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Meet a LUM Tax Assistance Volunteer

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Volunteers are an integral part of the LUM Income Tax Assistance Program — and we’d like you to meet one of our superstars — Ann Pellegrino.

Originally from Easton, Pennsylvania, Ann graduated from Middlebury College (Vermont) before ending up in the mid-west. She lives in Lafayette with her husband, Lou. Ann & Lou have two grown daughters & three grandsons.

She is a retired professional from Purdue University. While at Purdue, Ann administered programs in Gifted Education and later was an administrative assistant in a research laboratory in Biological Sciences.

As a volunteer tax preparer, Ann’s expertise is in preparing taxes for what the government classifies as “non-resident aliens.” About 75% of her tax clients are international students from Purdue. Ann has been a dedicated volunteer with the LUM Tax Assistance Program for over six years and has over 15 years experience in preparing taxes.

Ann shared that “it’s just so much fun. I enjoy working with the clients and figuring it out like one big puzzle. I love volunteering because I get to meet and work with very interesting people from all over the world.”

A tremendous thank you to Ann and all of our LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers.


 

LUM Tax Assistance Program is Busy — Impressive Stats So Far

In just five weeks, the LUM Tax Assistance Program has had a tremendous positive impact on our community. Some interesting statistics so far are as follows:2015-02-23 AnnePellegrino 013 (gold)

  •  Total Income Tax Returns Filed – 400
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $390,982
  • Total Education Tax Credit – $5,016
  • Total Refund Amount – $790,310

LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who
make this important LUM program such a success each year. At LUM, taxpayers get one-on
-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes at no charge. The 2015
LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Sandra Dunn-El (pictured above). Call
765.423.2691 for more information.


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LUM Tax Assistance Program is Busy — Impressive Stats So Far

2015-02-23 AnnePellegrino 013 (gold)In just five weeks, the LUM Tax Assistance Program has had a tremendous positive impact on our community. Some interesting statistics so far are as follows:

  •  Total Income Tax Returns Filed – 400
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $390,982
  • Total Education Tax Credit – $5,016
  • Total Refund Amount – $790,310

LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who
make this important LUM program such a success each year. At LUM, taxpayers get one-on
-one help from IRS-certified volunteers who prepare their taxes at no charge. The 2015
LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Sandra Dunn-El (pictured above). Call
765.423.2691 for more information.


Meet a LUM Tax Assistance Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of the LUM Income Tax Assistance Program — and we’d like you to meet one of our superstars — Ann Pellegrino.

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Originally from Easton, Pennsylvania, Ann graduated from Middlebury College (Vermont) before ending up in the mid-west. She lives in Lafayette with her husband, Lou. Ann & Lou have two grown daughters & three grandsons.

She is a retired professional from Purdue University. While at Purdue, Ann administered programs in Gifted Education and later was an administrative assistant in a research laboratory in Biological Sciences.

As a volunteer tax preparer, Ann’s expertise is in preparing taxes for what the government classifies as “non-resident aliens.” About 75% of her tax clients are international students from Purdue. Ann has been a dedicated volunteer with the LUM Tax Assistance Program for over six years and has over 15 years experience in preparing taxes.

Ann shared that “it’s just so much fun. I enjoy working with the clients and figuring it out like one big puzzle. I love volunteering because I get to meet and work with very interesting people from all over the world.”

A tremendous thank you to Ann and all of our LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers.


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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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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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LUM’s Unexpected Blessings — YOU!


 December 2014




Dear Friend,

Joseph "Joe" Micon

Joseph “Joe” Micon

Amid all the hustle and bustle of the season, I try to look for those unexpected blessings that make Christmas so special….

  • The laughter of a child as he opens a brightly wrapped box.
  • The joyful tear of a mother as she welcomes her freshman student home from college.
  • The wonder of a perfectly-timed Christmas morning snowfall.
  • And I remember that Christmas is about the unexpected blessing of our Savior.

