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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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Ivy Tech Professional Internships at LUM

ivytechintern Samantha Hardebeck is the new LUM After School Program Intern with responsibilities for assisting the program director with the implementation of the program.

Samantha is from Frankfort, Indiana. She is a student at Ivy Tech Community College in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Samantha is in the Human Services program focusing on child psychology.

After graduation, Samantha  plans on being pre-school teacher.

 


ivytechintern2Vivian Kuo is the new LUM Immigration Clinic Intern with additional responsibility with the Tax Assistance and Good Samaritan Programs.

She was born in Taiwan and is from Seattle, Washington. Vivian is a psychology major at Purdue University and taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College in the Human Services program.

After graduation from Purdue, Vivian plans on pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology and a career in family and relationship therapy.

 

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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


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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


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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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Good Samaritan Fund – Everyday Miracles


 November 2014




Dear Friend,

Do you recall the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000? The disciples were overwhelmed, but Jesus took pity and showed compassion. He used what little was available – five loaves and two fishes, gave thanks to God and fed all 2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 010 (2)who were gathered.

I must admit, I spend much of my time at LUM feeling like Jesus’ disciples must have felt that day on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The need here is so great and our available resources are never enough.

In the past few days LUM has received requests to:

  • Pay the rent for a family because dad broke his foot and lost his job
  • Pay the water bill for a husband who is spending his limited resources for his wife’s chemotherapy
  • Pay the electric utility for an elderly couple whose social security checks are covering the costs of raising their granddaughter
  • Pay for the cost of food for the family of a dad who is on medical leave from work because of back surgery

Already this year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Good Samaritan Fund has responded to these and 2,078 other requests just like them. When I look at the fund’s checkbook balance and compare it to the numbers of families we will be called upon to serve in the weeks and months ahead, I think to myself “there’s just no way.”

But then I remember you and the many others who so faithfully stand behind our work with both your prayers and your dollars. That generosity of spirit reminds me to celebrate the everyday miracles that are inherent in what you make possible here at LUM.

There is the miracle of how a seemingly small amount of money can accomplish so much good in the life of a neighbor who is living through a financial crisis.

There is the miracle of how seemingly unsolvable problems can be resolved for others through hard work, kindness, encouragement – and a little bit of cash.

There is the miracle that happens each time a Good Samaritan Fund check is given and an eviction is averted, a utility is NOT disconnected, or a hungry neighbor is given enough to eat.

2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 018 (2)LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund is the most important part of our community’s social safety net. Last year, $117,607 was shared.

I hope you will see the miracle of all that is accomplished by the Good Samaritan Fund and consider making a generous gift so that its important work can continue.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000, will allow the Good Samaritan Fund to be here, faithfully serving those with critical financial needs, both now and throughout the coming year.

The Good Samaritan Fund is unique. Not a single dollar of what you give is spent for administrative overhead. In other words, everything you contribute goes directly to feed someone who is hungry, shelter a family in need of housing, or respond to some other emergency crisis for a neighbor in need.

Through your generous support of the Good Samaritan Fund you show concern and compassion toward neighbors in need – and you share a faith that causes miracles to happen in the lives of others.

Jesus gave of the loaves and fishes until everyone was fed – and twelve baskets were left over.

Please, won’t you make a generous gift today in support of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund?


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — You may contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at www.lumserve.org

Thank you.



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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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MEDIA ALERT — Purdue Crew — Row-A-Thon Check Presentation


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Purdue Crew presents check to LUM Good Samaritan Fund


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Please join us for the check presentation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund from the Purdue Crew Team. Details are as follows:

            • Tuesday, February 25
            • 3 p.m.
            • Crew Boathouse, Levee Plaza, West Lafayette

On February 1, Purdue Rowing Team sponsored Row-A-Thon which is an annual 12-hour rowing marathon in the Tippecanoe Mall, which supports and raises awareness for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Drew Stover, president, and David Kucik, head coach, will present their gift to the LUM executive director, Joe Micon, at this special ceremony at the Boathouse on Tuesday, February 25 at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

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The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is available for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. Trained volunteer assistants help administer the program. Every dollar contributed to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund goes to a family in need. No operating expenses are taken out of this fund.

To view photos from Row-A-Thon at the Mall, click HERE.


