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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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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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LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES


Fine Dining | Silent Auction | Entertainment


The LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun, and great fellowship — and it benefits the Good Samaritan Fund at Lafayette Urban FolliesAd - no priceMinistry. The fourth annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies will exceed your expectations. The Silent Auction will be filled with unique and priceless items. The dinner will be fabulous, and the fellowship is spectacular. The local entertainment, AKA Follies, is amazing.

The best part is all of the proceeds go to an emergency assistance fund dedicated to benefiting the LUM Good Samaritan Program. Follies’ details and tentative schedule are as follows:

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette
  • Price: $45 per person; $360 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction
  • 6:30 p.m. — Dinner; choices: TBD or Vegetarian
  • 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment

Make your Reservations TODAY! Click HERE.

Talent Needed

There is a general informational callout for everyone (past/present) wishing to perform in the 2015 LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies on April 17th. If you can sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke, or have any other talent, this stage is for you. Details are as follows:

  • Callout for Talent
  • Monday, February 23
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette)

Our LUM talent scouts are looking for people to share their God-given talents for a worthy cause. LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is your chance to shine and be part of something very special.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email or call Eileen Weiss (eweiss@lumserve.org | 847.258.4070). We look forward to seeing all of you at the 4th Annual LUM Follies dinner theater on Friday, April 17th.


View a sampler VIDEO of the 2014 LUM Follies’ performers


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Good Samaritan Fund – Everyday Miracles


 November 2014




Dear Friend,

Do you recall the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000? The disciples were overwhelmed, but Jesus took pity and showed compassion. He used what little was available – five loaves and two fishes, gave thanks to God and fed all 2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 010 (2)who were gathered.

I must admit, I spend much of my time at LUM feeling like Jesus’ disciples must have felt that day on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The need here is so great and our available resources are never enough.

In the past few days LUM has received requests to:

  • Pay the rent for a family because dad broke his foot and lost his job
  • Pay the water bill for a husband who is spending his limited resources for his wife’s chemotherapy
  • Pay the electric utility for an elderly couple whose social security checks are covering the costs of raising their granddaughter
  • Pay for the cost of food for the family of a dad who is on medical leave from work because of back surgery

Already this year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Good Samaritan Fund has responded to these and 2,078 other requests just like them. When I look at the fund’s checkbook balance and compare it to the numbers of families we will be called upon to serve in the weeks and months ahead, I think to myself “there’s just no way.”

But then I remember you and the many others who so faithfully stand behind our work with both your prayers and your dollars. That generosity of spirit reminds me to celebrate the everyday miracles that are inherent in what you make possible here at LUM.

There is the miracle of how a seemingly small amount of money can accomplish so much good in the life of a neighbor who is living through a financial crisis.

There is the miracle of how seemingly unsolvable problems can be resolved for others through hard work, kindness, encouragement – and a little bit of cash.

There is the miracle that happens each time a Good Samaritan Fund check is given and an eviction is averted, a utility is NOT disconnected, or a hungry neighbor is given enough to eat.

2014-10-01 MaryAnderson20th 018 (2)LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund is the most important part of our community’s social safety net. Last year, $117,607 was shared.

I hope you will see the miracle of all that is accomplished by the Good Samaritan Fund and consider making a generous gift so that its important work can continue.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000, will allow the Good Samaritan Fund to be here, faithfully serving those with critical financial needs, both now and throughout the coming year.

The Good Samaritan Fund is unique. Not a single dollar of what you give is spent for administrative overhead. In other words, everything you contribute goes directly to feed someone who is hungry, shelter a family in need of housing, or respond to some other emergency crisis for a neighbor in need.

Through your generous support of the Good Samaritan Fund you show concern and compassion toward neighbors in need – and you share a faith that causes miracles to happen in the lives of others.

Jesus gave of the loaves and fishes until everyone was fed – and twelve baskets were left over.

Please, won’t you make a generous gift today in support of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund?


