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PORT of HOPE – LUM Immigration Clinic Fundraising Events

Port of Hope offers three fun experiences this year.

  • PoH Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). Grab your friends and/or family and enjoy a socially distanced outdoor escapade learning how our community has been enriched by immigrants over the years.
  • Port of Hope Virtual Experience (Thursday, November 5). The Virtual Experience is an opportunity to sit back at home and enjoy music and interviews while learning about the Immigration Clinic and its impact on our community.
  • Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5). It’s a social media campaign & fundraiser.

Event Info | Scavenger Hunt | Virtual Experience | Donate $ | Sponsor


COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING FEAST – Thursday, November 26

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.

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor


TURKEY TROT 5K RUN – Thursday, November 26

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.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy.

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor


JUBILEE CHRISTMAS – Saturday, December 12

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.

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Port of Hope – Immigration Clinic Fundraiser


Virtual Experience & Scavenger Hunt

Planning for the 5th annual LUM Port of Hope fundraising 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.

Immigration Clinic FUNdraiser – Who’s That Masked Donor?


Immigration Clinic Fundraising Event

What It’s All About

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.


When

  • 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.

Show Your Support

  • Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic
  • 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.

$30,000 Match – LUM Immigration Clinic


Double Your Donation – Double Your Impact

LUM is thrilled to announce that Drs.Tanuja & Ketan Sheth (pictured) are offering a “$30,000 Match Donation” challenge in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact in helping our immigrant neighbors, thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Sheth family. 

Here is how it works: make a donation to the LUM Immigration Clinic by Monday, November 30 and Drs. Ketan & Tanuja Sheth will match all donations up to $30,000! 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 money goes to support local legal immigration services through the LUM Immigration Clinic, which in 2019 helped 256 individuals with immigration and naturalization processes, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of certified legal counsel. The effect of this assistance has been nothing short of life-changing to those immigrants who receive it. 

One person recently wrote to LUM stating, “It’s hard to put into words the impact your help has made in our lives… Since obtaining [the LUM Immigration Clinic’s] help with our immigration process, my husband was able to obtain his work permit and his income has helped me out with my family and school debt. I no longer have to work two or three jobs. I no longer have to miss important family moments. I no longer have to choose work over my health… We would not be where we are today without your help.” 

Please seize this wonderful chance to double your financial impact in assisting our neighbors. Thank you to Drs. Ketan and Tanuja Sheth for their generosity and challenge, and thanks in advance for any financial support you choose to give. 

To take advantage of this Match Program, click the button below.

Who’s That Masked Donor? FUNdraiser

Immigration Clinic Fundraising Event



What It’s All About

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.


When

  • 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.

Show Your Support

  • Donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic
  • 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.

A Prayer for Immigrants

Join us in a prayer for immigrants, as we face difficult times by Weijing Li.


Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being with us at this difficult time. You are the lighthouse in darkness and storm, and we can only find the way forward by relying on you. Lord, please guide us through.

The fate of immigrants has become more uncertain in the waves the world now faces—many are frightened and upset. We believe that you, Lord, will give them the peaceful life they need.

Please give us love and wisdom, so we can keep providing our clients the comfort they really need.

Lord, thank you for your guidance, for changing me from someone being served to someone who serves others. Please let me continue to serve.

Amen


亲爱的天父,

感谢你在这艰难的时刻与我们同在。
你就是黑暗与风暴中的灯塔,我们只有靠着你才能找到前进的道路。
主啊,请你继续带领我们。

在这风浪中移民们的命运变得更加飘渺不定,
他们或许会感到惊恐,不安
但是我们祈祷,主请你用你的仁慈接纳他们,
我们相信主你一定会把他们需要的安稳生活赐给他们。
请主给我们爱与智慧,
让我们尽可能的为我们的客户提供他们现在急需的安慰。

主啊,谢谢你的指引,
让我从过去的受恩者,变做如今的施恩者。
请让我继续为他的国和他的意服侍。

阿门


Learn more about the amazing work the LUM Immigration Clinic and its volunteers do every day, click HERE.

 

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ICYMI – Maria is a US Citizen!


Immigration Clinic Client Becomes a Citizen

Maria Gonzalez, a client at the LUM Immigration Clinic, recently became a US citizen. Originally from Mexico, she has lived in the United States since she was 9 years old. Her mom supported her throughout the process, telling her “Maria, please become a U.S. Citizen.” Maria’s children have been another important motivator to become a citizen, as she wants them to safely grow up in the United States. 

Maria found the citizenship classes incredibly useful, even though she was nervous and apprehensive at the start. Maria is grateful to the entire LUM Immigration Clinic team and would like to thank her family, the Rev. Susan Brouillette, and especially God for helping her through the citizenship process. 

Pictured L to R: Maria Gonzalez & the Rev. Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director


María es ciudadana

por Cameron Brooks

Maria Gonzalez es cliente de la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM y se ha beneficiado de los servicios prestados por nuestro equipo. Originaria de México, María aprecia mucho lo que la Clínica ha hecho por ella. Ella ha vivido en los Estados Unidos desde que tenía 9 años. Su madre la apoyó durante todo el proceso, diciéndole “María, por favor conviértete en ciudadana estadounidense”. Su madre también la animó a “orar y pedirle a Dios que le muestre que Él está allí con usted y que usted puede hacerlo”.

