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Spotlight on Volunteers – A Vital Part of LUM


Meet Adelia – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Adelia Sorge started participating in the LUM Spanish Conversation Tables in 2015 and soon after started volunteering with the LUM Immigration Clinic. She has been volunteering with LUM ever since.

Adelia grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. She and her husband, Dennis now live in West Lafayette. Adelia 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. Dennis, who is a past president of the LUM Board of Directors, is retired as the Director of Academic Research & Services and K-12 Outreach for the Purdue College of Science. Adelia & 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.


With the LUM Immigration Clinic, Adelia volunteers weekly and has been willing to assist in any task big or small. Recently she assisted a client, Luis Urbano, in preparing for his citizenship test. Luis attended a series of LUM Citizenship Classes but needed more one-on-one tutoring. Adelia and Luis met often and worked diligently. In July 2018, Luis became a US Citizen, and Adelia shared that she was humbled to be a part of his journey.

“I was attracted to LUM because of the Immigration Clinic. The process is difficult and confusing and I enjoy being able to help families get through it.”

Adelia encourages others to take the initiative to volunteer with LUM.

“You will not regret it. You’ll be helping whether it be with a financial crisis or issues with the immigration process. Each day at LUM, I am inspired by the clients. It is nice to be a part of something positive when there are so many negative things happening in the world.”

In addition to LUM, Adelia also volunteers with groups that focus on supporting reading proficiency, literacy, voting & voter registration, diversity, immigration and gender issues. LUM is blessed to have Adelia Sorge as regular volunteer.

{Pictured above: Adelia & Luis Urbano.}


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Immigration Clinic Client Becomes US Citizen


Luis Urbano Completes His Pathway to Citizenship

Recently, another LUM Immigration Clinic client became a US citizen — Luis Urbano.

Luis first came to LUM for help in preparing his income taxes. When he discovered that LUM also offered assistance with immigration issues, he set up a meeting with the LUM Immigration Clinic for advice and assistance with the status of his children. Eventually, Luis, who is originally from Peru, decided to start his own process to become a US citizen. He attended the LUM Citizenship Classes and was tutored by LUM volunteer, Adelia Sorge, for several months.

LUM is thrilled to announce that on July 7 at a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Field Office in Indianapolis, Luis Urbano was sworn in as a US citizen with his family in attendance. All of his hard work and the assistance from LUM has paid off.

{Pictured above L to R: Betty Urbano, Luis’s sister; Luis Urbano; Alex Urbano, Luis’s son; Claudia Urbano, Luis’s daughter; and Maggie Urbano, Alex’s wife/Luis’s daughter-in-law.}

Currently, Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Client Becomes US Citizen


LUM Immigration Clinic client and school teacher, Somdatta Datta Roy, was recently sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America at the oath ceremony at White Horse Christian Center, West Layette.

Ms. Datta Roy shared, “I appreciated the guidance I got from the (LUM Immigration) Clinic.” She added, “I have a 13 year old son who was born in the U.S. and I look forward to sharing citizenship with him. We are settling down here. This is my country now!”

{Pictured L to R: Beata Ribeiro, LUM Volunteer; State Representative Sheila Klinker; new citizen, Somdatta Datta Roy & Adelia Sorge, LUM Volunteer.}

Since opening in 2014, the LUM Immigration Clinic has helped clients petition for relatives, become permanent residents, renew green cards, apply for citizenship, and obtain protection from abusers as well as reunite family members and help young people follow their dreams. The clinic also offers Citizenship Classes and Spanish Conversation Tables.

Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic Director, shared, “during the past year we have been blessed to have six volunteers complete the training necessary to become accredited by the US-DOJ, which allows us to better meet the need for low-cost quality immigration law services within our community.”


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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LUM Client Becomes US Citizen


{Pictured L to R: Aegean Harn, Judge Michael Gotsch & Nancy Clark.}

Recently, Nancy Clark, LUM Citizenship Classes coordinator, travelled to South Bend to attend the US Naturalization Oath Ceremony in support of Aegean Harn, a LUM Immigration Clinic client. At the ceremony, Aegean was sworn in at the federal courthouse by Magistrate Judge Michael Gotsch, Sr.

