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 We provide full day programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that promotes life long learning in a college-like atmosphere.

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About Same As U

 

Who is Same As U?

Same As U is a nonprofit organization committed to helping adults with developmental disabilities live the life they imagine. Same As U envisions a world where young adults with developmental disabilities experience a sense of purpose and fulfillment. 


Set in a college-like setting, they are filling a need for more meaningful activities and programming that often stop upon leaving the school system. Same As U is the only nonprofit in Indiana providing continuing education, recreational, social and life skill training while fostering friendships and a sense of community in a college-like setting. 


The foundation of Same As U is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Same As U is dedicated to equipping young adults with developmental disabilities to be able to enjoy the bountiful life God designed.

 

Time

In-Person: 

8:00AM to 3:00PM (Core Programming is from 9AM - 3PM) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


Online Services: 

Currently Suspended

Location

Same As U, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is located at White River Christian Church in Noblesville, IN.


Same As U will be moving to their new campus in January of 2023. Their new campus is located at 19201 Promise Road, Noblesville, IN 46060

Cost

In-Person: the cost to attend Same As U in-person is $50 for one day a week and $85 for two days a week


Online: 

Currently Suspended

The Community We Serve

2021 Annual Report

Same As U opened their doors January 2020 with 8 students.


After only 2 years, they now serve 50 young adults with developmental disabilities and are helping them live the life they imagine!


Read our Annual Report to learn more about Same As U!

Annual Report 2020 Cover

Same As U, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in April of 2019 to serve young adults with developmental disabilities and help them live the life they imagine. We are filling a need for more meaningful activities and programming that often stop upon leaving the school system.


Services include: continuing education, recreational, social and life skill training while fostering friendships and a sense of community.

 

Our Foundation

The foundation of Same As U is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Same As U is dedicated to equipping young adults with developmental disabilities to be able to enjoy the bountiful life God designed.

Getting Started is Easy

Let's Talk!

Schedule a phone or in-person meeting to discover if Same As U is a good fit.


Introduce Your Young Adult to Our Staff

 This secondary meeting allows us to meet your young adult and begin to get a feel for his/her needs and how we can help.


Build a Future

  As your young adult gets more comfortable with our staff and peers he/she will begin to 
build relationships and new skills that will last a lifetime.


Explore Our Blog

Do you have a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities?  It is never too early to start planning for their future.  


We have created a blog that includes questions & topics to begin thinking about now so your young adult will have the best chance of living an abundant and fulfilling life after high school.


Our Team

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Jennifer Sell graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington and then headed to Chicago to begin a career in the business world. 


She and her husband Kerry eventually moved back to Indiana and started a family. Jennifer spent the next ten years as a stay-at-home mom to their three girls - one of the best jobs she has ever had!


Jennifer made the leap from the for-profit sector to the not-for-profit sector in 2012.  The concept of Same As U was a slow and steady process that started many years ago. Jennifer could not shake what she refers to as a God-inspired passion to serve young adults with developmental disabilities. That prompting, along with the help of many amazing people, led to Same As U opening its doors in January 2020.


As a parent of a young adult with a developmental disability, Jennifer understands firsthand what it is like to love and advocate for them. She is committed to making sure Same As U continues doing an excellent job of helping these young adults live the life they imagine.  Click to read more about how Jennifer's daughter helped inspire her to start Same As U.

Sara MacGregor graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Special Education. She taught exceptional learners in Logansport Community School Corporation, Logansport, Indiana, and the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis. Sara was awarded the Purdue University “Distinguished Young Educator” Award from her alma mater, an honor given to only one alum per year.


Sara has worked as a Parent Guide in the Guide By Your Side program through Indiana Hands and Voices. In this role, she provided parent-to-parent support when a baby or child (specifically those with a disability) received a diagnosis of deaf or hard-of-hearing. Sara has also filled the role of Lead Teacher in her church’s special needs ministry.


Sara and her husband, Scott, have three children and live in Fishers. Their family includes one amazing teen with a developmental disability who is hard-of-hearing.


As the Program Coordinator and Lead Teacher for Same As U, Sara is passionate about guiding young adults to become lifelong learners and teaching them a variety of subjects and skills that will enhance their lives. Sara seeks to make Same As U exactly what she would want for her own child in a best-case scenario.

