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Meet the New LUM Board Officers


2014-09-17 Dream Team at Board Meeting 024 (2)LUM is controlled by a Board of Directors — one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The Board meets once a month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. The board is led by an eight member executive council.


Best wishes and congratulations to the 2015 LUM Board of Directors. A 2015-BoD-Officersspecial thank you to the 2015 Executive Council members:

  • Robert Hall, President, Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
  • Jeremiah Dole, Vice President, University Church
  • Patty Useem, Secretary, Federated Church
  • Marilyn Zerbes, Treasurer, At Large
  • Cliff Mitchell, Facilities, Elston Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Clarinda Crawford, Personnel, Congress Street United Methodist Church
  • Robert Blue, Program, Planning & Evaluation, Immanuel United Church of Christ
  • Joe Micon, Executive Director, Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry leadership is passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be a great 2015!


 


Board of Directors


Chuck Anderson
Rev. Mark Berg
Rev. Gregory Bonds
Rev. Mark & Ashley Bonnes
Rev. Kevin Bowers
Rev. David Comstock
Nita Cunningham
Paul Dixon
Linda Dolby
Rev. Ryan Donoho
Fr. Ted Dudzynski
Cheryl Fowler
Rev. Lore Gibson
Allen Grady
Maryann Haan
Gary Henriott
Rev. David Horner
Rev. Troy Hostettler
Nancy Hughes
Tom Kanaby
Rev. Gilbert Kerrigan
GuyAnne Lillpop
Joan Low
Rev. Scott Mann
Melissa Martin
Rev. Steve Mason
Deb Parent
Nolie Parnell
Cathy Potter
Susie Riley
Rev. Justin Schlesinger-Devlin
Carl Schwamberger
Rev. Bill Smutz
Jane Stewart
Diane Stott
Mark Thomas
Rev. Ezell Wiggins
Charlene Williams
Rev. Howard Wright
Rev. Dominic Young

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Happy New Year from LUM

22-happy-new-year-wallpaperLet’s take a moment this New Year’s Eve to “Make a Toast” to the LUM accomplishments of 2014. Raise a Glass…

  • If you prepared a meal for the homeless and delivered it to the LUM emergency shelter;
  • If you contributed to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, helping 1,800 families to avert utility disconnect or eviction from their homes;
  • If you served as a LUM tax preparer and helped return millions of dollars in refunds and credits to low-income households in our community;
  • If you volunteered as a LUM Camp counselor, After School Program tutor or in one of LUM’s other excellent youth programs that are successfully narrowing the academic achievement gap;
  • If you fought hunger in our community by volunteering to feed 2,200 individuals each month through St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry;
  • If you walked in the Hunger Hike, or worked the food line at LUM’s Community Thanksgiving meal, or contributed a toy to one of 2,000 LUM Jubilee Christmas kids

With the heroic efforts of the LUM volunteers and the close-to-miraculous results of our fundraising activities — in 2014 LUM has impacted a record number of children and families in our community. What YOU do for LUM is so important for enabling us to accomplish our mission — and give hope to families, encourage and educate children, and be a positive force in our community

The members of the LUM board of directors and LUM staff thank you for choosing us as your partners this year — and we look forward to focusing on making 2015 an even better year — for the children and families served by LUM.

Happy New Year!



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Consider an End-of-the-Year Donation

photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church

photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church

When Christmas and the New Year approach, many are motivated to think about philanthropy and goodwill toward the community. It is also a perfect time to assess what you have and how you may help others.

For many of you, charitable giving is a regular part of your life and a commitment that you take seriously.

Remember a gift to LUM before the end of the year may lower your taxes. Realizing an income tax deduction is merely acknowledging the importance of giving in your overall investment plan. This deduction is also important because it can lower the cost of giving.

LUM appreciates your support of our mission, services and programs. Check out our website to see how you can make your donation to LUM more meaningful to you.

If you would like to discuss your giving plan, please call or email Joe Micon (765.423.2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org). To donate to LUM online, click HERE.



