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LUM Fall & Winter Events Announced

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Hunger Hike

Hunger Hike (September 22) is three weeks away. NOW is the perfect time to get started! The Hunger Hike 3K Walk kicks off on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, Lafayette.

Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. It’s the perfect event for a team or group — church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

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If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email for more information.

Port of Hope

Port of Hope (November 7) – Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The event includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants, a silent auction featuring items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.

Thanksgiving Celebration

Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 28) – The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by volunteering or making a donation.

Turkey Trot 5K Run

Turkey Trot 5K Run (November 28) – Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM.

Jubilee Christmas

Jubilee Christmas (December 14) – LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.

For more information about LUM Events, click HERE.

LUM Spanish Conversation Tables – Begin Sept. 11

The LUM Immigration Clinic and Ayuda y Aprende, the Spanish Language Service Learning Program at Purdue, have teamed up to offer weekly Spanish Conversation Tables. Details are as follows:

  • Wednesdays – Sept. 11 through Nov. 13 from Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Location – LUM Office Conference Room
  • No Spanish language skills required – ideal for both beginners & those wanting to refresh their skills
  • FREE and open to the public – Limited to 30 participants
  • BYO lunch & bring a friend (optional)

Each conversation table will focus on a different topic such as shopping, communicating with a doctor, dining out, obtaining directions, etc. These sessions offer a wonderful opportunity for individuals wishing to connect with their Spanish speaking neighbors. Staff, volunteers and congregants from member churches are encouraged to take advantage of these sessions.

For more information, email or call Susan Brouillette ( | 765.423.2691) — or click HERE.

Esperamos verle allí.

State Rep. Klinker Honors the Rev. Susan Brouillette

Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker recently presented the Rev. Susan Brouillette with a proclamation from the Indiana General Assembly. It states,   

“Be it hereby known & proclaimed that Susan Brouillette is commemorated upon receiving the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Five-Year Service Award.”  

The Rev. Susan Brouillette is the founding director of the LUM Immigration Clinic, which began offering assistance in 2014. Last year, 111 individuals received assistance with the immigration process and 23 with naturalization applications; 31 participated in Citizenship Classes; and eight individuals participated in Spanish Conversation Tables.

Congratulations to Susan and the entire LUM Immigration Clinic team.

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New Endowment for LUM Immigration Clinic

Endowment Established for LUM Immigration Clinic
Cris King, LUM board member from Central Presbyterian Church and volunteer with the LUM Good Samaritan Program, recently established an endowment for the benefit of the LUM Immigration Clinic through The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.
The income from this endowment will provide perpetual support to the LUM Immigration Clinic. Cris believes that the services LUM provides through the Immigration Clinic are needed now more than ever. “Those who are immigrants to our community are too often confused about the complex and ever-changing federal laws and rules that stand between them and US citizenship. They need help to navigate the legal process. In our current political climate, anxiety, fear of family separation, imprisonment and deportation are part of the equation, too.  I feel compassion for these children and families. Holy Scripture reminds us that the alien who resides with us should be treated as the citizen, and that we should love the alien as ourselves. LUM’s Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers are doing the work of faith.”
LUM is so very grateful to Cris King for establishing her endowment and for her special friendship and generous support of all the many immigrant children and families served here.

LUM Immigration Clinic Needs Volunteers

Staff an Information Table at an Upcoming Event
The LUM Immigration Clinic needs volunteers to attend and staff an information table, answer questions and share information with attendees. The upcoming events are as follows:
  • OUTfest, Saturday, August 17, 3:30 – 9:30 p.m. (2.5 hour shifts)
  • Hanna Fest, Monday, September 2 (Labor Day), 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. (2.5 hour shifts)
  • Rainbow Callout, Wednesday, September 11, 5:50 p.m. – 8 p.m. (1-1.5 hour shifts)
  • Latino Festival, Saturday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (2 hour shifts)
  • Global Fest, Saturday, September 21, 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (2 hour shifts)
Please consider volunteering at one or more of these events and supporting the LUM Immigration Clinic. Please share with others.
For more information or to sign up online, please click HERE.

LUM-LARA Offers Citizenship Classes

{Pictured above from Left to right: (top row) Brenda Weiner, Arturo, Ambrose Ringor; (second row) Jim Beaver, Susan Brouillette, Pam Ringor, Cindy Rice, (third row) Lupita Leon, Yi “Elaine” Ling, Beata Ribeiro.}

Since 2015, the LUM Immigration Clinic and LARA (Lafayette Adult Resource Academy) have offered free naturalization classes. The LUM-LARA Citizenship Classes also receive technical and material support from the Ackerman Center for Democracy at Purdue University. The Ackerman Center has provided textbooks and other resources for the classroom in addition to providing volunteer teachers with additional learning tools.
During the five week session, students learn about U.S history and government in preparation for their naturalization exam. All of the students who took the Spring class have either filed for naturalization or expressed they will be applying within the next six months.
Volunteers Karen Countryman and Scott Frankenberger coordinate the LUM/LARA Citizenship classes and are assisted by volunteer teachers Jim Beaver, Beata Ribeiro, Eileen Arthur, Michael Brouillette, Jim Altepeter, Kris Tiffany, Charlene Watson, Pat Garrott, Laura Farkas, and Andrea Wallpe. In addition, students are welcomed by many volunteers who assist teachers and provide refreshments.
Summer citizenship classes will continue through August 15. Classes meet at LARA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon till 2:30 p.m. We still need volunteers to sign up to bring refreshments as well as assist teachers. Click HERE to view the sign up sheet.

