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Immigration Clinic – Outreach & Networking

Global Fest & Naturalization Ceremony

Recently Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, attended and assisted with the USCIS Naturalization Ceremony in West Lafayette, IN. Several individuals pledged the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and became U.S. citizens on that day. LUM Immigration Clinic also set up a table with information materials at the event.

The next day, Christian attended the 2022 Global Fest (West Lafayette, IN), a popular, community-wide festival to celebrate the cultural diversity within our community. Christian staffed a tent providing information and answering questions about the services and impact of the LUM Immigration Clinic.


Outreach and networking are important parts of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organizations, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


If you wish to invest or get engaged with the LUM Immigration Clinic, please go to LUMserve.org/immigration — or email immigration@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Commemorating National Immigrants Day


Reminder of the Impact of the Immigration Clinic

Tomorrow, October 28, is the US national celebration of Immigrants Day — fittingly on the same day that the Statue of Liberty opened in 1886. This day is an important reminder of the value of immigration — and the importance of the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic.

Did you know?

  • One in seven U.S. residents is an immigrant, while one in eight residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent
  • Over half of all immigrants in the United States are naturalized citizens
  • Immigrants in the United States are concentrated at both ends of the educational spectrum
  • Millions of U.S. citizens live with at least one family member who is undocumented (Source.)

For more than eight years, the LUM Immigration Clinic has helped individuals from other countries, who are legally in the US, to navigate the often difficult and confusing Immigration and Naturalization Service bureaucracy. Since 2014, the LUM Immigration Clinic has assisted more than 967 individuals, and 231 individuals in 2022 so far. Celebrate National Immigrants Day with a gift to the LUM Immigration Clinic.


What the LUM Immigration Clinic offers means various things to various clients:

  • Re-unification with loved ones
  • Belonging and legal status
  • Proper documentation for employment or schooling
  • Safety from domestic violence and/or forms of persecution
  • Secure refuge in the midst of political upheaval
  • Hope   

So many of our neighbors need the help and hope channeled through the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on recent refugees and our immigrant neighbors. Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.

Arconic Gives Gift to LUM Immigration Clinic


Arconic Donates $25,000 for LUM Refugee Support

Moved by the work that the LUM Immigration Clinic has done recently to offer assistance to Ukrainian and Afghan refugees in protected status, Arconic recently presented Christian Gallo, LUM Immigration Clinic director, and Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, with a “big” check for $25,000!

Arconic also was a Gold Level sponsor of Hunger Hike 2022. LUM is grateful to Arconic for this significant gift and their continued support. For more information, go to LUMserve.org/immigration/clinic. If you or your group would like to invest in the LUM Immigration Clinic, click the button below.

Above & Beyond – LUM Immigration Clinic

Director Assists Clients Remotely & Saves the Day

The LUM Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers “go above & beyond” to meet the urgent, time-sensitive needs of our neighbors in need. Recently, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, Christian Gallo, needed to travel to South America for a family emergency. While away, he agreed to work remotely if needed. Well, Christian was needed!

Christian had been working with two individuals for several months to help them visit their father in Mexico, whom they hadn’t seen in more than a decade. He is currently in poor health and has been asking for them to visit. These individuals were granted a deferment of action through DACA; and therefore, not able to leave the United States without “advance parole or a travel authorization.” While on his personal time off, Christian received a message that the two individuals were in their final interview with USCIS in Indianapolis and could not provide one of the mandatory documents. The USCIS interviewer gave them only one hour to produce the document. After finding a reliable Wi-Fi connection in a local café, Christian was able to help. Their travel was approved, and they’re on their way to see their father. Another success story.

This is just one example of how complex the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic is. Travelling to see your father is something many US citizens take for granted. The LUM Immigration Clinic staff & accredited volunteers understand that a simple request to obtain a travel authorization takes months, involves lots of red-tape, and the simple omission of just one document can delay the process even longer. Also, being given only one hour to rectify a situation is not unusual. Keeping calm, being persistent, caring about the individuals served and simply being available is what makes the LUM Immigration Clinic so special.

