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LUM’s Susan Brouillette Ordained


The Rev. Susan Brouillette – New LUM Chaplain


Recently at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Susan Brouillette, LUM program director, was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church.

The Service of Worship & Ordination was a wonderful celebration with worship, music, and speakers. Some highlights of the service were LUM students singing “Joy, Joy, Joy – Down in My Heart”; LUM summer teacher, Derrick Williams-Bacon, singing throughout the service; remarks & prayers from Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and Ellen Elly, wife of first LUM executive director, the Rev. Ron Elly; as well as from many friends of LUM such as the Rev. Don Nead, the Rev. Kevin Bowers, the Rev. Tracey Leslie and the Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace. Also in the spirit of Susan’s role with LUM as the director of the Immigration Clinic & the Social Justice ministry, the Epistle reading was read in six different languages — Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Hindi & Spanish.

At LUM, Susan will now also serve as the LUM Chaplain. She will serve as a support to the LUM clients, guests, families, staff and board members. Susan’s expertise and new role with LUM will be sure to have an immediate, positive impact on our services to the families and children in our community.

Join us in congratulating the Rev. Susan Brouillette on this significant accomplishment and wishing her the best as she begins the next phase of her spiritual journey.


To view more PHOTOS, please click HERE


LUM Citizenship Classes Thanks Ackerman Center


Final LUM Citizenship Class of Spring Semester


Another semester of the LUM Citizenship Classes ended last week. The LUM Immigration Clinic partners with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to offer free Citizenship Classes for anyone interested in learning more about US history and government.

Special thanks to the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University for supplying the textbooks, maps & teacher’s manual and for also consulting on the development of the lesson plans. Thanks to each of the organizations and churches that supplied refreshments — and special thanks to all of our skilled, volunteer teachers and teachers aides especially Karen Countryman & Scott Frankenberger. LUM is grateful for the partnership with LARA and the Ackerman Center. To see more LUM Citizenship Classes PHOTOS, click HERE.

LUM Citizenship Classes are offered three times a year — and the next series starts in July. For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic & Citizenship Classes, click HERE or call or email Susan Brouillette (765-423.2691 | sbrouillette@lumserve.org).


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Immigration Clinic Citizenship Classes – Start in April


Teachers Meet to Plan Spring Curriculum


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. Spring session classes begin on April 10, and are held twice a week until May 10. 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, bring refreshments and provide child care. 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 L to R: Standing – Phil VanFossen, Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Anne Murphy-Kline, Assistant Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Andrea Wallpe; Jim Beaver; Jim Altepeter; Karen Countryman, Citizenship Classes Coordinator; Matt Grove; Susan Brouillette; and Michael Brouillette; Seated – Charlene Watson, Ted Springer, Beata Ribeiro, and Scott Frankenberger; Not Pictured – Eileen Arthur, Kris Tiffany, Margaret Hass, and Pat Garrott}


Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept our heartfelt thanks and our wish for a joyous Christmas season.


Consider a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma, ‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town, Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director


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Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


Share a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma,
‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town,
Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

{Read Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree HERE.}


December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director

PS – Please, place your generous Christmas Season gift to LUM in the enclosed envelope, or give online at www.lumserve.org


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Port of Hope — Wonderful Success


$20,000 Raised for LUM Immigration Services

The 2nd annual LUM Immigration Clinic benefit, Port of Hope, was a wonderful success raising more than $20,000 for the LUM Immigration Clinic.

Port of Hope exceeded everyone’s expectations for being a fun gathering of strong advocates for the work of LUM especially of the LUM Immigration Clinic. Clave Caribe provided the live music which kept the crowd dancing with an occasional conga line, and several local restaurants provided the delicious international menu.

The best part of Port of Hope was the positive energy created by the guests themselves. Thanks to all who attended and contributed.

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—click below.


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LUM Client Becomes US Citizen


LUM Immigration Clinic client and school teacher, Somdatta Datta Roy, was recently sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America at the oath ceremony at White Horse Christian Center, West Layette.

Ms. Datta Roy shared, “I appreciated the guidance I got from the (LUM Immigration) Clinic.” She added, “I have a 13 year old son who was born in the U.S. and I look forward to sharing citizenship with him. We are settling down here. This is my country now!”