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Happy Holidays from LUM

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As we “wait in joyful hope,” the members of LUM board of directors and staff wish you and your family to a very Merry Christmas. It is a time to reflect on the generosity of those who have contributed their time, treasure and talent to LUM — and there is no better time to say “Thank You” to each and every one of our faithful supporters who have contributed to another successful year. Without your support, love and encouragement, LUM would struggle to serve as many of our community’s families in need. LUM is indeed humbled by your generosity.

In return for your support, LUM pledges to be true to our mission — lifting up families, encouraging and educating children, and offering hope to the entire community through our hard work, service to others, and good example.

Thank you again. LUM wishes you and your family peace, happiness, and a blessed holiday season. Have a Merry Christmas!



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LUM Board and Mayor Discuss Homeless Services

mayorroswarskiThe Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors was pleased to welcome Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski to its November meeting for the purpose of discussing issues related to services to the homeless in Lafayette. In particular, the LUM board was interested in learning more about the city’s planned engagement center for the homeless so that LUM will be better prepared to coordinate services on behalf of our homeless shelter guests and case management clients.

Since its opening in 1984, the LUM emergency shelter has served 10,000 different homeless individuals who have been our guests a combined total of 200,000 times. In 2013, LUM served 636 guests who stayed with us, on average, 18 nights each.

The mission of the LUM emergency shelter is to help homeless individuals move off the street into our shelter, then out of our shelter into a more self-sufficient living arrangement. LUM accomplishes this through professional case management services that last year served 315 of our 636 guests. In 2013, 1,460 volunteers served overnight at the LUM emergency shelter.

Mayor Roswarski thanked LUM for being such a valuable partner with the city in helping to improve the lives of those in our community who have no permanent place to stay.

When asked about the specific services that would be offered in the new engagement center, the mayor said “It depends if it would be family housing, if it would be something for veterans, maybe it’s permanent supportive housing for people who are mentally ill, so you’d have to look at the funding sources that are legally allowed to be used for those types of activities.” The mayor said a location for the engagement center has not been decided on or even if the engagement center will have a location, saying it is possible the engagement center could be more of a “process.” He believes it will take several years before the center is up and running.

Mayor Roswarski told the LUM board that his hope is that the services offered through the new engagement center would have the result of lowering the numbers of homeless individuals in our community needing to rely upon LUM for emergency shelter and case management services.

He also shared that the engagement center would not duplicate services to the homeless that are already in place and working well.

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The Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors is comprised of one representative from each of our 42 member churches. Several of those churches are represented by their pastor while others send lay leadership.

The shelter is but one of 16 different service programs offered by LUM.

Those programs include the Good Samaritan Fund, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Tax Preparation Services, LUM Legal Immigration Clinic, Jubilee Christmas, Community Thanksgiving Celebration, Asset Building Classes, and a full offering of youth services such as the LUM After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program, LUM Summer Camp and the Achieve Stay-in School Program for at risk junior and senior high school students.



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A Promise as Enduring as America



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By Joe Micon, LUM executive director

Have you heard the one about the busload filled with homeless families from Chicago that pulled up in front of LUM because our social services are so great???

While you may not have heard that exact story, I have no doubt you have heard some variation of it, offered as an (untrue) explanation for why so many children and families from Chicago, Lake County, Indiana and Indianapolis have moved to our community in recent years.

As someone who has gotten to know many of our new neighbors, here’s what they tell me when I ask why they have come to Lafayette…

  • There are jobs to be had in Greater Lafayette
  • Our community has safe streets
  • Our public schools do a great job of teaching children

Just take a look the next time you use a fast food drive-up window. Make sure to notice who is filling our hospital housekeeping, home health care or Purdue food service jobs. These are not the “takers” who come to our community in search of social services. They are women and men in search of a promise as enduring as America itself – in search of a place where they can work, learn and grow to the utmost of their God-given potential. And it is right here in Lafayette where they have chosen to try to fulfill that promise. Compared to where they have come from, our community is a shining beacon on a hill – a promised land, void of gun violence, filled with opportunity for their children.

I think the “taker” mentality grows from a place of fear and shouldn’t be nurtured. Instead, now is the time for our community’s wonderful churches to reach out in fellowship and support of our new neighbors. Now is certainly the time to adequately resource our public schools and teachers to help them meet the challenges facing their new students. It’s time for employers to make sure that hard work is rewarded with fair pay and good benefits.

