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. LUM provided the space, the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, and a simple lunch.
Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended and welcomed the group, and the Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, was their featured speaker after lunch (pictured above). She presented an overview of the types of services that the LUM Immigration Clinic offers for legal immigrants as well as updates on immigration policy, statistics and common issues in our community.
LUM has enjoyed a good partnership with the URL — and this was a great opportunity to strengthen that relationship.
Judge Tom Busch has valued the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic since it opened in 2014. After a new US immigration policy was implemented in April 2018 resulting in federal authorities separating children from their parents, Judge Busch was moved to get engaged and started volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic.
Judge Tom Busch grew up in Chicago & California and lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Kathy. Judge Busch earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Chicago and a law degree from New York University. He and Kathy are retired and have three grown children. Their son lives in New York City, one daughter lives in Italy and their other daughter, San Francisco. His love of his family and seeing them often was the reason he decided to retire from the bench in Tippecanoe Circuit Court in 2017 after serving for 15 years. Judge Tom Busch is currently Senior Judge in Tippecanoe County, serving when needed.
Judge Busch shared that,
“the LUM Immigration Clinic is essential and doing very important work. It would be great if others would step up and volunteer because there is a lot of work to be done.”
With LUM, Judge Busch has been assigned two “permission to stay” cases so far. One is a petition for “U nonimmigration” status and the second is an attempt to get asylum. Judge Tom Busch not only engages as a volunteer but also has invested in the LUM Immigration Clinic financially.
Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, stated,
“We are humbled and honored to call Judge Busch a volunteer. His reputation as a fair, methodical and hard working lawyer and judge is unparalleled. We are so fortunate to have him serving this community in another meaningful and needed way through the LUM Immigration Clinic.”
The LUM Immigration Clinic often assists local families beyond navigating paperwork with the Immigration & Naturalization Service. Families often need assistance with day-to-day needs and emergencies.
Recently the LUM Immigration Clinic assisted one family in moving their belongings from storage to their new apartment. LUM staff were able to recruit members from two Purdue fraternities (Delta Pi Rho and Sigma Chi) to assist all day one Saturday (pictured). The Immigration Clinic also utilized other LUM services and partnered with a couple of local churches to gather donations and financial assistance to assist the family with new expenses and basics supplies, food and clothing.
This is just one example of how the impact of the LUM Immigration Clinic on local families expands beyond the citizenship and naturalization process.
Victor M. Mite is the new Assistant to the Immigration Clinic Director. In his new role with LUM, Victor assists Immigration Clinic clients, who are individuals from other countries, who are legally in the United States, to navigate the often difficult and confusing Immigration & Naturalization Service bureaucracy. He also speaks and writes in English and Spanish — and is beginning to learn French.
Victor grew up in Ancon, Panama, Republic of Panama and now lives in Lafayette. He has two married daughters and two grandchildren, who live in Lafayette & Miami. Victor graduated from the Pan American Institute and earned an associate’s degree in Accounting from the University of Panama. For 38 years in Panama, Victor was an accountant and CFO for three different companies. He moved to Miami in 2002 and continued his work in finance. In 2009, Victor moved to Lafayette and began his “second career” as a certified medical interpreter and translator. He retired from the Indiana University Arnett Hospital & Clinics as a CMI interpreter and translator. In his free time, Victor enjoys listening to and recording jazz music, reading (history, religion & physics), going to the gym and hanging out with his grandchildren.
LUM is fortunate to have Victor Mite as a part of the Immigration Clinic staff.
| $40 per person | Live Entertainment | Hors d’oeuvres | Cash Bar | Silent Auction |
You are cordially invited to attend the 3rd annual Port of Hope fundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic. Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food, dancing, and fun. The event will also feature a Marketplace, where you’ll be able to purchase one of a kind experiences & opportunities. Do not miss this opportunity to mingle with friends, old and new, while at the same time celebrating the melting pot that is greater Lafayette. The money raised at the event will go towards supplies, continuing education and legal training, database fees, postage, naturalization workbooks, document searches, and law books.
Purchase your tickets now to be sure that you don’t miss an evening of merriment like nothing you have ever experienced — while supporting a great cause.
| Thursday, November 22 | 8 a.m. start time |
| Cattail Trail Loop, West Lafayette | $35 per person |
The Turkey Trot 5K is open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more. The Turkey Trot 5K convenes at the Walmart in West Lafayette and follows the Cattail Trail Loop — which is flat and paved and allows participants to run on a scenic route through the Celery Bog nature area on a crisp November morning. Advanced registration is encouraged but race day walk-ups are welcome!
All Turkey Trot 5K proceeds directly support the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry. To register, go to turkeytrot5krun.org.
Community Thanksgiving Celebration
| Thursday, November 22 | Noon-2 p.m. |
| Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette | FREE to all |
More than 800 people will be served. There are many opportunities for YOU to serve your community neighbors on Thanksgiving morning. Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Lots of food and supplies are needed, too — donate food or make a cash donation to make this special community event possible.
Rob is from Toledo, Ohio and now lives in Lafayette with his wife, Jessie, who also grew up in Toledo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo and and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). Before pursuing his Master of Social Work, Rob worked for nine years in community mental health counseling and group program development. Upon graduation in 2019, Rob will pursue a career in policy and leadership.
The LUM Immigration Clinic in collaboration with Lafayette Adult Resource Academy will offer free Citizenship Classes for persons interested in learning more about US history and government. Fall session classes begin on September 4, and are held twice a week until October 4. LUM Citizenship Classes are coordinated by Karen Countryman with assistance from Scott Frankenberger.
Karen & Scott met with the volunteer teachers for the LUM Citizenship Classes this week to prepare the curriculum. The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University donated textbooks, maps & teacher’s manual and also assists with developing the framework for the lesson plans. This program could not be offered without these talented volunteer teachers. Volunteers are needed to teach and bring refreshments. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed.
LUM is grateful for the partnership with LARA and the Ackerman Center. For more information about how to volunteer, click HERE.
Pictured above L to R Standing: Kris Tiffany; Phil VanFossen, Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Anne Murphy-Kline, Assistant Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Jim Beaver; Sarah MacLeod; Margaret Hass; Eileen Arthur & Karen Countryman, Citizenship Classes Coordinator. Seated: Charlene Watson, Beata Ribeiro, Jim Altepeter & Scott Frankenberger Not Pictured: Michael Brouillette, Pat Garrott, Ted Springer & Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director
Originally from Estonia, Evie grew up in Marion County and now lives in Cutler, Indiana with her husband of seven years, Timothy, and their 15-month old son. She is a naturalized US citizen. After graduating from high school, Evie enlisted in the US Marine Corp, where she met her husband, and served for five years in various locations including southeast Asia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from IUPUI and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). Upon graduation in 2019, Evie will pursue a career in policy and administration.