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LUM – A Game Changer for Many


March 2015



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Ann Pellegrino


Dear Friends,

Anne Pellegrino recently stopped by my office, smiling ear to ear!

Anne is a LUM volunteer tax preparer and she had just finished a tax return for a low-income family of four.  She was smiling because she just secured for them a $10,000 income tax refund for them!

“There is just no way to understate how much this refund is going to mean to this family,” she said.  “This is a real game changer for them.”

Anne and LUM’s many other dedicated tax volunteers, brought $4.5 million in refunds back to 1,390 low-income working families in our community last year.  Utility bills were paid.  Overdue rent was caught up.  Clothing was purchased for children.  Money was set aside for college.  Families were made more stable.

But the Tax Program is only one of the important ways that the Lafayette Urban Ministry is changing the game for working families and at-risk children during this time of year.

  • LUM’s new Legal Immigration Clinic is providing expert legal advice and support to individuals in our community who are having difficulty navigating the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Service bureaucracy.  We serve 10 new immigrant families each month.
  • LUM’s Enhanced Afterschool Program is helping to narrow the academic achievement gap each day for 50 low-income children.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter and Case Management Services literally save lives during these cold winter months when the weather is harsh.  More than 200 homeless individuals have stayed with us on and off since the beginning of the year.  Through case management services, we have helped many of them to leave our shelter for a home of their own.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves each morning as our community’s social safety net.  Staff and volunteers help those facing eviction, utility disconnects and other financial hardships to remain safely in their homes.  We serve as many as 60 households each week.
  • Last year, LUM’s ID Clinic helped 166 individuals to cut through the government red tape associated with re-establishing their legal identity and securing a photo ID.

Each of the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 15 programs is designed to strengthen low-income families or to support and educate at-risk children.  In partnership with 42 local church congregations, LUM helps to restore the hope and future that is all too often absent among those who live in poverty.

In other words, our work at LUM really is a game changer for those we serve.

That’s why I hope you will join me in making a generous gift to support LUM’s programs.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will support our efforts and make sure our doors are always open to those in our community who need us.

Anne Pellegrino, through her work as a LUM tax preparer, has a special vantage point from which she is able to see and understand the realities faced by the working poor in our community.  She knows that most are just a paycheck away from crisis.  And she knows how important LUM’s programs are to her client’s’ economic well-being.

But more importantly, because of LUM, Anne is able to share her talents and have a positive impact in the lives of others.  And that really makes her smile!

Please, won’t you make a generous gift today to the programs of the Lafayette Urban Ministry?

There are several ways you can give.  You can place your gift in the mail today.  Or you can visit our website at www.lumserve.org to learn more about our programs and to make your donation online.


Greetings,

PS   On behalf of all those whose lives will be touched by your generosity, please accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks.

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Puppies on the Porch — for LUM

The Delta Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi & Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Gamma at Purdue University cordially invite you to

Puppies on the Porch


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Puppies on the Porch is a fundraiser for Lafayette Urban Ministries. Sigma Chi & Delta Gamma are inviting the campus and community to visit their porch and hang out with lots of adorable and huggable puppies — for only $5.

Puppies on the Porch details are as follows:

  • Date: Saturday, February 28
  • Time: 1:00—5:00 p.m. EST
  • Place: Sigma Chi chapter house, 202 Littleton Street, West Lafayette
  • Cost: $5 per person—all proceeds going to LUM—available online
  • Parking available

Purchase tickets now online at the event site HERE. Tickets are available online, physical tickets are available from the sponsors, and tickets will be available at the door during the event.

For more information email the event coordinator, Rajiv Samagon (rsamagon@pudue.edu).

 

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Carolyn Kessler—35 Year LUM Volunteer

CarolynKesslerLast week, we lost a very close friend of Lafayette Urban Ministry — Carolyn P. (Pollard) Kessler, 79. Carolyn volunteered with LUM for over 35 years.

Originally from Anderson, Indiana, Carolyn lived in Lafayette and passed away at Signature Health Care on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Wayne and Isabel (Emerson) Pollard. She was a graduate of Anderson High School and earned a Bachelors degree from Purdue University. Carolyn married David Philip Kessler in 1957 and he preceded her in death in 2003. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a deacon and an elder.

Carolyn was a loving mother and grandmother; an avid gardener; and enjoyed tennis, cooking, walking her dogs and her volunteer work. Surviving are her sons, Eric R. Kessler (Nancy) of Clemmons, NC and Joel R. Kessler of Hermosa Beach, CA, two daughters, Lisa A. Czerwonky (Dan) of West Lafayette and Beth C. Eifrig (Fritz) of Chicago, IL, and her sister, Jennie Sue Alexander of California. Also surviving are five grandchildren, twins Matt and Merry Kessler, Mitch Kessler, David and Grace Czerwonky.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Faith Presbyterian Church with Pastor Horner officiating. The Kessler Family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Lafayette Urban Ministry or Faith Presbyterian Church’s Deacon Fund. To give a memorial gift to LUM, click here.

