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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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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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Summer Program Enhances Education


Summer 2014



Joe Micon

Joe Micon

Dear Friend,

Although it has been 17 years, I remember our family’s summer vacation to Yellowstone National Park as if it were yesterday!  The geysers, the waterfalls, the bubbling painted pools, the grand lodge, the bison and bears…It all made a lasting impression on us.  There was even a moose that blocked the road in front of our car! I also remember going to the library before our trip so Katie and Jonathan could choose their vacation reading – Shel Silverstein for 7-year-old Katie and Dr. Seuss for 3-year-old Jonathan. I remember laptop computers in the back seat as we were driving through Nebraska. Reader Rabbit and Math Blaster were the educational programs of choice.

Jon & Katie colorJo and I cherish each memory of our trip, but we also understand how fortunate our family was to enjoy a vacation like that. And how fortunate our children were to grow up in a home where learning was so highly valued.

I also know that far too many of the children served here at the Lafayette Urban Ministry will never experience the same kinds of summer vacations as my children.  A trip to a place like Yellowstone – and all the growth and learning that surrounds it – will probably never be in the cards for them.

Educational research shows that as much as 60% of the academic achievement gap separating low-income children from their more financially stable peers can be traced to differential summer learning opportunities.

Test scores show that all students’ learning improves at similar rates during the school year, but during the summer, low-income children plateau or lose ground, while their peers from better off homes actually advance their learning.  By the end of grade school, children from disadvantaged households, on average, score a full two years behind on their standardized tests.


That’s why the Lafayette Urban Ministry is so adamant about continuing our Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.


2012-08-16 LUM 5thQuarter 031 (2)The program is housed at LUM’s Ray Ewry Youth Program Center on 4th Street in Lafayette. We are in session for 10 weeks during the summer months when school is in recess. Fifth Quarter employs fun learning techniques to boost our students’ proficiency in reading, math, science and social studies. Our goal is for each child to be better-prepared to return to school in August.

Each morning, Fifth Quarter begins with a rally program, nutritious snacks, recreational reading and educational games on laptop computers.  Then it is on to our educational pods in math, science and social studies.

Fifth Quarter isn’t summer school.  Often our sessions are held at Centennial Park or under a nearby tree. The learning is hands-on with plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement offered by LUM’s Fifth Quarter teachers. There are frequent field trips to Purdue, the public library and other locations where the children have fun and experience new things.

And Fifth Quarter allows children’s parents to attend their day jobs knowing their children are safe and secure in an academically enriched environment.  While at LUM, the children hear positive comments about the importance of learning. They meet new friends, experience strong role models, grow in self-esteem and gain confidence in their abilities.


I hope you will join me in financially supporting LUM’s Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.


2013-06-25 5th quarter head shots 3 001 (2)It will cost $27,000 to operate Fifth Quarter during our current ten-week, 2014 summer session.  Included in this budget are the costs of the program’s four educators, curriculum, supplies, snacks, books and transportation.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help LUM to make sure our Fifth Quarter Kids are better-equipped to succeed in school this fall and better-prepared to overcome the challenges that life will certainly place before them after that. Whether you are making plans for your own vacation this summer, or perhaps remembering the growth and wonder experienced by a young person close to you during summer vacations past, please join me in supporting the important work of LUM’s Fifth Quarter Program.

On behalf of the Lafayette Urban Ministry Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Class of 2014, please accept my sincere thanks for your special friendship and generous support.


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


P.S. — Please, won’t you support the children who learn and grow through LUM’s Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Program? Send your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, today. Give online at www.lumserve.org.



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Our Students Need Snacks!


Snacks & Supplies Needed — for 5th Quarter


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The 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program needs to fill the cupboard with Snacks for the new Summer session students. 5th Quarter 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

5th Quarter 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 (July 4th, Christmas in July, etc.).


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



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Mission Moment — Meet the Poore Family


March 2014



Dear Friend,

The Lafayette Urban Ministry has been a special friend to Lisa Poore.  

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The Poore Family

After the accidental death of her husband…
During the difficult process of grief and recovery…
Through all the challenges of being a new single parent and working mom…

LUM has extended to Lisa the heartfelt friendship and support she has needed to start over.

Each of her three children, Shane, Hayley and Madison, have attended LUM’s Enhanced After School Program. While Lisa is finishing up her workday as an aide at a local school learning center, her children are here at LUM completing their homework, participating in educational enrichment activities and enjoying the company of caring adults.

During the summer months, Lisa’s children participate in LUM’s 5th Quarter Learning Retention Program where fun-learning in math, science, social studies, and reading helps them to be better prepared to return to school in August.

Each of Lisa’s children have also attended LUM Camp. She remembers thinking there would be no place other than LUM she would entrust to Shane’s, Hayley’s and Madison’s first-ever trips away from home. The children still sing all the LUM Camp songs!

