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April is National Volunteer Month

All of the LUM programs & events rely on volunteers each and every day of the year. If you are a volunteer with Lafayette Urban Ministry — THANK YOU! We love you!

If you haven’t volunteered with LUM in a while, please remember that there are many different opportunities for you, from working one-on-one with a child to helping run the homeless shelter. Also, there are opportunities to fit every schedule, from regular long-term commitments to one time work with an event. Some volunteer positions require training while others require only a willing heart and a helping hand. As summer approaches, volunteers are harder to find — so, please take a peak at some of our current HOT needs and help if you are able — and please share with others.

LUM Follies – Volunteer

Volunteers are needed for the LUM Follies fundraising event at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette. Days & times that volunteers are needed is as follows:

  • Set-up — Thursday, May 2, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Staff the LUM Follies event — Friday, May 3, 4:30 – 7 p.m.; 4:30 – 8 p.m.; 8 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Break-down — Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Perfect for groups. Check out the LUM Follies volunteer online sign up sheets HERE.

Food Pantry – Volunteer

The LUM Protein Food Pantry needs a few volunteers each Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to set up, load in food, enter client data, assist clients with shopping, and break down. Good customer service skills needed and the ability to lift boxes of food is desired. A weekly commitment is requested. For more information, click HERE — or please call or email Mary Anderson (765-423-2691 |

After School Program – Volunteer

The LUM After School Program has over six weeks left, and volunteers are needed from 2 to 6 p.m.every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our students. The program follows the Lafayette School Corporation’s regular calendar. For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, click HERE.

Emergency Shelter – Volunteer

The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must attend a Shelter Training Session. Sessions are held every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. If you wish to volunteer, click HERE.MEALS Are Needed Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal, click HERE.

Immigration Clinic – Volunteer

The LUM Immigration Clinic has several volunteer opportunities — and is especially grateful for volunteers who speak Spanish. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE. LUM Citizenship Classes also need volunteers to assist with the classes or bring snacks. Classes began this week and meet Tuesday & Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. for five weeks. To sign up to volunteer with these classes, click HERE. If you need further information, please call or email Susan Brouillette (765-423-2691 |

LUM Camp (7/29 – 8/2) – Volunteer

Would you, or someone you know, love being a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor?LUM Camp is a week-long, over-night camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at camp (11 a.m. Monday, July 29 to 4 p.m. Friday, August 2). For additional information, click HERE.

Summer Childcare – Volunteer

Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The program is offered Monday – Friday, May 28 through August 2, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The children are supervised by the LUM Youth Program Director and trained teachers. LUM relies on the several volunteers each day to assist in teaching & tutoring, recreational activities, reading, meals & snacks and more. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (pre-Kindergarten – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE—or email or call Kristi Hogue ( | 765-423-2691). 

Volunteer at LUM Events or As a Group

LUM Events – Sign up online to volunteer at LUM Events like LUM FolliesHunger HikePort of HopeThanksgiving CelebrationTurkey Trot 5K Run & Jubilee Christmas. To view the LUM Online Volunteer Sign Up Sheets, click HERE.

Group Opportunities – If your group would like to volunteer with LUM, sign up for a LUM Event online — or please email or call for more information ( | 765-423-2691).

More Information on Volunteering with LUM
  • To view all LUM Volunteer Opportunities, click HERE.
  • Sign Up ONLINE — Sign up to volunteer with LUM online. It’s quick & easy and you’ll get email reminders. Click HERE
  • ¿Habla Español? Love Helping Others? LUM needs you.

Sign up to Volunteer with LUM! PLEASE SHARE with others.

LUM Hosts Purdue Religious Leaders

Last week, LUM hosted the regular meeting of the University Religious Leaders of Purdue. URL is a consortium of religious leaders who serve Purdue students in West Lafayette. LUM provided the space, the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, and a simple lunch.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended and welcomed the group, and the Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, was their featured speaker after lunch (pictured above). She presented an overview of the types of services that the LUM Immigration Clinic offers for legal immigrants as well as updates on immigration policy, statistics and common issues in our community.