Carolyn will be missed but not forgotten for her service to others through LUM & her church.

 

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LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES


Fine Dining | Silent Auction | Entertainment


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun, and great fellowship — and it benefits the Good Samaritan Fund at Lafayette Urban FolliesAd - no priceMinistry. The fourth annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies will exceed your expectations. The Silent Auction will be filled with unique and priceless items. The dinner will be fabulous, and the fellowship is spectacular. The local entertainment, AKA Follies, is amazing.

The best part is all of the proceeds go to an emergency assistance fund dedicated to benefiting the LUM Good Samaritan Program. Follies’ details and tentative schedule are as follows:

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette
  • Price: $45 per person; $360 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction
  • 6:30 p.m. — Dinner; choices: TBD or Vegetarian
  • 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment

Make your Reservations TODAY! Click HERE.

Talent Needed

There is a general informational callout for everyone (past/present) wishing to perform in the 2015 LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies on April 17th. If you can sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke, or have any other talent, this stage is for you. Details are as follows:

  • Callout for Talent
  • Monday, February 23
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette)

Our LUM talent scouts are looking for people to share their God-given talents for a worthy cause. LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is your chance to shine and be part of something very special.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email or call Eileen Weiss (eweiss@lumserve.org | 847.258.4070). We look forward to seeing all of you at the 4th Annual LUM Follies dinner theater on Friday, April 17th.


View a sampler VIDEO of the 2014 LUM Follies’ performers


Make your Reservations TODAY! Click HERE.

If you aren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — click:

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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


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This Saturday (January 31) the Purdue Rowing Team will be rowing a marathon in support of the Lafayette Urban Ministry – Good Samaritan Fund.

Each January, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. This year’s Row-a-thon details are as follows:


 

  • Event: Purdue Crew – Row-A-Thon
  • Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Place: Tippecanoe Mall, Lafayette – indoors near Macy’s

During “Row-a-thon” the co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines. Robert Carmer, the Purdue Crew Club president, asks that “if you are financially able, please pull with us to support this effort…and show your support for your Purdue Crew Boilermakers as they pull for our community’s less fortunate.”

Donations may be made at the Row-A-Thon this Saturday or by mail. Checks should be made payable to Purdue Crew Club and mailed to Purdue Crew – Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Please note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.


Contacts:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu


More information:
The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2014, the Good Samaritan Fund provided assistance 2,454 times and $128,805 was shared.



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Music Ministries Concert Benefits LUM


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First United Methodist Church of West Lafayette is sponsoring a live Music Ministries Concert on Sunday, February 22, 2015  with a free-will offering, half of which benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry.


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The Music Ministries of First United Methodist Church Concert will feature 11 church ensembles with children, youth, adults, choral, instrumental, and handbell —  including:

  • Aldersgate Handbell Choir
  • Celebration Chimes (children’s choir)
  • Chancel Choir
  • Collision Youth Band
  • First Church 4 (men’s barbershop quartet)
  • H.I.S. – (women’s trio)
  • Jubilation Bells (handbell quartet)
  • King’s Choir (children’s choir)
  • MorningStar (women’s ensemble)
  • Sonshine Kids (children’s choir)
  • WIRED Band

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The Concert details are as follows:

  • Music Ministries Concert
  • Sunday, February 22
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • First United Methodist Church, 1700 State Rd 26 W, West Lafayette

Refreshments will be available after the concert. Free-will offering will be requested which benefits both Lafayette Urban Ministry and Habitat for Humanity.  It will be a wonderful afternoon of music and worship — all for a great cause.

For more information call 765.74.1285 or email ewilson@fumcwl.org.


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LUM Announces New “Dream Team” Research Fund

LUM Founders Donate $40,000 to Initiate “Dream Team” Research Program


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LUM Dream Team — the Rev. Don Nead, Thomas Hull Ph.D, the Rev. Ron Elly and James Davidson Ph.D

This week Lafayette Urban Ministry announced the creation of a new fund to support program-related research and evaluation at LUM — the LUM Dream Team Fund for Research and Evaluation. The LUM Dream Team members — James Davidson Ph.D, Thomas Hull Ph.D, the Rev. Don Nead, and the Rev. Ron Elly — were among the early planners and developers of what became the Lafayette Urban Ministry. In 1976, only four years after LUM was incorporated, these four individuals conducted a research study that led to the formation of the LUM board model of participating member churches, which is still in place today. (This study was funded by the Lilly Endowment.) Recently, the Dream Team gave a combined gift of $40,000 to LUM to start this new research program, whose purpose is to further research and evaluation to benefit the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

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Joe Micon, LUM executive director, with LUM Dream Team members: Thomas Hull, James Davidson & Don Nead

The new Lafayette Urban Ministry Dream Team Fund will support research and evaluation that will foster LUM’s goals and address its needs.  Research funded by this permanent fund will document societal-level, state-level and local-level trends in poverty, explain fluctuations in various types of poverty, give the LUM board the data needed to modify its policies and programs and show how participation in these programs impacts low-income people over time. The Dream Team Fund will allow LUM to subsidize original studies, secondary analyses and meta-analyses of societal trends related to the causes and consequences of poverty, the circumstances that foster poverty among individuals in our community (and other comparable communities), the effects poverty has on Hoosiers and their families, churches efforts to serve the poor and build a more just and equitable society, and the implications that theses analyses have on the policies and programs of LUM and its member churches.