On LUM’s Jubilee Christmas day, Lisa “shopped” for the toys that were on her children’s wish lists. Christmas without their dad will always be difficult. But Lisa was grateful to watch her children’s spirits lift as they opened their presents.

Recently, Lisa came to LUM to have her income tax return prepared free of charge. The state and federal tax credits she earns are crucial to helping Lisa pay her family’s basic costs of living.

So do you see what I mean?

LUM has indeed been a very important friend to Lisa and her children. And like any friend we want to be here whenever

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Lisa Poore & Joe Micon, LUM executive director

we are needed. That’s why I hope you will consider making a generous financial gift to support our work.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry is both first recourse and last resort for our neighbors in need. During 2013, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served 6,027 different families. Our doors are always open and our staff and volunteers are always here to serve – every day of the year, literally around the clock.

By making a generous contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 you can help brighten the future for the many children and families LUM serves.

Your gift will be used to support all of LUM’s important programs…

  • the Homeless Shelter and Case Management Program
  • the Good Samaritan Emergency Assistance Program
  • the Community Thanksgiving Meal, and St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry
  • the Asset Building Classes and ID clinic
  • the many Youth Service Programs and Free Income Tax Return Service

Your past support has been critically important to those we serve here at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. I hope you will continue – and perhaps increase – your giving for 2014.

Through all of her challenges, Lisa Poore has always impressed me as a devoted and hard working mom. Right now, she is taking an online course in order to receive a higher job certification. In the future, she dreams of purchasing a new home.

Lisa gives thanks for the friendship and generosity shown her by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. It has helped her and her children to heal and start over again.

But in-so-far as LUM would not be here without your generous support, Lisa is really giving thanks for you.

Please, won’t you make a generous gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry? Please give online at www.lumserve.org.


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Help us to build a community where hardworking moms like Lisa Poore, and terrific children like Shane, Hayley and Madison can live, learn and grow to their fullest potential. Please, can we hear from you today?



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Mission Moment – Meet the Minor Family

LUM Enhanced After School Program Works to Narrow the Academic Achievement Gap


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Kelly Minor is a single mom from Lafayette, Indiana who works fulltime for Franciscan Alliance as a patient access representative at St. Elizabeth East Hospital. Kelly is also a dance instructor (ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, modern, and Hip-Hop) in her hometown of Flora, Indiana. Her two children, Keely (age 7) and Duryá (age 9), are enrolled in the LUM After School Program and go to Edgelea Elementary School in Lafayette. Keely is in 2nd grade and is active in dance and sports; and Duryá is in 3rd grade and is involved in Cub Scouts, sports and dance.

A couple of years ago when Kelly’s two children were both old enough to go to elementary school, she faced the common dilemma of finding someone to watch her children after school until she finished her work day. Information about the LUM After School Program was distributed at her kids’ school, and it seemed to be a perfect solution. Kelly did some research and was a pleased to discover that the LUM After School Program is a complete educational enrichment program; and she received only positive reviews from her friends, current ASP families and local educators.

Kelly Minor shared that since her children started
the LUM After School Program,
Keely and Duryá’s grades have improved,
They’re more engaged in school,
They enjoy writing and read more.

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Kelly is committed to providing the best opportunities for her children to succeed. The LUM ASP allows her to work fulltime and spend evenings and weekends getting involved in her children’s education and activities both inside and outside of school. Kelly is particularly impressed with the ASP enrichment programs and field trips. She knows that each day, Keely and Duryá will get their homework completed, learn something new, get a nutritious snack and have fun. By the way, Keely and Duryá love the LUM After School Program too.

Keely and Duryá’s success in the LUM After School Program is just one example of the tremendous positive impact the program is having on our community. Just as important — all of this gives Kelly Minor great comfort.


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The LUM Enhanced After School Program works to narrow the academic achievement gap by providing safe, fun and enriching childcare for Lafayette children in kindergarten to 6th grade. This year ASP serves 48 children for three hours each school day, giving their primary care giver a chance to finish their workday. Children are transported from their schools on LUM buses to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center.

Once there they get a nutritious snack and begin working on homework. Once they finish their homework they participate in a variety of educational and recreational activities including music, reading, religious, crafts education, playing games, gardening, and playing on the on-site playground. In addition, the students go on numerous field trips.

ASP is staffed by a professionally trained educator, an assistant, and many talented volunteers including several trained bus drivers. If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, call or email Cindy Haley at (765) 423-2691 or chaley@lumserve.org.


The LUM After School Program needs the following school supplies ASAP:


  • Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Prizes for the Reward Box — small toys and trinkets
  • Notebook paper; Dry Erase Markers; Pencils; Glue Sticks
  • Facial Tissues; Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Sports Equipment; Sidewalk Chalk
  • Snacks, Fresh Fruit; Juice

The complete ASP Wish List is posted online, click HERETo view the ASP Wish List, check out the LUM Pinterest board—Click HERE

Follow LUM on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/LUMserve).

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 holiday party (Halloween, Christmas, etc.). Also, there is a need for Bus drivers.


