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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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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,



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¡María es ciudadana!


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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Actualizaciones y recursos para apoyo comunitario


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Mientras la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM todavía está operando, estaremos esperando en la lista de clientes nuevos por al menos 30 días para brindarles a nuestros clientes existentes un servicio de alta calidad y seguir los estándares de práctica que conducen a resultados exitosos. Tenga en cuenta que trabajaremos los casos iniciales de DACA y renovación de DACA lo antes posible. Si desea ser agregado a la lista de espera, envíe su solicitud junto con su información de contacto a immigration@lafayetteurbanministry.org. Nos comunicaremos con usted de inmediato para confirmar que hemos recibido su solicitud y le informaremos cuándo esperamos poder servirle.

Si su situación requiere atención inmediata y no puede esperar, a continuación se encuentran otros proveedores de servicios legales de inmigración cercanos que pueden ayudarlo:

Nuevos clientes

Aunque no aceptaremos nuevos clientes hasta el 22 de julio, aún puede contactarnos en:

Si su situación requiere atención inmediata y no puede esperar hasta el 22 de julio para reunirse, a continuación hay otros proveedores de servicios legales de inmigración cercanos que pueden ayudarlo:

Clientes actuales

La Clínica de Inmigración de LUM está en pleno funcionamiento. Háganos saber si tiene preguntas o si recibe información nueva sobre su caso. Durante un momento muy confuso para todos, agradeceríamos saber de usted, especialmente si hay una emergencia o simplemente tocar la base.

Es extremadamente importante que notifique a la Clínica de Inmigración de LUM si ha cambiado su dirección, número de teléfono o correo electrónico. Con el fin de brindarle un mejor servicio, sería útil que nos informará sobre los cambios en su estado civil o el número de miembros del hogar.

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Immigration Clinic Changes and Client Resources


Announcement

While the LUM Immigration Clinic is still operating, we will be waitlisting new clients for at least 30 days in order to provide our existing clients a high quality of service and to follow standards of practice that lead to successful outcomes.  Please note that we will work initial DACA and DACA renewal cases in ASAP.    Should you wish to be added to the waitlist, please send your request along with your contact information to immigration@lafayetteurbanministry.org.  We will contact you immediately to confirm that we have received your request and let you know when we expect to be able to serve you.  

If you’re situation requires immediate attention and you cannot wait, below are other nearby immigration legal service providers that may be able to assist you:


Current Clients

The LUM Immigration Clinic is in full operation. Please let us know if you have questions or receive new information regarding your case. During what is a very confusing time for everybody, we would welcome hearing from you, especially if there is an emergency or just to touch base.

It is extremely important that you notify the LUM Immigration Clinic if you have changed your address, phone number, or email. In order to best serve you, it would be helpful if you would inform us of changes in your marital status or number of household members.


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LUM Client Becomes US Citizen


Maria is a Citizen!

by Cameron Brooks

Maria Gonzalez is a client at the LUM Immigration Clinic who has benefited from the services provided by our team. Originally from Mexico, Maria greatly appreciates what the Clinic has done for her. 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.” Her mom also encouraged her to “pray and ask God to show you that he is there with you and that you can do it.” 

Maria’s children have been another important motivator to become a citizen. Obtaining U.S. citizenship was something she wanted to do for herself and her kids, as she wants them to safely grow up in the United States. 

Maria found the citizenship classes incredibly useful, even though she was very nervous and apprehensive at the start. Every time she had a question, help was always there. The class and the people she met helped her believe that it was possible to become a citizen.

Ms. Gonzalez would like to thank her family, Rev. Susan Brouillette, and especially God for helping her through the citizenship process. 


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LUM Client Becomes US Citizen

Congratulations, José Arturo Puente Berumen

José “Arturo” Puente Berumen, a LUM Immigration Clinic client, recently participated in the US Naturalization Oath Ceremony in South Bend. At the ceremony, he was sworn in at the federal courthouse and became a US citizen. In preparation for this day, Arturo attended the LUM Citizenship Classes. The LUM Immigration Clinic has assisted with many individuals who are now US citizens — like Arturo. Currently, the LUM Immigration Clinic team is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.