Jennifer Blake graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English Literature. She worked in the book publishing industry before she and husband Jeff started their family. As a stay-at-home mom to their four children, she held leadership positions in school, church and community organizations. 


After 18 years, she returned to the workforce as an instructional assistant for students with developmental disabilities and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education with certifications in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.  


Prior to joining SameAsU, Jennifer worked as a Registered Behavior Therapist providing 1:1 ABA therapy and interventions in a clinic setting. She appreciates the unique way that God has wired each of us and is inspired by the students and staff at SameAsU. 

Megan is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Music Therapy. Megan started her career as a music therapist serving individuals with disabilities, where she had the opportunity to serve people of all ages. Megan’s loves working with young adults, as it is an exciting time to become more independent and discover passions! She loves to use music to teach skills and foster social and emotional growth.

Megan’s love for music began from the time she was old enough to sing, and throughout her life she has explored many different musical opportunities. Sharing music with others has always been a huge part of Megan’s life! She loves the Christian foundation at Same as U, because her faith has been the foundation of her own life as well.

Megan lives in Indianapolis with her husband Evan and their daughter Lucy. They love spending time playing games together, being silly, and cuddling up on the couch with their dog Pepper.

Stephanie's love for people with disabilities began with a close relationship with a cousin with a disability.  After realizing that this was her calling, she began volunteering at two churches serving young adults with disabilities.  She helped launch a class for high school students and later helped start the church's first program for adults with special needs.  Stephanie has volunteered at Night to Shine, an event celebrating people with special needs, every year since 2018. As a licensed Home Health Aide, she has also enjoyed working as a Direct Support Person assisting people in realizing their full potential. 

Stephanie lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Andrew, who volunteers at Church with her.  They have both been excited about Same As U since before they began, and they share the same goals of teaching those with disabilities and showing them the love of Christ. Fun Fact: Stephanie and Andrew are one of Same As U's very first monthly donors and continue to support the mission today!

Kylie received a degree in psychology from Indiana University. After seven years teaching as an instructional assistant for students with developmental disabilities in Washington Township, she become a Case Manager for individuals with developmental disabilities receiving services on the Medicaid Waiver.


Kylie loves serving in her church and community and currently leads a small group of freshman girls, which has been such a blessing to watch them grow in their faith. 


She and her daughter, a freshman at North Central, along with their two cats, live in Westfield. In her spare time, she enjoys going to her daughter's volleyball games, spending time with family, and traveling. 


Kylie has a passion for serving and helping others advocate for themselves and is very excited to join the Same As U team and use her God given gift of teaching!

Mary Ellen Stuber graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Marketing and worked in customer service and marketing.  When she became a mom, she was blessed to be able to stay at home with them.  Volunteering at church and in the kid's schools over the years gave her the chance to work with people of all ages.  


When her kids were older, Mary Ellen taught preschool for five years and loves the energy of a classroom full of learners.  She is excited to be back in a classroom again.  


Mary Ellen lives in Fishers with her husband Jamie and three teenagers. They love serving in their church and with various mission organizations around the world. She loves traveling, reading and playing games.  

Jamie Williams graduated from Southern Illinois with a degree in Dietetics. She and her husband Nate have two children and live in Noblesville. She loves being mom and being present for all those important milestones. After volunteering in her son's classroom, she realized how much she enjoys teaching. 


Jamie is also very involved at her church volunteering in the special needs ministry. She aspires to use her gifts to make a difference in the lives of the Same As U students and help them reach their full potential. She is quickly seeing how much they too can teach her!

Kristi Baker is owner of CSi Advisory Services & Compensation Systems, Inc, since 1993. Kristi holds a BS in Finance from Illinois Wesleyan University and lives in Carmel with her husband Bryan and has two adult children.

 

Kristi works with corporate retirement plans (401(k), 403(b), Defined benefit plans) and helps families and individuals reach their financial goals. Her strengths are in planning, organization, thought leadership, investments, and financial management.

 

Kristi is committed to serving and providing an opportunity to students and young adults of all abilities to pursue their future. Same As U’s commitment to helping their students learn, grow, belong, and thrive thorough meaningful programing is the reason Kristi is excited to support and grow with the organization. She has been blessed to have many friends with disabilities that have enriched her life.

Reba Cooper is the co-owner of S & B Construction Group, LLC where she currently works with her husband of 43 years, William. Reba holds a BBA in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Reba and William have 2 married children and 3 awesome grandchildren.


