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LUM Supports Mental Health Legislation


Do More for Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this is a great opportunity to call on Congress to do more for mental health and suicide prevention.

Join the Campaign for Hoosier Families by emailing your U.S. Senators to urge their support for two important federal bills that will help improve youth mental health and prevent suicide in schools: The Youth Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Act (S.3628) and The Mental Health Services for Students Act (S.1841). 

The US Senators representing Indiana are Mike Braun & Todd C. Young; and House members representing Indiana are as follows (click on their names for contact information):


Reach out to Senators Braun & Young and your House representative by email, letter and/or through social media. Demand #MoreForMentalHealth and urge them to support and vote “YES” for The Youth Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Act (S.3628) and The Mental Health Services for Students Act (S.1841). 


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE. Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families! If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.


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LUM Supports SNAP Emergency Allotment


LUM Joins In Support of SNAP Emergency Allotment

LUM has signed a letter organized by Indiana Hunger Coalition urging the Indiana General Assembly to allow SNAP Emergency Allotments to continue for the duration of the federal public health emergency to help low-income Hoosiers to afford healthier food options for their families. Currently, SNAP Emergency Allotments will end on April 16, 2022, for Indiana families. For more details please read the letter below.


Letter – SNAP Emergency Allotment for Indiana Families

To the Members of the Indiana General Assembly:

We, the undersigned, ask you to support extended SNAP Emergency Allotment benefits for the more than 607,000 Hoosiers utilizing SNAP benefits to help feed their families.

Hoosiers use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide food during times of economic hardship, making it one of the largest and most effective anti-poverty programs in Indiana. For every one meal that the Feeding America network of food banks can provide across the country, SNAP provides nine. Additionally, ninety-seven percent of all households receiving SNAP benefits in Indiana contain a child, senior, or person with a disability.

As the language stands in HB 1001, SNAP Emergency Allotments will end April 16, 2022—the end of the current federal public health emergency. We have every expectation that the federal public health emergency will be extended for another ninety days. With the deadline in legislation, low-income Hoosiers will miss out on $200M in federal benefits to afford healthier food options for their families, purchased at more than 5,000 Indiana retailers.

SNAP EA benefits provided more than $51M into Indiana businesses in the month of January 2022 alone. SNAP generates business for retailers of all types and sizes, including superstores, supermarkets, convenience stores, and specialty stores like farmers markets, dairies, and butchers. But SNAP is particularly impactful to small businesses, which represent eighty percent of SNAP retailers. This is especially true in high-poverty areas where SNAP purchases can account for a significant share of a retailer’s total sales.

Now is not the time to roll back this assistance as Hoosier families are being squeezed from all sides. Inflation, particularly in food, gas, rent, plus utilities and other costs are greatly impacting Hoosiers. Supply chain issues and higher food prices also impact food banks’ abilities to serve clients. Continuing this single aspect of a program which utilizes federal dollars would provide Hoosier families with on average an additional $185 in SNAP benefits each to help put food on their tables and free up other income for other expenses.

We urge the Indiana General Assembly to allow SNAP Emergency Allotments to continue for the duration of the federal public health emergency to help low-income Hoosiers to afford healthier food options for their families.

Organized by the Indiana Hunger Coalition


LUM encourages you to email or call you state legislators urging them to to allow SNAP Emergency Allotments to continue for the duration of the federal public health emergency to help low-income Hoosiers to afford healthier food options for their families.

Tippecanoe County – IN State Senators & Representatives are as follows:

To find your Indiana legislator (representative or senator), if you do not live in Tippecanoe County, click HERE.


FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE. Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families. If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Action Alert – Campaign for Hoosier Families


Campaign for Hoosier FamiliesA strong, public voice for Hoosier families and children in need


Legislative Action Items


The Indiana legislative session is in full swing and heating up! There are two things you can do right now (January 24 – 28) to advocate for the local families served by LUM. FIRST: email or call your IN State Representative to vote YES on HB 1361; and SECOND, email or call your IN State Senator to vote NO on SB 352


HB 1361 – YES!
HB 1361 makes reasonable changes to TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). It passed unanimously out of committee and now goes to the floor of the House. Please email or call your Representative and ask them to vote YES on HB 1361 because it will reduce some of the barriers participants face when they are working to improve their circumstances. This bill will allow TANF recipients to build their assets for emergencies, have a reliable vehicle to get to work or training, and have access to child care.

SB 352 – NO!
SB 352 provides another way for Pay Day Loan companies to take advantage of low income families. The bill allows a $2,500 loan to end up costing a consumer $4,769 in only six months! LUM stands against these types of predatory loans, which prey upon people who have meager financial means. Email or call your Senator and ask them to vote NO on SB 352. Thanks to Senator Alting for authoring an amendment to repeal the payday statute and to reinsert a provision that the new loans would be subject to the 72% loan sharking cap. 

Tippecanoe County – IN State Senators & Representatives are as follows:

To find your Indiana legislator (representative or senator), if you do not live in Tippecanoe County, click HERE.


FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Campaign for Hoosier Families — Legislative Update


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Legislative Update & Action Items


Now that the 2021 Indiana Legislative session has ended, the Campaign for Hoosier Families offers this summary.

  • Budget – Food Banks line item was increased from $300,000 to $1 million per year; and the CHOICE appropriation (funds supporting elderly & individuals with disabilities to stay in their homes) was restored to its current level (no reduction).
  • Evictions – Protecting renters from eviction and negative legislation. A bill that fixed some issues in last year’s legislation gutting many tenant protections did pass, and our legislative delegation voted against the negative bills.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families came close to being expanded, but the House Ways and Means Committee amended the TANF legislation to delete the language updating TANF eligibility and benefits, and instead inserted an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit. This could result in $10.5 to $12 million more in tax credits for Hoosier families. TANF expansion still needs to be a priority.
  • Minimum Wage – Bills were introduced but not passed. Increasing minimum wage still needs to be a priority.
  • Child & Dependent Care State Tax Credit – Bills were introduced but not passed. This also still needs to be a priority.
  • Redistricting – The session is technically still ongoing, and the legislature will reconvene to consider redistricting when the census data is finally available.

Please contact your state legislators to let them know that you support expansion of TANF, $15 minimum wage, Child & Dependent Care State Tax Credit, not taxing unemployment compensation, and redistricting. Please join us in thanking Kathy Williams, LUM legislative advocate, and Patti O’Callaghan, LUM volunteer lobbyist, for working so hard on behalf of Hoosier Families.

To get started, click HERE.


FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Kathryn & Patti – The LUM Public Policy Team


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LUM Legislative & Social Justice Updates


The Campaign for Hoosier Families engages local, state, and federal officials on behalf of low income families and children. Since LUM was incorporated in 1972, “advocacy” has been a part of the mission. As a part of the Campaign for Hoosier Families, Kathryn Williams is the new LUM Public Policy Advocate.

Kathy Williams graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and was admitted to practice law in both Indiana and Massachusetts. She is a registered lobbyist with the State of Indiana and has represented clients in civil cases through the Indiana Legal Services Organization in matters including family issues, housing, government benefits, and constitutional rights. Kathy is a long-term public policy advocate at the Indiana General Assembly, representing many different organizations that provide human services and/or advocate for social justice, which now includes LUM. Kathy is currently monitoring key legislation at the Indiana Statehouse.

Patti O’Callaghan, who serves as the LUM Volunteer Legislative Liaison, submitted testimony on Indiana bills related to the following:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Earned Income Tax Credit – supporting an increase in the state EIC. LUM was instrumental in getting this established, and it inspired the LUM Tax Assistance Program.
  • Township Homeless Assistance and Preventing Homelessness that occurs due to eliminating local control of rental properties

On the Federal level, LUM supports:

  • COVID-19 Relief for Hoosiers who are hungry, unemployed or at risk of eviction
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Minimum Wage increase to $15 per hour

LUM is thrilled to have the experience of Kathy & Patti advocating for Hoosier families. They are well-respected and are the best at representing LUM where the decisions are being made at the State Capitol and beyond.


FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Campaign for Hoosier Families—A Legislative Update


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Action Alert: Support Pandemic Relief


Ask Indiana’s Lawmakers not to overturn
Gov. Holcomb’s Veto of Housing Bill – SEA 148 

With a long COVID-19 winter settling in, the Campaign for Hoosier Families urges you to reach out to Indiana’s state legislators NOW to tell them why it’s important not to overturn Governor Holcomb’s veto of SEA 148 this session.

Indiana families can’t afford a veto override that would negatively affect rental housing and could expand homelessness. To get started, click HERE.


Urge Congress to Pass Bipartisan Pandemic Relief Bill

Also, please contact your senators and representatives in Congress to urge them to enact newly-released legislation NOW that includes $25 billion for emergency rental assistance and a one-month extension of the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To get started, click HERE.


Other Legislation to Watch & Support

  • STATE – House Bill 1136 Paid family & medical leave program. For more information, click HERE. Share the bill and thank the authors on social media (on Twitter, @campbellh26 and @DavissonforHD73). Connect with your legislators to ask for their support
  • FEDERAL – National partners are circulating a letter to Congress urging support for the FAMILY Act. It is very similar to the Indiana bill, providing 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents, serious health conditions, and family care. To sign on, click HERE (even if you signed a similar letter in 2019, you will need to sign again to be included)

FIND YOUR Your State Legislators

Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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Campaign for Hoosier Families—Placed 2nd


Campaign for Hoosier Families—a program of the LUM Social Justice Ministry—placed 2nd nationally in the “Ignite Your Advocacy” Photo Contest. As one of the top 4 photos, the Campaign for Hoosier Families will receive a year’s subscription to Ignite, a new digital advocacy campaign software that will allow C4HF to create a professional, mobile-friendly action center — plus receive a dedicated Customer Success Manager to help build a C4HF advocacy page, help with training and support—and we’ll have our advocacy mission featured on Connectivity, CQ Roll Call’s resource site for nonprofits, associations and advocacy professionals—total value $6,000.

Thank you for taking the time to vote for LUM! To learn more about the Campaign for Hoosier Families — click HERE.


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Vote Now for Campaign for Hoosier Families & Lulu MacFluff


 VOTE for Campaign for Hoosier Families — click HERE

{be sure to Hit “Vote Now” below the LUM picture.}


Campaign for Hoosier Families—a program of the LUM Social Justice Ministry—is competing in the “Ignite Your Advocacy” Photo Contest. {See the photo to the left.}

If the Campaign for Hoosier Families wins — the program will receive a year’s subscription to Ignite, a new digital advocacy campaign software that will allow C4HF to create a professional, mobile-friendly action center — plus receive a dedicated Customer Success Manager to help build a C4HF advocacy page, help with training and support—and we’ll have our advocacy mission featured on Connectivity, CQ Roll Call’s resource site for nonprofits, associations and advocacy professionals—total value $6,000.


PLEASE VOTE for the Campaign for Hoosier Families. You may vote each and every day from NOW until April 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please SHARE with others.


To VOTE — click HERE

{be sure to Hit “Vote Now” below the LUM picture.}


LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE BY YOUR SIDE! LuLu MacFluff, the dog featured in our photo, is a beloved local rescue dog that embodies our belief that all individuals have value and are deserving of love, respect and support. The Campaign for Hoosier Families engages local, state, and Federal officials on behalf of low income families and children. Since it was founded in 1975, LUM has included “advocacy” as part its mission. In service to this mission, staff, board members, and volunteers have  lobbied public officials so that the working poor are treated justly and that public assistance programs lead to real and sustainable economic stability. To learn more about the Campaign for Hoosier Families — click HERE


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Vote for Campaign for Hoosier Families


