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LUM Immigration Clinic Assists Local Family


The LUM Immigration Clinic often assists local families beyond navigating paperwork with the Immigration & Naturalization Service. Families often need assistance with day-to-day needs and emergencies.

Recently the LUM Immigration Clinic assisted one family in moving their belongings from storage to their new apartment. LUM staff were able to recruit members from two Purdue fraternities (Delta Pi Rho and Sigma Chi) to assist all day one Saturday (pictured). The Immigration Clinic also utilized other LUM services and partnered with a couple of local churches to gather donations and financial assistance to assist the family with new expenses and basics supplies, food and clothing.

This is just one example of how the impact of the LUM Immigration Clinic on local families expands beyond the citizenship and naturalization process.


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Meet Victor – LUM Immigration Clinic Assistant


New Assistant to the Immigration Clinic Director

Victor M. Mite is the new Assistant to the Immigration Clinic Director. In his new role with LUM, Victor assists Immigration Clinic clients, who are individuals from other countries, who are legally in the United States, to navigate the often difficult and confusing Immigration & Naturalization Service bureaucracy. He also speaks and writes in English and Spanish — and is beginning to learn French.

Victor grew up in Ancon, Panama, Republic of Panama and now lives in Lafayette. He has two married daughters and two grandchildren, who live in Lafayette & Miami. Victor graduated from the Pan American Institute and earned an associate’s degree in Accounting from the University of Panama. For 38 years in Panama, Victor was an accountant and CFO for three different companies. He moved to Miami in 2002 and continued his work in finance. In 2009, Victor moved to Lafayette and began his “second career” as a certified medical interpreter and translator. He retired from the Indiana University Arnett Hospital & Clinics as a CMI interpreter and translator. In his free time, Victor enjoys listening to and recording jazz music, reading (history, religion & physics), going to the gym and hanging out with his grandchildren.

LUM is fortunate to have Victor Mite as a part of the Immigration Clinic staff.


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Fall is Here – LUM Fall Events Preview


Port of Hope – Benefits LUM Immigration Clinic
| Thursday, November 8 | 5:30 – 8 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co. |

| $40 per person | Live Entertainment | Hors d’oeuvres | Cash Bar | Silent Auction |

You are cordially invited to attend the 3rd annual Port of Hope fundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic. Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food, dancing, and fun. The event will also feature a Marketplace, where you’ll be able to purchase one of a kind experiences & opportunities. Do not miss this opportunity to mingle with friends, old and new, while at the same time celebrating the melting pot that is greater Lafayette. The money raised at the event will go towards supplies, continuing education and legal training, database fees, postage, naturalization workbooks, document searches, and law books.

Purchase your tickets now to be sure that you don’t miss an evening of merriment like nothing you have ever experienced — while supporting a great cause.

For Tickets, click HERE.

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Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

| Thursday, November 22 | 8 a.m.  start time |
| Cattail Trail Loop, West Lafayette | $35 per person |

The Turkey Trot 5K is open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more. The Turkey Trot 5K convenes at the Walmart in West Lafayette and follows the Cattail Trail Loop — which is flat and paved and allows participants to run on a scenic route through the Celery Bog nature area on a crisp November morning. Advanced registration is encouraged but race day walk-ups are welcome!

All Turkey Trot 5K proceeds directly support the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry. To register, go to turkeytrot5krun.org.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration
| Thursday, November 22 | Noon-2 p.m. |
| Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette | FREE to all |

The Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration is a true community event, where everyone is welcome; and LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well.

More than 800 people will be served. There are many opportunities for YOU to serve your community neighbors on Thanksgiving morning. Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Lots of food and supplies are needed, too — donate food or make a cash donation to make this special community event possible.

To donate or sign up to volunteer, click HERE.

