Category Archives: Outreach

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  • Tippecanoe County (Lafayette, West Lafayette, Battleground, Dayton)
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Voter Registration Deadline is Approaching


Election Day – Tuesday, November 8

Here are the important dates & deadlines for the election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022:

Registration Deadline – Must be turned in, submitted online or postmarked by Tuesday, October 11

Absentee Ballot Deadlines

  • Ballot Request must be received by Thursday, October 27
  • Ballots Deadline: In person, submitted by noon on Monday, November 7; By mail, county election officials must receive not later than 6 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8

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LUM Immigration Clinic – World Refugee Day


Impact So Far in 2022 – 248 Consultations

World Refugee Day, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate and honor refugees around the world, was celebrated this past Monday. This week it is important to recognize the impact that the LUM Immigration Clinic is having on our community, including with Ukrainian and Afghan refugees in Temporary Protected Status. So far in 2022, the LUM Immigration Clinic has met and consulted with more than 248 individuals. Among these have been nine Ukrainian citizens and ten Afghan citizens.

Did You Know? Under United States law, a refugee is someone who is located outside of the United States, is of special humanitarian concern to the United States, is not firmly resettled in another country, is admissible to the United States, and demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

LUM Outreach – Community Health Fair & More


Visit Us at Various Community Events This Summer

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Recently, LUM has been attending various community events, church services and group meetings — including the Community Health & Wellness Fair (pictured).

Come and visit the LUM table at these upcoming events: 

  • Indiana Fiddlers Gathering (6/25), 
  • Community Health Block Party (6/9), 
  • Global Fest (9/17), 
  • Hunger Hike (9/18), and 
  • Tippecanoe Latino Festival (9/24).

LUM staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


Immigration Clinic – Outreach & Networking


Staff Promote the LUM Immigration Services

Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, and Yanina Gomez Szyszko, assistant director, have recently visited with two local agencies to share more about the LUM Immigration Clinic.

As a guest speaker in a LARA class for international students (pictured above), Christian gave a presentation and answered general questions about LUM Immigration Clinic services including the naturalization process, Green Cards, F2 Visa, J2 Visa, work permit application, asylum, M2 Visa, and how COVID-19 affected the processing times. 

On another occasion, Christian and Yanina met with Jeannette Fonseca, advocate with the Heartford House Child Advocacy Center (pictured below), to discuss opportunities to collaborate, common challenges faced when offering services to bilingual families, and advocacy for immigrant victims of certain crimes (U Visa, T Visa and VAWA). Both of these outreach opportunities were valuable.


Outreach and networking are important parts of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger, immigration, and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

LUM Outreach – Lafayette Volunteer Expo


Promoting the LUM “Summer of Service”

Recently, LUM participated in the Lafayette Volunteer Expo. It was a great opportunity to recruit new volunteers and invite individuals to become more engage with LUM.

L to R: Jeffrey Auguste, LUM shelter director; Marlena Edmondson, LUM Camp director; Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, Yanina Gomez Szyszko, LUM Immigration Clinic assistant director; and Terri Anderson, LUM volunteer coordinator & office manager

LUM staff were excited to share the LUM Summer of Service. LUM Summer of Service focuses on the variety of LUM volunteer opportunities offered this summer from being a LUM Camp counselor — to serving meals at the Emergency Shelter — to being a teacher’s aide in the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — to assisting clients at one of the two LUM food pantries — or working as an advocate with the Immigration Clinic and Financial Assistance Program.

If you missed the Lafayette Volunteer Expo and want to be a part of the LUM Summer of Service, go to LUMserve.org/volunteer or email or call the LUM volunteer coordinator, Terri Anderson (volunteer@LUMserve.org | 765-423-2691).


Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

LUM Attends Taste of Ramadan


Local Islamic Society Donates $2,000 to LUM


Last Friday, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, attended the Taste of Ramadan event sponsored by the community members of the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette with the Purdue Muslim Student Association. Wes was honored to share with the members in the breaking of their daily fast with prayer and a wonderful meal, and learn more about the customs and traditions of Ramadan.

As a part of the celebration, Wes was presented with a $2,000 gift to LUM from Dr. Humaira Gowher, chairperson of the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette Board of Trustees (pictured). LUM is grateful for the generosity and support from the local Islamic community especially from the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette and Purdue Muslim Student Association — and sends warm wishes for Eid al-Fitr with peace and prosperity to all. Eid Mubarak!


Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

LUM Outreach – Local Resistance Fair


Promoting LUM Opportunities, Services & 50th Anniversary


Recently, LUM participated in the Greater Lafayette Resistance Fair. It was a great opportunity to recruit new volunteers, share the scope of LUM programs with attendees, and invite individuals to the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration.

L to R: Patti O’Callaghan, Larry Guentert, Terri Anderson, Ann Cripe, Susan Broillette & Adelia Sorge

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

LUM Outreach – Living Truth Christ Church


Promoting LUM Opportunities & Services


Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.


Recently, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, visited the Living Truth of Christ Church. He was given an opportunity to educate and update the church members on the programs at LUM as well as reconnect with current and former LUM board members and volunteers (pictured). It is a testament to the support LUM receives from the members and leadership of the Living Truth of Christ Church. {Pictured L to R are Minister Thometra M. Foster, Senior Pastor James J. Foster, Wes Tillett, and Carl Booker, LUM board member.}


Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

LUM Hosts Purdue Religious Leaders


Last week, LUM hosted the regular meeting of the University Religious Leaders of Purdue. URL is a consortium of religious leaders who serve Purdue students in West Lafayette. After a simple lunch in the LUM Ray Ewry Center, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, and Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director, gave an overview of the services provided through Lafayette Urban Ministry — emphasizing that the students and community members who are served by their churches and temples are eligible for this assistance. They focused on the Westside Food Pantry, Financial Assistance and the Immigration Clinic. URL members were also encouraged to take advantage of the numerous giving and volunteer opportunities at LUM through the Emergency ShelterAfter School Program, Community Thanksgiving, and Jubilee Christmas.

LUM has enjoyed a good partnership with the University Religious Leaders at Purdue — and this was a great opportunity to reinforce that relationship.


If you or your group wishes to volunteer with LUM, go to our website to explore and sign up online—click HERE. There are immediate LUM volunteer needs with the Emergency Shelter, After School Program Jubilee Christmas, Turkey Trot 5K Run, and Community Thanksgiving Celebration.