Category Archives: Immigration Clinic

“Starr” Gift Supports LUM Immigration Clinic


Carol & Nick Starr Donate $1,000 to LUM

In recognition of their church, First Baptist, and in honor of Joe Micon’s 41 years of service to LUM & the community, Carol & Nick Starr (pictured) donated $1,000 to support the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic. This “Starr” gift was used to purchase books for the LUM Immigration Clinic new law library. These books will provide a valuable online resource for the Immigration Clinic team allowing them to better serve individuals and families needing immigration assistance.

Carol is also a LUM volunteer working primarily with the LUM Good Samaritan Program. Lafayette Urban Ministry is grateful for the continued support from Carol & Nick Starr — especially during times like these. If you wish to make in an investment in the LUM Immigration Clinic, click the button below to make an online donation today.


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Social Distancing – Outside Immigration Clinic


Creative Solutions to Meeting Clients During COVID-19

Certainly within compliance with the new LUM COVID-19 Response Guidelines, the LUM Immigration Clinic is occasionally meeting with clients outside on LUM property.

The client, volunteer (Judge Tom Bush) and staff member (Monica Casanova) are wearing masks and social distancing (using a six foot table).

The LUM Immigration Clinic team, as well as all LUM staff members, are determined to “stay open” and are being creative to do so while keeping everyone safe and healthy.


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Social ‘Distance Learning’


LUM Immigration Clinic Participates in Webinars

During the Indiana Stay-At-Home Order, the LUM Immigration Clinic staff members and volunteers are spending this time to take advantage of advanced training on immigration and naturalization issues, ethics, legal issues and best practices.

They have been participating as a group in a series of webinars sponsored by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (pictured). These online training programs are part of the resources available to LUM as an affiliate member of CLINIC. The Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers found the webinar timely and informative.


The LUM Protein Food Pantry remains open with strict protocols to keep everyone safe. The LUM Good Samaritan Program (emergency financial assistance) and Immigration Clinic are serving clients using online forms, email and the phone.

Please remember LUM during this difficult time. Your gifts of cash donations ($5, $10, $50, $100 or $500), needed items (cleaning supplies, food pantry items & shelter meals), and time (volunteer at the shelter or food pantry) are GREATLY appreciated and needed.

Donate $$ | Donate Needed Items | Volunteer | Prepare a Shelter Meal

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Rev. Susan Brouillette, Salute to Women Honoree


Brouillette Celebrated as Immigration Advocate


At a special dinner last Tuesday, the Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic founding director, was an honoree the 47th annual Salute to Women program. Susan was one of only 12 women honored this year. She is being recognized for being an “immigration advocate” and for being “instrumental in the development of Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Immigration Clinic.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director remarked that,

Most of the immigrants and asylum seekers who come to the LUM Immigration Clinic are in serious straights. Some are without family or friends. In Susan Brouillette, they have found an advocate who represents and defends them with skill and commitment. She is one of those rare and extraordinary individuals responsible for our community being such a diverse and welcoming place.

Join us in congratulating the Rev. Susan Brouillette for this well deserved recognition.


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Rev. Susan Brouillette – Remarkable Local Woman

Salute to Women 2020 – Honoree – March 3

The Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic founding director, will be honored at the 47th annual Salute to Women program. Susan is one of only 12 women being honored this year at a dinner and celebration on Tuesday, March 3. She is being recognized for being an “immigration advocate” and for being “instrumental in the development of Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Immigration Clinic.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director remarked that,

Most of the immigrants and asylum seekers who come to the LUM Immigration Clinic are in serious straights. Some are without family or friends. In Susan Brouillette, they have found an advocate who represents and defends them with skill and commitment. She is one of those rare and extraordinary individuals responsible for our community being such a diverse and welcoming place.

Join us in congratulating the Rev. Susan Brouillette for this well deserved recognition.


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Spanish Conversation Tables — Start Wednesday


LUM Immigration Clinic in partnership with Ayuda y Aprende offers Spanish Conversation Tables as a weekly, lunch-time series — free and open to the public. The weekly program will return from winter break on Wednesday, February 5 from Noon to 1:15 p.m. at the LUM Office Conference Room (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).


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Lifelong learners gather each week during their lunch hour to learn and improve their conversational Spanish — and connect with their Spanish speaking neighbors. The LUM Spanish Conversation Tables weekly series is ideal for both beginners as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge in a relaxed, casual setting. Each week focuses on different topics such as shopping, eating out, directions, or conversing with a medical professional.

