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Thanksgiving Recap 2014

2014-11-27 ThanksgivingDay 366 (2)The Lafayette Urban Ministry Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration was a spectacular success. More than 800 meals were served — including 80 turkeys and 200 pies. It takes over two months of planning, over 160 volunteers and more than $10,000 in donations to made it happen.

The meal was a delicious Thanksgiving feast but more importantly it brought together the entire community. Thanks to Susan Brouillette, 2014-11-27 ThanksgivingDay 331 (2)who directed the event; and Sandra Dukes and James Bishops, who headed up the kitchen crew.

LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian church for use of their facilities as well as Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (pictured left) & Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for serving our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

If you still wish to make a donation to LUM Thanksgiving, please click HERE.

To view PHOTOS of the 2014 LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration, click HERE.



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30th Anniversary of the LUM Shelter


September 2014




Dear Friend,

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter for the homeless.  Started as a joint effort between St. Thomas Aquinas Center and LUM, the shelter’s first location was on the second floor of the old Reifer Parsonage at Central Presbyterian Church.  We started with seven beds.

St. Thomas Aquinas Center

St. Thomas Aquinas Center

In 1987 we moved to the old Franciscan Convent at St. Boniface Church – 22 beds. And in 1995 we moved into the shelter’s current 42 bed location on North Fourth Street in downtown Lafayette.

For each of those years, our shelter has been a place of warmth and safety for those in our community who have nowhere else to turn – a place whose doors are always open.

First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)

First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)

And since 1984, more than 10,000 different individuals have been our guests at the shelter a combined total of 200,000 times!

Some of those guests have lost their jobs and been evicted from their homes. Some are estranged from family because of mental illness or addiction.  Others have been temporarily stranded in our community due to breakdowns or mishaps during travel.

Each is valued in God’s eyes.  And at LUM, each is extended Christ’s hospitality and compassion.

But over the years, we have become more than just a well-run emergency shelter. Our primary focus is to help the homeless move off the street, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  We have helped literally thousands of homeless men and women to make a fresh start.

  • Like the woman who was dumped by her abusive boyfriend into a snow bank in our parking lot. We provided her a safe place that night and in the morning a bus ticket to return home to her parents.
  • Or the homeless vet who stayed with us while he was being connected to VA health services and enrolled as a resident at the Indiana Veterans Home.
  • Or the twenty guests each week that receive job coaching at LUM. A full one-third of our homeless guests are employed, staying with us until their first paycheck arrives and they can move into a home of their own.
  • Or the Purdue PhD graduate whose mental illness worsened after she lost her university-sponsored mental health care and prescription drug benefits.  She stayed at the LUM shelter until we were able to connect her with a new psychiatrist and therapist.  She found a job and moved into an apartment.

It is not easy work.  And not every story is a success story.  But for 30 years, we have been absolutely committed to helping our homeless neighbors move on to more productive, self-sufficient lives.

Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)

Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)

I hope you will join me in supporting this important work with your dollars…

  • $250 will operate our shelter for one day.
  • $100 cover the costs of our case management services for one day.
  • $50 will provide food, drink, and personal grooming items for our 280 overnight guests each week.
  • A gift of $1,000 will pay the shelter’s heat, water and electric bills for one month.
  • $500 will cover our shelter’s monthly maintenance, repair and fire protection costs.

Your gift to the LUM emergency shelter program will celebrate thirty years of serving the homeless with dignity and compassion.  It will keep our doors open in the here and now, help our guests to become more self-sufficient – and it will assure that this important work continues into the future.

As we search for new ways to reunite our guests with the support of family and friends, help equip them for employment in a shifting economy and search for better avenues for mental health and addiction services, your help is needed more than ever.

Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)

Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)

Perhaps you’ve been part of this remarkable effort by serving as a volunteer case manager, overnight shelter volunteer or volunteer meal provider.  Perhaps you’ve been supportive through your prayers or words of encouragement. My hope is that you will join me now in supporting the LUM shelter program with a generous financial gift.

Place mail your check in or give online at www.lumserve.org.


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Help us to celebrate 30 years of shelter ministry at LUM. Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow us to help the homeless in our community move off the streets, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  Please, may we hear from you today? Give online at www.lumserve.org.



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LUM Celebrates 41 Years


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Today – October 26, 2013 – is the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 41th birthday – celebrating 41 years of service to our community’s at-risk children and working families.


LUM Articles of Incorporation 721026On October 26, 1972, articles of incorporation were approved and filed with the State of Indiana for a new organization called the Lafayette Urban Ministry. Although some of the core programs and services still offered by LUM date back to the early 1960’s, it was on October 26, 1972 that the Neighborhood Development Project based at Hope Chapel Presbyterian Church, officially changed its name to “Lafayette Urban Ministry.” LUM soon expanded its operations in space provided by Central Presbyterian Church.

Over the past four decades, LUM Board of Directors and staff have mapped out a vision to meet the needs of the children and families of our community. LUM is best known for programs like the annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration, Hunger Hike and Jubilee Christmas as well as services for families in need like the LUM/St. John’s Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Fund and the emergency Homeless Shelter. But LUM also provides several educational programs for children during the school year and during the summer months such as the enhanced After School Program, LUM Camp, 5th Quarter and Achieve; and programs for families like free Income Tax Assistance, ID Clinic, Asset Building Classes and Case Management. More information on LUM History may be found here: http://LUMserve.wordpress.com/about/LUM-history/


The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of 42 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families. For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. We take an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.