Who among us can ever get used to the unexpected way that he came to dwell among us, or the unexpected cast of characters who came to visit him in the stable? Who would have expected that he would live his life concerned only about loving and serving others?

As I look back over our past year together at the Lafayette Urban Ministry, I remember so many instances that were unexpected blessings for me…

  • I remember the young boy in the LUM After School Program who beamed with pride as he showed me the A+ on his spelling test. Our dedicated volunteers had been helping him memorize his list of words all week.
  • I remember the opening of the new LUM Legal Immigration Clinic.  In the days that followed, clinic staff began finding real solutions for neighbors desperate to keep their families together.
  • I remember the smile on the worn face of the homeless man who finally left the LUM emergency shelter after a two week stay. A LUM case manager had helped him make a new start with a new job and a new home of his own.
  • I remember the long summer days of LUM Camp where our campers played, sang, learned and made so many new friends – all while growing in confidence and self-esteem.

Last year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served 6,027 low-income households through one or another of our 16 programs. For each of those households, the Lafayette Urban Ministry, and you, were an unexpected blessing.

I hope that you will continue to be such a blessing by making a generous Christmas Season gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be put to use right here in our own community providing at-risk children and their struggling families with brighter futures and more hopeful tomorrows.

The profound meaning of Christmas is that our Savior dwells within every heart that is loving, within each spirit that is tender – and within any gift that is shared generously with another. On behalf of the children and families at LUM who are touched by your generosity, please accept my thanks – and my sincere wish for a joyous Christmas filled with unexpected blessings!


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — You may contribute to Lafayette Urban Ministry online at www.lumserve.org

Thank you.

 

Unexpected

Even now we simply do not expect to find a deity in a stable.

Somehow the setting is all wrong:

the swaddling clothes too plain,

the manger too common for the likes of a Savior,

the straw too inelegant, the animals reeking and noisy,

the whole scene too ordinary for our taste.

And the cast of characters is no better.

With the possible exception of the kings, who among them is fit for this night?

The shepherds? Certainly too crude.

The carpenter too rough. The girl too young.

And the baby!

Whoever expected a baby?

Whoever expected the advent of God in a helpless child?

Had the Messiah arrived in the blazing light of the glory

of a legion of angels wielding swords,

the whole world could have been conquered for Christ right then and there

and we in the church  -to say nothing of the world!-

would not have so much trouble today.

Even now we simply do not expect to face the world armed only with love.

by Ann Weems



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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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Introducing the Hunger Hike Co-chairs


Introducing the Hunger Hike 2014 Co-Chairs —

Coach Sharon Versyp & Coach David Kucik.


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Coach Sharon Versyp

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Coach Dave Kucik

 

Sharon Versyp is the head women’s basketball coach at Purdue University; and Dave Kucik is the head coach of the Purdue University Rowing program including the Purdue men’s & women’s Crew Teams.

Coaches Versyp and Kucik are both passionate about fighting hunger and are a great role models for us all. They both have built strong programs for their student-athletes while emphasizing the responsibility to serve the neediest in your community. They create opportunities for their student-athletes to raise awareness and more importantly raise money for important programs like Hunger Hike. They also lead by example — engaging personally in the community to have a positive impact.

Coaches Versyp and Kucik will kick off Hunger Hike with words of inspirational for the participants on Sunday, September 21 — and the Purdue women’s basketball team and the Purdue Crew Team will lead the Hunger Hikers to the trail head.

Join us for Hunger Hike — meet our Hunger Hike 2014 Co-chairs — and raise funds to feed families locally, regionally, and globally.



