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Important Events, Needs and Opportunities

Ways You Can Get Engaged with LUM

Row-A-Thon – Saturday, February 13 – Fundraiser sponsored by the Purdue Crew Team to raise money for the LUM Good Samaritan Program. More.

Chipotle Night – Tuesday, February 23, 5-9 p.m. – Dine at Chipotle (Lafayette) and the LUM Youth Program receives 30% of your purchase. More.

Meals Need – LUM Emergency Shelter – URGENT need for February meals. Dates available include: February 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17-23, 26 & 27. Sign up HERE.

Hiring – Shelter Security Staff – $15/hour – Part-time, 11-20 hours/week. Send resume with cover letter to Briton Weise, Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org). More.

Search – Immigration Clinic Director – Full time, Salaried, Benefits, Reporting to Executive Director. Resumes will be reviewed starting February 7. Start date as early as March 15. Send resume with cover letter to Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director (careers@lumserve.org). More.

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Ways You Can Get Engaged with LUM

Meals Need – LUM Emergency Shelter – URGENT need for February meals. Dates available include: February 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17-23, 26 & 27. Sign up HERE.

Hiring – Shelter Security Staff – $15/hour – Part-time, 11-20 hours/week. Send resume with cover letter to Briton Weise, Emergency Shelter Director (bweise@lumserve.org). More.

Search – Immigration Clinic Director – Full time, Salaried, Benefits, Reporting to Executive Director. Resumes will be reviewed starting February 7. Start date as early as March 15. Send resume with cover letter to Wes Tillett, LUM Executive Director (careers@lumserve.org). More.

Row-A-Thon – Saturday, February 13 – Fundraiser sponsored by the Purdue Crew Team to raise money for the LUM Good Samaritan Program. More.

Chipotle Night – Tuesday, February 23, 5-9 p.m. – Dine at Chipotle (Lafayette) and the LUM Youth Program receives 30% of your purchase. More.

Volunteer Afternoon Receptionists Needed – Weekdays, Noon to 4:30 p.m. Interested individuals should email or call Monica (mcasanova@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). More.

LUM Board & Staff Call for Reunion of Children & Parents

Calling for a Quick Reunion of
Children & Parents held in US Detention Centers

Lafayette Urban Ministry is committed to touching the future by helping children and their families in the here and now. That is why we join our voice with US and world faith leaders in opposition to the cruel separation of families and children seeking refuge along the US border with Mexico.

We reject the allegations that the children and adults seeking refuge from economic privation, violence, and political turmoil – seeking peace and a new home in our country – are criminals.

We reject the misuse of Romans 13 by Attorney General Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sanders to justify reprehensible actions.

Many more scripture passages insist on helping the immigrant, the sojourner, the poor, and those in need of aid. We rejoice that President Trump changed direction today and has reversed his destructive policy of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children.

We pray his administration will move quickly to reunite children held in detention centers with their families and establish a more humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation.

“And the King will answer them ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”

Matt 25:40, NRSV

In Times of Fear

A message to the community on the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty, Catholic Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana

The recent elections and public news have caused concern and fears in the hearts of members of our communities. Many undocumented parents are afraid of being deported or separated from their U.S. citizen children. Young people who registered for DACA are afraid that the registration will be used against them. School children — citizens or not — are being bullied or mistreated by peers because of their color, religion or ethnic origins.

As we prepare to celebrate the feasts of the “Guadalupana” and of Christmas, I want you to know that our Catholic Church, and her parishes, are praying with you and for you. I want to assure you that I am aware of the morally wrong things conveyed by words and actions.

Reports from here in Indiana tell of uncharitable and unjust treatment of both youth and adults. I stand with those who have been mistreated, and I support people and agencies which can offer material and legal help to those who need it.

I personally am asking that everyone behave respectfully to each of our neighbors, whether citizens or not, Christians or not. My special concern is for your children, for all children. No one should hear bad words or experience maltreatment because of their legal status or ethnic background. It would be the worst evil if public disrespect forced any of us to stay away from our dear religious celebrations at this time of year.

I authorized the Office of Family Life and Hispanic Ministry to distribute information about the legal rights you have and can claim, even if you are not citizens. We are not pretending to be lawyers, but want you to know how to find one if you need to. We do not promote anything illegal, but we want those people who have rights and responsibilities to be able to enjoy them. And we want to live in human and Christian solidarity with those whose lives are endangered because of uncertain status, threats of violence or unnecessary separation of parents and children, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters.

{Republished courtesy of The Catholic Moment newspaper, December 11, 2016.}

For information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE.

To view the CLINIC article, How to Prepare for Changes in the Presidential Administration, click HERE.


Immigration Forum – Informative

immigrationforumThis past Monday, Lafayette Urban Ministry in partnership with the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana sponsored a forum on immigration entitled, Straight Talk Regarding President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration.

The forum was well attended by a diverse group many of whom were seeking information about a personal immigration matter.

