Meet Linda Hicks | Grace In Action | 15+ Years
A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director
As I look at my life, I would prefer: to err on the side of GRACE rather than judgment, to love too much rather than too little, to believe in my sisters and brothers too much rather than not enough, to believe the best and be wrong rather than believe the worst and be right. ~ Author unknown
Each time I read these words, I can’t help but smile and think of Linda Hicks, the LUM Good Samaritan Program director.
Linda has been on staff since 2004, but it has been just 2 ½ years since she assumed the responsibility of directing the LUM Good Samaritan Program . During that time, more than 5,000 cases have crossed Linda’s desk. She has provided more than $300,000 in direct Good Samaritan Fund aid.
Whether it is a family threatened with eviction because of mom’s job loss, a senior facing a utility disconnect, or a woman trying to escape domestic violence in need of a bus ticket to safety, Linda has worked directly with each case. And while every situation is unique, Linda’s response is always the same – the generous sharing of both grace and concrete action .
I remember Linda working with JULIE . Julie’s back injury was so severe that it prevented her from hugging her two little children. Julie’s husband has a job that includes health insurance, but coverage wasn’t enough to pay all the costs of Julie’s doctor bills and physical therapy costs. A check to their landlord from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund is the only thing that kept a roof over her family’s heads during their time of greatest need.
I remember Linda working patiently over the phone with TAMMY , who was at home recovering from brain surgery. Tammy will work again someday , but for now, she has no income. An online payment to Tammy’s utility company from the Good Samaritan Fund was the only thing keeping her air conditioner running during the heat of last summer.
I think of Linda working on Jeff’s behalf. A single dad caring for two special needs children, JEFF couldn’t return to work for several weeks until his children were approved to begin receiving supportive services. Checks from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund paid for Jeff’s back rent and overdue heating bill.
Jesus said, “Come & inherit the kingdom 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 ....
Linda Hicks and her staff of volunteer caseworkers, follow Jesus’s call every day. Their work is made possible because people like you give generously to the Good Samaritan Fund . I hope you will continue to give, so that our community's most important financial safety net can continue.
Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow the LUM Good Samaritan Fund to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon us for help. And remember, not a single dollar of what you give is ever used for administrative overhead or staff costs. Gifts to the Good Samaritan Fund are spent exclusively for food, shelter, health care or transportation assistance for someone in need.
Linda Hicks always does her job with grace rather than judgment. She believes in those she helps too much, rather than not enough - and she provides the care and encouragement they need to overcome difficulties. She is a blessing to each person she meets. Please, won’t you be a blessing too? Share a generous gift today with the LUM Good Samaritan Fund .
Bending Toward Justice - 40 Years of Influence
Presentation by Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director
Mark your calendar for this special presentation by Joe Micon , executive director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, on Thursday, November 14 at Noon at the LUM Ray Ewry Center (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN). Bring your own lunch and join us as Joe Micon reflects on the impact LUM has had, over the decades, working toward social justice and advocacy on behalf of families. The presentation is entitled, Bending Toward Justice; LUM's Forty Years of Influence in the Public Square . Save the date .
Neil Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program
Donations in November - Matched Up to $3,000
During the month of November, take advantage of the Klemme Insurance $3,000 Match Program and double your donation to LUM, increasing your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency of West Lafayette.

It's simple click the " Make A Donation" button below, make a donation by November 30, and Neil Klemme Insurance Agency will match all donations, up to $3,000. All money will benefit local children & families through the LUM Jubilee Christmas program. This year, 617 local families are registered for Jubilee Christmas, impacting 1,766 children.

LUM is very fortunate and sincerely grateful to have this support from Neil Klemme State Farm Insurance Agency.
Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Donate Food & Supplies | Volunteer | Attend
More than 800 people will be served this Thanksgiving at the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration , and we'd love to have you get involved in some way.

You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money , volunteer and donate other food items and supplies.
LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Thanksgiving Day , Thursday, November 28 | Noon to 2 p.m.
 Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette, IN
FREE - All are welcome
Holy Trinity Presents Two Upcoming Events
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to attend two upcoming community events. Here are the details:

Topic: Medicare Overview
  • THIS Wednesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Speaker: John Williams, Medicare Specialist, State Help Insurance Assistance Program

Topic: Social Security Retirement & Online Services
  • THIS Friday, November 15 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Speaker: J. Winters, Social Security Office Manager, Lafayette, IN

Both events are FREE and open to the public; and take place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1005 N 21st Street, Lafayette, IN. For more information, please go to or call 765-447-4205. All are welcome.