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New LUM Emergency Shelter Coordinator

ShelterCoordinatorKaleigh Basan is the new LUM Emergency Shelter coordinator. She is from Rockville, Indiana and is a student at Purdue University.

At Purdue, Kaleigh is working toward a degree in Human Services with a minor in Early Childhood with Exceptional Needs.

After graduation, she plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in children’s ministry. Kaleigh plans on continuing to do mission work and hopes to work in foster care, helping place children into better homes.



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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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Meet the New LUM Board Officers

2014-09-17 Dream Team at Board Meeting 024 (2)LUM is controlled by a Board of Directors — one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The Board meets once a month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. The board is led by an eight member executive council.

Best wishes and congratulations to the 2015 LUM Board of Directors. A 2015-BoD-Officersspecial thank you to the 2015 Executive Council members:

  • Robert Hall, President, Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
  • Jeremiah Dole, Vice President, University Church
  • Patty Useem, Secretary, Federated Church
  • Marilyn Zerbes, Treasurer, At Large
  • Cliff Mitchell, Facilities, Elston Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Clarinda Crawford, Personnel, Congress Street United Methodist Church
  • Robert Blue, Program, Planning & Evaluation, Immanuel United Church of Christ
  • Joe Micon, Executive Director, Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry leadership is passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be a great 2015!


Board of Directors

Chuck Anderson
Rev. Mark Berg
Rev. Gregory Bonds
Rev. Mark & Ashley Bonnes
Rev. Kevin Bowers
Rev. David Comstock
Nita Cunningham
Paul Dixon
Linda Dolby
Rev. Ryan Donoho
Fr. Ted Dudzynski
Cheryl Fowler
Rev. Lore Gibson
Allen Grady
Maryann Haan
Gary Henriott
Rev. David Horner
Rev. Troy Hostettler
Nancy Hughes
Tom Kanaby
Rev. Gilbert Kerrigan
GuyAnne Lillpop
Joan Low
Rev. Scott Mann
Melissa Martin
Rev. Steve Mason
Deb Parent
Nolie Parnell
Cathy Potter
Susie Riley
Rev. Justin Schlesinger-Devlin
Carl Schwamberger
Rev. Bill Smutz
Jane Stewart
Diane Stott
Mark Thomas
Rev. Ezell Wiggins
Charlene Williams
Rev. Howard Wright
Rev. Dominic Young

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TONIGHT – Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled

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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes


Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics


Cindy Eberts

Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • FREE to the Public

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Layette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

{Learn more about Ray Ewry, HERE.}

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Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


This Saturday (January 31) the Purdue Rowing Team will be rowing a marathon in support of the Lafayette Urban Ministry – Good Samaritan Fund.

Each January, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. This year’s Row-a-thon details are as follows:


  • Event: Purdue Crew – Row-A-Thon
  • Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Place: Tippecanoe Mall, Lafayette – indoors near Macy’s

During “Row-a-thon” the co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines. Robert Carmer, the Purdue Crew Club president, asks that “if you are financially able, please pull with us to support this effort…and show your support for your Purdue Crew Boilermakers as they pull for our community’s less fortunate.”

Donations may be made at the Row-A-Thon this Saturday or by mail. Checks should be made payable to Purdue Crew Club and mailed to Purdue Crew – Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Please note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew

More information:
The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2014, the Good Samaritan Fund provided assistance 2,454 times and $128,805 was shared.

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LUM Distributes 2014 Hunger Hike Proceeds, Thanks Community for Their Generosity

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Hunger Hike 2014 raised over $95,000 — Setting a New Record!

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, hundreds of Hunger Hike participants helped raise over $95,000 to meet the needs of hungry families in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area and overseas. Hunger Hike supports the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food programs, Food Finders Food Bank and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry.

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Last week, LUM Executive Director, Joe Micon, distributed the checks to the benefactors. On hand to accept for Food Finder Food Bank, Inc. was Katy Bunder, Executive Director; and for St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, Pastor and Director of Campus Ministry. Hunger Hike 2014 had over 1000 organizations, businesses and individuals involved in fundraising and making donations; over 900 hikers, walkers, and runners; and over 200 volunteers engaged before, during and after the event.

Joe Micon stated that LUM will use the money to support the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry which provides emergency food for over 2200 individuals each and every month and recently expanded its hours to include Saturdays.