More than anything, it is time for us to confront the false stereotypes and more fully understand what it is that has brought so many new neighbors to our community. That’s what I think – I’d love to hear from you! Email me at jmicon@lumserve.org.



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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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Icon of St. Xenia Venerated at LUM


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Don Nead, one of the founding members of the Lafayette Urban Ministry and retired Presbyterian campus minister, presented the Icon of St. Xenia, the patron saint of St. Petersburg, Russia to LUM before a gathering of Board of Directors, friends and staff. The presentation of the Icon included the Rite of Blessing of the Icon of St. Xenia by Father Gregory Allard of St. Alexis Orthodox Church, Lafayette.

Don Nead shared reflections on his 1988 trip to Russia that inspired this historic event. Don Nead pointed out that “in many ways, St. Xenia of St. Petersburg was one of the first ‘Urban Ministers’ in the life of the Christian Church, focusing her ministry on those who were left behind and without help.” St. Xenia was widowed at an early age, gave up her wealth and devoted her life to serving others – “especially the poor and downtrodden, by sharing the alms which she was given,

Left to Right: Don Nead, Father Gregory Allard, LUM Board President Joan Low, and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

Left to Right: Don Nead, Father Gregory Allard, LUM Board President Joan Low, and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

passing them along to the beggars and various sufferers she encountered during her 45 year ‘ministry.’ She is “beloved of all who suffer and a model for those who would mitigate suffering.”

The Icon of St. Xenia is now fittingly venerated in the office of the Lafayette Urban Ministry.


For the full story of the Icon of St. Xenia coming to LUM, written by Don Nead, click HERE.


For more photos from the presentation of the Icon of St. Xenia to LUM, click HERE.


The Icon of St. Xenia was “written” by Philip Davydov of Sacred Murals Studio in St. Petersburg, Russia. Check out their website, HERE.



The Story of Xenia Grigoryevna Petrova


by Don Nead


2014-05-21 StXenia-presentation 014 (2)Little is known of her early life. Neither the dates of her birth nor her death are known. Her birth is believed to have been about 1730 and her death about 1803. She was married to Colonel Andrei Fyodorovich Petrov, who served as a court chorister at the Saint Andrew Cathedral. Xenia fell into great grief upon the death of her husband when she was 26 years old.

Xenia became a “fool for Christ” after her husband’s death and for 45 years wandered around the streets of St. Petersburg, usually wearing her late husband’s military uniform. She called herself by her husband’s name: Andrei Fyodorovich. She was noted for her intercessions in helping those with employment, marriage, the homeless, for fires for warmth, for missing children, and for a spouse.

The canonization of Xenia Grigoryevna Petrova (1719/1730-c.1803) as St. Xenia of St. Petersburg was by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988, the year of the Millennial celebration of the church.

In many ways St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, was one of the first Urban Ministers in the life of the Christian Church, focusing her ministry on those who were left behind and without help.


To read a written account of the entire story written by Don Nead, click HERE.



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Holiday Greeting from LUM

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As we “wait in joyful anticipation,” the LUM board members and staff have time to reflect. At this time of year, our thoughts turn gratefully to those whose have contributed to another successful year at LUM. There is no time more fitting to say “Thank You” to each and every one of our faithful supporters. Whether you give of your time, talent or treasure — LUM could not survive without your love and encouragement. LUM is humbled by your generosity.

In return for your support, LUM pledges to be true to our mission — lifting up families, encouraging and educating children, and offering hope to the entire community through our hard work, service to others, and good example.

Thank you again. LUM wishes you and your family peace, happiness, and a blessed holiday season. Have a Merry Christmas!


LUM Mission Statement


Poverty is the greatest thief. More than depriving a neighbor of food or shelter or warmth, it steals away hope. While other thieves may take away the past, poverty steals the future and self-respect.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry is in the business of restoring human dignity. Through voluntary efforts and contributions we give back the hope, the future, the self-respect, which all God’s people need and deserve.

Ours is a Christian ministry that welcomes congregations and people of all faiths. We give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.


An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified, but the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:9-11)



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LUM Celebrates 41 Years


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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.


LUM Articles of Incorporation 721026On 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.


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