty. Must be able to maintain confidentiality and interact with a variety of people.

Overnight Shelter Volunteer Training Session is NEXT Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center/Shelter Building at 525 N. 4th Street, Downtown Lafayette. No need to register to attend a session. Volunteers must attend a Shelter Training Session which are offered twice a month. Click HERE for more information on the position and for the complete schedule of upcoming Training Sessions. For more information, please email or call Joyce Fasani (jfasani@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).



After School Program Volunteers


The ASP Volunteer must enjoy working with children and have experience helping them achieve. Duties include set up for daily 2013-02-27 Amanda Bajzatt 004 (2)program needs; help children, ages approximately 5-11 years old with their homework; and supervise and play with children. Hours are 2:00-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when Lafayette School Corporation is in session. Email or call Cindy Haley if you’re interested (chaley@lumserve.org | 765.423-2691).



Food Pantry Data Entry


2013-04-25 RexFuller 015 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance. Clients are then served by the counter volunteers. The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Ferry Streets. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired.

Interested persons should email or call Ron Smith (rsmith@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).



LUM Camp Volunteer Counselors


LUM Camp is a week-long camp from July 29 through August 2. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with2012-08-01 LUM Camp 035 (3) children and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp from 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug 2. Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers.

A comfy bunk in an air conditioned cabin awaits you! For more information, call Joe Micon at 765.423.2691 or click HERE.



Volunteering with LUM


2012-10-04 LUM Parent 036 (3)LUM could not provide its many programs and services without the hundreds of volunteers who generously contribute their time and talents. Most volunteers find their work to be interesting, fulfilling, and rewarding.

There are many different opportunities for volunteering, from working one-on-one with a child in the afternoon After School Program to helping run the 42-bed homeless shelter overnight. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments such as being an advocate once a week in the morning Emergency Assistance Program or at data entry at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, to one time work with an event like LUM Camp, Thanksgiving Celebration, or Jubilee Christmas.

Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. Email lum@lumserve.org for more information.



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