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Arconic Donates $25,000 to LUM Immigration Clinic


$25,000 for Work with Refugees

The Arconic Foundation recently awarded $25,000 to the LUM Immigration Clinic to support the work with Ukrainian and Afghan refugees. This gift is already having a tremendous positive impact on the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic.

LUM is very grateful for the continued support of the leadership, associates and retirees of Arconic and the Arconic Foundation. If you, your group or business wishes to invest in the good work of the LUM Immigration Clinic, please make an online donation today by clicking the button below.


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LUM Immigration Clinic – World Refugee Day


Impact So Far in 2022 – 248 Consultations

World Refugee Day, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate and honor refugees around the world, was celebrated this past Monday. This week it is important to recognize the impact that the LUM Immigration Clinic is having on our community, including with Ukrainian and Afghan refugees in Temporary Protected Status. So far in 2022, the LUM Immigration Clinic has met and consulted with more than 248 individuals. Among these have been nine Ukrainian citizens and ten Afghan citizens.

Did You Know? Under United States law, a refugee is someone who is located outside of the United States, is of special humanitarian concern to the United States, is not firmly resettled in another country, is admissible to the United States, and demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

LUM Outreach – Community Health Fair & More


Visit Us at Various Community Events This Summer

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger and homelessness. Recently, LUM has been attending various community events, church services and group meetings — including the Community Health & Wellness Fair (pictured).

Come and visit the LUM table at these upcoming events: 

  • Indiana Fiddlers Gathering (6/25), 
  • Community Health Block Party (6/9), 
  • Global Fest (9/17), 
  • Hunger Hike (9/18), and 
  • Tippecanoe Latino Festival (9/24).

LUM staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).


Immigration Clinic – Outreach & Networking


Staff Promote the LUM Immigration Services

Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, and Yanina Gomez Szyszko, assistant director, have recently visited with two local agencies to share more about the LUM Immigration Clinic.

As a guest speaker in a LARA class for international students (pictured above), Christian gave a presentation and answered general questions about LUM Immigration Clinic services including the naturalization process, Green Cards, F2 Visa, J2 Visa, work permit application, asylum, M2 Visa, and how COVID-19 affected the processing times. 

On another occasion, Christian and Yanina met with Jeannette Fonseca, advocate with the Heartford House Child Advocacy Center (pictured below), to discuss opportunities to collaborate, common challenges faced when offering services to bilingual families, and advocacy for immigrant victims of certain crimes (U Visa, T Visa and VAWA). Both of these outreach opportunities were valuable.


Outreach and networking are important parts of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to promote LUM services, recruit volunteers, and educate people on issues relating to poverty, hunger, immigration, and homelessness. Directors of the various LUM programs are eager to raise awareness of LUM services, are well-informed on social and economic issues, and would like to help raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.

Staff members are available to speak or set up an information table for churches, civic organization, agencies, community events, and educational groups. To make arrangements for a presentation or event, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@LUMserve.org).

LUM Assists Ukrainian & Afghan Citizens


Immigration help is available to those affected by the invasion of Ukraine and the unrest in Afghanistan through the LUM Immigration Clinic. The US Citizenship & Immigration Services has a number of measures available to the individuals impacted by the extreme situations and unforeseen circumstances impacting them, and the LUM Immigration Clinic is ready to assist.

Since the US Department of Homeland Security has designated Temporary Protected Status for the countries of Ukraine and Afghanistan, the LUM Immigration Clinic has been assisting citizens from both countries. There are 1,300 Ukrainian nationals who reside in Indiana who are eligible for TPS.

You may assist the LUM Immigration Clinic by sharing this information with those in need, making a donation, or volunteering. For more information, please call or email the Immigration Clinic (765-423-2691 | immigration@LUMserve.org).


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The Impact of the LUM Shelter This Winter


LUM Is Seeing People’s Needs & Meeting Them


A man approached me as I left the LUM office, already running late to pick up my daughter from basketball practice. He looked disheveled, tired, and cold. 

  • “Is the shelter open?” he inquired. I tried to be polite, helpful and brief — offering information about the LUM Winter Warming Station. 
  • “Do you have a hat or gloves?” I asked. “No. Neither does my wife,” he stated. 
  • “Where are you staying for the next couple hours?” I asked. “We are at the bus station.” 

Relieved that they had a warm place to go for the time being, I hurried back inside to grab two hats and two pairs of gloves. He gratefully received them and began walking back toward the bus station — but now with a hat on his head, gloves on his hands, and a warm place for him and his wife to sleep for the night. That night I was the last parent to pick up my daughter from basketball practice. I felt sorry about that; but, even more, I felt grateful to be part of an organization that sees people’s needs and meets them.

