Eli Heindricks is a senior at Purdue majoring in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Philosophy. He grew up in Fortville, graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School, and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford in the Fall of 2019.
This semester, Eli is serving as the LUM Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Intern, and will provide outreach, advocacy and education, fundraising, marketing, and communication for the Immigration Clinic. Eli Heindricks shared,
“I really enjoy helping people in my community. Working with LUM allows me to learn while serving those in need.”
The Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Internship is open to juniors and seniors who are enrolled and in good academic standing with the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue. The merit-based internship provides students with practical, hands-on learning of the political process. Included with the internship is a $500 stipend provided by LUM.
A letter from LUM Immigration Clinic Director, Rev. Susan Brouillette
I hope this update finds you healthy and safe.
As many of you know, we just wrapped up the annual fundraiser for the LUM Immigration Clinic, Port of Hope. I am in awe of the amazing generosity of our donors, volunteers, and sponsors. During this season of hope, we give thanks to all of those who helped make the fundraiser successful with their time, talent, and treasure.
The season is also a time to reflect on the past year. Even though COVID has presented real challenges, the LUM Immigration Clinic has remained open, running at full capacity. We continue to work with both new and existing clients as they pursue immigration issues and naturalization. We have shifted our interactions with clients to virtual meetings to maintain both client and staff safety. It is reaffirming, despite all the daily news we all face, to sit down at the end of the day and know that we have been able to assist a client on their path and assure them that they are not alone on their journey.
As we celebrate the love revealed during this holiday season, let us not forget the sacrifices our immigrant brothers and sisters face on a daily basis in these unprecedented times. We frequently see their faces on the frontlines—whether it be construction, medical services, retail, food service, agricultural and janitorial, just to mention a few. They are essential workers now more than ever.
The season also brings the promise of hope. As we look forward to the new year, we are excited about opportunities for growth. We hope you find in this newsletter testament to our accomplishments in the past year and glimpses of good things yet to come for the LUM Immigration Clinic and the people we serve.
The Port of Hope team began re-imagining this important fundraiser months in advance and created a variety of exciting experiences. To create more excitement and get more advocates engaged, there were two additional events that led up to the main event — Who’s That Masked Donor? and the PoH Scavenger Hunt.
A big part of the success of this year’s Port of Hope was due to the generosity of the Sheth Family. Drs. Ketan & Tanuja Sheth have offered a “$30,000 Match Donation.” As an immigrant and the child of immigrants themselves, Ketan and Tanuja understand the importance of quality immigration services being available to those most in need and are passionate about the impact the LUM Immigration Clinic has on our community.
You will enjoy dance, music, and informative discussions and interviews highlighting the efforts of the clinic and the positive impact it has on Greater Lafayette.
The evening will also include an interview with Drs. Ketan and Tanuja Sheth who are offering a “$30,000 Match Donation” in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. As an immigrant and the child of immigrants themselves, Ketan and Tanuja understand the importance of quality immigration services being available to those most in need and are passionate about the impact the LUM Immigration Clinic has on our community.
All donations to the LUM Immigration Clinic between now and November 30 will be matched by the Sheths. This includes funds raised in conjunction with Port of Hope. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to the LUM Immigration Clinic and increase your impact in helping our immigrant neighbors, thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Sheth family. LUM looks forward to seeing you at the virtual Port of Hope, Thursday, November 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.!
To take advantage of this Match Program, click the button below.
The LUM Immigration Clinic is also blessed to have as a volunteer Dr. Ileana Cortes Santiago who shares her expertise to foster community and equitability. She describes herself as
“the daughter of agriculture, Puerto Rican home cooking, Spanish verses, and a complex family that I love.”
Dr. Cortes currently assists the LUM Immigration Clinic with its newsletters and social media. Her association with the LUM Immigration Clinic started when she was a Ph.D. student at Purdue studying literacy and language education. Even though she has since moved to the Washington, DC area she still has strong ties to the greater Lafayette community. She is a former communications manager for a national immigration justice non-profit and currently works at an international development agency. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director summed it up this way,
“In addition to having a servant’s heart, Ileana is an extremely gifted writer and graphic artist and we are incredibly fortunate that she has chosen to share the gifts of her time and talents with the LUM Immigration Clinic.”
He has helped with outreach, advocacy and education, fundraising, marketing, and communication. When describing the impact that Eli has had on the LUM Immigration Clinic, the director, Susan Brouillette, commented,
“When I think about the future, I know it’s bright because Eli is a part of it. We are truly blessed to have him as part of our team and will miss him dearly when he leaves Purdue.”
The PoHScavenger Huntis THIS SATURDAY (10/17) any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (~90 minute hunt).Players will be led to clues regarding an immigrant or a group of immigrants from Tippecanoe County who have made a significant contribution to the community or world. Individuals & teams (student, adult and family categories) who successfully complete the scavenger hunt first will be declared winners.
PoH Scavenger Hunt Fees
$25 for teams of up to 5 people
$15 for individuals/nonstudents
$7 for students
$10 for T-shirt
Prizes – awarded to the following groups:
Student | Adult | Virtual Player |
Adult Team | College Team | Family Team | Best Team Name |
Pickup: TOMORROW (Friday, October 16) from 4 – 6 p.m.
Race Packets includes T-shirts ($10 extra charge each), Scavenger Hunt Map, Coupons (redeemable for a free small cone, appetizer, 1/2 price, etc.)
To create more excitement and get more advocates engaged, there are two additional events planned this year — Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5) and the the 5th annual LUM Port of Hopefundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic. Due to COVID-19, Port of Hope is going to be a “virtual experience” on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST.
Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals.
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. Online sign ups are open NOW.
Participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”
The Live Runners will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
Virtual Runners will be able to run on Thanksgiving or at a time and location of their choice.
Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and receive gifts for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a food gift card to make Christmas dinner special too.
This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas events will be curb-side or walk-through programs, and all registration forms are being submitted online.
Planning for the 5th annual LUM Port of Hopefundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic is well under way. Due to COVID-19, Port of Hope is going to be a “virtual experience” on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST.
To create more excitement and get more advocates engaged, there are two additional events planned this year — Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5) and the PoH Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). To learn more about these exciting programs supporting the LUM Immigration Clinic, go to lumserve.org/port-of-hope.
Who’s That Masked Donor? is a fundraiser using social media with the purpose of challenging friends, family, colleagues, and/or fellow organizations to support immigrants on the front lines of the response to COVID 19 by giving to the LUM Immigration Clinic.
Now through Thursday, November 5
What Can You Do?
Get your friends and family involved. Make it collaborative! Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, and challenge others to do so as well. We need your help to show them our support during this particularly vulnerable time.
Don your favorite mask or one that you create. Have fun & get creative!
Make a sign that supports immigrants — along the lines of “I support LUM Immigration Clinic”
Take a Photo & post it on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram using #LUMPOH
Encourage others to do the same
Text LUMPOH to 41444 to donate -OR- click the button below to donate online.
Please also save the date for two other Immigration Clinic fundraisers — the Port of Hope virtual experience (Thursday, November 5) and Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). For more information on these Immigration Clinic events, click HERE.