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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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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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Sunday Noon Meal Moves to LUM

Community Meal Tradition Continues!


Founded in Lafayette around 1989, the Sunday Noon Meal is a collaboration of many churches to pr2015-02-08 CommunityMeal 019 (3)ovide a simple and healthy meal every Sunday for individuals in our community. The Sunday Noon Meal has had several homes, most recently Trinity United Methodist Church. The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center is now the new home of the Sunday Noon Meal. The only thing that has changed though is the location.


The same group of churches and Purdue student organizations still coordinate, prepare and serve the meals each and every Sunday. The Sunday Noon Meals are coordinated, prepared and served by members of the following churches:

  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Elston Family Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • First Christian Church
  • Grace United Methodist Church
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Lafayette Church of the Brethren
  • Lafayette Friends
  • Lafayette Reformed Presbyterian Church
  • Neighborhood Christian Chapel
  • Otterbein United Methodist Church
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • St. Boniface Catholic Church
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Stidham United Methodist Church
  • Trinity United Methodist Church

LUM is thrilled to be the new home of this wonderful community tradition. For more information on the Sunday Noon Meal, please email Dinah Dalder at dalder@purdue.edu.


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LUM Host-Site Coordinator – If you wish to be the LUM Host-Site Coordinator for this event, please email lum@lumserve.org.

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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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Meet LUM Volunteer – Jim Frantz

Jim Frantz is the new LUM Maintenance Volunteer with responsibilities for kitchen upkeep, routine maintenance, minor repairs, andJimFrantz handy-work.

Jim lives in Lafayette with his wife, Marilyn. Jim & Marilyn are members of the Lafayette Christian Reform Church and have three grown sons — all like their father, have served in the military — Navy, Air Force & Army. Their middle son, Matthew, was killed in action in January 2006 while serving in the US Army in Al Huwijah, Iraq.

Jim is retired from his work at the power plant at Purdue and his service with the Navy and the Army National Guard.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to LUM.

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Join the LUM Conversational Spanish Tables

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  • Dates: Wednesdays from February 11 – April  22, 2015
  • Time: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N  4th Street, Lafayette
  • Cost: FREE
  • Sponsors:  LUM & Ayuda Y Aprende at Purdue

The LUM Immigration Clinic and Ayuda Y Aprende, the Spanish Language Service Learning Program at Purdue, have teamed up to offer weekly Spanish Conversation Tables. The program is free and open to the public — with the hope that staff, volunteers and congregants from member churches will take advantage of these sessions. Each conversation table will focus on a different topic such as shopping, communicating with a doctor, dining out, obtaining directions, etc.

The LUM Conversational Spanish Tables will start on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and will meet each Wednesday in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The series lasts 11 weeks, concluding on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

These sessions offer a wonderful opportunity for individuals wishing to connect with their Spanish speaking neighbors. Participants do NOT need to have any Spanish language skills.  It is ideal for both beginners as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. You may attend all of the sessions or just one. Participants are welcome to bring along a friend and a brown bag lunch.


For more information, email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691). Please note — this opportunity is limited to 30 people.

Esperamos verle allí.


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New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer More in 2015


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Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to Volunteer More in 2015?

Well — LUM wants to help you achieve that goal. There are a number of opportunities for you, your family and your friends to get engaged with LUM now.



Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

  • Tax Assistance Program
  • Emergency Shelter Coordinators
  • LUM Camp Counselors
  • Food Pantry—Data Entry Volunteers
  • Volunteer Receptionists

Please scroll down and read more details about all of these incredible opportunities to serve LUM and your community.

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VOLUNTEER — LUM TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


2013-07-11 MarilynZerbes 022 (2)Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns? Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training or you can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification. The LUM Volunteer Tax Assistance Program offers flexible hours, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you.
The Last year, 52 volunteers prepared close to 1,500 returns for LUM clients, returning more than $4 million to those households. Choose your LUM tax volunteer role – and get a chance to touch many lives. If you’re interested or need more information, please call or email Sandra Dunn-El (765.423.2691 | sdunn-el@lumserve.org).

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LUM SHELTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


2013-02-05 LUM Emergency Shelter 006 (2)The LUM Emergency Homeless Shelter needs volunteers 365 nights a year. Currently there are openings for Weekend Coordinators and Overnight Shelter Volunteers.

  • Weekend Coordinators – Responsible for managing the LUM overnight shelter one or more Friday or Saturday nights a month from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.; sleep from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. provided no emergencies occur. Weekend Coordinators supervise shelter guests and volunteers; and are fully trained prior to first shift.
  • Overnight Shelter Volunteers – Duties include assist coordinator in checking in guests & serving meals, stay on site all evening (8:15 p.m. to 7 a.m.), and take a shift on “awake” duty. Must be able to maintain confidentiality and interact with a variety of people.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend one Shelter Training Session which are offered twice a month. The next two Training Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, January 16 & Monday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette). No need to register. Click HERE for more information on the positions and for the 2015 Shelter Training schedule.

If you’re interested or need more information, please call or email Joyce Fasani (765.423.2691 | jfasani@lumserve.org).

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LUM VOLUNTEER CAMP COUNSELORS NEEDED


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LUM Camp Counselors – First Call! It may be freezing outside with snow flurries — But in 27 short weeks, it’s time for LUM Camp 2015!
LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp from 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31. Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers.
Close to 60 volunteer counselors and activity leaders guide the campers through a week filled with new experiences including swimming, hiking and crafts. LUM Camp Counselors instill confidence, rejoice in the accomplishments of campers, help nurture self-esteem, and support each camper throughout the wonderful week that is LUM Camp.
A comfy bunk in a rustic cabin is reserved just for you! All you need is the availability and willingness to have a fun week this summer with a great group of campers. Why not make this year the year you say “yes” to becoming a LUM Camp Counselor? For additional information, click HERE.

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FOOD PANTRY DATA ENTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


2013-04-25 RexFuller 001 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance. Clients are then served by the counter volunteers. The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Ferry Streets. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.—and Saturdays from 1 t0 3 p.m.
The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired. Interested persons should please email or call Linda Hicks (lhicks@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONIST NEEDED


131023 Jubilee RegistrationVolunteer Receptionist needed each afternoon from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. — and some mornings.
Volunteer Receptionists greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N. 4th Street, Lafayette).
If you are interested or need more information, please call or email Sylvia Mohler (765.423.2691 or smohler@lumserve.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,

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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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