Jeffrey O. Thames, Sr., President
Ann Coletti, Secretary
Board of Directors
Heinz Weverink, Chairman
Chandra S. Thames
Dr. Marcus S. Tappan
Jeffrey O. Thames
As a survivor of personal trauma and drug addiction, Jeffrey O. Thames, Sr. has followed a non-traditional path to success in life. His own story and a passion for helping others motivated him to establish Hope Restored, Inc. as a Silver Spring, Maryland nonprofit in 2011. And overcoming his own challenges enables him to relate to Hope Restored clients and inspire others.
A native of northwest Indiana, Thames struggled with the emotional trauma of sexual abuse as a child. His academic years were tough as he dealt with undiagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Bipolar Disease and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. It was not until he was 22 that he was able to express his emotions related to surviving sexual abuse. By then, he was addicted to drugs and headed on a course that could have easily landed him in jail. Thames says his own support network of caring friends and family were key in helping him through his darkest hours.
After four years in the United States Marines and receiving an honorable discharge, Thames became a successful business owner in Atlanta and a former Director of Business Development at Color Genesis, a national photo printing lab. He moved with his wife to the metro Washington, D.C. area in 2009. In Washington, he had an epiphany when he became friends with a man who was a repeat offender and incarcerated multiple times.
When Thames visited his friend in jail and asked him why he kept landing there, his friend said, "It's hopeless." The friend's comment -- and his own realization that supportive friends and family members had helped him survive personal trauma and drug addiction -- prompted Thames to establish Hope Restored, Inc. Today, the nonprofit serves as community intermediaries and advocates for those in society who have lost hope.
Thames is an associate pastor at Norbeck Community Church in Silver Spring, MD and lives with his wife, Chandra and their five children in Silver Spring. In addition to managing Hope Restored, Thames has been involved with the Montgomery County Maryland Branch of the NAACP and is the former chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. He is an executive committee member of the Montgomery County Interagency Commission on Homelessness, a member of the executive committee member of the Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign and on the board of the nonprofit Safe Silver Spring.