Category Archives: LUM Staff

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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Purdue Room Dedicated to Jim & Anna Davidson


Friends, Family & Colleagues Gather to Celebrate

Recently the Purdue University Department of Sociology hosted the grand opening of the conference room named in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna.

In addition to their family, friends and colleagues, many LUM friends attended including Joe Micon, LUM executive director. It was a grand celebration of two wonderful community leaders and educators. {Pictured L to R are professor of Sociology & department head, Linda Renzulli, PhD; Jim Davidson; and Ellen Elly, wife of the first LUM executive director, the Rev. Ron Elly.}

Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

New LUM Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Intern


Meet Angela Weaver – New LUM Intern

Angela grew up in Wheatfield, Indiana and graduated from Kankakee Valley High School. She and her husband, Kyle Brown, currently live in West Lafayette with their beagle, Bailey. Angela & Kyle grew up together and are both students at Purdue.

She will complete her degree in three years this May with a bachelor’s in Law & Society. After she graduates, Angela plans on working in advocacy within Indiana government.

At LUM, Angela is an intern with the Campaign for Hoosier Families.


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Meet Mady – LUM Intern


Mady Kirts — LUM Intern

Meet Mady Kirts – New LUM Intern.

Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. After she graduates, Mady plans on working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.

At LUM, Mady is an intern with the LUM After School Program.


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Meet the New LUM Youth Programs Director


Kristina Hogue – Director, LUM Youth Programs

Kristi Hogue is the new LUM Youth Programs director responsible for the After School Programand 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. She has 23 years experience working with children and has been the director of the Right Steps Dennis Burton Child Development Center for the past 18 years.

Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 24 years, and their three children, Taelynn (18), Jaedren (11) and Maekenna (6). Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past couple of years. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kristi is excited about her new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because there are so many programs at LUM that assist children, families and individuals that benefits the community. She shared, “I hope to impact children and families through the care and education of the children enrolled. I hope to form positive relationships with children and their families as we get to know each other.” She is committed to “helping others as well as assisting and watching children grow.”

In her free time, Kristi enjoys reading — and most importantly spending time with her family and supporting her children in their activities. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Kristi’s experience join the LUM team.


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Room Dedication for Jim & Anna Davidson

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Jim & Anna Davidson Conference Room. The Department of Sociology at Purdue University has named a conference room in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna. Grand Opening details are as follows:
  • Date – Friday, September 28
  • Time – 2:30 p.m. Greetings & Remarks;
    3 p.m. Grand Opening
  • Place – Room 303, Stone Hall, Purdue University
    – 700 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • RSVP by emailing sociology@purdue.edu
  • For more information, please email sociology@purdue.edu.
Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

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.

 

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 Camp 2018 – Let Your Light Shine


LUM Camp 2018 Starts THIS Tuesday

Early next week, 85 campers and 32 camp staff & counselors will be heading to Hanging Rock Assembly Camp in Warren County for the start of LUM Camp 2018.

Attending are 85 boys and girls (8, 9 & 10 years old) from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. The LUM Camp directors have planned a four-day, overnight camp experience for the campers that will be fun, educational and life-changing. This year’s theme is Let Your Light Shine!, and with the help of 25 presenters the campers will learn about the wonder & science of “light” and how to let their lights shine.

It’s not too late to sponsor a camper. Please donate to LUM Camp today. Each $150 donation enables one local child to attend LUM Camp. Please include our campers, staff, counselors and presenters in your prayers.


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LUM Camp Awarded $5,000 Community Grant


Riley Children’s Foundation Awards Grant to LUM 

Riley Children’s Foundation, the fund raising organization supporting Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, has awarded a $5,000 community grant to LUM Camp 2018 . This week, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, received the grant during a check presentation led by Riley Children’s Foundation Board of Governors representative, Stephen Pennell.

{Pictured L to R: Stephen Pennell, Joe Micon, Susan Miles & Kelly Coleman.}

The mission of Riley Children’s Foundation is to secure the health and well-being of children everywhere. In accordance with that mission, the Community Grants Program was established to make a difference in communities throughout Indiana.

On behalf of our campers, LUM is grateful that the Riley Children’s Foundation has agreed to support LUM Camp with such a generous gift. This gift will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM Camp and the experience of our campers.


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LUM Camp is an overnight camp from July 31 – August 3 for boys and girls 8, 9 & 10 years old. Attending are children who are from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp is one of Indiana’s most well-respected summer camp programs for at-risk children. This year as the theme Let Your Light Shine! indicates, the LUM Camper will learn about “light” and how to let their lights shine.

If you would like to sponsor a camper, please donate to LUM Camp today. Each donation of $150 sends one local child to LUM Camp.


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LUM Camp

Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor? Just a few more are needed.

Volunteer camp counselors must be at least 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 30 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3. For additional information, click HERE.

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