Category Archives: LUM Forum

Happy Holidays from LUM

christmasFBcover

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!



Join LUM online and help us serve children and families even better.


 Instagram-logo  

   pinterest-logo-2-1074x1067   

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Board of Directors, Lafayette Urban Ministry, LUM Forum

A Promise as Enduring as America



Joe Micon

Joe Micon

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.



Join LUM online and help us serve children and families even better.


 Instagram-logo  

   pinterest-logo-2-1074x1067   

Leave a comment

Filed under Board of Directors, Campaign for Hoosier Families, Giving, Homeless Shelter, Immigration Clinic, Lafayette Urban Ministry, LUM, LUM Forum

LUM Forum: Fear, Farce and Forgiveness


Ruminations and Perusals Regarding the Divisiveness in American Politics and Public Life


  • Do you wonder if the current state of affairs is just politics as usual or if it poses a real threat to our democracy?
  • What responsibility do we all share left, right, or center, for the fear mongering and enmity corroding and grinding the political process to a halt.
  • What are the possible consequences of inaction?
  • Are there strategies and coping mechanisms that will allow for reconciliation?
  • Sound interesting?

Then you will want to be sure to watch this edition of  LUM Forum.


Susan Brouillette, LUM’s new Director of Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities, presented Fear, Farce and Forgiveness; Ruminations and Perusals Regarding the Divisiveness in American Politics and Public Life on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.



Prior to joining the LUM staff in January, Susan served 26 years on the Indianapolis staff of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar.  She holds a Masters in Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and is looking forward to ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA.  Susan and her husband Michael live in Lafayette and are co-owners of Interior Objects at Market Square.


Leave a comment

Filed under Board of Directors, Lafayette Urban Ministry, LUM, LUM Forum, Uncategorized