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LUM Immigration Legal Team share thoughts

Newly accredited representative, Aparna Puri shared,
“For most immigrants families the services of an immigration attorney are cost-prohibitive. With our help they can navigate the complex legal system to become documented and secure, which in the long run benefits families, communities and the economy.”
 
Adelia Sorge shared,
“I am enjoying working with the wonderful, resourceful and varied clients who come to the Immigration Clinic and the talented and supportive people who volunteer there. In addition, I feel I am contributing to making the United States a stronger and better country.”
 
Margaret Hass noted,
“Now that I’m accredited, I’m excited to be able to take on more responsibility to help people do things like reunite with their families, find humanitarian relief, or become US citizens. I’m also glad to be part of a diverse and committed team of volunteers that is working hard to expand the capacity of the Clinic and respond to community needs.”

73 Days to Fight Hunger at Hunger Hike 2019

Hunger Hike 2019 – Sunday, September 22
There’s only 73 DAYS to Hunger Hike .  Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.”
 
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.  Hunger Hike  (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk ) event details are as follows:
  • Sunday, September 22
  • Noon – Check-in; 1 p.m. – Kick-off event begins; 2 p.m. – hike starts
  • Riehle Plaza, 2nd Street, Lafayette
 
Hunger Hike is 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:
 
|  REGISTER Online  | DONATE  | More Information —  hungerhike.org  |
 
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor . If interested, email  hungerhike@lumserve.org  for more information.

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Summer is The Season for 5th Quarter

Summer 2019

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.”

Dear Friend,

In her 2016 book, “The Rest of the Story,” author Sarah Dessen captures the spirit of summer precisely. It is that special season where everything is on pause, yet a time of possibility and promise. Here at Lafayette Urban Ministry, summer is the season for 5th Quarter.

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is an academic learning program that helps low-income children retain and grow their knowledge throughout the summer months when school is no longer in session.

According to the Measures of Academic Progress tests, summer learning loss is a serious reality. On average, children lose about a month of reading and math skills during their first summer vacation. During their second summer vacation, they lose three full months of skills in reading and math.

The LUM 5th Quarter program offers low-income children the chance to catch up. The program is in session every day throughout the summer months at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. This summer, 45 children are enrolled.

Each day begins with a nutritious snack, recreational reading and a fun gathering session for our students, teachers and volunteers. Then it is on to learning in math, science, and social studies. Each of these subjects is taught through a combination of classroom and online study. There are weekly field trips to the public library, Purdue University, and to other locations where our students see and experience new things.

Pre and post testing indicates that the LUM 5th Quarter students retain more of the knowledge they learned in school and are better-prepared to enter the next grade level in August, when compared to a control group of children who did not participate in our program! I am so pleased with the quality of the LUM 5th Quarter Program. I am encouraged by the positive feedback we have received from the children’s parents and classroom teachers. More than anything else, I am proud of the progress of our 5th Quarter students.

It is costing LUM $28,000 to operate 5th Quarter this summer. Included in this amount are four teachers, our online learning expenses, program supplies, snacks, and transportation for field trips.

Parents who can afford to contribute to the cost of their child’s participation in 5th Quarter, even minimally, are expected to do so. But almost one-third of the children enrolled are provided full summer scholarships. I am hoping you will join me in offsetting these costs.

Please, won’t you consider a generous gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 or more to 5th Quarter? Your support will help LUM continue to offer this remarkable program that has proven so effective in advancing the academic progress of low-income children in our community.

The LUM 5th Quarter is in session for ten weeks this summer, from late May through early August. Please help us to make these a collection of weeks where, in the words of author Sarah Dessen, “anything is possible.” Join me in sharing a generous gift to the 2019 LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

P.S. Mail or drop off your check to the LUM Office, or give online at lumserve.org/donate

Thank you!


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Two Unique Experiences Benefited LUM

Thanks to East End Grill & the Samara House Trust

Two local events, offering one-of-a-kind, unique experiences, benefited the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program for local families.

East End Grill hosted a Dining & Wine Experience, which included an incredible four-course meal with wine pairing. This event raised $1,000. (Pictured above.)

The second event was the Samara Experience, which was an intimate tour of the John and Catherine Christian House (Frank Lloyd Wright home) and closed with a lovely reception. This event raised $540. (Pictured above.)

Special thanks to the following…
  • LUM Board Members: Alee Gunderson, Joan Low & Cheryl Fowler (pictured to right)
  • LUM Member Churches: The Church of the Blessed Sacrament & Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Our sponsors: East End Grill & the Samara Trust
  • All who participated in the Dining & Wine and Samara Experiences

One hundred percent of the money raised at these two events ($1,540) will assist local children and families in financial crisis. If you wish to support the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please make a donation the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.


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“Never Again Is Now” Rally – Powerful Event

LUM Immigration Clinic Participates in Rally

Last Sunday, the LUM Immigration Clinic staff members attended and participated in the “Never Again Is Now Rally” organized by the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette.