LUM Summer Program in Review – 2018


|  Educate  |  Shelter  |  Serve  |  Assist  |  Nourish  |

This summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry, the staff was busy educating, sheltering serving, assisting, nourishing and strengthening families in our community. Through the various programs LUM served 1,703 families and 128 children. Here are some interesting milestones and statistics from another successful summer at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Programs – Summer Statistics
LUM Summer Milestones
  • LUM Promotional Video – premiered in June and is currently being used…MORE.
  • Immigration Clinic client, Luis Urbano, became a US Citizen (pictured above)…MORE
  • Eileen Weiss becomes the new LUM Business ManagerMORE
  • Susan Brouillette ordained & is new LUM ChaplainMORE
  • 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program students engage in garden project (pictured below)…MORE

Now that the summer at LUM is over — the staff are busy with fall programs such as the After School Program and in planning for upcoming events — Hunger HikeHH5K RunPort of HopeTurkey Trot 5K Run & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

Thank you to all who invested financially and by volunteering in our summer at LUM. We count on YOU to volunteer and make a donation which enables LUM to continue serving the families and children in our community.


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Meet Rob – LUM Interns


 

Robert Krasa — LUM Intern

Rob is from Toledo, Ohio and now lives in Lafayette with his wife, Jessie, who also grew up in Toledo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo and and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). Before pursuing his Master of Social Work, Rob worked for nine years in community mental health counseling and group program development. Upon graduation in 2019, Rob will pursue a career in policy and leadership.

At LUM, Rob is an intern with the LUM Immigration Clinic and the Dream Team Fund.

 

LUM Citizenship Classes – Preparation Has Begun


Fall Session Starts Tuesday, September 4


The LUM Immigration Clinic in collaboration with Lafayette Adult Resource Academy will offer free Citizenship Classes for persons interested in learning more about US history and government. Fall session classes begin on September 4, and are held twice a week until October 4. LUM Citizenship Classes are coordinated by Karen Countryman with assistance from Scott Frankenberger.

Karen & Scott met with the volunteer teachers for the LUM Citizenship Classes this week to prepare the curriculum. The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University donated textbooks, maps & teacher’s manual and also assists with developing the framework for the lesson plans. This program could not be offered without these talented volunteer teachers. Volunteers are needed to teach and bring refreshments. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed.

LUM is grateful for the partnership with LARA and the Ackerman Center. For more information about how to volunteer, click HERE.


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Pictured above L to R
Standing: Kris Tiffany; Phil VanFossen, Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Anne Murphy-Kline, Assistant Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Jim Beaver; Sarah MacLeod; Margaret Hass; Eileen Arthur & Karen Countryman, Citizenship Classes Coordinator.
Seated: Charlene Watson, Beata Ribeiro, Jim Altepeter & Scott Frankenberger
Not Pictured: Michael Brouillette, Pat Garrott, Ted Springer & Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director


Meet Evie – LUM Intern


Evie Griffin — LUM Intern

Originally from Estonia, Evie grew up in Marion County and now lives in Cutler, Indiana with her husband of seven years, Timothy, and their 15-month old son. She is a naturalized US citizen. After graduating from high school, Evie enlisted in the US Marine Corp, where she met her husband, and served for five years in various locations including southeast Asia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from IUPUI and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). Upon graduation in 2019, Evie will pursue a career in policy and administration.

At LUM, Evie is working as an intern with the LUM After School Program.

LUM Fall Events: Hunger Hike – Port of Hope


Hunger Hike 2018 – ONLY One Month to Go
Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event | Sunday, September 16 | Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |
HH5K Run | Saturday, September 15 | Celery Bog Nature Area | 9 a.m. |

 


Hunger Hike 2018 is only 1 month away.

If you wish to support Hunger Hike, please make a donation today. To learn more about the impact and importance of your gift, click HERE.

Now would also be a perfect time to create a Team for your church or organization and begin raising money for Hunger Hike. Go to hungerhike.org for more information.

Join us in the Fight Against Hunger locally, regionally & globally — through the good work of the sponsoring organizations — Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas.

Thanks in advance for your support of Hunger Hike. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email hungerhike@lumserve.org, call 765-423-2691 or go to hungerhike.org.

Fighting Against Hunger with all of our Hearts & Soles!