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Generous Gifts to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


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Coordinate Your Own Food Drive for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


2012-08-27 LUM food pantry 026 (2)If you wish to coordinate a food drive to benefit the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, please call or email Ron Smith at 765.423.2691 or rsmith@lafayetteurbanministry.org.

It’s easy — and you will have a profound impact on the families in our community.



To learn more about the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Read this LUM post, click HERE.



Recent Food Drives and Donations.

Big Thanks to All who coordinated a Food Drive recently to benefit the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.


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IBEW Local 668 supports LUM (Again)


December 15, 2012

real journeyman hams 121213Once again, Brent Green (pictured) made a holiday donation to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry on behalf of The Real Journeyman electricians of the IBEW Local 668. Brent delivered 11 shank portion hams and 12 boneless hams. These hams will be the centerpiece of the Christmas meals for many families in need. Earlier this month, IBEW Local 668 donated to Jubilee Christmas and 22 frozen turkeys for distribution at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.

Special thanks to The Real Journeyman electricians of the IBEW Local 668.

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Paul Foster’s New Album Release Party


November 8, 2012

At the Paul Foster Concert in Lafayette the admission fee was $5 or 5 cans of food. Paul Foster’s fans brought donations for St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.

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Ben Foster (Paul’s son) helped with the delivery.

THANK YOU to Paul Foster & his fans.


IBEW Local 668 supports LUM


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December 4, 2012

The Real Journeyman electricians of the IBEW Local 668 donated 22 frozen turkeys for distribution at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry. IBEW members also contributed $500 to the LUM Jubilee Christmas Program on December 8. Jubilee Christmas serves 700 families providing gifts of new toys and clothing to over 1,700 low-income children. The families will also receive food certificates and canned hams.

Thanks to Brent Green (pictured) and The Real Journeyman electricians of the IBEW Local 668!


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November 21, 2012

At the Thanksgiving Eve service at Faith Presbyterian Church (West Lafayette), church members brought food items for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry. Pictured left: Pastor David Horner and his wife, Diane, present the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry with their gift. A very special Thank You to Faith Presbyterian Church and Pastor David Horner.


Letter from McCutcheon Choral Director


December 4, 2012

Dear LUM,

McCutcheon High School thanks you for all you do for those in need. Our Fall Choral Concert featured many songs that spoke to our mccutcheon choir donation-2 121122 (2)desire to help support others through friendship and outreach. It is in that spirit that our choirs sponsored a school wide food drive.

The school generously gave so that we could support organizations such as yours in our community. We share with you so that you may share with those in need. I lost count of cans, but know that you will receive nearly 1,000 assorted items for your food pantry.

We wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. We give thanks for your compassion and efforts on behalf of those in need in the Lafayette area.

Mary Jane Gregan
Choral Director
McCutcheon High School



Coordinate Your Own Food Drive for the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry


2012-08-27 LUM food pantry 026 (2)If you wish to coordinate a food drive to benefit the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, please call or email Ron Smith at 765.423.2691 or rsmith@lafayetteurbanministry.org.

It’s easy — and you will have a profound impact on the families in our community.


To learn more about the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Read this LUM post, click HERE.



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LUM Gives Thanks to Central Presbyterian



A gift certificate to Bennett’s Greenhouse was presented to Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette, IN) Pastor Bill Smutz at the November LUM Board meeting by LUM Executive Director Joe Micon and Board President Deb Parent.

LUM recognized Central Presbyterian Church for its many years of friendship, support and use of facilities for programs like Community Thanksgiving, Jubilee Christmas, LUM’s After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program for at-risk children.


Special Thanks to Central Presbyterian Church!



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LUM Celebrates 40th on Facebook



Lafayette, IN (October 26, 2012). Today is the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 40th birthday – celebrating 40 years of service to our community’s at-risk children and working families.  To commemorate our 40th birthday and to position ourselves for success in our fifth decade – LUM has launched itself into the world of social media.


      


On October 26, 1972, articles of incorporation were approved and filed with the State of Indiana for a new organization called the Lafayette Urban Ministry. Although some of the core programs and services still offered by LUM date back to the early 1960’s, it was on October 26, 1972 that the Neighborhood Development Project based at Hope Chapel Presbyterian Church, officially changed its name to “Lafayette Urban Ministry.” LUM soon expanded its operations in space provided by Central Presbyterian Church.

Over the past four decades, LUM Board of Directors and staff have mapped out a vision to meet the needs of the children and families of our community. LUM is best known for programs like the annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration, Hunger Hike and Jubilee Christmas as well as services for families in need like the LUM/St. John’s Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Fund and the emergency Homeless Shelter. But LUM also provides several educational programs for children during the school year and during the summer months such as the enhanced After School Program, LUM Camp, 5th Quarter and Achieve; and programs for families like free Income Tax Assistance, ID Clinic, Asset Building Classes and Case Management. More information on LUM History may be found here: http://LUMserve.wordpress.com/about/LUM-history/


To celebrate our 40th birthday, LUM has decided to actively use social media. As of today, LUM has recently published the following:

In the coming years LUM is dedicated to using social media and marketing to promote our services, events and programs; to engage with our community partners; and to share information, photos, videos and more.

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The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of 42 Christian churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families. For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. We take an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.


More Information on the History of the Lafayette Urban Ministry:


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