About

Our Mission

The cycle of criminal behavior is difficult to break and often involves a comprehensive approach to address a host of issues; including but not limited to: Employment, Housing, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Treatment, Education, Healthy Living/Wellness, Recovery, Financial Literacy, Life Skills Training and Trauma Informed Care. We will extend all services to our Honored Veterans population to enhance, enrich, and empower their lives.

Our organization sees a world without poverty, identifying institutional obstacles and finding ways to remove barriers that will ensure more opportunities, reduce recidivism, take a measured approach to crime reduction, and eradicate inequities.

We will discover a Vision, Interpret a Mission and Disseminate a Strategy that will afford everyone their GOD given right to a Quality Life. 

SLED Board of Directors

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Darvin D. Lewis

Mr. Lewis is an entrepreneur that has over 15 years of a proven record of growing direct sales and marketing services for Telecommunications, Energy, Cable, Utility Company Service plans, and Gov’t programs. He is the CEO of Quality Residential Services, LLC (QRS Marketing Group) a direct sales and marketing firm he founded in early 2009 that offers various Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 clients campaigns through business-to-consumer, business-to-business, & business-to-retail.

He grew QRS’s client base to 20+ clients with 5 of them being Fortune 100 companies since company’s inception.

Prior to establishing QRS Marketing Group he held Management positions for Just Energy Marketing Corp as the Regional Distributor in Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

DTE Energy, Supervisor, Detroit Michigan- Revenue recovery department.

Male2Man Ministries, Founder, Male enrichment program committed to ‘Impart to Empower’ young males to become more impactful Men in society.

Mr Lewis served as a Sergeant in the US Army, XVIII Airborne Corp, Ft Bragg, NC from 1985-1989. During his military career he was deployed to Honduras, Panama, and Grenada.

Education: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute, Indiana ITT Technical Institute, Troy, Michigan Faith Bible College, Detroit, Michigan
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Kenya Miles

Kenya Miles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of North Carolina and she attended Mars Hill University as an undergraduate where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (2017) and East Tennessee State University’s School of Social work in the Masters of Social Work Program, where she graduated in 2019. Kenya currently is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Veterans Health Administration, where she has experience working with diverse individuals. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Mars Hill University, teaching social work practice and has been invited to speak to students regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also an independent contractor, working as a therapist on an on-line platform. Her experience encompasses, but is not limited to working with veterans, aging/geriatric issues, substance use, chronic pain, disability, domestic violence, multi-cultural concerns and equity and inclusion issues with a diverse client base. She has worked with adolescents as a Guardian Ad Litem, volunteered with Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter in Asheville, NC and currently serves on the NASW Board of Directors for North Carolina as the Second Vice President of Finance and on A Therapist Like Me Board, which connects minority-identifying clients and therapists, as well as advocates for marginalized populations. Previously, Kenya was on the Board of Directors for the Oteen VA Federal Credit Union.
Kenya believes that that it is paramount to our mission to enhance human well-being and to help all people meet their basic needs. Especially those who are oppressed, vulnerable and living in poverty. It is important to continue recognizing the unique circumstances of the communities we serve and to understand that each individual has a separate set of circumstances that still deserve the exact same resources and opportunities needed to reach equal outcomes. Her mantra is treating every individual with dignity, respect and compassion in her practice. She does not believe in making judgments or using stigmatizing labels. She encourages safe-person centered, self-directed care using a collaborative approach for a myriad of challenges that clients may face. Change begins when an individual is ready to take the first step. Kenya works to infuse the best therapeutic framework to help clients work toward their goals in an authentic way that opens the door for utilizing self-determination in their individual journeys.

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Rev. Yvette McCrackin Ursery

Rev. Yvette McCrackin Ursery is a World Changer overflowed with God's love with a range of responsibilities. And out of that love, she has invested her God-given gifts to serve others, fulfilling the words of 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV) "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." in the continued work of servanthood by recognizing and respecting the values of inclusiveness, reaching all people with compassion and commitment. Rev. Yvette has served for over 20 years as a realtor leading to her current role as CEO of cyds, LLC dba cyds Real Estate and Design. Handling the general public and her company's most stressful profit and loss transitions and personal assets with thought, care, and diligence have made all the difference in the world with people's lives. Not only does she design people's lives physically but spiritually as well helped her to transition to the CEO of cyds, LLC dba jjjs a Ministry, which allowed Rev. Yvette to collaborate with different ministries, specifically My Brother's Keeper Homeless Outreach Ministry, and various church programs. Rev. Yvette serves as a Pastoral Chaplain serving 11 Ascension St. Vincents Hospitals throughout the state of Indiana. Addressing daily emotional and spiritual distress, suffering, death or end of life, grief, relationships with or without God for all religion demographics, moral ethics, advance directives, support isolation, rituals, sacraments, funerals, celebrations, and much more for all visitors, patients, and staff. In addition, Rev. Yvette is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Indiana Wesley Seminary working on her Spiritual Formation dissertation project estimating the graduating date of 12/2023. Lastly, Rev. Yvette is an Associate minister and teacher for The Trinity Center Youth and Family Services Church, reaching all people with compassion and commitment. Rev. Yvette is an advocate and servant to humanity's benefit, bringing a good quality of life, wholeness, spirituality, and total transformation to all people.

 

Rev. Yvette was responsible for managing Cummins International Accounts for Ceva Logistics, through significant market challenges while managing to find innovative increase opportunities for revenue growth. Rev. Yvette served for over 20 years as the Youth Works Coordinator for Olivet Missionary Baptist Church Youth Ministry. Yvette worked in Campus Ministry and Community Service Ministry at Bishop Chatard Archdiocesan High School. She also assisted with the Nursing Home Ministry with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center Hooverwood Senior Living. Periodically Rev. Yvette worked with Mozel Sanders on the Yearly Thanksgiving Day Meal. Yvette was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Women Build. She participated in the Leadership Evaluation & Awareness Program. She worked as United Way Coordinator for 3 years. She completed the Pre-Leadership Management Training Program for previous employers.

 

Rev. Yvette graduated Cum Laud with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Indiana Institute of Technology, Ft. Wayne, Indiana in May 2002. She continued her education by completing her Master of Divinity at Indiana Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, Indiana April 2018. In 2019 she received her Chaplaincy Intern Certification through Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) from Ascension St. Vincent Hospital. She has completed all educational classes in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program at Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, and is currently working on her Project Dissertation.

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Our Organization

Charleston L. Bowles

President

Frederic I. Bowles

VP of Operations

John T. Smith

VP of Development

Gina E. Bowles

VP of Client Services

Duane Gunn

VP of Human Resources

S.L.E.D. Funding