ILGL members planned the rally at St. John’s Episcopal Church, stating that the members are “horrified at the conditions in the detention centers on our borders, wherein children are abused, denied medicine, refused soap and toiletries, and are forced to sleep in freezing temperatures on concrete floors. This dehumanization is immoral!”

Lafayette Urban Ministry was one of the event sponsors, and the Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, was an invited speaker (pictured above). Other speakers included the Rabbi Michael Harvey from Temple Israel representing the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette, Purdue Professor Jay McCann representing the Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies and Annabel Prokopy, 10th grade student at West Lafayette High School (and daughter of LUM program director, Josh Prokopy). Each speaker was well received, and the rally drew more than 300 participants and local media. The overarching message throughout the rally was that,

“Our community will not stand for these violations of human rights.”

For more information, please email interfaithleadersgl@gmail.com.


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LUM Students Visit Prophetstown State Park

LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette. During their visit they hiked through the park exploring the fens, prairie and open woodlands; and learned about prairie grass, and Native American culture.

They also participated in the Silly Safari Program at the Tippecanoe County Library and met some animals including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, bugs and more.

At least once a week, the LUM students go on an excursion, locally, to continue their summer learning (zoo, library, museum, firehouse) and for recreation (swimming, bowling, local park, hiking). If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a study/recreation trip, volunteer, and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


{To view more Prophetstown photos, click HERE.}



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UU Church Clothes Drive Benefits LUM Clients

Saturday, May 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (333 Meridian St., West Lafayette) will hold their annual Goodwill Clothing Drive on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Clean out your closets
  2. Bring your clothes to the Unitarian Universalist Church
  3. Support Local Families through LUM

UU Church will receive a $5 voucher from Goodwill for each bag of clothing donated. These vouchers will be passed along to LUM to assist our neediest families. Let your spring cleaning be a Win-Win and help local children & families.

For more information, click HERE.

East End Grill – Food & Wine Experience


SPECIAL Event Benefits LUM – Thursday, June 13

East End Grill in downtown Lafayette is hosting a very special, unique Food & Wine Experience, and all of the proceeds go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. The event details are as follows:

  • What: Four-course dinner experience with Wine pairings
  • Date & time: Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: East End Grill, 1016 Main Street, Lafayette, IN
  • Donation: $100 per person
  • Limited to the first 10 lucky individuals

Perfect for Father’s Day or Date Night


Scott Trzaskus, owner, and Ambarish Lulay, chef, are hosting the event and will give details on each course and the wine pairings. They share that,

“East End Grill would like the pleasure of hosting you for a four-course dinner experience with wine pairings. The dinner will feature local produce and meats from our purveyors to create an interactive dining experience whereby we introduce you to food and wine the way we enjoy sharing with our guests. The flavors will feature Spanish influences and include seafood and meat dishes that best convey our style of family dining and hospitality. We look forward to cooking for you.”


Make Your Reservation TODAY — If you & your friends are interested, call, email or stop by the LUM Office (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).

First come, first served. Limited to ONLY 10 participants.

East End Grill – Food & Wine Experience


SPECIAL Event Benefits LUM – Thursday, June 13

East End Grill in downtown Lafayette is hosting a very special, unique Food & Wine Experience, and all of the proceeds go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. The event details are as follows:

  • What: Four-course dinner experience with Wine pairings
  • Date & time: Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: East End Grill, 1016 Main Street, Lafayette, IN
  • Donation: $100 per person
  • Limited to the first 10 lucky individuals

Scott Trzaskus, owner, and Ambarish Lulay, chef, are hosting the event and will give details on each course and the wine pairings. They share that,

“East End Grill would like the pleasure of hosting you for a four-course dinner experience with wine pairings. The dinner will feature local produce and meats from our purveyors to create an interactive dining experience whereby we introduce you to food and wine the way we enjoy sharing with our guests. The flavors will feature Spanish influences and include seafood and meat dishes that best convey our style of family dining and hospitality. We look forward to cooking for you.”


Make Your Reservation TODAY — If you & your friends are interested, call, email or stop by the LUM Office (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).

First come, first served. Limited to ONLY 10 participants.

LUM Tax Assistance – Strengthens Families

Celebrating Another Successful Tax Year

Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • $633,267 – Total Refunds
  • $568,183 – Total Federal Refunds
  • $65,084 – Total State Refunds
  • 407 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $153,912 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $20,750 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?

  • Lower wage workers wouldn’t be able to afford having their tax returns prepared professionally
  • Federal & state support for working families is often offered through tax code
  • If workers don’t file, significant tax credits will be left unclaimed
  • Refunds boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail

This year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers and staff met for dinner at the program director’s home to reflect & celebrate another successful year. Attending the celebration, pictured above L to R, were (back row) Rob Patrick, Karen Marty, Patti O’Callaghan, Andrea Schmidt, Josh Prokopy, LUM Tax Assistance Program director, & Ron Smith; and (front row) Cheryl Nettleman & Ann Pellegrino.


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