If you wish to invest in this research, please consider a donation to the LUM Dream Team Fund for Research & Evaluation. To donate, click here: http://lumserve.org/donate.html.

Additional information on the LUM Dream Team Fund, please call or email:

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
jmicon@lumserve.org
765-423-2691 office


To view the announcement of Lafayette Urban Ministry Dream Team Fund for Research & Evaluation with remarks from Joe Micon and Dr. James Davidson, click here:



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LUM Founders Donate $40,000 to Initiate “Dream Team” Research Program

LUM Founders Donate $40,000 to Initiate “Dream Team” Research Program

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LUM Dream Team — the Rev. Don Nead, Thomas Hull Ph.D, the Rev. Ron Elly and James Davidson Ph.D

Lafayette, IN — A combined gift of $40,000 has been made to the Lafayette Urban Ministry by the LUM Dream Team — James Davidson Ph.D, Thomas Hull Ph.D, the Rev. Don Nead, and the Rev. Ron Elly. The purpose of the gift is to further social scientific research to benefit the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Please join us for the announcement of the new Lafayette Urban Ministry Dream Team Fund for Social Scientific Research, learn more details about what will be accomplished and when, and meet and interview each of the four Dream Team members whose legacy will be honored through this fund.

  • What: Announcement of LUM Dream Team Fund for Social Scientific Research
  • Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Program Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette)

These four individuals were among the early planners and developers of what became the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Each 2014-09-17 Dream Team at Board Meeting 039 (2)contributed to publish a 1976 Lilly Endowment funded evaluation of LUM that resulted in the original LUM board model of participating member churches.  They were the early “dreamers” of LUM if you will.

The new Lafayette Urban Ministry Dream Team Fund for Social Scientific Research will support research and evaluation that will foster LUM’s goals and address its needs.  Research funded by this permanent fund will document societal-level, state-level and local-level trends in poverty, explain fluctuations in various types of poverty, allow LUM the data it needs to modify its policies and programs and show how participation in LUM programs impacts low-income people over time.

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The Fund will allow LUM to subsidize original studies, secondary analyses and meta-analyses of societal trends related to the causes and consequences of poverty, the circumstances that foster poverty among individuals in our community and other communities like it, the effects poverty has on Hoosiers and their families, churches efforts to serve the poor and build a more just and equal society and the policy and/or program implications theses analyses have for LUM and its member churches.

Contact:
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
jmicon@lumserve.org
765-491-0127 mobile
765-423-2691 office



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Client Corner – LUM Good Samaritan Program – Meet Gregory Gillard


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Meet Gregory Gillard from Lafayette. He is a client of LUM Case Management, a former guest of the LUM Emergency Shelter and a recipient of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

Gregory was unemployed and needed to find a job close to his aunt who has recently taken ill. He moved to Lafayette to look for work and needed to stay as a guest in the LUM Emergency Shelter—and he took full advantage of LUM Case Management.

Within a matter of a few weeks, he landed a job at downtown restaurant and signed a lease. During this transition into his new home and his new job, Gregory needed some emergency financial assistance from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

He simply needed “non-skid” shoes for work, some assistance with his security deposit and one or two pieces of modest furniture like a dresser.

Gregory appreciates LUM for giving him the support he needed to get a job and find a home — which gives him the stability and security to allow him to visit his family often, especially his aunt — just in time for the holidays.

If you wish to donate to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, LUM Emergency Shelter and LUM Case Management program, click HERE.



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Our Students Need Snacks!


Snacks & Supplies Needed — for the LUM After School Program


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The LUM After School Program needs to fill the cupboard with Snacks for the new year. LUM After School Program needs the following snacks:

  • Cheese sticks
  • Crackers: Goldfish, Peanut butter, Cheese, Animal
  • Fresh vegetables, Fresh fruit, Dried Fruit like raisins
  • Fruit snacks, Fruit roll ups, Fruit bars, Fruit cups
  • Juice—100%, Juice boxes/pouches
  • Popcorn, Pretzels, Cookies
  • Rice Krispies treats, Granola bars, Snack bars

LUM After School Program also needs the following Supplies:

  • Dry Erase Markers, Construction Paper, Glue Sticks
  • Facial Tissues, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Toilet Paper
  • Board Games, DVDs
  • Sports Equipment, Basketballs, Sidewalk Chalk

The complete Wish List is posted online, click HERE.


You may also sponsor an educational, cultural and recreational enrichment trips for the children to various locations like Imagination Station, a local pool, or a theme party (Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, First Day of Spring, etc.).

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For more information, call or email Cindy Haley at 765.423.2691 or chaley@lumserve.org.



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