Christ, You Spoke to Us of Children
New Hymn In Response to US Immigration Issues
A friend of LUM shared this video of a new hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette with music by David Haas. The Biblical references are Isaiah 58, Matthew 18:6, 19:14, 25:31-46 and James 2:14-26.

The members of LUM staff were so moved by this piece that they wanted to share it with you. For more information, click HERE. For sheet music, click HERE.
LUM shares this hymn with permission.
LUM Programs Statistics - Impact So Far in 2019
Lafayette Urban Ministry: Giving Help, Giving Hope
During the first half of 2019, Lafayette Urban Ministry services & programs have touched the lives of more than 2,480 households through one or another of our 16 programs. Families were strengthened, and children were educated — Giving Help, Giving Hope . Some LUM program details are as follows:

  • Emergency Shelter for the homeless—365 individuals were provided overnight accommodations 5,041 times. The average guest utilized the LUM shelter 14 nights during that time frame.
  • Good Samaritan Fund$45,087 in direct cash assistance was provided to 837 households.
  • ID Clinic—103 individuals were served.
  • Immigration Clinic—53 individuals were served.
  • New Opportunity Fund—17 individuals received grants to move into their own homes.
  • Protein Food Pantry286 households were served.
  • Tax Assistance Program (free income tax preparation for low-wage workers)—407 tax returns filed from mid-January through mid-April. Tax refunds and credits totaling $633,267 were returned to those households — an average refund of $1,556 per household. The average annual adjusted gross income for those served by the program was $20,750.
  • Winter Warming Station—164 individuals used the Winter Warming Station for a total of 580 visits.

  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — 45 children are currently enrolled.
  • After School Program74 Kindergarten through 8th grade students participated in the program during the 2018 - 2019 school year, which ended on May 24. Homework assistance, tutoring, reading and academic enrichment programs helped our students to do better in school.
  • LUM Camp—90 children, 40 counselors and 25 program leaders will be in attendance at this overnight summer camp for children (8 to 10 years old) from July 29 through August 2.
Recent Gifts to LUM & Hunger Hike
Underwood Agency Awarded Grant for LUM
Chuck Clark, president of the Underwood Agency, recently presented a check for $1,000 to LUM executive director, Joe Micon (pictured right). Chuck Clark nominated LUM for the matching donor program at Erie Insurance and was awarded a grant. Underwood Agency is also a Bronze Level Sponsor of this year's Hunger Hike with a donation of $500.

Thanks to Chuck Clark, the entire team at Underwood Agency and Erie Insurance for their generous donation and support of LUM and Hunger Hike.
Centier Bank Donated to LUM for Hunger Hike
Joe Howarth, president of Centier Bank, recently presented a check for $500 to LUM executive director, Joe Micon, for Lafayette Urban Ministry in support of Hunger Hike 2019 (pictured right). Centier Bank is a Bronze Level Sponsor of Hunger Hike again this year.

Thanks to Joe Howarth and the entire team at Centier Bank for their generous donation and continued support of LUM and Hunger Hike.
So far, the Hunger Hike Event Sponsors are as follows:
Gold Level  – $2,000 – $4,999

Silver Level  – $1,000 – $1,999
Bronze Level  – $500 – $999
  • Centier Bank
  • City of Lafayette, Indiana
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
  • Instant Copy Printing
  • Underwood Agency
  • Warren County REMC
Friend Level  – $300 – $499
  • Arni’s
  • Aqua Systems – Lafayette
  • Awards Unlimited
  • Blichmann Engineering, LLC
  • Chosnek Law, PC
  • Essential Touch Massage
  • RatPak Mobile DJs
  • Studio b Dance & Fitness
  • Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette
Please thank the Hunger Hike event sponsors for joining the Fight Against Hunger —and support their businesses, please. If you’re interested in becoming a 2019 Hunger Hike event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 | ).
Transatlantic Fellows Engage with LUM
Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue
Yesterday, more than 50 “transatlantic fellows” and staff from the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute at Purdue spent the morning learning about and volunteering at Lafayette Urban Ministry. The Benjamin Franklin Institute is held June 29-July 27 on the West Lafayette campus. The Ben Franklin Institute is directed by Anatoli Rappaport , associate professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the Purdue College of Education.

On this day, the fellows learned about the programs & services offered by LUM and the partnership with member churches on behalf of working families and at-risk children. The students engaged in various projects to clean and enhance LUM inside and outside of both LUM buildings and buses.

LUM extends sincere appreciation to all of the Ben Franklin Institute fellows and staff, especially Professor Rappaport, for their interest in and service to Lafayette Urban Ministry.
LUM Camp Needs Volunteer Counselors
Be a LUM Camp Counselor - Make A Difference
Be a volunteer  LUM Camp counselor and join Marlena Edmondson, former youth camper & 2019 program director, and Joe Micon, camp director, who is leading his 40th consecutive LUM Camp this year. Be a part of something epic.

Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp. Counselors are needed from  11 a.m. Monday, July 29  to  4 p.m. Friday, August 2.  Join Marlena & Joe and make this the year YOU make a difference in the lives of local children.

Three  Ways YOU can help LUM Camp are as follows:
  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Sponsor a Camper, click HERE

If you’re interested or need more information, click  HERE — or email or call Marlena Edmondson ( | 765-423-2691).