One participant shared that “the pace of the class is great; and the information and exercises made the class interesting.”

Participants are encouraged to bring along a friend and a brown bag lunch. Please join us on Wednesday at noon, when the weekly series resumes.

Esperamos verle allí.

For more information, email Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org) or click HERE.


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Meet Monica – New LUM Staff Member


Monica Casanova, Immigration Clinic Asst. Director

Monica Casanova is the new Assistant Director of the LUM Immigration Clinic (reporting to the Immigration Clinic director). 

She grew up and lives in Lafayette with Neal Starkey, her husband, and their two daughters, Ella and Violet. Monica graduated from Jefferson High School, earned a BA in Education from Purdue University and two Master’s degrees in Library Science & Public History from Indiana University/Purdue University – Indianapolis, and is the vice president of the Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies.

As a longtime volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, Monica is excited about her new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry. She shared that,

becoming the assistant director gives me an opportunity to increase my impact on the families served by the Immigration Clinic.

In her free time, Monica enjoys reading, watching movies & TV, listening to music — and most importantly spending time with her family and supporting her children in their activities. LUM is fortunate to have Monica join the LUM team.

Port of Hope 2019 – Tremendous Success

Community Comes Together to Support the
LUM Immigration Clinic


The fourth annual Port of Hope fundraiser benefiting the LUM Immigration Clinic was another resounding success. Enthusiastic guests partnered with good food, lively music, hearty conversation, and thought provoking art to celebrate the diversity that is Greater Lafayette and our immigrant community. 
 
Many thanks to our sponsorsrestaurants, and donors. These businesses and individuals generously give to the Immigration Clinic, and we ask that you show them your support and let them know that you saw them at Port of Hope. Without the support of our sponsors, donors, and guests, paired with efforts of our tireless volunteers, this successful event would not be possible. To view more photos, click HERE.
 
With your help and the help of everyone who contributed, the Port of Hope is on track to raise more than $41,000. All funds raised support the continued mission of the Immigration Clinic. If you weren’t able to attend, your donation would still be greatly appreciated.
 

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Port of Hope – Tickets on Sale Now



Port of Hope is an exciting fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The program includes hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music, a Market Place with unique experiences, and a cash bar.
Port of Hope details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 7
  • Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Place: Lafayette Brewing Co., 622 Main St., Lafayette
  • Tickets: $50 per person – to purchase tickets, click HERE
  • Volunteer – to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/port-of-hope

If you are not able to attend you may make a donation directly to the LUM Immigration Clinic. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | immigration@lumserve.org).


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Port of Hope – Marketplace Items Announced


PORT of HOPE – fundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic
Live Entertainment | Hors d’oeuvres | Marketplace | Cash Bar
Thursday, November 7 | 5:30-8 p.m.
Lafayette Brewing Co., 622 Main Street
$50 per person – must be 21 to attend


The 4th annual fundraiser for the LUM Immigration ClinicPort of Hope, has announced this year’s Marketplace items. Close to 200 experiences at 17 special events are available for purchase at the Port of Hope event or online ahead of time. Check out the list of Marketplace experiences and review the details of each online HERE.

To purchase spots in these Marketplace experiences, email PortofHope2019@yahoo.com.

For Marketplace details, click HERE.


Marketplace Items – Available NOW

  • AFGHANI DINNER
  • BISCOTTI, MADELEINES, GINGERSNAPS, OH MY!
  • CHRISTMAS BRUNCH at Acorn Bed & Breakfast
  • COOKIE BAKING & BRUNCH with JILL HARDEBECK
  • CREATE YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE with Cunningham Restaurant Group
  • From POLAND with LOVE
  • HOLIDAY TEA at Whittaker Inn
  • HOOLEY in the KITCHEN
  • ITALIAN DINNER – Confessions and Cannoli
  • LATINO DANCE PARTY
  • NIGHT OUT with Purdue Convocations and Maru Sushi
  • PIZZA, PIZZA!
  • PLAY with CLAY
  • Purdue DISCOVERY PARK TOUR
  • SPRINGTIME in PARIS – A French Dinner
  • Tippecanoe County COURTHOUSE TOUR with DINNER at Digby’s Pub & Patio
  • TREATS for YOUR SWEETS – Delivered on VALENTINES DAY

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the most exciting event of the season — Port of Hope. Tickets are limited, so purchase your tickets in advance.


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