Our mission is to assist our youth and families with overcoming community and educational barriers which may be due to impaired or deficient family dynamics and social skills.
L.A.S.E.R. Project is a collaboration of Jack T Services LLC and Blessed and Know It Ministries. The two individuals who make up this company, Jack Thomas and Jasheena Shelton have over 15 years of combined experience working with youth and families.
While doing work in the local community both individuals noticed a growing trend of youth and adults who were struggling daily with conflict resolution skills, anger management, social skills and literacy. Many individuals whom we encountered could not read or write. It was discovered that due to the trauma that many individuals encountered throughout their life, many were not able to receive an adequate education or did not have basic life skills due to their past environments.
This prompted Jack Thomas and Jasheena Shelton to sit and think of a unique creative way to help trauma informed individuals with basic services so they can overcome and be successful citizens in today’s economy. After brainstorming and being willing to collaborate, the company L.A.S.E.R. Project was created.
Jack Thomas began his journey working in the residential setting here in Marion County before becoming a community-based provider.
Jack Thomas has worked closely with juvenile probation, Choices Inc, Marion County DCS, Indianapolis Public Schools, Pike Township Elementary Schools, and Lawrence Township Elementary Schools, Indy Parks & Recreation, and other DCS agencies surrounding Marion County. Jack Thomas also has been certified through DMHA to provide CMHW and CMHI Wraparound Services.
Jasheena began working with “at-risk youth” at Childhelp USA where she was a Resident Advisor. While at Childhelp, Jasheena made a difference in the lives of youth who have experienced trauma and/or who have significant emotional and behavioral challenges. These youth often displayed emotional or behavioral problems, truancy, low academic performance, showing a lack of interest for academics, and expressing a disconnection from the school environment.
For the past 20 years, Michelle has been seeking to make a difference in the lives of children and families by helping them through life’s challenges. Michelle has worked in a variety of social services and mental health settings as well as with youth and adult populations. As a licensed therapist, Michelle has seen hundreds of individuals and families and helped them through a variety of situations including substance abuse, domestic violence, and depression. Michelle specializes in trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, and using multisystemic therapeutic interventions.