Mission Moment - Meet Angela & Dante
A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director
Little 3 year old Dante suddenly lost his appetite, started losing weight and became sluggish and fatigued. His mother, Angela, immediately took him to the doctor, who diagnosed Dante with lead poisoning, which apparently was virtually everywhere in their new apartment. The entire family, Angela and her three children, was forced to find another place to live.

Even though Angela works full-time doing cleaning for a local staffing agency, her hourly earnings weren’t enough to cover a second move in the period of less than a year.   Unless she could pay off her current electric bill, in full, the family would be stuck in a contaminated apartment. Thanks to $150 from the Lafayette Urban Ministry Good Samaritan Program , they were free to move into a new safe duplex within a matter of days. And Dante is getting better - thank goodness.

A week later, Angela showed up at the LUM office with a fully cooked meal of chicken casserole, greens and biscuits to share with staff and volunteers. She said she just wanted to thank us for all we had done for her family. As we were enjoying her gift of food and the warm conversation that surrounded our impromptu meal in the LUM break area, I couldn’t help but realize that Angela was really thanking you. She was thanking you for the kindness shown to her family in their time of need. And she was thanking you for your support of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund.
The Lafayette Urban Ministry Good Samaritan Fund is made possible by those in our community who know how important it is for there to be a strong and reliable social safety net for our neighbors who fall upon hard times.  

I hope you will consider making a generous financial gift today so that this important work can continue.
Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow the Good Samaritan Fund to be here for all the families, many with children, who call upon us for help. 
And remember, not a single penny of what you contribute will ever be spent for administrative overhead. Every gift to the Good Samaritan Fund is used directly for food, shelter, health care or transportation assistance.

I pray that you will continue that support. Please, won’t you join me in sending a generous gift today?
To read the entire letter about Angela & Dante from Joe Micon, click HERE.

November 22 | 8 a.m. start time
Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area
Parking - Walmart, West Lafayette
$35 per person | $10 Youth
Holder Bedding NOW Matching LUM Donations
$2,500 Match Program - November 2018
Holder Bedding Inc. of Lafayette is once again offering the  "$2,500 Match Program" in support of LUM. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to "double your donation" to LUM and increase your impact on strengthening local families thanks to the generosity of Holder Bedding Inc. It's simple —
click the "Match Program" button below, make a donation by November 30, and Holder Bedding will match all donations up to $2,500.

INCENTIVE - Holder Bedding is also offering an incentive of $200 toward your purchase of one of their Select Mattress Sets. Visit Holder Bedding ( 230 Farabee Dr N, Lafayette ), mention Lafayette Urban Ministry, and get $200 off.
LUM Awarded EnviroWatts Grant for Solar Panels
Tipmont REMC Invests in LUM Solar Energy Project
Tipmont REMC awarded LUM a $10,000 EnviroWatts grant.

In October, the roof on the LUM Office building was replaced with a new steel roof, completing the first phase of the  LUM Solar Energy Project . With the EnviroWatts Grant money a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed. LUM has applied for other grants for this project.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.

Thank you to Tipmont REMC and the members of the EnviroWatts Trust Board. {Pictured above with Joe Micon, LUM executive director is Rob Ford, Communication Director for Tipmont REMC.}

The entire project should be completed by January 1, 2019. If you would be interested in making a capital gift to the LUM Solar Energy Project, please email Joe Micon (jmicon@lumserve.org).
New Location - LUM After School Program
LUM Youth Programs Return to LUM Youth Center
Early this fall, the LUM After School Program returned to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. The move and transition was smooth and positive. Thanks to Our Saviour Lutheran Church (pictured) and the West Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for assisting with the move, clean up and set up at the new location.

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from their schools to the LUM After School Program at the LUM Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers. All of their training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center is an ideal location for the LUM After School Program. Many of the benefits have already been realized, and the potential for more improvements is exciting.

November 22 | 8 a.m. start time
Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area
Parking - Walmart, West Lafayette
$35 per person | $10 Youth
Holiday Bazaar at Creasy Springs Villa Clubhouse
The Creasy Springs Villa Clubhouse invites you to attend their  Holiday Bazaar .
Details are as follows:
  • Saturday, November 17, 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Creasy Springs, Villa Clubhouse, 1750 S Creasy Lane, Lafayette

Vendors include boutique clothing, pottery, jewelry, wooden items, memory teddy bears, charity wreath auction and more. For more information call, (765) 413-2967.