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Above & Beyond – LUM Immigration Clinic

Director Assists Clients Remotely & Saves the Day

The LUM Immigration Clinic staff and volunteers “go above & beyond” to meet the urgent, time-sensitive needs of our neighbors in need. Recently, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, Christian Gallo, needed to travel to South America for a family emergency. While away, he agreed to work remotely if needed. Well, Christian was needed!

Christian had been working with two individuals for several months to help them visit their father in Mexico, whom they hadn’t seen in more than a decade. He is currently in poor health and has been asking for them to visit. These individuals were granted a deferment of action through DACA; and therefore, not able to leave the United States without “advance parole or a travel authorization.” While on his personal time off, Christian received a message that the two individuals were in their final interview with USCIS in Indianapolis and could not provide one of the mandatory documents. The USCIS interviewer gave them only one hour to produce the document. After finding a reliable Wi-Fi connection in a local café, Christian was able to help. Their travel was approved, and they’re on their way to see their father. Another success story.

This is just one example of how complex the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic is. Travelling to see your father is something many US citizens take for granted. The LUM Immigration Clinic staff & accredited volunteers understand that a simple request to obtain a travel authorization takes months, involves lots of red-tape, and the simple omission of just one document can delay the process even longer. Also, being given only one hour to rectify a situation is not unusual. Keeping calm, being persistent, caring about the individuals served and simply being available is what makes the LUM Immigration Clinic so special.

If you wish to invest or get engaged with the LUM Immigration Clinic, please go to LUMserve.org/immigration — or email immigration@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691.

Delta Delta Delta Sorority Gives to LUM


Purdue Tri-Delta at Donates “Needed Items” to LUM

The members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue recently donated a truckload of paper products to LUM. Polly Magee, house director, delivered the paper products to LUM on behalf of the sorority (pictured).

These items will be used primarily at events like the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast and Turkey Trot 5K Run, both scheduled for Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 24.

LUM is grateful to have the support of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Thanks again to the members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed items.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gives to LUM


Purdue Chapter Donates Gift Baskets to Shelter

As a part of their national initiative, “Operation AKA Assist,” the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue created 40 baskets for LUM to distribute to our clients experiencing homelessness. The baskets included snacks, personal hygiene items and an encouraging note from the students. In addition to assembling the baskets, their event included teaching the members about homelessness and the mission and programs of LUM.

Mamie Johnson, secretary, and Anyah Cork, chaplain, recently delivered the baskets to LUM on behalf of their sorority (pictured). The baskets have already been distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness through the LUM Emergency Shelter and Protein Food Pantry. LUM is grateful to have the support of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and appreciate that they took the time to learn more about homelessness in their university community. Thanks again to the members of the Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Purdue.


If you, your company or organization would like to collect items for LUM, please check out our list of “needed item.” Items are listed by “need” and also by program. Some of the Hot Needs are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper; Paper Towels; Trash Bags (13 gallon/tall kitchen & 30 gallon)
  • Bleach; All Purpose Cleaner (Simple Green concentrate, original scent)
  • Disinfectant Wipes; Disinfectant Spray; Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Coffee (Caffeinated); Sweetener packets (Sugar, Splenda); Powdered Creamer

You may either ship or drop off items to the LUM Office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901). Cash donations are excellent because they allow LUM to purchase what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated. To view the LUM Wish List, click HERE.


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LUM Food Pantries

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.

Meet Judge Busch – 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.


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 and one daughter live in Berkeley, CA, and the other daughter lives in Italy. 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. He has been volunteering with LUM since 2018.


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.

LUM Immigration Clinic Superstar Volunteers

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.


Meet Three Superstar Volunteers

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 and one daughter live in Berkeley, CA, and the other daughter lives in Italy. 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. He has been volunteering with LUM since 2018.

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.

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 the LUM Immigration Leadership

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.


Meet the Staff

Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, grew up in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and now lives in Lafayette with his three children. Christian earned his baccalaureate degree from Colegio Champagnat, Master in Laws degree from Indiana University, and JD from Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires). He has been a member of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Bar since 1995 and Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs for more than 10 years. Christian is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) as well as speaking basic French. Christian enjoys being with his family and coaching soccer and rugby. In 2007, he was the coach of the Purdue Women’s Rugby team. 

Yanina Gomez Szyszko, the LUM Immigration Clinic Assistant Director, grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark and Valencia, Spain, and currently lives in Lafayette, Indiana. Yanina graduated from Escuela Cristiana Evangélica Argentina (E.C.E.A) in Buenos Aires, has studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires; and is currently enrolled at the International University of Valencia pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her goal is to complete a Master of Clinical Psychology by 2025. Yanina speaks both English and Spanish. She is an avid volunteer working with agencies in Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Poland and the United States (Lafayette) that focus on children, nutrition, fair labor, homelessness, food distribution and waste, elderly and animals.


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

If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.

Meet the LUM Immigration Clinic Team

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.


Meet the Staff

Christian Gallo, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, grew up in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and now lives in Lafayette with his three children. Christian earned his baccalaureate degree from Colegio Champagnat, Master in Laws degree from Indiana University, and JD from Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires). He has been a member of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Bar since 1995 and Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs for more than 10 years. Christian is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) as well as speaking basic French. Christian enjoys being with his family and coaching soccer and rugby. In 2007, he was the coach of the Purdue Women’s Rugby team. 

Yanina Gomez Szyszko, the LUM Immigration Clinic Assistant Director, grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark and Valencia, Spain, and currently lives in Lafayette, Indiana. Yanina graduated from Escuela Cristiana Evangélica Argentina (E.C.E.A) in Buenos Aires, has studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires; and is currently enrolled at the International University of Valencia pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her goal is to complete a Master of Clinical Psychology by 2025. Yanina speaks both English and Spanish. She is an avid volunteer working with agencies in Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Poland and the United States (Lafayette) that focus on children, nutrition, fair labor, homelessness, food distribution and waste, elderly and animals.


Meet Three Super Star Volunteers

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 and one daughter live in Berkeley, CA, and the other daughter lives in Italy. 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. He has been volunteering with LUM since 2018.

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.

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 the LUM Immigration Clinic Team

Providing Immigration Advice & Assistance

The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited volunteers. Led by the LUM Immigration Clinic director, Christian Gallo (paid staff), the volunteer team members are as follows:

  • Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, & Erin Brewster 
  • Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Sharon Graves, Mary Tindel, & Beata Riveiro
  • Candidates for Accreditation: Gary Fowler & C. Vincent-Rodas
  • Program Volunteers: Maddie Prospero, Yanina Gomez Szyszko, & Weijing Li
  • Intern: Olivia Bangert

LUM volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and intern are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases. During the LUM Summer of Service, 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.