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Volunteers Needed – LUM Citizenship Classes

Volunteers Needed – LUM Citizenship Classes
The LUM Immigration Clinic in collaboration with Lafayette Adult Resource Academy offers free Citizenship Classes for persons interested in learning more about US history and government. Summer session classes begin on July 16, and are held twice a week until August 15.
This program could not be offered without a team of talented volunteer teachers. Volunteers are also needed to assist the teachers and to bring refreshments. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed. For more information about how to volunteer this summer, click HERE.
The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University donated textbooks, maps & teacher’s manuals and also assists with developing the framework for the lesson plans. LUM is grateful for the partnership with LARA and the Ackerman Center. If you wish to donate to support these classes, click HERE.
To sign up to VOLUNTEER with the LUM Citizenship Classes, click HERE.

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. 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.

Mexican Screening Day – Volunteers Needed

¿Estás interesado en ayudarnos?

Estaremos ayudando a inmigrantes indocumentados a descubrir sus posibilidades de legalizar su estatus migratorio

1° de Diciembre | 10 am – 4 pm

Dos opciones para entrenamiento:

  • Jueves, 29 de noviembre 6-8 pm
  • Viernes, 30 de noviembre 6-8 pm


Contactarnos al: 765-269-4662 | dtobar@dol-in.org

Documentos que debe llevar a la entrevista


  • Uno de los siguientes documentos: pasaporte mexicano, o matrícula consular, o certificado de nacimiento

Información que debe llevar a la entrevista

Información personal

  • Correo electrónico
  • Número de teléfono móvil
  • Código postal
  • Ciudad de nacimiento
  • País de nacimiento
  • País de ciudadanía
  • Estado civil
  • Estado de inmigración de su pareja
  • Familia en los Estados Unidos (viva o fallecida) ¿Alguno de sus familiares tiene (o tuvo, si falleció) el estatus legal en los Estados Unidos?
  • ¿Su pareja o algún miembro de su familia ha servido en las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos?
  • ¿Ha presentado algún miembro de la familia una petición I-130 en su nombre o en nombre de su cónyuge o sus padres?

Historia de empleo

  • ¿Tiene trabajo actualmente?
  • ¿Ha expresado su empleador interés en patrocinarlo para una visa de trabajo?
  • Años de declaración de impuestos
  • Nombre y dirección del empleador
  • Antes de este trabajo, ¿estaba empleado en otro lugar?

Historia de la inmigración

  • Fecha de entrada más reciente en los Estados Unidos.
  • Forma de entrada (entrada sin inspección, libertad condicional o tipo de visa)
  • Lugar de entrada (Frontera de los Estados Unidos. – México o aeropuerto)

1° de Diciembre

Iglesia San Bonifacio

Dos turnos: 10 am – 12:30 pm | 1 pm – 4 pm


Para más información contactarnos al: 765-269-4662 | dtobar@dol-in.org




Meet Judge Tom Busch – LUM Volunteer & Donor

Local Judge Engages with Immigration Clinic

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.”

If you too wish to support the LUM Immigration Clinic, donate & attend Port of Hope THIS Thursday (November 8). For more details about Port of Hope, click HERE.

If you wish to become a volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, go to our website (www.lumserve.org/volunteer) or email Susan Brouillette at sbrouillette@lumserve.org.

If you would like to make a donation to the LUM Immigration, click below.

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Port of Hope — Volunteers Needed

Port of Hope, fundraiser event for the LUM Immigration Clinic(Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Lafayette Brewing Co.), needs volunteers.Volunteer opportunities for Port of Hope are as follows:

  • Set Up – Wednesday, November 7, 5-7 p.m.
  • Set Up & Staff the Event – Thursday, Nov. 8, 3-8 p.m.
  • Clean Up – Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:45-9 p.m.

Become a volunteer at the LUM Port of Hope event and help create a fun and educational experience — all in support of the programs & services offered by the LUM Immigration Clinic.

The 2nd annual LUM Immigration Clinic benefit, Port of Hope, was a wonderful success raising more than $20,000 for the LUM Immigration Clinic.

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LUM Immigration Clinic Assists Local Family

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.

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Meet Victor – LUM Immigration Clinic Assistant

New Assistant to the Immigration Clinic Director

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.

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Fall is Here – LUM Fall Events Preview

Port of Hope – Benefits LUM Immigration Clinic
| Thursday, November 8 | 5:30 – 8 p.m. | Lafayette Brewing Co. |

| $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.

For Tickets, click HERE.

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Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

| 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 |

The Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration is a true community event, where everyone is welcome; and LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well.

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.

To donate or sign up to volunteer, click HERE.

Meet Rob – LUM Interns


Robert Krasa — LUM Intern

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.

At LUM, Rob is an intern with the LUM Immigration Clinic and the Dream Team Fund.


LUM Citizenship Classes – Preparation Has Begun

Fall Session Starts Tuesday, September 4

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.

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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