Los hijos de María han sido otro motivador importante para convertirse en ciudadanos. Obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense era algo que quería hacer por ella y sus hijos, ya que quiere que crezcan de manera segura en los Estados Unidos.

María consideró que las clases de ciudadanía eran increíblemente útiles, a pesar de que estaba muy nerviosa y aprensiva al principio. Cada vez que tenía una pregunta, la ayuda siempre estaba allí. La clase y las personas que conoció la ayudaron a creer que era posible convertirse en ciudadana.

La Sra. González quisiera agradecer a su familia, la Rev. Susan Brouillette, y especialmente a Dios por ayudarla en el proceso de ciudadanía.


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Immigration Clinic Volunteer Spotlight


Celebrating Dedicated LUM Volunteers

The LUM Immigration Clinic replies on a team of dedicated and trained volunteers. Featured here are some of the newest volunteers. They are pictured above from left to right.

Andrea Axsom:

Readers should know: “I am a Purdue Professional Writing student and Bible study leader for The Navigators.”

Abby Sommers:

Readers should know: “I love learning about other cultures, especially their cuisine and literature!”

Eyob Moges:

Readers should know: “I am the son of Ethiopian immigrants who studied political science in college.”

Mateo Ramirez:

Readers should know: “I am majoring in Political Science and Communications, and I am very passionate about helping and advocating for my community.” 

Samanta Garcia:

Readers should know: “I am a rising senior at Purdue University studying Supply Chain Information & Analytics.”

Khunsha Ahmed:

Readers should know: “I am a junior in Health Sciences at Purdue, and I am passionate about helping the local community grow and being a part of that growth!” 

Mansoorah Kermani:

Readers should know: “I am dedicated to working towards making as many positive changes in the world as I can, no matter how big or small.”

Layan Yunis:

Readers should know: “I’m a student at Purdue University, and I’m very passionate about social justice.”

Sarah Percival:

Readers should know: “I’m working on a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Purdue.”

Angel Valentin:

Readers should know: “I came from Puerto Rico to study at Purdue, and have been working with the Wesley Foundation and becoming involved with local organizations.”


Thank you to these LUM volunteers for giving their time and talent. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE.


Khunsha Ahmed, Ileana Cortes Santiago, Mansoorah Kermani, Adelia Sorge, Layan Yunis, Angel Valrod, Eli Heindricks

Clínica de Inmigración de LUM el boletín informativo


Una carta de la Directora de la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM, Rev. Susan Brouillette

Querida comunidad,

Nos complace presentarle nuestro primer boletín de la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM para inmigrantes. Hemos tratado de cubrir algunos de los cambios principales de las regulaciones de inmigración, incluyendo las nuevas reglas de carga pública, los aumentos esperados en las tarifas de solicitud del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS), las decisiones de la Corte Suprema sobre Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA), e historias de éxito de nuestros clientes.

También hemos incluido un enlace al vídeo en nuestra pagina de web que presenta a nuestros clientes y sus experiencias con la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM. El boletín también proporciona un breve artículo sobre las credenciales de la Clínica de Inmigración LUM y lo que significa ser un proveedor autorizado de servicios legales del Departamento de Justicia de los EE. UU. y un representante acreditado.

Esperamos que lo encuentre útil y nos haga saber cómo podemos mejorar nuestros servicios.

Sinceramente,

The Rev. Susan Brouillette  
LUM Immigration Clinic Director



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Compromiso con el patrimonio y la profesión


Conozca a nuestra nueva directora asistente
Mónica Casanova

por Andrea Axsom

La Clínica de Inmigración de LUM desea presentar a su nueva directora asistente, Monica Casanova. Los roles principales de Mónica incluyen la posible captación de clientes y ayudar a los clientes a navegar el proceso de inmigración.

Mónica es una inmigrante de primera generación que nació en México y emigró a los Estados Unidos cuando era bebé. Ella recuerda cómo esta experiencia “me formó como individuo y como directora asistente. Como primera generación, me sentí avergonzado de no haber nacido en los Estados Unidos y si me hubieras preguntado a los 10 años, de mala gana te diría o mentiría sobre dónde nací “.

Su familia quedó indocumentada hasta que el presidente Reagan aprobó la Ley de Amnistía en 1986, lo que permitió a su familia salir de las sombras y vivir sin miedo. Después de que se promulgó la ley, ella recuerda que “pudimos visitar a mis abuelos en México por primera vez. Recuerdo a mi madre corriendo por un maizal gritándole a su madre la primera vez que la visitamos. Fue la primera visita de mis padres en diez años “.

Las experiencias de la infancia de Mónica le permitieron convertirse en quien es hoy y han alimentado su pasión por trabajar en inmigración. Mónica es el primer miembro de su familia en graduarse de la escuela secundaria y asistir a la universidad, recibiendo un B.A. en Educación y una maestría en Biblioteconomía e Historia Pública.

Mónica es miembro fundador de Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies y actual vicepresidenta de la junta. También es una candidata política por primera vez, que se postuló para el boleto demócrata para el asiento del Consejo General del Condado de Tippecanoe.