In preparation for this day, Aegean attended the LUM Citizenship Classes and has expressed an interest in now volunteering with LUM. The LUM Immigration Clinic has assisted with many individuals who are now US citizens — like Aegean. Currently, Susan Brouillette is working with individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.


For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691). If you wish to donate to the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE.


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LUM Citizenship Classes — End of Semester



CitizenshipClassesAnother semester of the LUM Citizenship Classes ended this past week. The LUM Immigration Clinic has teamed up with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to offer free Citizenship Classes for persons interested in learning more about US history and government. The series of classes is geared toward preparing permanent residents for the naturalization exam but all are welcome to attend.

Thanks to each of the organizations and churches that brought refreshments — and special thanks to all of our skilled, volunteer teachers and teachers aides. To see more photos of the LUM Citizenship Classes, click HERE.

Citizenship Classes are offered three times a year — and the next series starts in July. For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic & Citizenship Classes, click HERE or call or email Susan Brouillette (765-423.2691 | sbrouillette@lumserve.org).


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Volunteer Opportunities—LUM Immigration Clinic—Citizenship Classes

LUM Immigration Clinic is seeking additional volunteers to help pass out materials, engage students regarding discussion topics, and review vocabulary & civics questions in preparation for the naturalization interview. LUM is also seeking individuals/groups who might be willing to interact with students to provide refreshments during one or more of the classes. This is a great opportunity for church or civic groups to learn more about the naturalization process and to meet future citizens. Finally volunteers are needed to teach the next five-week session of classes which is tentatively scheduled to begin in October 2015. If interested you’re encouraged to attend and observe one of the August-September classes.


Please call or email Susan Brouillette if you have any questions or would like more information about the classes or any of the volunteer opportunities (765-423.2691 | sbroullette@lumserve.org).


LUM Client Becomes US Citizen


 

Recently, Susan Brouillette, the director of LUM Immigration Clinic director, travelled to South Bend to attend the US Naturalization Oath Ceremony in support of Maria Vance, a LUM Immigration Clinic client. At the ceremony, Maria was sworn in at the federal courthouse by Judge Jon E. DeGuilio.

In preparation for this day, Maria attended the LUM Citizenship Classes. Maria is now a volunteer with the LUM Citizenship Classes.

So far the LUM Immigration Clinic has assisted with many individuals who are now US citizens — like Maria. Currently, Susan Brouillette is working with more individuals who hope to become US citizens soon.


 

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For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


(Pictured L to R: Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, Maria Vance & Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director.)

 

LUM Client Becomes US Citizen


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Daleth Assad became the second individual served by the LUM Immigration Clinic to become a US Citizen.  She recently joined about 100 others at the official oath ceremony in the Morton Center and was sworn in as a US Citizen. The LUM Immigration Clinic, now starting its third year, hopes others learn about their services and will follow in her footsteps.

Daleth Assad is also a LUM volunteer and donor. She has been providing meals regularly at the LUM Emergency Shelter since January.


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For more information about the LUM Immigration Clinic, click HERE; or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


(Pictured L to R: Joe Micon, LUM executive director, Daleth Assad & Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director.)

 

LUM Clients to be Naturalized


LUM Client to be Naturalized at Lafayette Ceremony on Friday, September 16, 2016


Immigration Clinic Logo ICLafayette, IN –  LUM Immigration Clinic client and volunteer Daleth Martins de Abreu Assad, will be sworn in as a US Citizen at the West Layette oath ceremony this Friday (September 16) in conjunction with Global Fest.   Details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
  • Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Place: Burtsfield Auditorium, Morton Center, 222 N Chauncey Ave, West Lafayette

When asked about her experience both as a client and volunteer, Mrs. Asad commented,

“I found the  LUM/LARA citizenship class and the guidance I received from the LUM Immigration Clinic to be extremely helpful in preparing for the naturalization exam.  I am very pleased to be associated with the clinic as both a client and now as a volunteer.  It is a great resource to those in the community, especially native Spanish speakers, who have been here for many years and needed additional encouragement and support to apply for citizenship.  The service provided LUM immigration clinic and the LUM/LARA citizenship class are priceless.”

