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LUM Executive Director Attends Mission Fair

Opportunities Through Local Presbyterian Churches

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the Mission Fair this past Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette. The fair was sponsored by the four Tippecanoe County Presbyterian congregations (Bethany, Central, Dayton Memorial & Elston), Presbyterian Mission Agency, and Presbytery of Wabash Valley; and included several booths with information about specific mission opportunities, as well as lunch and a presentation by Charles & Melissa Johnson from a partner mission in the Republic of Zambia, in south-central Africa. The planning committee for the Mission Fair (Chip Goldsberry, Terry Phillips, Paul Houser, Carolyn Goldsberry, the Rev. Lucia Oerter, and Sara Stallings) is pictured above with Joe Micon.

LUM Immigration Clinic Needs Volunteers

Staff an Information Table at an Upcoming Event
The LUM Immigration Clinic needs volunteers to attend and staff an information table, answer questions and share information with attendees. The upcoming events are as follows:
  • OUTfest, Saturday, August 17, 3:30 – 9:30 p.m. (2.5 hour shifts)
  • Hanna Fest, Monday, September 2 (Labor Day), 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. (2.5 hour shifts)
  • Rainbow Callout, Wednesday, September 11, 5:50 p.m. – 8 p.m. (1-1.5 hour shifts)
  • Latino Festival, Saturday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (2 hour shifts)
  • Global Fest, Saturday, September 21, 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (2 hour shifts)
Please consider volunteering at one or more of these events and supporting the LUM Immigration Clinic. Please share with others.
For more information or to sign up online, please click HERE.

Meet the LUM After School Program Team

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained program aides and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

LUM is thrilled to introduce the After School Program team. Pictured (L to R) are Kristi Hogue, program director, and teacher’s aides: Shavonn Kimbrough, Mady Kirts, and Tabatha Volpi. What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you.

For more information on how to volunteer with the LUM After School Program, click HERE.

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LUM After School Program Is In Full Swing

School Has Started – And LUM ASP Has Started Too

School has started in Lafayette, West Lafayette & Tippecanoe County — which means the LUM After School Program has started as well.

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program serves up to 60 children from all elementary & middle schools in Tippecanoe County for three hours each school-day afternoon, enabling their parents to finish their workday. The children are transported from their schools to the LUM After School Program at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center — where they work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in crafts, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities.

The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers, including bus drivers. If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING or need more information, click HERE — or call or email Kristi Hogue (765.423.2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).

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Bus Drivers Needed – Each Weekday Afternoon

Seeking Volunteers for LUM After School Program

Volunteer Activity Bus Drivers are needed to transport the LUM After School Program students from their schools to our program facility in downtown Lafayette.

Drivers are needed each weekday afternoon from NOW – May 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bus drivers must have a valid driver’s license, pass the driver’s test for PPL, have a good driving record, and pass a physical examination.

Volunteers are also needed from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday—as tutors, story readers, spelling test givers and for helping children in general. To begin the “Easy 4-Step Process” to becoming an After School Program Volunteer, click HERE.

Please consider signing up NOW to volunteer for this important ministry and make a difference in the lives of children.

For more information about the LUM After School Program, click HERE or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).

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55th Annual – LUM Camp 2019 – Best Ever!

LUM Campers “Gear Up!” for the Future

Last week, local children from low-income families participated in the 55th annual LUM Camp. LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for 84 boys and girls (8, 9 and 10 years old), who come from families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. Our camp includes all the traditional activities that a great camp should have, such as morning chapel, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, boating, a climbing wall, arts & crafts, campfires, a zip-line and an outstanding LUM Camp staff.

Along with all of these activities, LUM Camp focuses on interactive and experiential learning. Our theme this year was GEAR Up! GEAR stands for Great Education Activates Readiness, and our campers engaged in lots of interactive, hands-on experiential learning. They learned about careers in archaeology, coding, cyber security, chemistry, and engineering; and blasted off their own rockets, ran through a maker space relay, and even took home their own coding program.

LUM Camp – Board Night – Ice Cream Social

On July 31, our LUM friends & board members traveled in the LUM bus out to Hanging Rock Assembly Camp in Warren County to experience an evening at LUM Camp.

When our LUM friends & board members arrived they met the campers and sang camp songs. They were then treated to an authentic camp supper followed by an ice cream social, which included ice cream sundaes with all the fixin’s. Our guests scooped and served the ice cream to our campers giving them more time to interact. The highlight of Board Night for the campers, as well as our guests, was the laser light show. You could tell that our guests enjoyed camp life for a few hours and our campers enjoyed having visitors.