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Port of Hope – Benefits LUM Immigration Clinic
| Thursday, November 8 | 5:30 – 8 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co. |

| $40 per person | Live Entertainment | Hors d’oeuvres | Cash Bar | Silent Auction |


You are cordially invited to attend the 3rd annual Port of Hope fundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic. For many families in our community the LUM Immigration Clinic is their “Port of Hope.” Please support the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic by attending Port of Hope. (Please note: you must be at least 21 years of age to attend.)
Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food, dancing, and fun. There will be an auction for opportunities to purchase unique dining and other experiences.
We hope that you will not miss this opportunity to mingle with friends, old and new, while at the same time celebrating the diversity of our community. The money raised at the event will go towards supplies, continuing education and legal training, database fees, postage, naturalization workbooks, document searches, and law books.
Attend – Port of Hope Tickets are limited so purchase them now so that you don’t miss out an evening of merriment like nothing you have ever experienced — with the added benefit of contributing to a great cause. Please note: you must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Donate – If you are not able to attend the Port of Hope event but still would like to make an investment in the LUM Immigration Clinic, donate online today (click below). If you would like to be an event sponsor call or email us (765-423-2691 | immigration@lumserve.org).


For Tickets, click HERE.

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Spotlight on Volunteers – A Vital Part of LUM


Meet Adelia – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Adelia Sorge started participating in the LUM Spanish Conversation Tables in 2015 and soon after started volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic. She has been volunteering with LUM ever since.

Adelia grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis now live in West Lafayette. Adelia earned her BA in Psychology with a comprehensive in language from Manchester University as well as two Master’s degrees in Child Development and Counseling, both from Purdue University. Adelia retired as a Purdue Krannert School of Management academic advisor. Dennis, who is a past president of the LUM Board of Directors, is retired as the Director of Academic Research & Services and K-12 Outreach for the Purdue College of Science. Adelia & Dennis are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and have three grown children, all of whom graduated from Purdue, and eight grandchildren, two who are currently enrolled at Purdue.


With the LUM Immigration Clinic, Adelia volunteers weekly and has been willing to assist in any task big or small. Recently she assisted a client, Luis Urbano, in preparing for his citizenship test. Luis attended a series of LUM Citizenship Classes but needed more one-on-one tutoring. Adelia and Luis met often and worked diligently. In July 2018, Luis became a US Citizen, and Adelia shared that she was humbled to be a part of his journey.

“I was attracted to LUM because of the Immigration Clinic. The process is difficult and confusing and I enjoy being able to help families get through it.”

Adelia encourages others to take the initiative to volunteer with LUM.

“You will not regret it. You’ll be helping whether it be with a financial crisis or issues with the immigration process. Each day at LUM, I am inspired by the clients. It is nice to be a part of something positive when there are so many negative things happening in the world.”

In addition to LUM, Adelia also volunteers with groups that focus on supporting reading proficiency, literacy, voting & voter registration, diversity, immigration and gender issues. LUM is blessed to have Adelia Sorge as regular volunteer.

{Pictured above: Adelia & Luis Urbano.}


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Immigration Clinic Client Becomes US Citizen


Luis Urbano Completes His Pathway to Citizenship

Recently, another LUM Immigration Clinic client became a US citizen — Luis Urbano.

Luis first came to LUM for help in preparing his income taxes. When he discovered that LUM also offered assistance with immigration issues, he set up a meeting with the LUM Immigration Clinic for advice and assistance with the status of his children. Eventually, Luis, who is originally from Peru, decided to start his own process to become a US citizen. He attended the LUM Citizenship Classes and was tutored by LUM volunteer, Adelia Sorge, for several months.

LUM is thrilled to announce that on July 7 at a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Field Office in Indianapolis, Luis Urbano was sworn in as a US citizen with his family in attendance. All of his hard work and the assistance from LUM has paid off.

{Pictured above L to R: Betty Urbano, Luis’s sister; Luis Urbano; Alex Urbano, Luis’s son; Claudia Urbano, Luis’s daughter; and Maggie Urbano, Alex’s wife/Luis’s daughter-in-law.}

Currently, Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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