{Pictured L to R: Beata Ribeiro, LUM Volunteer; State Representative Sheila Klinker; new citizen, Somdatta Datta Roy & Adelia Sorge, LUM Volunteer.}

Since opening in 2014, the LUM Immigration Clinic has helped clients petition for relatives, become permanent residents, renew green cards, apply for citizenship, and obtain protection from abusers as well as reunite family members and help young people follow their dreams. The clinic also offers Citizenship Classes and Spanish Conversation Tables.

Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic Director, shared, “during the past year we have been blessed to have six volunteers complete the training necessary to become accredited by the US-DOJ, which allows us to better meet the need for low-cost quality immigration law services within our community.”


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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Port of Hope — You’re Invited


You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd 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 2017.

Event details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 9
  • Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Place: Lafayette Brewing Co.
  • Tickets: $35 per person – click HERE 

Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food, dancing, and fun. Clave Caribe, the Latin Fusion band, will be performing live, and local restaurants will be providing heavy appetizers from the US and around the world. H and decorated panels from 30 local artists around theme of Hearts and Welcome will be sold and auctioned off . There will be an auction for opportunities to purchase unique dining and other experiences. Special thanks to Lafayette Brewing Company for hosting Port of Hope as well as providing food and a cash bar. For more information about participating restaurants, sponsors, auction items, and highlights from last year, go to www.lumserve.org/port-of-hope/

We hope that you will 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.

Tickets are limited so go on line and 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.

To view PHOTOS from the Port of Hope, click HERE.

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—click below.


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Preparing for the Fall Season at LUM


Save the Dates – Upcoming LUM Programs

Before you get too busy with the start of the new school year — please add these important LUM programs to your calendar.


Hunger Hike (September 16-17)Saturday, September 16 is the 5th Annual HH5K Run. Sunday (September 17) is the 25th annual Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Proceeds benefit LUM Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., & St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Mark your calendars, get your team together and start raising funds TODAY. Go to www.hungerhike.org. ALSO – Dine for Hunger Hike events: Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette (9/21, 4-10 p.m.), HuHot Mongolian Grill – Lafayette (9/28, 4-7 p.m.) & Chipotle Mexican Grill – West Lafayette (10/4, 4-8 p.m.).


Port of Hope (November 9)Port of Hope is a fundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic on Thursday, November 9 at Lafayette Brewing Co. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres & cash bar. Go to www.lumserve.org/port-of-hope.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 23)The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner & dessert. Go to www.lumserve.org/thanksgiving.


Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run (November 23)The Turkey Trot 5K is a fundraising event supporting LUM on Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at McAllister Park, Lafayette. It is open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more. Go towww.turkeytrot5krun.org.


Jubilee Christmas (December 9)LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special. Jubilee Christmas Coordinators Meetings are scheduled for October 5 &November 7. Go to  www.lumserve.org/jubilee.

Ackerman Center Supports Immigration Clinic


Ackerman Center Donates Books to LUM Citizenship Classes

LUM Immigration Clinic has partnered with the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University.

The director of the Ackerman Center, Dr. Phil VanFossen, and assistant director, Anne Murphy-Kline, generously donated teachers manuals, world maps, and 50 textbooks to the LUM Citizenship Classes. This donation will provide each student and each teacher their own books to use during the course. Additionally, Anne Murphy-Kline has been working with the volunteer teaching staff to provide a framework from which teachers can plan their lessons. The research-based methods will promote greater comprehension and retention of the course material. Last but not least, the Ackerman Center is enabling LUM to qualify for a USCIS Citizenship & Assimilation Grant, getting us closer to possibly receiving thousands of dollars in additional funding. Nancy Clark, the LUM Citizenship Classes volunteer coordinator, stated, “This partnership between the Ackerman Center and the Citizenship program at LUM will definitely facilitate the students’ path to a successful completion of this program.

{Pictured above L to R: Nancy Clark, Phil VanFossen & Anne Murphy-Kline}


The LUM Immigration Clinic with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy offers free Citizenship Classes – NOW through August 10, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Volunteers are needed to teach, bring refreshments and provide child care. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed. To sign up to volunteer, click HERE. For more information about LUM Citizenship Classes, click HERE.


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