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — You may contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at www.lumserve.org

Thank you.



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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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MEDIA ALERT — Purdue Crew — Row-A-Thon Check Presentation


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Purdue Crew presents check to LUM Good Samaritan Fund


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Please join us for the check presentation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund from the Purdue Crew Team. Details are as follows:

            • Tuesday, February 25
            • 3 p.m.
            • Crew Boathouse, Levee Plaza, West Lafayette

On February 1, Purdue Rowing Team sponsored Row-A-Thon which is an annual 12-hour rowing marathon in the Tippecanoe Mall, which supports and raises awareness for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Drew Stover, president, and David Kucik, head coach, will present their gift to the LUM executive director, Joe Micon, at this special ceremony at the Boathouse on Tuesday, February 25 at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

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The LUM Good Samaritan Fund provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is available for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. Trained volunteer assistants help administer the program. Every dollar contributed to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund goes to a family in need. No operating expenses are taken out of this fund.

To view photos from Row-A-Thon at the Mall, click HERE.


Contacts:

David Kucik, Purdue Crew Team, Head Coach
765-491-4700 | dwk@purdue.edu

Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry, Executive Director
765-423-2691 | jmicon@lafayetteurbanministry.org



Check out more PHOTOS from 2014 Purdue Row-a-Thon, click HERE.



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LUM FOLLIES — Call Out for Entertainment


3rd Annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies

Follies Talent Search is on!



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Are You a Dancer? Comic? Puppeteer? Musician? Poet? Mime? Magician? Juggler? Ringmaster? Ventriloquist? Actor? Clown? Singer? Contortionist? Acrobat?

Our LUM talent scouts are looking for people to share their God-given talents for a worthy cause—the third Annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. This lighthearted evening of food, fun, and entertainment is Friday, April 4th and benefits the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. If you have a unique talent you would love to share by taking our stage, your talent is needed. LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is your chance to shine and be part of something very special.

If you are interested in performing at the Follies this year, please email or call Eileen Weiss (jimandeileen@hotmail.com | 765-337-2596). We look forward to seeing all of you at the third Annual LUM Follies dinner theater on Friday, April 4th.


One of the most special parts of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies is the LIVE entertainment also known as the “Follies.” After dinner at approximately 7:30 p.m. the entertainment begins. In 2013, the entertainers included — the infamous puppet troupe — as well as music, magic and comedy. Last year the entertainment spanned four-generation with a 14-year-old performing a classical guitar piece to a vocal group with members in their 80’s and 90’s. Other highlights included the West Lafayette High School Barbershop Quartet, a Handbell duet, a performance by a current pastor and another by a retired pastor as well as a women’s trio featuring singers from the First United Methodist Church.



To make Follies’ Reservations Online, click HERE.



If you aren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — click HERE.


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Support the Good Samaritan Fund and Program


November 1, 2013



Then the King will say to those at his right hand, “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

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Joseph “Joe” Micon

Dear Friend,

A very dear pastor friend of mine refers to these words as the most familiar, yet the most haunting, words in all of Holy Scripture.  They are words, he says, that not only challenge us to love and serve others, but that color God’s judgment of us according to how well we accomplish them.

When you think about it, the sentiment contained in Matthew 25 is an important reason why so many churches and individuals have chosen to become involved in the Mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  It is why, I believe, so many have chosen to do so by directly supporting the work of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund.

Each day families come to the Lafayette Urban Ministry in desperate need of help.  Some are in need of food or water.  Some are strangers to our community in need of information, support and basic necessities.  Some may have just been released from prison and are struggling to begin life again – from scratch.  Others are trying to cope with the illness or injury of a breadwinner.  Many don’t earn enough in wages, or have jobs where they are not given sufficient hours to make ends meet.

Last year, the Good Samaritan Fund provided our low-income neighbors with $108,877 in direct financial assistance.  LUM was able to resolve 2,315 separate financial emergencies.  Evictions were stopped. Utilities were reconnected.  Food was shared and vital prescription medicines were provided.