LUM has enjoyed a good partnership with the URL — and this was a great opportunity to strengthen that relationship.

Susan Brouillette Highlighted on Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, Catholic Legal Immigration Network highlighted the Rev. Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director. CLINIC wrote, “As an advocate, accredited representative and Presbyterian minister, Susan draws on her faith and commitment to justice to serve the local immigrant community. Susan goes above and beyond to assist her clients in obtaining citizenship, even traveling around the state to attend naturalization ceremonies.” Congratulations, Rev. Susan!

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LUM Client Becomes US Citizen

Congratulations, José Arturo Puente Berumen

José “Arturo” Puente Berumen, a LUM Immigration Clinic client, recently participated in the US Naturalization Oath Ceremony in South Bend. At the ceremony, he was sworn in at the federal courthouse and became a US citizen. In preparation for this day, Arturo attended the LUM Citizenship Classes. The LUM Immigration Clinic has assisted with many individuals who are now US citizens — like Arturo. Currently, the LUM Immigration Clinic team is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.

The LUM Citizenship Classes are offered three times a year. The next session begins Tuesday, April 16. For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette ( | 765-423-2691). If you wish to donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, click the button below.

{Pictured above L to R are the Rev. Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, Arturo and Beata Ribeiro, LUM Citizenship Classes instructor.}

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Mexican Screening Day – Volunteers Needed

¿Estás interesado en ayudarnos?

Estaremos ayudando a inmigrantes indocumentados a descubrir sus posibilidades de legalizar su estatus migratorio

1° de Diciembre | 10 am – 4 pm

Dos opciones para entrenamiento:

  • Jueves, 29 de noviembre 6-8 pm
  • Viernes, 30 de noviembre 6-8 pm


Contactarnos al: 765-269-4662 |

Documentos que debe llevar a la entrevista


  • Uno de los siguientes documentos: pasaporte mexicano, o matrícula consular, o certificado de nacimiento

Información que debe llevar a la entrevista

Información personal

  • Correo electrónico
  • Número de teléfono móvil
  • Código postal
  • Ciudad de nacimiento
  • País de nacimiento
  • País de ciudadanía
  • Estado civil
  • Estado de inmigración de su pareja
  • Familia en los Estados Unidos (viva o fallecida) ¿Alguno de sus familiares tiene (o tuvo, si falleció) el estatus legal en los Estados Unidos?
  • ¿Su pareja o algún miembro de su familia ha servido en las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos?
  • ¿Ha presentado algún miembro de la familia una petición I-130 en su nombre o en nombre de su cónyuge o sus padres?

Historia de empleo

  • ¿Tiene trabajo actualmente?
  • ¿Ha expresado su empleador interés en patrocinarlo para una visa de trabajo?
  • Años de declaración de impuestos
  • Nombre y dirección del empleador
  • Antes de este trabajo, ¿estaba empleado en otro lugar?

Historia de la inmigración

  • Fecha de entrada más reciente en los Estados Unidos.
  • Forma de entrada (entrada sin inspección, libertad condicional o tipo de visa)
  • Lugar de entrada (Frontera de los Estados Unidos. – México o aeropuerto)

1° de Diciembre

Iglesia San Bonifacio

Dos turnos: 10 am – 12:30 pm | 1 pm – 4 pm


Para más información contactarnos al: 765-269-4662 |




Meet Judge Tom Busch – LUM Volunteer & Donor

Local Judge Engages with Immigration Clinic

Judge Tom Busch has valued the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic since it opened in 2014. After a new US immigration policy was implemented in April 2018 resulting in federal authorities separating children from their parents, Judge Busch was moved to get engaged and started volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic.

Judge Tom Busch grew up in Chicago & California and lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Kathy. Judge Busch earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Chicago and a law degree from New York University. He and Kathy are retired and have three grown children. Their son lives in New York City, one daughter lives in Italy and their other daughter, San Francisco. His love of his family and seeing them often was the reason he decided to retire from the bench in Tippecanoe Circuit Court in 2017 after serving for 15 years. Judge Tom Busch is currently Senior Judge in Tippecanoe County, serving when needed.