Thank you to everyone who helped make LUM Camp 2019 possible. Through your donations, campership gifts, and volunteer time, you have once again made it possible for our LUM Campers to have a positive, life-changing experience that they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives.

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LUM Immigration Clinic Needs YOU!

LUM Immigration Clinic is now looking for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include legal administrative assistants, translators, fundraising and special projects volunteers, and social media correspondents. We also need teaching assistants and refreshment hosts for our citizenship classes.
Accredited representative Mary Tilden shared the following about her reasons for volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic:
“Volunteering with the immigration clinic is rewarding because I see the relief and happiness that results from changed lives. LUM Immigration Clinic is the only agency to provide these services at affordable rates in our area.” 
Please contact Susan Brouillette at sbrouillette@lumserve.org for more information. Please be sure to include your contact information and indicate what opportunities interest you.

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Volunteers and Staff Attend National Legal Immigration Conference

“Honing Our Skills”
{Pictured from left to right: Margaret Hass, Susan Brouillette, Joy Grow, Beata Ribeiro, Adelia Sorge, Tom Busch, Aparna Puri, and Pravina Ravi.}

In May, LUM Immigration Clinic volunteers and staff attended the 2019 Catholic Legal Immigration Clinic Convening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The LUM Immigration team joined 500 other legal immigration practitioners at the 3 day continuing education event.
Breakout sessions included: Fundamentals of Family-Based Immigration, Hot Topics in Immigration Law, and Top 10 Issues in Immigration Program Management, among others. Workshops helped volunteers sharpen their interview and research skills as well provided tools on how to expand outreach and advocacy efforts in immigrant communities.

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LUM Immigration Clinic Expands Capacity

“Team Work is Critical”
{Pictured from Left to Right: Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Tom Busch, Adelia Sorge, and Joy Grow.}

The LUM Immigration Clinic team is extremely fortunate to have 3 attorneys who provide invaluable expertise and expand the services that the clinic is able to offer. The three attorneys are Tom Busch, Erin Brewster, and Joy Grow. Joy also serves as the clinic’s legal advisor.
Additional Accredited Representatives
When the LUM Immigration Clinic opened its doors in 2014, director Susan Brouillette was the only accredited representative. However, this past spring five longtime volunteers: Mary Tilden, Margaret Hass, Aparna Puri, Beata Ribeiro, and Adelia Sorge, received accreditation by the U.S Department of Justice. Now these 5 volunteers are able to assist immigration clients directly. Like attorneys, accredited individuals have authorization to provide immigration advice, fill out immigration forms and draft legal documents.
Having more than doubled its capacity, the LUM Immigration Clinic is able to assist twice as many people with their immigration cases. In order to receive accreditation, volunteers took a Comprehensive Immigration Law (COIL) class equivalent to 80 hours of work. Reflecting on the process, Beata Riberio commented “I feel stronger and better prepared to assist immigration clinic clients. She added “client cases are often complicated but working together as a team increases the overall competency and the ability of the organization to provide quality immigration services. “
Elisha Hollandbeck and Brook Perez, both paralegals with Gutwein Law, completed the COIL course in March and are accruing the practical training necessary to submit their applications for accreditation to the Department of Justice.
To view more quotes from the LUM Immigration Clinic legal team about their
experiences and motivation for volunteering, please click HERE.

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NEWS from the LUM Immigration Clinic

Dear Friends, 
We are rolling out our first e-letter to showcase areas of growth as well provide an inside look at the LUM Immigration Clinic. It is affirming to know our volunteer staff has grown to over 50 people and we were able to raise over $50,000 at the Port of Hope fundraiser last fall. Your support has contributed directly to our growth and helps position the Immigration Clinic as a sustainable program.
Your contributions helped clients reunite with their spouses and children, and provided legal immigration services to asylum seekers in addition to protection for victims of violent crime and other vulnerable persons. Immigration policy is continuously changing, so it’s crucial all immigrants in this community have competent legal representation regardless of income.  
Please plan to attend Port of Hope 2019 on November 7. You won’t want to miss an evening full of great food, one of a kind experiences, and supporters who are passionate about our mission. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Port of Hope page.
Thank you, gracias, merci beaucoup, and hvala ti from the bottom of my heart for the ongoing support you give to the LUM Immigration Clinic and our clients.
The Rev. Susan Brouillette  
LUM Immigration Clinic Director

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