We were here to help when there was nowhere else for these individuals to go…

  • We were here for the single mom of two who works two 30-hour fast food jobs, but who still fell $75 behind on her rent in March and $60 behind on her electric bill in July. 
  • We were here in September for a young father, who after a full year of searching for work, accepted a new manufacturing job.  He needed $49 for steel-toed work boots in order to start work. 
  • We were here for the disabled homeless man who needed $30 to purchase a copy of his birth certificate.  That birth certificate would enable him to apply for disability income, receive mental health care and sign a lease on an apartment of his own.

Jesus2I hope you see the value of all that is accomplished by LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund and will consider making a generous gift so that its work can continue.

Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000, will allow us to be here, faithfully serving those with critical financial needs, both now and throughout the coming year.

The Good Samaritan Fund is special.  Not a single dollar of what you give is spent for administrative overhead.  In other words, everything you contribute goes directly to feed someone who is hungry, welcome a family in need of housing, or respond to some other emergency crisis for a neighbor in need.

Everyone knows that L.U.M. is the acronym for this place called the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  My pastor friend likes to think of L.U.M. as the acronym for what we faithfully try to accomplish here each day through the Good Samaritan Fund – Love’s Ultimate Mission.

Please, won’t you help us to fulfill this important work by making a generous contribution today?


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


P.S. — Please make your contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at  www.lumserve.org  Thank you.



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LUM Follies Raises $10,000+


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LUM Follies Raises $10,000+ for the Good Samaritan Fund.


The second annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies exceeded everyone’s expectations. The LUM Board of Directors are thrilled to report the 2013 LUM Follies raised more than $10,000 for the Good Samaritan Fund at the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Close to 200 enjoyed bidding on tantalizing Silent Auction baskets and items, enjoyed a tasty meal and a fine Follies show, and really enjoyed the fellowship of each other’s company.


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You can see by the photos that it was a memorable evening, and the variety show known as “Follies” was very entertaining. The best part is all of the proceeds go to a fund dedicated to benefiting the LUM Good Samaritan Program.


Thanks to all who attended and support LUM and the LUM Good Samaritan Program. For more information on the Good Samaritan Program — click HERE.


If you weren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to make a donation to the Good Samaritan Fund — click HERE or the “donate” button below.



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Thus far this year, the LUM Good Samaritan Fund provided $41,523 of emergency financial assistance to 732 different households. Evictions were stopped, utility disconnects were averted and vital medications were provided to those who had no other way to pay for them. To give to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund by clicking HEREMore Details on the LUM Good Samaritan Program.


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LUM Follies – A Word of Appreciation


Many people helped make LUM Follies a joyous expression of our 41 years of ministry together at LUM. We wish to express our appreciation to Rev. Tim Burchill and the staff and congregation of Saint Andrew United Methodist Church for being such gracious hosts. And thanks to Boy Scout Troop 335 for setting up and taking down tables and chairs. And we are most grateful to Eileen Hession Weiss for directing this evening’s show and to each of our Follies performers for taking the time and effort to share their considerable talents with us. Follies cover was designed by Thomas Decker, Central Catholic High School senior.

Thanks also to the members of the planning committee: Cathy Potter, Patty Useem, Joan Low, Nita Cunningham and Deb Parent as well as LUM Staff members: Mary Anderson, Eileen Hession Weiss, Sylvia Mohler, Linda Hicks and Joe Micon.


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LUM Follies — Corporate Sponsors


SCC_logo2Platinum Level ($1,000):

  • System Concepts & Consulting, Inc.

Gold Level ($500):

  • Lafayette Savings Bank, Stuart and Branigin, LLP, and Tippecanoe Animal Hospital

Silver Level ($250):

  • Wabash National Corporation

Bronze Level ($100):

  • Cardinal Office Products, Essential Touch Massage, Milestone Contractors, L.P., and Simon Construction

Show your appreciate for our Corporate Sponsors and support their businesses if you can.



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