 VOTE for Campaign for Hoosier Families — click HERE

Campaign for Hoosier Families—a program of the LUM Social Justice Ministry—is competing in the “Ignite Your Advocacy” Photo Contest. {See the photo to the left.}

If the Campaign for Hoosier Families wins — the program will receive a year’s subscription to Ignite, a new digital advocacy campaign software that will allow C4HF to create a professional, mobile-friendly action center — plus receive a dedicated Customer Success Manager to help build a C4HF advocacy page, help with training and support—and we’ll have our advocacy mission featured on Connectivity, CQ Roll Call’s resource site for nonprofits, associations and advocacy professionals—total value $6,000.


PLEASE VOTE for the Campaign for Hoosier Families. You may vote each and every day from NOW until April 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please SHARE with others.


To VOTE — click HERE

LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE BY YOUR SIDE! LuLu MacFluff, the dog featured in our photo, is a beloved local rescue dog that embodies our belief that all individuals have value and are deserving of love, respect and support. The Campaign for Hoosier Families engages local, state, and Federal officials on behalf of low income families and children. Since it was founded in 1975, LUM has included “advocacy” as part its mission. In service to this mission, staff, board members, and volunteers have  lobbied public officials so that the working poor are treated justly and that public assistance programs lead to real and sustainable economic stability. To learn more about the Campaign for Hoosier Families — click HERE

Campaign for Hoosier Families—A Legislative Update


Campaign for Hoosier Families
A strong, public voice for Hoosier families and children in need


Dear Fellow Advocates,

The 2017 Legislative Session is well under way and the Campaign for Hoosier Families is watching out for your interests. An important and popular topic this Session is the issue of mental health. While many bills have died because they were not heard in their respective committees before the committee report deadline, some key mental health bills have passed through third reading.


House Bill 1430, provides that, after June 30, 2018, each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school shall require certain school employees to attend or participate in at least two hours of evidence based in-service youth suicide awareness and prevention training every two school years. HB 1430 has been referred to the Senate and assigned to the Senate Education Committee.

Senate Bill 506, also provides important measures regarding suicide prevention training in educational institutions. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to: (1) establish a psychiatric crisis intervention pilot program; (2) develop a statewide program for suicide prevention; and (3) employ a coordinator of the statewide program for suicide prevention, which will be implemented in schools. The bill also requires continual education for school employees on child suicide awareness and training. SB 506 passed on the Senate Floor and has been referred to the House.

Bills such as HB 1430 and SB 506 are critical to Hoosier families because of how prevalent the issue of suicide is in the state of Indiana. Based on the most recent Suicide in Indiana Report, produced by the Indiana State Department of Health, the “overall suicide rate in Indiana was higher than the U.S. and Midwest [suicide] rates.” The focus of these bills on youth suicide prevention is significant because, according to this same report, “suicide was the second leading cause of death in the 15-34 age group, [and] the third leading cause of death among those 10-14 years of age.”

Other bills seeking to better the mental health of Hoosiers are Senate Bill 435 and Senate Bill 63. Senate Bill 435 requires a school corporation’s health education curriculum to include mental health wellness education. It also provides that the governing body of a school corporation may provide mental health screenings to students. SB 435 has passed on the Senate Floor and has been referred to the House. Senate Bill 63 establishes a two-year community mental health center telemedicine pilot program to be administered by the division of mental health and addiction. It also provides that the purpose of the program is to provide mental health counseling and services to children through the use of telemedicine. SB 63 passed on the Senate Floor and has been referred to the House.


What this means for you?
Indiana schools and youth are going to see an increase in suicide prevention and mental health programming facilitated by the state. Hopefully with more education, involvement from the community, and support from the state, less Hoosier families will have to endure the pain of suicide. The stigma of mental illness is also a target of this legislation, which will help create a safe environment for those suffering from mental illness. Through this legislation, Indiana is taking an important step toward supporting appropriate mental health care and resources for Hoosiers.


What can you do?
Contact your State Senator and Representative to express your support for bills that involve providing mental health resources and education to Indiana youth.