Katie Bunder stated that Food Finder Food Bank will use the money to support and expand existing programs like the Mobile Food Pantry and the Back Pack Program.

St. Thomas Aquinas will use the money to support their mission work in Haiti. Several times a year St. Thomas Aquinas provides opportunities for individuals including Purdue students to travel to Haiti and to provide needed work especially efforts to purify water for drinking and introduce more efficient farming techniques. St. Thomas had the largest group of Hikers and raised the most from donations to Hikers again this year.

Joe Micon gave special recognition to the Hunger Hike Honorary Chair, Sharon Versyp, coach of the Purdue Women’s Basketball and the team for role in promoting and for their support the day of Hunger Hike. Micon also thanked David Kucik, coach of the Purdue Crew and the teams for their support and for leading Hunger Hike each year. Micon acknowledged the behind the scenes work of the the entire LUM staff.

Hunger Hike was a great success and will have a tremendous positive impact on our community and the world. LUM announced that the tradition will continue in 2015 with the next Hunger Hike on Sunday, September 20 with the HH5K Run taking place on Saturday, September 19th.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of 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.


Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Pastor, Director of Campus Ministry
St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue


To view the Video of the Hunger Hike Check Distribution Ceremony presentation, please click below:

To view Hunger Hike 2014 PHOTOS, click HERE.

To give to Hunger Hike 2015, click HERE.

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Ray Ewry — Greatest Jumper in Olympic History


October 14, 1873 (Lafayette, Indiana) – September 29, 1937 (New York, New York)

Ray Ewry Olympics 1908Raymond Clarence Ewry was born in Lafayette, Indiana on October 14, 1873. Orphaned at the age of 5, Ewry seemed destined to spend his entire life in the tiny town. Confined to a wheelchair by polio when he was 7, Ewry exercised his legs until he could walk, and then increased their strength through his jumping regimen.

In 1890, he entered Purdue University, where he played football and captained the track team. Ewry  led the Purdue team to its first national track title ever and personally broke world records in standing high jump, standing long jump and standing triple jump (also known as the ‘hop, step and jump’). He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue in civil and mechanical engineering and taught engineering for a bit in the late 1890’s. He then moved to New Jersey in 1899 and became a member of the New York Athletic Club.


Ray Ewry accumulated his record total of 10 gold medals in four Olympiads without losing any of his competitions. No other Olympic athlete earned more gold medals than Ray Ewry until Michael Phelps earned his 11th in 2008. At his first Olympics, held in Paris (1900), Ewry won gold medals in all three standing jumps; and all three finals were held on the same day (July 16). At the 1904 Summer Olympics, Ewry successfully defended all three of his titles.  He won three gold medals apiece in 1900 and 1904 and two each in 1906 and 1908.


All of his gold medals came in events no longer contested — the standing long jump, standing high jump and standing triple jump. Nicknamed “The Human Frog” for his incredible leaping ability Ewry was a 15-time national champion in the standing events from 1898 to 1910. He undoubtedly would have earned more titles if the standing jumps had not been dropped from the AAU program for a six-year period. Ewry’s world record in the standing long jump (3.48 meters or 11 feet 5 inches) was still standing when the event was discontinued internationally in the 1930’s.

After his Olympic career, Ewry helped design boilers for US naval vessels during WWI and served as lead engineer in the building ofray-ewry the aqueduct that still brings water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City. A hydraulics engineer by profession, he competed until he was almost 40; at age 39, he made a bid for the 1912 Olympic team but fell short. Ray Ewry is known by sports writers and historians as the greatest jumper in Olympic history – a remarkable accomplishment for a kid who wasn’t expected to walk. Ray Ewry died in New York City on September 29, 1937.

Other Notable Achievements

  • Ewry was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983.
  • In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors dedicated and named the new youth program center after Ray Ewry.
  • In July 2012, the Greater Lafayette community honored Ray Ewry with a monument at Lafayette Jefferson High School. All of these are well-deserved honors to Ray Ewry, Olympic Hall of Famer and local hero.
  • In August 2014, Indiana Department of Transportation named a section of US 231 in honor of Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road is officially known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.

To see more pictures of Ray Ewry, click HERE.

LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center

2013-05-18 525 sign in spring 002 (2)In August of 2011, the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors opened the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center. The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is home to the LUM After School Program, LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, and LUM Achieve! Stay in School Program.

