We provide full day programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that promotes life long learning in a college-like atmosphere
SameAsU was featured on WISH-TV!
Thank you WISH-TV for this segment! We recognize there are other great options for families to choose from when deciding on where to send their young adults with developmental disabilities and are so grateful we get to now be one of those options.
Opening January 14 of 2020, Same As U will operate year round out of White River Christian Church located in Noblesville.
Programming will be offered from 7:30 AM to 6 PM (Core Programming is 9 AM to 3 PM) on Tuesdays and Thursdays (expanding to Monday through Thursday as need increases).
The cost to attend Same As U is $50 for one day a week and $85 for two days a week. Same As U after hours (3 PM to 6 PM) is $10 per day.
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.
Schedule a phone or in-person meeting to discover if Same As U is a good fit.
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.
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.
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Jennifer Sell graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington and entered the business world as a sales rep for Eastman Kodak in Chicago, IL. After two years, Jennifer and her husband Kerry returned to Indiana to be closer to family and she worked for Sandoz Nutrition.
A year after the birth of their first child, Jennifer decided to stay at home. Her best job to date is being mom and she enjoyed being home full time for over 10 years with the couple’s three daughters.
Prior to starting Same As U, Jennifer was on staff at Northview Church in Carmel, IN. Although she loved her job at Northview, she could not shake God’s prompting to serve young adults with developmental disabilities. This pursuit included spending a year on staff at Joy’s House where she had the unique opportunity to learn the operations of a nonprofit. She is forever grateful to Joy’s House for this opportunity.
Jennifer is so excited to be a part of Same As U and cannot wait for the doors to open! She is passionate about making Same As U a place where participants can thrive as they become equipped to enjoy the bountiful life God designed for them. As a parent of a teenager with a developmental disability, Jennifer understands firsthand what it is like to love and advocate for someone with developmental disabilities. 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 has enjoyed teaching students with mild, moderate, severe, and multiple disabilities in grades K-12, as well as working as an Educational Consultant and occasional speaker. Sara was awarded the Purdue University “Distinguished Young Educator” Award from her alma mater, an honor given to only one alum per year.
More recently, 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.
Sara is excited to be the Program Coordinator and Lead Teacher for Same As U. She is passionate about guiding young adults to become lifelong learners and teaching them a variety of subjects and skill 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.
Sham enthusiastically joins Same as U as a part-time Teaching Assistant. Sham has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and spent most of her teaching career with Exceptional Learners at Lawrence North High School (go Cats!). Sham worked both full-time and part-time at Lawrence North in both self-contained and co-taught classes working with Exceptional Learners with mild and moderate disabilities.
Sham is excited to focus on working with students in a post-secondary education by using best practices, individual student strengths and executing effective educational programs that will benefit the student through developed goals. Sham is an active member at Northview Church and lives in Fishers with her two children and her spoiled puppy.
Sham is excited to be a part of the teaching team at Same As U and utilizing God-given passion to have an impact on students to become life-long learners.
Deborah is thrilled to be a part of the Same As U Team! Once a Montessori teacher, Deborah can't wait to be back in a teaching role at Same As U.
Born and raised in England, Deborah has lived all over the UK and in the States the last twenty years in Michigan, Florida and Indiana. Indiana has been her home the for the last six years and she believes the friendliest people live in Indiana! She and her husband Steve have two grown sons, one living in Indianapolis and one in San Francisco.
Deborah and Steve became youth pastors when they moved to Michigan from England, which then took her into women’s ministry. Deborah is passionate about ministering to woman, especially after traveling to Iraq two years ago to minister to Muslim women. Her heart is for the lost and hurting and helping people discover who they really are in Christ!
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
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 non-profit 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.
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.
For over a decade, Phillip Clark has helped families with their Special Needs Planning. He is the Founder and President of ENABLE Special Needs Planning, an organization that serves families in all 50 states.
Phillip and his wife, Chelsea, co-created the ENABLE 5-Step Planning System that allows families to plan for abundant futures for their children. The ENABLE System includes an online, interactive planning portal that guides families through the process of creating comprehensive, custom plans – from the ease and comfort of their own homes!
Because of personal experiences growing up with a younger sister with Down syndrome, Phillip has a unique approach to planning that focuses on enabling our loved ones to live purposeful, impactful lives TODAY – and every day in the future.
Phillip is frequently invited to speak at national and statewide conferences where he shares information about the ENABLE System and the organization’s core belief that: Everyone has the ability to be impactful!