This story is not about me but about Lafayette Urban Ministry — and about YOU. Your compassionate generosity is what provides the means for LUM to be able to address basic human needs such as shelter, food, clothing and more. Thank you. In 2021, LUM provided assistance 18,250 times through more than 20 different LUM programs and events. With the support of people like you, LUM continues to provide life-giving, life-changing assistance to our neighbors in need, every day and every night. Please consider a gift today to the LUM Emergency Shelter. Your intentional kindness is a blessing to all. 

With joy and gratitude, 

Wes Tillett
Executive Director 


Will you help us continue to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness?  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to the LUM Emergency Shelter will help LUM continue to provide help and hope to those experiencing homelessness. 

Mission Moment – A LUM Immigration Clinic Love Story


John & Andrea Njuguna met in Indianapolis nearly 21 years ago. They began dating, fell in love, and were married in 2002. Their relationship became complicated when John was detained in 2005 and deported back to Kenya. Prior to this, he was eligible to stay in the United States, but his paperwork did not get processed quickly enough to avoid him being detained in 2005. For many weeks, Andrea did not know where John was being held; and therefore, had no way of communicating with him. When Andrea located John, she visited him every weekend (driving five hours, one-way). After he was deported to Kenya, she was able to visited him five times. They spoke every day by phone, text and video chat.

Not able to resolve John’s issues on their own, Andrea reached out to the  LUM Immigration Clinic for help in 2014. When John’s case finally looked promising, COVID-19 hit and travel was prohibited. John also had health issues and had an operation during this time. Andrea and John lost their house during this time but then used the money saved from not being allowed to travel and purchased a new house. They found their new home together using online real estate sites. For several years the LUM Immigration Clinic worked on John’s case, resulting in him finally being allowed to return to the US in 2021. The LUM Immigration Clinic was an integral part of the whole process.

Today, Andrea and John live in their new house in Lafayette, IN, and enjoy making home and landscaping improvements. John has obtained a commercial driver’s license and is a local truck driver, and Andrea works as a medical assistant. Andrea has embraced John’s culture, and they often dress in traditional Kenyan dress. Andrea also can be seen in the photo above wearing a special Kenyan dress and necklace given to her by John’s mother.

It was agonizingly hard worked but with persistence, faith, love, and the assistance from LUM, their love story has a happy ending. The LUM Immigration Clinic team is thrilled to have been a part of this heart warming love story between John and Andrea.


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LUM Offers Overnight Shelter & More


Emergency Shelter & Winter Warming Station


The LUM Emergency Shelter provides short-term, overnight shelter, meals, and showers in a safe and caring environment for up to 44 homeless adults each night of the year. The LUM Winter Warming Station complements these services from November to April, providing basic accommodations for an additional 20-40 individuals. Due to COVID-19, LUM has also been assisting in the management of the Annex Day Shelter, which provides an alternate day shelter during periods of quarantine.

Since 1984, the LUM member churches have been working together to provide a safe, clean, nurturing overnight shelter 365 nights a year to individuals experiencing homelessness. For 38 years, LUM Homeless Services has served and provided the following:

  • 253,500 bed nights | 10,660 individual shelter guests 253,500 evening meals

Through the synergistic efforts of so many people in this community, LUM is offering more than just a safe and clean shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. LUM gives to shelter guests the support, encouragement, and tools needed to live more independent, self-sufficient, and fulfilling lives.

Meet Adelia – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Adelia Sorge grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis, now live in West Lafayette. She 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. She & 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. Adelia has been volunteering with LUM since 2015.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.

Meet Margaret – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited staff and volunteers. Led by the director and assistant director, Christian Gallo & Yanina Gomez Szyszko, volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and interns are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases.


Dr. Margaret Hass grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Jefferson High School, and lives in Lafayette with her husband, Vinayak, and their baby, Jyotika. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Amherst College before earning an M.A. from the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Bergamo (Italy) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India). Margaret currently teaches in the Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) program and serves as the president of Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies. Margaret is passionate about making our community a more welcoming place for all. She has been a volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic since 2016 and an accredited representative since 2019.


The Entire Volunteer Team

The entire LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer team is as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, and Adedoyin Florence Adeniran
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Mary Tindel, and Beata Riveiro
  • Candidate for Accreditation: Brianna Largent
  • Program Volunteers: Aneesh Terani, David Gonzales, and Sean Murley
  • Interns: Beth Kupsis and Anneke Radelich

Please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.