The LUM Citizenship Classes are offered three times a year. The next session begins Tuesday, April 16. For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you wish to donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, click the button below.

{Pictured above L to R are the Rev. Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, Arturo and Beata Ribeiro, LUM Citizenship Classes instructor.}


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Spotlight on Volunteers – A Vital Part of LUM


Meet Adelia – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Adelia Sorge started participating in the LUM Spanish Conversation Tables in 2015 and soon after started volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic. She has been volunteering with LUM ever since.

Adelia grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis now live in West Lafayette. Adelia earned her BA in Psychology with a comprehensive in language from Manchester University as well as two Master’s degrees in Child Development and Counseling, both from Purdue University. Adelia retired as a Purdue Krannert School of Management academic advisor. Dennis, who is a past president of the LUM Board of Directors, is retired as the Director of Academic Research & Services and K-12 Outreach for the Purdue College of Science. Adelia & Dennis are active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and have three grown children, all of whom graduated from Purdue, and eight grandchildren, two who are currently enrolled at Purdue.


With the LUM Immigration Clinic, Adelia volunteers weekly and has been willing to assist in any task big or small. Recently she assisted a client, Luis Urbano, in preparing for his citizenship test. Luis attended a series of LUM Citizenship Classes but needed more one-on-one tutoring. Adelia and Luis met often and worked diligently. In July 2018, Luis became a US Citizen, and Adelia shared that she was humbled to be a part of his journey.

“I was attracted to LUM because of the Immigration Clinic. The process is difficult and confusing and I enjoy being able to help families get through it.”

Adelia encourages others to take the initiative to volunteer with LUM.

“You will not regret it. You’ll be helping whether it be with a financial crisis or issues with the immigration process. Each day at LUM, I am inspired by the clients. It is nice to be a part of something positive when there are so many negative things happening in the world.”

In addition to LUM, Adelia also volunteers with groups that focus on supporting reading proficiency, literacy, voting & voter registration, diversity, immigration and gender issues. LUM is blessed to have Adelia Sorge as regular volunteer.

{Pictured above: Adelia & Luis Urbano.}


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Immigration Clinic Client Becomes US Citizen


Luis Urbano Completes His Pathway to Citizenship

Recently, another LUM Immigration Clinic client became a US citizen — Luis Urbano.

Luis first came to LUM for help in preparing his income taxes. When he discovered that LUM also offered assistance with immigration issues, he set up a meeting with the LUM Immigration Clinic for advice and assistance with the status of his children. Eventually, Luis, who is originally from Peru, decided to start his own process to become a US citizen. He attended the LUM Citizenship Classes and was tutored by LUM volunteer, Adelia Sorge, for several months.

LUM is thrilled to announce that on July 7 at a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Field Office in Indianapolis, Luis Urbano was sworn in as a US citizen with his family in attendance. All of his hard work and the assistance from LUM has paid off.

{Pictured above L to R: Betty Urbano, Luis’s sister; Luis Urbano; Alex Urbano, Luis’s son; Claudia Urbano, Luis’s daughter; and Maggie Urbano, Alex’s wife/Luis’s daughter-in-law.}

Currently, Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Client Becomes US Citizen


LUM Immigration Clinic client and school teacher, Somdatta Datta Roy, was recently sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America at the oath ceremony at White Horse Christian Center, West Layette.

Ms. Datta Roy shared, “I appreciated the guidance I got from the (LUM Immigration) Clinic.” She added, “I have a 13 year old son who was born in the U.S. and I look forward to sharing citizenship with him. We are settling down here. This is my country now!”

{Pictured L to R: Beata Ribeiro, LUM Volunteer; State Representative Sheila Klinker; new citizen, Somdatta Datta Roy & Adelia Sorge, LUM Volunteer.}

Since opening in 2014, the LUM Immigration Clinic has helped clients petition for relatives, become permanent residents, renew green cards, apply for citizenship, and obtain protection from abusers as well as reunite family members and help young people follow their dreams. The clinic also offers Citizenship Classes and Spanish Conversation Tables.

Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic Director, shared, “during the past year we have been blessed to have six volunteers complete the training necessary to become accredited by the US-DOJ, which allows us to better meet the need for low-cost quality immigration law services within our community.”


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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