Several of the attendees were from LUM member churches and local agencies as well as elected officials like Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker. The panel of legal experts (including a representative from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office) offered general information, clarification on the status of the executive order as well as advice on getting through various processes. The forum was hosted and moderated by the director of the LUM Immigration Clinic, Susan Brouillette.

Picture1Thanks to our expert panelists (pictured above from left to right): Christian Gallo, attorney; Abigail Kuzma, Assistant Attorney General & Chief Counsel of the Victim Services & Outreach Division of Indiana Attorney General’s office; Kevin Muñoz, attorney; Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Dora Tobar, director, Pastoral Office for Family Life and Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana; & Arturo Rodriguez, attorney; as well as our interpreter, Hector Avilla; our caterer Texas Roadhouse (Lafayette) for donating dinner, and Centier Bank for donating beverages.

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE.


Immigration Forum

Lafayette Urban Ministry – Immigration Clinic & the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana present

Straight Talk

Regarding President Obama’s Executive Order

on Immigration


  • Monday, June 1, 2015
  • 7 p.m.
  • Bishops Hall, Cathedral of St. Mary, Lafayette
  • Free with light refreshments (from Texas Roadhouse)

A panel of immigration attorneys will talk about the President’s executive order announced last fall, the hold placed on them by a federal judge, and what they mean for immigrants.  In addition panelists will:
  • provide general information regarding DACA2 and DAPA
  • explain how to prepare once the injunction is lifted
  • list warning signs on how to guard against notario fraud
  • clarify the status of the current Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals

Come and learn in a safe environment all about US immigration procedures and protocols from the experts in the legal community and the Indiana Attorney General’s office.

RSVP in advance and become eligible for a small gift — complete & submit the form below. More specific information is coming soon.

Thanks to our sponsors: Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette & Lafayette Adult Resource Academy.
If you have any questions or wish to become a sponsor, please email Susan Brouillette at sbrouillette@lumserve.org.


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LUM – A Game Changer for Many

March 2015

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Ann Pellegrino

Dear Friends,

Anne Pellegrino recently stopped by my office, smiling ear to ear!

Anne is a LUM volunteer tax preparer and she had just finished a tax return for a low-income family of four.  She was smiling because she just secured for them a $10,000 income tax refund for them!

“There is just no way to understate how much this refund is going to mean to this family,” she said.  “This is a real game changer for them.”

Anne and LUM’s many other dedicated tax volunteers, brought $4.5 million in refunds back to 1,390 low-income working families in our community last year.  Utility bills were paid.  Overdue rent was caught up.  Clothing was purchased for children.  Money was set aside for college.  Families were made more stable.

But the Tax Program is only one of the important ways that the Lafayette Urban Ministry is changing the game for working families and at-risk children during this time of year.

  • LUM’s new Legal Immigration Clinic is providing expert legal advice and support to individuals in our community who are having difficulty navigating the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Service bureaucracy.  We serve 10 new immigrant families each month.
  • LUM’s Enhanced Afterschool Program is helping to narrow the academic achievement gap each day for 50 low-income children.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter and Case Management Services literally save lives during these cold winter months when the weather is harsh.  More than 200 homeless individuals have stayed with us on and off since the beginning of the year.  Through case management services, we have helped many of them to leave our shelter for a home of their own.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves each morning as our community’s social safety net.  Staff and volunteers help those facing eviction, utility disconnects and other financial hardships to remain safely in their homes.  We serve as many as 60 households each week.
  • Last year, LUM’s ID Clinic helped 166 individuals to cut through the government red tape associated with re-establishing their legal identity and securing a photo ID.

Each of the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s 15 programs is designed to strengthen low-income families or to support and educate at-risk children.  In partnership with 42 local church congregations, LUM helps to restore the hope and future that is all too often absent among those who live in poverty.

In other words, our work at LUM really is a game changer for those we serve.

That’s why I hope you will join me in making a generous gift to support LUM’s programs.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will support our efforts and make sure our doors are always open to those in our community who need us.

Anne Pellegrino, through her work as a LUM tax preparer, has a special vantage point from which she is able to see and understand the realities faced by the working poor in our community.  She knows that most are just a paycheck away from crisis.  And she knows how important LUM’s programs are to her client’s’ economic well-being.

But more importantly, because of LUM, Anne is able to share her talents and have a positive impact in the lives of others.  And that really makes her smile!

Please, won’t you make a generous gift today to the programs of the Lafayette Urban Ministry?

There are several ways you can give.  You can place your gift in the mail today.  Or you can visit our website at www.lumserve.org to learn more about our programs and to make your donation online.


PS   On behalf of all those whose lives will be touched by your generosity, please accept my sincere and heartfelt thanks.

Ivy Tech Professional Internships at LUM

ivytechintern Samantha Hardebeck is the new LUM After School Program Intern with responsibilities for assisting the program director with the implementation of the program.

Samantha is from Frankfort, Indiana. She is a student at Ivy Tech Community College in the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Samantha is in the Human Services program focusing on child psychology.

After graduation, Samantha  plans on being pre-school teacher.


ivytechintern2Vivian Kuo is the new LUM Immigration Clinic Intern with additional responsibility with the Tax Assistance and Good Samaritan Programs.