Since opening in August 2014, the LUM Immigration Clinic has helped clients petition for their relatives, become permanent residents, renew their green cards, apply for citizenship, and obtain protection from abusers.  The clinic has reunited family members and helped young people follow their dreams in addition answering questions regarding tourist visas and student visas.   Finally the clinic has begun offering citizenship classes in partnership with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to offer citizenship classes and also partners with the Purdue Ayuda y Aprende program to offer basic Spanish conversation classes.

Reflecting on the accomplishments of the past two years, Joe Micon, Executive Director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, stated  

“In the midst of all this, it is important for us to stop and celebrate each time one of our clients takes her oath of citizenship as an new US citizen.  To Daleth and the others who will be sworn in at the naturalization ceremony on Friday: Welcome to America the Beautiful.  May her blessings of equal opportunity be bestowed upon you.  May you serve her and enjoy both the rights and responsibilities of her freedom.”


For more information about services offered by the LUM immigration program may visit the website (www.lumserve.org/immigration-clinic) or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).  


Contacts:

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
(765) 423-2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

Susan Brouillette
LUM Public Policy Director
(765) 714-7622
sbrouillette@lumserve.org


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LUM Citizenship Classes Have Started


The LUM Immigration Clinic has teamCitizenshipClassesed up with the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy to offer FREE Citizenship Classes which began THIS WEEK for persons interested in learning more about US history and government. Details are as follows:

  • Five-week session—NOW through – July 28
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
  • Place: LARA, 1100 Elizabeth Street, Lafayette

While the series of classes is geared toward preparing permanent residents for the naturalization exam, anyone is welcome to attend.


culturalconnectionSpecial thanks to Cultural Connections—an invaluable partner to the Citizenship Classes for bringing refreshments, teaching classes, and offering support, advice and empathy to our participants. Pictured L to R representing Cultural Connections are Andrea Wallpe; Beata Ribeiro, teacher; and Deanna Brown, founder & director. For more information about Cultural Connections, email Deanna at deannab@frontiernet.com.

 


Volunteer Opportunities—LUM Immigration Clinic—Citizenship Classes

LUM Immigration Clinic is seeking additional volunteers to help pass out materials, engage students regarding discussion topics, and review vocabulary & civics questions in preparation for the naturalization interview. LUM is also seeking individuals/groups who might be willing to interact with students to provide refreshments during one or more of the classes. This is a great opportunity for church or civic groups to learn more about the naturalization process and to meet future citizens. Finally volunteers are needed to teach the next five-week session of classes which is tentatively scheduled to begin in October 2015. If interested you’re encouraged to attend and observe one of the August-September classes.


Please call or email Susan Brouillette if you have any questions or would like more information about the classes or any of the volunteer opportunities (765-423.2691 | sbroullette@lumserve.org).


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First LUM Client To Become Citizen


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Susan Brouillette, Rafaela Santoyo, Joe Micon

Recently, the LUM Immigration Clinic celebrated a significant milestone. A client became the first individual served by the LUM Immigration Clinic to become a US Citizen.

Rafaela Lopez Santoyo joined about 100 others in the Burtsfield Gymnasium at the official oath ceremony and was sworn in as a US Citizen. Sharing in this celebration, Rafaela was joined by her family and the executive director and Immigration Clinic director of LUM, Joe Micon and Susan Brouillette, respectively.

When asked about the services she received from LUM, Rafaela said “I was impressed with how fast my application was processed. We received answers very quickly. Without LUM’s help it would not have been possible to be where I am now. Susan Brouillette was my guardian angel.” To see more photos from that day, click HERE.

The LUM Immigration Clinic helps low-income and vulnerable immigrants by providing a range of services such as determining eligibility for immigration benefits, answering questions, assisting clients file immigration forms, shepherding applications through the adjudications process, and connecting clients to other services. The LUM Immigration Clinic now starting its second year hopes others learn about their services and will follow in the footsteps of Rafaela.


For more information, click HERE or email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).


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