HH5K Run

Saturday, September 20

8 a.m. — Check In

9 a.m. — Race begins

Cumberland Park, West Lafayette, Indiana

 

Hunger Hike 3K Walk

Sunday, September 21

Noon — Check In

1:45 p.m. — Remarks

2 p.m. –- Hike begins

Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, Indiana

 

Hike to Fight Hunger

  • Donate Online
  • Hunger Hike—3K Walk Registration
  • HH5K Run Registration
  • Support a Team
  • Become a Sponsor

Go to http://www.hungerhike.org

If you have questions – call or email (765.423.2691 | hungerhike@lumserve.org)

#HungerHike

 



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Be a Hunger Hike HERO


This year everyone is encouraged to be a Hunger Hike HERO.

To be a Hunger Hike Hero, individuals must do the following:hungerhike_HERO

  • Participate in the traditional Hunger Hike on Sunday, September 21
  • Raise $50 or more for Hunger Hike
  • Run in the HH5K Run on Saturday, September 20th

If you participate in both events on Hunger Hike weekend and raise at least $50 — you will not only get two T-shirts and water bottle — you will also be recognized as a Hunger Hike HERO.

Take the challenge—Run, Hike, Raise money to Fight Hunger — and become a Hunger Hike HERO!



HH5K Run

Saturday, September 20

8 a.m. — Check In

9 a.m. — Race begins

Cumberland Park, West Lafayette, Indiana

 

Hunger Hike 3K Walk

Sunday, September 21

Noon — Check In

1:45 p.m. — Remarks

2 p.m. –- Hike begins

Riehle Plaza, Lafayette, Indiana

 

Hike to Fight Hunger

  • Donate Online
  • Hunger Hike—3K Walk Registration
  • HH5K Run Registration
  • Support a Team
  • Become a Sponsor

Go to http://www.hungerhike.org

If you have questions – call or email (765.423.2691 | hungerhike@lumserve.org)

#HungerHike

 



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Ray Ewry Parkway – Naming Ceremony

1906-olympian-ralph-ewry-photo-1LUM encourages you to attend the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Naming Ceremony for the new US 231 in honor of the legendary US Olympian, Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus, Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road will officially be known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.


The details of the INDOT Naming Ceremony are as follows:

  • Date: THIS Friday, August 29
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Place: RPAC Theatre, Lafayette Jefferson High School
  • Parking: park in the East Lot and enter through the South Portico

Ray Ewry is special to LUM and is the namesake of the LUM Youth Center in downtown Lafayette. As friends of LUM, we’d love to see you there. Tom Carson is expected to be in attendance to represent the family of Ray Ewry.


For more information on the life and accomplishments of Ray Ewry, click HERE.



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Grand Opening – LUM Immigration Clinic

Lafayette, IN – Lafayette Urban Ministry will be holding a Grand Opening of its new Immigration Clinic on Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. at the LUM office.

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LUM Immigration Clinic Grand Opening details are as follows:

  • LUM Immigration Clinic – Grand Opening
  • Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Time: 2 -3 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette)

 The LUM immigration clinic is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals and is a member of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).   The purpose of the event will be to familiarize the Lafayette community with the services provided by the clinic which include assessing client eligibility for immigration benefits, answering questions regarding the application process, completing/filing applications, tracking pending applications and advocating on behalf clients, and connecting clients with other services related to the application process.

There will be a brief program beginning at 2 p.m.  Speakers will include the following:

  • Timothy Doherty, Bishop, Lafayette-in-Indiana Diocese
  • Jeffrey Newell, President, Tippecanoe Bar Association
  • Sisters Joan Scheller and Karen Sue Durliat, Guadalupe Center in Huntingburg
  • Pastor Zach Szmara, Director of the Immigration Clinic, Bridge Christian Church, Logansport
  • Trish Maxwell, Executive Director, Lafayette Area Reading Academy

There will also be a special unveiling of the logo for the clinic designed by Devon Wolfe who is studying Publication Design and Illustration at Lafayette Jefferson High School.  There will be a reception with light refreshments at the conclusion of the program.

Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic program director, is also available for individual interviews and consultation upon request.

Contacts:

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
(765) 423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

Susan Brouillette
Public Policy Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
(765) 714-7622
sbrouillette@lumserve.org

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