She was born in Taiwan and is from Seattle, Washington. Vivian is a psychology major at Purdue University and taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College in the Human Services program.

After graduation from Purdue, Vivian plans on pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology and a career in family and relationship therapy.


Join the LUM Conversational Spanish Tables


  • Dates: Wednesdays from February 11 – April  22, 2015
  • Time: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N  4th Street, Lafayette
  • Cost: FREE
  • Sponsors:  LUM & Ayuda Y Aprende at Purdue

The LUM Immigration Clinic and Ayuda Y Aprende, the Spanish Language Service Learning Program at Purdue, have teamed up to offer weekly Spanish Conversation Tables. The program is free and open to the public — with the hope that staff, volunteers and congregants from member churches will take advantage of these sessions. Each conversation table will focus on a different topic such as shopping, communicating with a doctor, dining out, obtaining directions, etc.

The LUM Conversational Spanish Tables will start on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and will meet each Wednesday in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The series lasts 11 weeks, concluding on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

These sessions offer a wonderful opportunity for individuals wishing to connect with their Spanish speaking neighbors. Participants do NOT need to have any Spanish language skills.  It is ideal for both beginners as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. You may attend all of the sessions or just one. Participants are welcome to bring along a friend and a brown bag lunch.

For more information, email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691). Please note — this opportunity is limited to 30 people.

Esperamos verle allí.

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Immigration Clinic


Move That Bill Forward #4 — Views on Immigration Reform

Move that Bill Forward #4

Myth: Letting in  More Temporary Visa Holders and Legalizing Current Illegal Immigrants Will Increase the Unemployment Rate

move that bill forward logoResponse: Immigrants Make Americans More Productive and Do Not Increase the Unemployment Rate.

In a 2009 article titled Answering the Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Stuart Anderson, an adjunct professor at the CATO institute (the same organization founded by Charles Koch) reported that “additional low-skilled immigration would not increase the unemployment rates of low-skilled U.S. workers.”  The report went on to say that “With increases in low-skilled immigration, the U.S. economy would expand, creating more jobs in higher-skilled areas.”
University of Michigan, Flint, Professor, Mark Perry pointed out in a 2010 interview that, “there is no fixed pie or fixed jobs, so there is no way for immigrants to take away jobs from Americans.”   The following excerpt from an article authored by economists, Richard Vedder, Lowell Galloway and Stephen Moore, elaborates further on Perry’s findings:  “First, immigrants may expand the demand for goods and services through their consumption.  Second, immigrants may contribute to output through the investment of savings they bring with them.  Third, immigrants have high rates of entrepreneurship, which may lead to the creation of new jobs for U.S. workers in the low and high skilled ends of the labor market; thus, creating subsidiary job opportunities for Americans.  Fifth, immigrants may contribute to economies of sale in production and the growth of markets.”
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs also found that “Despite increasing educational attainment across all levels of society, the U.S. workforce alone is not educated enough to sustain a globally competitive knowledge economy.  Sixty to 70 percent of the students in American computer science and electrical engineering graduate programs are [international students] on temporary visas. One-quarter of the high-tech firms launched in the US between 1995 and 2005 were founded by immigrants. America also needs less-skilled immigrants. We need workers to staff American farms, provide home healthcare, and staff an ever-burgeoning low-skilled service sector.”
Affirming Lowell, Galloway, and More’s conclusions, the report went on to say, ” These newcomers don’t supplant US workers. They enhance American productivity and create jobs.”


  • Move That Bill Forward #1, click HERE.
  • Move That Bill Forward #2, click HERE.
  • Move That Bill Forward #3, click HERE.


This summer LUM is scheduled to unveil and open Immigration Clinic.   In 2012, the LUM Board of Directors made the decision to offer immigration assistance citing its mission to “give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us.”  Around the same time the Board issued a statement opposing policies separating children and expressing a desire to explore pathways for legal immigration and citizenship.

In lockstep with the sense of call expressed by the Board, LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families has made it a legislative priority to advocate for the legalization and a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants. These individuals and families have come to the US with the same sense of purpose and desire for a better life much as the people who settled this country. Unfortunately though they enjoy none of the rights and protections that we consider as Americans to be unalienable.  As you may know, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform last June, but thus far Republican House Members have refused to vote on the Senate bill or give the issue any type of consideration.  If an immigration reform bill is not passed by the end of the year, which also constitutes the end of current congress, the whole process will have to start all over again.

This month and for the rest of the year as we prepare to open our Immigration Clinic, C4HF would encourage you to write or call our Congressman, Todd Rokita, and ask him to at least allow for immigration reform to come to the floor. You should also demand that he work with his colleagues to find a way to support legislation that would enable those who have invested through their labor and love for this country to be able to stay.  To that end C4HF is going to provide a fact or story that you may use as a talking point when communicating with Congressman Rokita — or in conversations with friends and relatives.  C4HF hopes that these facts will be both enlightening and empowering.

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