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LUM Immigration Clinic Needs YOU!

LUM Immigration Clinic is now looking for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include legal administrative assistants, translators, fundraising and special projects volunteers, and social media correspondents. We also need teaching assistants and refreshment hosts for our citizenship classes.
Accredited representative Mary Tilden shared the following about her reasons for volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic:
“Volunteering with the immigration clinic is rewarding because I see the relief and happiness that results from changed lives. LUM Immigration Clinic is the only agency to provide these services at affordable rates in our area.” 
Please contact Susan Brouillette at for more information. Please be sure to include your contact information and indicate what opportunities interest you.

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Volunteers and Staff Attend National Legal Immigration Conference

“Honing Our Skills”
{Pictured from left to right: Margaret Hass, Susan Brouillette, Joy Grow, Beata Ribeiro, Adelia Sorge, Tom Busch, Aparna Puri, and Pravina Ravi.}

In May, LUM Immigration Clinic volunteers and staff attended the 2019 Catholic Legal Immigration Clinic Convening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The LUM Immigration team joined 500 other legal immigration practitioners at the 3 day continuing education event.
Breakout sessions included: Fundamentals of Family-Based Immigration, Hot Topics in Immigration Law, and Top 10 Issues in Immigration Program Management, among others. Workshops helped volunteers sharpen their interview and research skills as well provided tools on how to expand outreach and advocacy efforts in immigrant communities.

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Director Receives Award

{Pictured above: LUM Immigration Clinic Director, Susan Brouillette is pictured with other CLINIC service award recipients.}

In May, LUM Immigration Clinic Director, Susan Brouillette received the Catholic Legal Immigration Network five-year service award. Susan was nominated based on her achievements since starting the LUM Immigration Clinic in 2014.
Susan was cited for accomplishments in the areas of volunteer recruitment, effective
partnering, and fundraising. LUM Executive Director Joe Micon stated in his nomination, “The success of the LUM Immigration Clinic is the result of Susan’s initiative and resolve. Despite the adversarial climate regarding the United States immigration system, the LUM Immigration Clinic
has managed to grow and at the same time provide quality immigration services. “
Areas of Growth
Under Susan’s leadership the clinic has grown in the services it offers. Not only does it help clients navigate an often complex immigration system, but it has partnered with LARA and the James Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship to offer citizenship classes to help permanent residents prepare for their naturalization interview. Other partnerships that Susan has cultivated include Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies, Greater Lafayette YWCA, and the Lafayette Catholic Diocese. Susan has also been fundamental in meeting the clinic’s fundraising
goals by helping to raise over $85,000 in the last three years. The funds raised enable the clinic to continue to provide high quality legal immigration services for low income clients.

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LUM Immigration Clinic Expands Capacity

“Team Work is Critical”
{Pictured from Left to Right: Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Tom Busch, Adelia Sorge, and Joy Grow.}

The LUM Immigration Clinic team is extremely fortunate to have 3 attorneys who provide invaluable expertise and expand the services that the clinic is able to offer. The three attorneys are Tom Busch, Erin Brewster, and Joy Grow. Joy also serves as the clinic’s legal advisor.
Additional Accredited Representatives
When the LUM Immigration Clinic opened its doors in 2014, director Susan Brouillette was the only accredited representative. However, this past spring five longtime volunteers: Mary Tilden, Margaret Hass, Aparna Puri, Beata Ribeiro, and Adelia Sorge, received accreditation by the U.S Department of Justice. Now these 5 volunteers are able to assist immigration clients directly. Like attorneys, accredited individuals have authorization to provide immigration advice, fill out immigration forms and draft legal documents.
Having more than doubled its capacity, the LUM Immigration Clinic is able to assist twice as many people with their immigration cases. In order to receive accreditation, volunteers took a Comprehensive Immigration Law (COIL) class equivalent to 80 hours of work. Reflecting on the process, Beata Riberio commented “I feel stronger and better prepared to assist immigration clinic clients. She added “client cases are often complicated but working together as a team increases the overall competency and the ability of the organization to provide quality immigration services. “
Elisha Hollandbeck and Brook Perez, both paralegals with Gutwein Law, completed the COIL course in March and are accruing the practical training necessary to submit their applications for accreditation to the Department of Justice.
To view more quotes from the LUM Immigration Clinic legal team about their
experiences and motivation for volunteering, please click HERE.

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