Judge Busch shared that,

“the LUM Immigration Clinic is essential and doing very important work. It would be great if others would step up and volunteer because there is a lot of work to be done.”

With LUM, Judge Busch has been assigned two “permission to stay” cases so far. One is a petition for “U nonimmigration” status and the second is an attempt to get asylum. Judge Tom Busch not only engages as a volunteer but also has invested in the LUM Immigration Clinic financially.

Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, stated,

“We are humbled and honored to call Judge Busch a volunteer. His reputation as a fair, methodical and hard working lawyer and judge is unparalleled. We are so fortunate to have him serving this community in another meaningful and needed way through the LUM Immigration Clinic.”

If you too wish to support the LUM Immigration Clinic, donate & attend Port of Hope THIS Thursday (November 8). For more details about Port of Hope, click HERE.

If you wish to become a volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, go to our website ( or email Susan Brouillette at

If you would like to make a donation to the LUM Immigration, click below.

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Port of Hope — Volunteers Needed

Port of Hope, fundraiser event for the LUM Immigration Clinic(Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Lafayette Brewing Co.), needs volunteers.Volunteer opportunities for Port of Hope are as follows:

  • Set Up – Wednesday, November 7, 5-7 p.m.
  • Set Up & Staff the Event – Thursday, Nov. 8, 3-8 p.m.
  • Clean Up – Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:45-9 p.m.

Become a volunteer at the LUM Port of Hope event and help create a fun and educational experience — all in support of the programs & services offered by the LUM Immigration Clinic.

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

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Marketplace at Port of Hope

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Be certain to visit the Marketplace at the 2018 Port of Hope. There will be an outstanding assortment of experiences certain to tempt your eye and please your palate. Share laughter, smiles, great food, terrific conversation and beautiful artwork while meeting new friends and rekindling old friendships. Don’t miss out on the fun — advance purchase of these items is available. Please send your request to, and you will be sent details for payment.

Bill and Gail Gettings welcome you to their home for a Rustic Italian Dinner. This four-course meal, complete with antipasti plates, homemade ravioli with basil pesto sauce, soul warming soup, focaccia bread, and roasted pork and vegetables, is thoughtfully paired with wine and spirits to tempt all your senses. Cap the evening off with homemade pastries, fresh fruits, coffee and a digestive. Bill and Gail will share their love of cooking and entertaining, as they invite you to join them in the preparation and presentation of this gourmet treat in a lovely rural setting.

  • Saturday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to Bill & Gail Gettings
  • $85 per person, limited to 8 guests

County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh will give a private, behind the scenes tour of the historic Tippecanoe County Courthouse. Enjoy a unique perspective of this local icon, including a rare glimpse of the restored clock tower and have the opportunity to see the unrivaled view of downtown Lafayette and holiday lights from the top of the dome! You will then cross the river to Scotty’s Brewhouse to enjoy a meal and drinks, while reflecting on favorite highlights of the tour.

  • Monday, December 10, 5:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to Tom Murtaugh and Scotty’s Brewhouse
  • $50 per person, limited to 12 guests

When you take your first bite of one of Sarah Rawlings pies, you’ll remember where, when and what flavor it was! Her pies are that good. Whether filled with silky cream fillings or juicy ripe fruits, her tender, flaky crusts are what dreams are made of. Join Sarah as she shares her baking secrets and you learn hands on how to make a perfect crust and a delicious filling. You will get to go home with a pie and an extra crust or two to try your hand at home.

  • Friday, January 18, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thank you to Sarah Rawlings
  • $60 per person, limited to 6 guests

April showers will bring abundant May wildflowers for you to view on your personal guided tour of the Clegg Garden, conducted by Gus Nyberg, NICHES Executive Director. On a hillside overlooking Wildcat Creek, the garden offers beautiful vistas and meandering paths to view native flora and fauna. Following the garden tour, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a sumptuous dinner, offering the freshest market finds, will be served in the Clegg Cottage.