Unsure of who your state legislators are? Follow this link to find out: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/. Every phone call and email makes a difference as we work to protect the interests of Hoosier Families!

For more information about mental health in Indiana and the U.S. check out the following links: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/Suicide_Report_2013_final(1).pdf OR http://www.nami.org/NAMI/media/NAMI-Media/Infographics/GeneralMHFacts.pdf


As we’re sure you’ve gathered, there is a lot going on regarding immigration right now. The Trump administration has announced plans to ramp up enforcement and deportation efforts, causing great fear in immigrant communities, while lawmakers in Congress have proposed legislation to drastically limit future legal immigration. Your advocacy is more needed now than ever.


Today we’d like to give you a few actions you can take immediately on local, state and Federal levels to support immigrants in our community.

Local:
Join Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies:
GLIA is a group that was recently formed by local restaurant owner Kirsten Serrano and others to support immigrants locally with a focus on fellowship, advocacy, and education. The group has already put on several successful events, including a recent postcard-writing event that generated 800 postcards to send to politicians. You can find GLIA on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterLafayetteImmigrantAllies/

Support local “Welcoming Cities” ordinances:
LUM Immigration Clinic is committed to making Greater Lafayette a truly welcoming place. To that end, we have joined together with GLIA and other community members to propose and promote welcoming ordinances in both Lafayette and West Lafayette. These ordinances would assure that both cities do what is in their legal power to support local residents and their due process rights regardless of immigration status. We will be meeting with local officials soon to discuss these issues and lobby for their support. If you are interested in speaking directly to city officials that represent your district, please contact us immediately. In the meantime, sign our petitions to show them that these are provisions you support. The more people we have on board, the better.

You can find the Lafayette petition here: https://www.change.org/p/lafayette-city-council-make-lafayette-a-welcoming-city

The West Lafayette petition is here: https://www.change.org/p/west-lafayette-city-council-make-west-lafayette-a-welcoming-city

UPDATE: David Sanders from the West Lafayette Council will be introducing a “Welcoming City” resolution on Monday night, March 6th. Below is a link to the resolution: http://www.westlafayette.in.gov/eGov/documents/1487788678_20227.pdf

GLIA is hoping to have a large contingent of supporters at the event and is asking all those who want to ensure that the City of West Lafayette continue to evoke an a welcoming attitude attend the event, especially those who live in West Lafayette.


State:
The Indiana State Senate recently pass a bill that is designed to prevent “sanctuary” campuses (SB 423). The full text of the bill can be found by going to https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/senate/423. This past Tuesday, February 28th, the full Senate approved the bill which will now go to to the house. Call and write your senators ASAP to encourage them to vote NO on SB 423. The phone numbers and email addresses for house members can be found at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/.


Federal:
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has introduced the Protect Immigration Act (S-303) bill in the US Senate that would basically repeal the president’s executive orders on immigration. More specifically the bill would discontinue the Secure Communities program which authorizes State and local law enforcement officers to investigate, apprehend, and detain aliens in accordance with a written agreement with the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and to clarify that immigration enforcement is solely a function of the Federal Government. More about information about the bill can be found by going to https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/303/all-info. A similar bill, H.R. 912 has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The full title of the bill is “Protecting Immigrants from Legal Exploitation Act of 2017” and the text can be found by going to: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/912?r=73. To find/contact your house member go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/. If you are uncomfortable with the current approach to immigration enforcement we urge you to contact Senator Todd Young and Senator Joe Donnelly to express support for S-303 The phone numbers and email addresses for Young and Donnelly’s offices are available by going to: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information


To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families go to www.lumserve.org/bill-watch-list/.


Campaign for Hoosier Families is an alliance of faith-based organizations that engages local, state and federal officials on behalf of low-income Hoosier families and children. To find out more information about bills that are being watched by the Campaign for Hoosier Families, please click HERE.

Thank you for helping to support Hoosier Families!


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Social Justice Ministry, click HERE.

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