WHO WE ARE
A Strong Partner By Your Side
Thomas Ridley’s 1 Like Me is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing reentry services to those returning to communities in central Indiana from jail or prison. Focusing on employment, housing, life skills, and removing civil legal barriers, 1 Like Me’s mission is to reduce recidivism through supportive services and encourage desistance by presenting opportunities. Founded by a returning citizen, Thomas Ridley, and a law professor, Lahny Silva, Thomas Ridley’s 1 Like Me aims to instill a real sense of hope to those returning home.
Our organization provides a variety of services and serves as a referral source for the formerly incarcerated population. The services we offer include forklift certification, computer skills, and driver’s license assistance. We refer 1 Like Me participants to other agencies such as Café for HSE programming or Goodwill Industries for job training. 1 Like Me also partners with local community organizations to provide a continuum of reentry services. One such partnership includes a law student organization, the Second Chance Reentry Assistance Program or SCRAP, which offers services aimed at overcoming civil legal barriers. This partnership has resulted in a combination of both pre and post release services.
Our work transcends gender, race, and age as we serve people from all walks of life. 1 Like Me has recently intensified our efforts in the most troubled zip codes and is now dedicating resources to young males between the ages of 18 and 25 in those areas.
1 Like Me understands the worry, uneasiness and fear of “ what awaits,” that newly released individuals often experience. We particularly understand the hopelessness, despair and disillusion felt by those returning to struggling and impoverished communities. 1 Like Me is committed to being a First Responder that stands on the frontline aggressively providing services, resources, information, and hope!
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A STRONG TEAM
Meet our Team
President & Founder
Thomas Lee Ridley III is the President of Thomas Ridley's 1 Like Me, which is a recently formed nonprofit organization that focuses on providing reintegration assistance to the formerly incarcerated and reducing the recidivism rate. An Indianapolis native, he hopes to center his reentry work here in the city.
Founding Board Member
Lahny R. Silva is a professor of law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal sentencing. Her scholarship focuses on reentry and the collateral consequences of conviction.
Founding Board Member
Sara Varner is the First Assistant Federal Defender with the local federal public defender’s office, the Indiana Federal Community Defenders. An accomplished appellate attorney, she is best known for passionate advocacy on mass sentence reduction cases in the Southern District of Indiana.
Kyle is a Managing Associate in Dentons’ Business Service Department in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to joining Dentons, Kyle obtained a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Kyle has also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Miami University.
Janeia Brounson is a strategic adviser to businesses eyeing ambitious construction and real estate projects. She also communicates openly with clients regarding potential liabilities and effective risk management practices. Janeia is passionate about criminal justice reform and reentry efforts.
A retired faculty member-Franklin College. Psychologist currently servicing on the Board of Directors Adult and Child Health Previously served as board member for Turning Point Domestic Violence program, Edinburgh Community Schools, Indiana Academy for Mathematics, Science and Humanities, MacMurray College. Mother of two sons and twin grandchildren.
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OUR MAILING ADDRESS
PO Box 2808
Indianapolis, IN 46206
tel: (317) 794-8563