Contacts:

David Kucik, Purdue Crew Team, Head Coach
765-491-4700 | dwk@purdue.edu

Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry, Executive Director
765-423-2691 | jmicon@lafayetteurbanministry.org



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LUM FOLLIES — Call Out for Entertainment


3rd Annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies

Follies Talent Search is on!



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Are You a Dancer? Comic? Puppeteer? Musician? Poet? Mime? Magician? Juggler? Ringmaster? Ventriloquist? Actor? Clown? Singer? Contortionist? Acrobat?

Our LUM talent scouts are looking for people to share their God-given talents for a worthy cause—the third Annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. This lighthearted evening of food, fun, and entertainment is Friday, April 4th and benefits the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. If you have a unique talent you would love to share by taking our stage, your talent is needed. LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is your chance to shine and be part of something very special.

If you are interested in performing at the Follies this year, please email or call Eileen Weiss (jimandeileen@hotmail.com | 765-337-2596). We look forward to seeing all of you at the third Annual LUM Follies dinner theater on Friday, April 4th.


One of the most special parts of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is the LIVE entertainment also known as the “Follies.” After dinner at approximately 7:30 p.m. the entertainment begins. In 2013, the entertainers included — the infamous puppet troupe — as well as music, magic and comedy. Last year the entertainment spanned four-generation with a 14-year-old performing a classical guitar piece to a vocal group with members in their 80’s and 90’s. Other highlights included the West Lafayette High School Barbershop Quartet, a Handbell duet, a performance by a current pastor and another by a retired pastor as well as a women’s trio featuring singers from the First United Methodist Church.



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


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Support the Good Samaritan Fund and Program


November 1, 2013



Then the King will say to those at his right hand, “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

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Joseph “Joe” Micon

Dear Friend,

A very dear pastor friend of mine refers to these words as the most familiar, yet the most haunting, words in all of Holy Scripture.  They are words, he says, that not only challenge us to love and serve others, but that color God’s judgment of us according to how well we accomplish them.

When you think about it, the sentiment contained in Matthew 25 is an important reason why so many churches and individuals have chosen to become involved in the Mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  It is why, I believe, so many have chosen to do so by directly supporting the work of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund.

Each day families come to the Lafayette Urban Ministry in desperate need of help.  Some are in need of food or water.  Some are strangers to our community in need of information, support and basic necessities.  Some may have just been released from prison and are struggling to begin life again – from scratch.  Others are trying to cope with the illness or injury of a breadwinner.  Many don’t earn enough in wages, or have jobs where they are not given sufficient hours to make ends meet.

Last year, the Good Samaritan Fund provided our low-income neighbors with $108,877 in direct financial assistance.  LUM was able to resolve 2,315 separate financial emergencies.  Evictions were stopped. Utilities were reconnected.  Food was shared and vital prescription medicines were provided.

We were here to help when there was nowhere else for these individuals to go…

  • We were here for the single mom of two who works two 30-hour fast food jobs, but who still fell $75 behind on her rent in March and $60 behind on her electric bill in July. 
  • We were here in September for a young father, who after a full year of searching for work, accepted a new manufacturing job.  He needed $49 for steel-toed work boots in order to start work. 
  • We were here for the disabled homeless man who needed $30 to purchase a copy of his birth certificate.  That birth certificate would enable him to apply for disability income, receive mental health care and sign a lease on an apartment of his own.

Jesus2I hope you see the value of all that is accomplished by LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund and will consider making a generous gift so that its work can continue.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000, will allow us to be here, faithfully serving those with critical financial needs, both now and throughout the coming year.

The Good Samaritan Fund is special.  Not a single dollar of what you give is spent for administrative overhead.  In other words, everything you contribute goes directly to feed someone who is hungry, welcome a family in need of housing, or respond to some other emergency crisis for a neighbor in need.

Everyone knows that L.U.M. is the acronym for this place called the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  My pastor friend likes to think of L.U.M. as the acronym for what we faithfully try to accomplish here each day through the Good Samaritan Fund – Love’s Ultimate Mission.

Please, won’t you help us to fulfill this important work by making a generous contribution today?


Gratefully,
Joe Micon Signature
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Please make your contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at  www.lumserve.org  Thank you.



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