Today – October 26, 2013 – is the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 41th birthday – celebrating 41 years of service to our community’s at-risk children and working families.
On October 26, 1972, articles of incorporation were approved and filed with the State of Indiana for a new organization called the Lafayette Urban Ministry. Although some of the core programs and services still offered by LUM date back to the early 1960’s, it was on October 26, 1972 that the Neighborhood Development Project based at Hope Chapel Presbyterian Church, officially changed its name to “Lafayette Urban Ministry.” LUM soon expanded its operations in space provided by Central Presbyterian Church.
Over the past four decades, LUM Board of Directors and staff have mapped out a vision to meet the needs of the children and families of our community. LUM is best known for programs like the annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration, Hunger Hike and Jubilee Christmas as well as services for families in need like the LUM/St. John’s Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Fund and the emergency Homeless Shelter. But LUM also provides several educational programs for children during the school year and during the summer months such as the enhanced After School Program, LUM Camp, 5th Quarter and Achieve; and programs for families like free Income Tax Assistance, ID Clinic, Asset Building Classes and Case Management. More information on LUM History may be found here: http://LUMserve.wordpress.com/about/LUM-history/
The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of 42 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families. For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. We take an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.
More Information on the History of the Lafayette Urban Ministry:
- LUM Milestones in History
- LUM Executive Directors (1972 – present)
- LUM Board Presidents (1972 – present)
- LUM Member Churches
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