Reba worked banking and public accounting in her early career. After moving to Indianapolis from Texas, she worked at Park Tudor School in Alumni and Planned Giving. Reba’s strengths are fundraising and planning events. She has served previously on several nonprofit boards and fundraising committees. She is very passionate about the Same As U nonprofit. 


Reba is devoted to serving and being active in the success of this opportunity for young adults to succeed and continue their education following high school. Reba lives in Noblesville and attends Northview Church. Her interests are reading, working puzzles of any kind and spending time with family and friends

Kim has enjoyed working in the beauty industry for the better part of 32 years, making women look and feel beautiful.  She holds a B.A. degree in communications from Butler University and is happily married to her husband Ray.  They live in Fishers and together they share 5 amazing grown children and two beautiful little granddaughters.

Kim and her husband are longtime members of White River Christian Church in Noblesville.  She has determined a couple of her spiritual gifts to be cooking and caring for friends and family.  Other hobbies include gardening, Pilates and fashion.

Kim attributes her affection towards Same As U students to her children Kyle and Ellie who both lovingly, from a young age, volunteer to work with and befriend those who just need a little extra help and love to feel included. Her children are her inspiration.

Jim graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Public Administration. He served in the US Army at the Pentagon in Washington DC in the fifties. He went on to work at Phillips Medical Systems for many years before retiring in 1992. However, he has and still continues to serve and has been a huge blessing to many nonprofits in both the Greater Cincinnati area as well as Indianapolis.


In Cincinnati, he served at The Joseph House, Waldorf Schools, and Old St. George Community Center. After moving to Indiana, Jim served at Heart of Sailing, Timmy Global Health, and Servants at Work. He is now dedicated to helping Same As U raise funds to open their doors in Hamilton County.


Jim is a dedicated husband, father and grandpa. He and his wife have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Chip graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Upon graduation he returned to his native Ohio for the next two years to serve as the director of youth ministries at a large church in Hamilton, Ohio. He then spent the next 44 years back in Indiana serving in various senior leadership roles at two universities: first, Taylor University for 24 years, and then Ball State University for 20 years. After his career in higher education, he served as Stewardship Pastor at Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana.


In addition to his professional career, he has counseled countless organizations on fundraising and resource development. He has severed the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations as well as on the boards of local government as an elected official. As a volunteer, he has helped many organizations from community-based programs to educational agencies and schools, as well as international humanitarian organizations and international schools.


He and his wife live in Carmel, Indiana. They are the proud parents of two adult children and their spouses who have provided them with five wonderful grandchildren---all boys.

Joe has been in sales and marketing for the past 30 years. In addition, he has served in Church leadership for over 40 years from both sides of the table, lay and Pastoral. Joe is married to his lovely wife Belinda of 46 years. She is the love of his life. Together, they have two adult sons, five amazing grandkids, four beautiful little girls, and one handsome little boy.

 

Joe works for S&B Construction Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. He leads the Church division of the company, designing and building churches.  Joe also serves on the Genesis Fund board. Genesis Fund is a national church planting organization planting churches in cities where no one else will go.

 

Joe helped with the first annual golf outing for Same As U.  Spending time with the leadership of Same As U preparing for the golf outing, he realized Same As U was an organization he wanted to serve.  He counts it an honor and privilege to serve Same As U.

Shanna Tsimerakis resides in Noblesville, IN with her husband and two children. The family lived in Greece from 2006 to 2011. Shanna has been in healthcare since 1996. Her career started in geriatrics and then moved to orthopedics in 2000, where she continues in the field today.


Shanna is passionate about SAU’s mission as she has been touched by people with disabilities throughout her life. As a child, she remembers her Aunt Debra who had Down syndrome. There were few opportunities for Debra to make educational advancements, as well as engage in social activities beyond her family. She would spend hours writing her letters and numbers on notebook paper and then organizing her papers in binders. SAU would have been the perfect setting for Debra to expand her love of writing and develop long lasting friendships.

 

As an adult, Shanna’s daughter, Xanthe, became involved in various programs through school allowing her to become friends with teens with disabilities. This enabled Shanna to also develop friendships with the students and their families which has been so rewarding. 


Shanna is committed to seeing Same As U continue to grow strong and serve these young adults who need an environment they can thrive in beyond high school.

 

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