  • Saturday, May 4, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to NICHES, Pauline Shen, Bob Wild, and Susan & Michael Brouillette
  • $85 per person, limited to 12 guests

Smittybread is a handcrafted artisanal bakery here in Lafayette, using high quality ingredients, time-honored baking techniques, and natural leavening agents that bring out the best in breads. Smittybread is also the story of a faded print journalist’s pursuit of meaning, happiness and income outside the newsroom. Stop the press! Start the oven! Join David Smith at the bakers bench and learn the twists and turns of pretzel making.

  • Monday, February 4, 10:00 a.m.
  • Thank you to Smittybread
  • $60 per person, limited to 6 guests

Join Scott Frankenberger in his potter studio for an afternoon of drink, nibbles and demonstration of his craft. Scott has been spinning his magic at the potter’s wheel since 1974, developing a trail of collectors spanning the globe. You will have the chance to see past and current work, learn about his techniques, and try your own hand at decorating an individual plate. Your decorated piece will subsequently be fired at a later date and returned to you. Don’t miss this chance to have your own personalized ‘Frankenberger.’

  • Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to Scott Frankenberger
  • $65 per person, limited to 8 guests

Enjoy a wonderful evening great food, drinks and conversation in a trio of Historic Highland Park residences. The fun will begin with cocktails, appetizers and laughter at the Hainje home. You will then proceed across the street to enjoy a sumptuous dinner accompanied by warm conversation at the Gunderson’s residence. The evening will wind down with dessert and drinks as you move next door to the Carr/Stevens home. No matter the weather outside, the evening will be warm with old friends and new acquaintances.

  • Saturday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thank you to Stephanie & Thad Hainje, Alee & Michael Gunderson, and Jen Carr & Eric Stevens
  • $85 per person, limited to 16 guests

This is home to Marsha Provo and her wife, Sandi Smith. They spend their days there, dreaming and creating. Featured in magazines, this home’s colorful and unusual interior has delighted and inspired many. There are stories to be told of the hundreds of interesting things inside…we know you’ll find it to be one of the more interesting and unusual addresses in our city. Lunch will be served and you will leave with an artistic creation of your own and perhaps an idea or two.

  • Sunday, March 3, 3:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to Marsha Provo & Sandi Smith
  • $65 per person, limited to 6 guests

Local restauranteur and farmer Kirstin Serrano has long been at the forefront of the local farm to table movement. Founder of Small Wonder Foods, Kirstin focuses on making healthy food choices delicious, satisfying and nurturing. Leave the cold winters eve at the door and learn several wintery salads and dressings that will warm your body and soul. Naturally, dinner will be served (salads, but of course!).

  • Tuesday, February 5, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to Kirstin Serrano & Small Wonder Foods
  • $60 per person, limited to 8 guests

Sarah McGregor-Ray has had a passion for baking since she was a child and continues to share this love through the Sweet Revolution Bake Shop. A Culinary School graduate and professional pastry chef, Sarah will welcome you to her kitchen for a class in the art of French macarons. Don’t worry, there will be ample opportunity to savor these sweet treats and there will be plenty of what you make to take home!

  • 2019, date to be coordinated by Sweet Revolution
  • Thank you to Sweet Revolution Bake Shop
  • $60 per person, limited to 6 guests

Cellar 422 offers the perfect setting for a warm, intimate evening.  Located in the heart of Historical Downtown Lafayette, this wine bar is the perfect place for a date night, going out with friends, or making new ones.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur looking to find that perfect bottle, or wine curious wanting to learn more, we will be able to help you have a great time with wine and delicious food. Thoughtfully chosen varietals will be paired with a cheese and charcuterie boards.
  • 2019, date to established
  • Thank you to Cellar 422 Wine Bar
  • $35 per person, limited to 6 guests

SPANISH DINNER Tomas and Clara will welcome you to their home for an authentic Spanish feast. Wine, food and conversation will flow freely as you experience the glory of Spanish cuisine and the warmth of their hospitality.

  • 2019, date to be established
  • Thank you to Tomas and Clara
  • $85 per person, limited to 8 guests

Don’t miss out on the fun — advance purchase of these items is available. Please send your request to, and you will be sent details for payment.

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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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