The opening of this new facility enabled LUM to expands its programs to focus on “narrowing the academic achievement gap” within low income families in our community. Ray Ewry’s grandson, Tom Carson, from Baltimore, Maryland, attended the dedication ceremony and shared with the attendees that his grandfather would have been proud to receive this honor. Carson asked, “Can you think of any better way to celebrate Ray Ewry’s legacy than to provide young people with the tools, education and safe space they need to grow strong and succeed in life?”

The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Program Center is located at 525 N. 4th Street in downtown Lafayette in the same building as the LUM Emergency Shelter

Ray Ewry in the News: 

NPR: All Things Considered — Before Leaping to 10 Gold, Athlete Beat Polio. By Mike Pesca | To hear the entire show, click HERE.

Reid Duffy Chronicles — Ray Ewry, U.S. Olympian and Purdue University Alumnus

ESPN The Magazine — Ray Ewry wasn’t even supposed to walk. By Eric Adelson | To read the full article, click HERE.

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Meet Marilyn Zerbes — LUM Bookkeeper

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Marilyn Martin Zerbes lives in Lafayette. She is originally from a small town in Virginia called Bremo Bluff. Marilyn is a former CPA with a BS in accounting from Purdue University. She is a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas and works with various nonprofits including serving as a board member of a local foundation.

Marilyn is married to Mark Zerbes; and they have three children, all of whom are married with children of their own. They have four grand-daughters and two grandsons with one on the way. Marilyn loves spending time with her family and friends.

Marilyn’s faith is important to her. She finds peace, joy, love and strength, beyond measure, in knowing that if she listens she will know what God really has in mind for her. She is also inspired by “faith in action” including human kindness, forgiveness in the face of wrong-doing, and the resilience of the human spirit.

One of Marilyn’s passions is flower gardening and is a Master Gardener intern. She also loves everything old – antique furniture, tchotchkes, and her home, which is over 100 years old. Marilyn’s guilty pleasures are period TV dramas with cockney accents — Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife.

Marilyn has always admired the work of LUM – helping people while treating them with great dignity and respect. She states:

“LUM is a good steward of the time and talent that is entrusted to it.”

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In her position as the LUM Bookkepper, Marilyn’s goals are to do her job well by managing the business of LUM and providing the infrastructure to support the client services as well as the direct service providers. She believes in serving the LUM clients and stake holders well and being transparent.

Marilyn shared,

“I love the staff and am amazed by the dedication and hard work done by the member churches and the many, many volunteers.

LUM runs smoothly and efficiently. I am edified by so many people working together for the good of others.”

She is excited to be a part of the LUM team and to begin having a positive impact on the community through her work. And LUM is fortunate to have Marilyn join the LUM staff.

Marilyn’s Favorite Poem

My Symphony

by William Henry Channing

To live content with small means.

To seek elegance rather than luxury,

And refinement rather than fashion.

To be worthy not respectable,

And wealthy not rich.

To study hard, think quietly, talk gently,

Act frankly, to listen to stars, birds, babes,

And sages with open heart, to bear all cheerfully,

Do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,

Unbidden and unconscious,

Grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

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Meet the LUM Executive Council – Tricia Sembroski

Treasurer: Tricia Sembroski



Tricia is an at-large member of the LUM Board currently serving as LUM’s treasurer, and a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Tricia is an administrative assistant at Trinity United Methodist Church and works part-time at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Glenn, have a married daughter who has three children, and a son who lives in Indianapolis. Glenn works in the physics department at Purdue. Tricia enjoys dancing, singing, writing, painting, working with numbers, and even doing taxes!

She is active in Family Promise, the LUM Tax Assistance Program and looks forward to becoming even more involved through her service to LUM as treasurer.


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Meet the LUM Executive Council – Kevin Bowers

Liaison for Program & Planning: Kevin Bowers

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Pastor Kevin Bowers has represented his church, Bethany Presbyterian Church, on the LUM Board since 2006; and has served in the past as president.

He and his wife Jennie and have a son, Andrew. Kevin finds enjoyment in model railroading, gardening, tinkering around with all kinds of things, and fishing. Outside of his service to LUM, Kevin is active as a Lafayette Police Department chaplain.

For a long time, Kevin has been impressed by the high-quality work LUM does and could not help but get involved several years ago. He looks forward to making more of an impact through his service on the LUM Executive Council as he spearheads program planning and evaluation.

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