If you wish to invest or get engaged with the LUM Immigration Clinic, please go to LUMserve.org/immigration — or email immigration@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Immigration Clinic – Match Alert


Only Until August 15 – Double Your Donation

Until August 15, there is an opportunity for every dollar donated to the LUM Immigration Clinic to be doubled.  Several key donors have pledged $14,000 and are challenging the community to match that amount. Would you please consider a donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or some other amount in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic? Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.


What the LUM Immigration Clinic offers means various things to various clients:

  • Re-unification with loved ones
  • Belonging and legal status
  • Proper documentation for employment or schooling
  • Safety from domestic violence and/or forms of persecution
  • Secure refuge in the midst of political upheaval
  • Hope   

So many of our neighbors need the help and hope channeled through the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on recent refugees and our immigrant neighbors. Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.


Immigration Clinic – Match Alert


Only Until August 15 – Double Your Donation

Until August 15, there is an opportunity for every dollar donated to the LUM Immigration Clinic to be doubled.  Several key donors have pledged $14,000 and are challenging the community to match that amount. Would you please consider a donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or some other amount in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic? Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.


What the LUM Immigration Clinic offers means various things to various clients:

  • Re-unification with loved ones
  • Belonging and legal status
  • Proper documentation for employment or schooling
  • Safety from domestic violence and/or forms of persecution
  • Secure refuge in the midst of political upheaval
  • Hope   

So many of our neighbors need the help and hope channeled through the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on recent refugees and our immigrant neighbors. Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.


Immigration Clinic – Match Alert


Only Until July 31 – Double Your Donation


During the month of July, there is an opportunity for every dollar donated to the LUM Immigration Clinic to be doubled.  Several key donors have pledged $14,000 and are challenging the community to match that amount. Would you please consider a donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or some other amount in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic? Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.

What the LUM Immigration Clinic offers means various things to various clients:

  • Re-unification with loved ones
  • Belonging and legal status
  • Proper documentation for employment or schooling
  • Safety from domestic violence and/or forms of persecution
  • Secure refuge in the midst of political upheaval
  • Hope   

So many of our neighbors need the help and hope channeled through the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on recent refugees and our immigrant neighbors. Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.


Immigration Clinic – Match Alert


Only Until July 31 – Double Your Donation


During the month of July, there is an opportunity that every dollar donated to the LUM Immigration Clinic will be doubled.  Several key donors have pledged $14,000 and are challenging the community to match that amount. Would you please consider a donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or some other amount in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic 

What the LUM Immigration Clinic offers means various things to various clients:

  • Re-unification with loved ones
  • Belonging and legal status
  • Proper documentation for employment or schooling
  • Safety from domestic violence and/or forms of persecution
  • Secure refuge in the midst of political upheaval
  • Hope   

So many of our neighbors need the help and hope channeled through the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on recent refugees and our immigrant neighbors. Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.


Immigration Clinic – Match Alert



During the month of July, there is an opportunity that every dollar donated to the LUM Immigration Clinic will be doubled.  Several key donors have pledged $14,000 and are challenging the community to match that amount. Would you please consider a donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or some other amount in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic 

What the LUM Immigration Clinic offers means various things to various clients:

  • Re-unification with loved ones
  • Belonging and legal status
  • Proper documentation for employment or schooling
  • Safety from domestic violence and/or forms of persecution
  • Secure refuge in the midst of political upheaval
  • Hope   

So many of our neighbors need the help and hope channeled through the LUM Immigration Clinic. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to “double your donation” to LUM and increase your impact on recent refugees and our immigrant neighbors. Thank you in advance for your strategic financial support.


LUM Summer of Service – Immigration Clinic


Spotlight on the LUM Immigration Clinic Volunteers

The LUM Summer of Service offers volunteer opportunities that fit every schedule. Some require training, but most just a willing heart and a helping hand. Below is a spotlight on the volunteers with the LUM Immigration Clinic. They are as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Adedoyin Florence Adeniran, Thomas Busch, Shelley Johnson, and Matthew Salsberry
  • Accredited Representatives: Susan Brouillette, Margaret Hass, Aparna Puri, and Adelia Sorge
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Colin Bourff, David Gonzales, Sabrina Mosimann, and Aneesh Terani
  • Intern: Shenaya Dias and Van Stevie Bibila Kabila

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.