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



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Support Fifth-Quarter — A Proven Success


Summer 2013



Joe Micon

Joseph “Joe” Micon

Dear Friend,

When he grows up, seven year-old Christian Morrenga wants to be a firefighter.  Eight-year-old Devine Myers wants to be a nurse.  And nine year-old  Dylan Tibbett wants to be a police officer.  Whether or not they each grow to realize these, or similar dreams, depends upon the foundation that is laid for them now, during their formative years.

Success during the school year in math, science and reading are crucial to their future career prospects and economic well-being.  But continued learning during the summer months is too often overlooked for low-income children like Christian, Devine and Dylan.

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Christian Morrenga

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds score a full two years behind their more advantaged classmates by the end of grade school.

That’s why the Lafayette Urban Ministry is so adamant about continuing to offer our Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program.  

Fifth Quarter is a day-long learning retention program serving 60 low-income, elementary-aged children throughout the summer months.  We employ fun-learning techniques to boost the children’s proficiency in reading, math, science and social studies.  Our goal is that each child be better prepared to return to school in August.

The standardized pre- and post-tests administered to LUM’s Fifth Quarter participants during previous summers have shown very promising results:

  • On average, Fifth Quarter participants experienced a 25% increase in decoding vocabulary, while those in a control group showed an 8% loss.

  • Fifth Quarter participants experienced an 18% increase in reading comprehension, while those in a control group showed a 12 percent loss.

  • Fifth Quarter participants experienced a 30% increase in math computation skills, while those in a control group showed a 22 percent loss.

Each morning of Fifth Quarter begins with a gathering program, nutritious snacks, recreational reading and educational games on the laptops.  Then it’s on to our educational pods in math, science and social studies.

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Devine Myers

Fifth Quarter isn’t summer school.  Often, our sessions are held in the city park or outside of the LUM Youth Center under a tree.  The learning is hands-on with plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement offered by LUM’s Fifth Quarter teachers.  There are frequent field trips to the library, Purdue, or other locations where the children have fun and experience new things.

And Fifth Quarter allows the children’s parents to attend their jobs each day knowing their children are safe and secure in an academically stimulating environment.  While at LUM the children meet new friends, experience positive adult role models and grow in confidence and self-esteem.

Dylan Tibbett

Dylan Tibbett

I hope you will join me in financially supporting LUM’s Fifth Quarter Summer Learning Program.

It will cost LUM $22,200 to operate Fifth Quarter for our current nine-week, 2013 summer session.  Included in that amount are the cost of program’s four teachers, curriculum, supplies, snacks, books and transportation.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help LUM to continue this remarkable program that one day soon might be responsible the finest fire fighter, nurse and police officer our community has ever produced!

On behalf of Christian Morrenga, Devine Myers, Dylan Tibbett, and all the other members of LUM’s Fifth Quarter Class of 2013, please accept my sincere thanks for your special friendship and generous support.


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Please, won’t you support LUM’s Fifth Quarter Program?  Send your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or more today.  Mail it in  or give online at www.lumserve.org



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Thank You — Congratulations — Farewell (to the LUM Interns)

LUM Intern Farewell Reception


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L to R – Standing: Ron Smith, Joe Micon, Katie Brandes, ‘Shay Johnson-Martin, Mary Anderson, Cindy Haley, Amanda Bajzatt, Joyce Fasani; Seated: Susan Brouillette, Rebekah Niedner


It is with mixed emotions that the LUM staff says “farewell” and “well done” to our fabulously talented and hardworking interns – Amanda Bajzatt, Katherine Brandes, Evan Guse, Jashay Johnson-Martin, Rebekah Niedner, & Brittany Rooze. LUM has truly been blessed to have 6 interns working with various programs since January 2013. As many can relate, the time with our interns has flown by.

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Evan Guse

Brittany Rooze

Brittany Rooze

To celebrate the LUM interns were invited to an appreciation party hosted by all of the LUM staff — and cake. All interns will be graduating soon and LUM wishes them very well. Each of them used their unique talents to make LUM better.

So – Thank you, Congratulations, and Farewell (for now) – to Amanda, Katie, Evan, ‘Shay, Rebekah, and Brittany.

To read more about our interns, click HERE.



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Meet the LUM Interns — Katherine Brandes

Meet the LUM Interns — Katherine Brandes


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Katherine Brandes is from Batesville, Indiana and is an Ivy Tech (Lafayette) undergraduate in the Human Services Department.

As a LUM Intern, Katie is working with the After School Program as a tutor and bus driver. In addition to her studies at Ivy Tech and 2013-03-20 ASP_Shelly 065 (2)internship with LUM, she works as a mental health technician at the Wabash Alliance Elmwood Group Home.

After graduating in May 2013 with an associate’s degree in applied science, Katie will continue her studies at IU East in Richmond pursuing a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work. Her dream job would be to either work with the elderly or work for Adult Protective Services.


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