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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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Chili Cook Off to Benefit LUM – TONIGHT


Hosted by Bindery Artist Studio & LaLa Gallery


Join us for the annual Chili Cook Off sponsored by the Bindery Artist Studio and LaLa Gallery. The event features chili tasting, giveaways for community participants, free activities for kids, LaLa Gallery chili bowl sale, clay projects and craft stations. And all proceeds will be donated to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Event details are as follows:

  • Date: TONIGHT, October 19
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • PlaceBindery Artist Studios, 511 Ferry Street, Lafayette
  • Admission: $5 for adults; FREE for children

Chili Cook Off attendees will vote for the “best chili.” The team with the most votes wins bragging rights and a prize package. If you make a great chili and would like to compete, please email or call Angela (BinderyArtistStudios@gmail.com | 765-414-9762).

50 Days to LUM Jubilee Christmas 2018


Make a Donation – Volunteer – Collect Toys

On Saturday, December 8, LUM Jubilee Christmas will host local families at 27 different sites impacting over 1,200 children. Open registration was this past Monday, and 654 familieswere registered in person and by phone. LUM Jubilee Christmas is now FULL, but below are ways in which you, your family or your church/organization may still get engaged and have an impact.

DONATE – monetary gifts are preferred but donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-olds), and quilts/family blankets are also welcome. The Jubilee Christmas Donation Center will be open Monday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 4, weekdays from 1 – 5 p.m. (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). To view the complete Jubilee Christmas wish-list, click HERE.

VOLUNTEER– Jubilee Christmas volunteers are also needed. There are many volunteer opportunities, especially for groups, after Thanksgiving (Monday, November 26 through Thursday, December 6) and on Jubilee Christmas day (Saturday, December 8). To sign up, click HERE.

HOST – If your church or organization would like to host a Jubilee Christmas event this year, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. To learn more about hosting, click HERE.


Pictured above is part of our Jubilee Christmas team — some of our Host Site Coordinators. God bless our hardworking and loving JC coordinators. They are truly the heart & soul of Jubilee Christmas each year. If you see them, please thank them for all they do for the children in our community during this Christmas season.


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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.

Annual Chili Cook Off to Benefit LUM – Oct. 19


Hosted by Bindery Artist Studio & LaLa Gallery


Join us for the annual Chili Cook Off sponsored by the Bindery Artist Studio and LaLa Gallery. The event features chili tasting, giveaways for community participants, free activities for kids, LaLa Gallery chili bowl sale, clay projects and craft stations. And all proceeds will be donated to Lafayette Urban Ministry. Event details are as follows:

  • Date: NEXT Friday, October 19
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • PlaceBindery Artist Studios, 511 Ferry Street, Lafayette
  • Admission: $5 for adults; FREE for children

Chili Cook Off attendees will vote for the “best chili.” The team with the most votes wins bragging rights and a prize package. If you make a great chili and would like to compete, please email or call Angela (BinderyArtistStudios@gmail.com | 765-414-9762).

Episcopal Bishop Visits Local Churches


Meet Bishop Baskerville-Burrows THIS Sunday

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows (Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis) visited St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette this past weekend to preside over Confirmation and visit with the church members and vestry. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, enjoyed this special day at St. John’s with the Bishop. {Pictured L to R: Nolie Parnell, LUM board member representing St. John’s; Joe Micon; The Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace, Rector at St. John’s; and Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.}

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows is from New York, and is a graduate of Smith College, Cornell University and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She has expertise in historic preservation and a passion for issues including gun violence, social justice, and racial and class reconciliation. She also maintains a focus in guiding others through spiritual direction. She was ordained and consecrated the 11th bishop of Indianapolis in April 2017, making her the first black woman to lead a diocese in the history of the Episcopal Church and the first woman to succeed another woman.

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will be visiting the Chapel of the Good Shepherd – the Episcopal Church at Purdue in West Lafayette THIS Sunday (October 14) at 10 a.m. The Rev. Peter Bunder, chaplain & vicar of Good Shepherd, welcomes you to attend the 10 a.m. service to hear from and meet Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.

Spotlight on Jamie – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Collection of Items for LUM Emergency Shelter

Jamie Volom is a long-time overnight volunteer with the LUM Emergency Shelter. He has been volunteering for over six months and assists frequently with check-in, meals, clean up and just about anything that needs to be done. Jamie has a special affinity toward the shelter guests with addictions and has a scholarship go through training to be a certified addiction coach.



Recently Jamie noticed that the LUM shelter was running low on critical supplies like bleach, toilet paper, laundry detergent and paper towels. He asked permission from his church, Grace United Methodist Church, to share his LUM shelter volunteer experiences with his fellow church members and asked for donations of money and needed items. The response to his plea for donations was wildly successful (see picture above).

Thanks to Jamie Volom and the members of Grace United Methodist Church, the LUM Emergency Shelter is well stocked with paper goods, cleaning supplies, food, personal hygiene products, clothes & more.

If you, your church and/or organization are interested in making a donation or coordinating a collection drive to benefit the LUM Emergency Shelter or other LUM program, check out the LUM wish-list, click HERE.


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58 Days to LUM Jubilee Christmas


Make a Donation – Volunteer – Host Families


On Saturday, December 8, LUM Jubilee Christmas will host close to 700 local families at 27 different sites (mostly local churches) impacting over 1,500 children.

DONATE – monetary gifts are preferred but donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-olds), and quilts/family blankets are also welcome. The Jubilee Christmas Donation Center will be open Monday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 4, weekdays from 1 – 5 p.m. (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). To view the complete Jubilee Christmas wish-list, click HERE.

VOLUNTEER are also needed. URGENT NEED – This Monday, October 15, from 4-7:30 p.m. – Register families for Jubilee Christmas at the LUM Office. To sign up, click HERE. There are many other volunteer opportunities, especially for groups, in December and on Jubilee Christmas day (Dec. 8). To sign up, click HERE.

HOST – If your church or organization would like to host a Jubilee Christmas event this year, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. To learn more about hosting, click HERE.


Pictured above is part of our Jubilee Christmas team — some of our Host Site Coordinators. God bless our hardworking and loving JC coordinators. They are truly the heart & soul of Jubilee Christmas each year. If you see them, please thank them for all they do for the children in our community during this Christmas season.


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LUM Solar Energy Project – Progress Report


New LUM Roof — Going Solar & Saving Money

Lafayette Urban Ministry has begun a project to bring solar energy to the office building at 420 N 4th Street, downtown Lafayette. Thanks to a $34,900 grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, LUM was able to begin the first phase of the LUM Solar Energy Project — replacing the current roof with a new steel roof. Other monies have already been secured from the LUM Campaign for the Future Fund ($20,000) and two anonymous donors ($2,500). Thank you, Community Foundation!

The steel roof installation will be completed by the weekend, and then a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed. 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.



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).

{Pictured L to R from Advanced Exteriors of Otterbein: Derek Wolfe and Dustin Helterban, owner. For more photos, click HERE.}


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