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About us

 
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Our mission is to lead the way in providing a lifespan of services for the autism community through programs that:
Help families,     
       Open minds,               
        Promote inclusion,    

   Expand potential.  

We serve individuals of all ages across the autism spectrum, from those most severely impacted (who may need very basic training such as developing a way to communicate) to those with Asperger’s Syndrome (who may need help completing college classes).  We provide a wide range of services – family support, Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, education, training, social groups, and adult programs.  Our programs benefit not only the child affected with autism but also the entire family, all of whom are forever changed by this diagnosis.  We provide a broad array of workshops and trainings to families, educators, childcare providers, medical professionals, and community groups.  No other South Carolina organization offers our range of services and support for the autism community.

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Project Hope Foundation gave us just that: hope. I can’t begin to explain this amazing group of people ... They have an amazing heart for these kids and their families.
— Current Parent

Leadership of Project HOPE Foundation

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LISA LANE
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Board of Directors

Joe Vaughn, Chair
Kelly Fairbairn, Vice Chair
Doug Hayes, Treasurer
Bruce Clayman
Linda Dolny

Peter Iacovelli
Lisa Hyman Lane
Stephanie Martin
Susan Sachs

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SUSAN SACHS
Co-Founder and Executive Director

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Our History

In 1996, Lisa and Susan were moms of young sons who were newly diagnosed with autism. At the time, the rate of autism was 1 in 2,500. To get ABA therapy for their sons, they had to fly in consultants from New York and California, recruit their own therapists, provide their own training, coordinate their own programs, and find their own funding.

In an effort to fill the gap in services, they incorporated Project HOPE Foundation as a nonprofit organization. For them, “HOPE” was the perfect acronym for their goal for their sons: “Help Our Potential Emerge.”

Our Funding

As a nonprofit organization, Project HOPE Foundation works diligently to provide quality services as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Project HOPE Foundation’s programs receive funding support from a variety of sources, including BabyNet, Exceptional SC Scholarships, insurance, Medicaid,  and the PDD Medicaid Waiver. However, we must raise over $1 million annually to cover the funding gap for our services.  

To do so, we rely on:

·      our three annual fundraising events;

·      local, state, and federal grants, and 

·      corporate and individual donors.  

our collaborations

Project HOPE Foundation partners with a wide variety of organizations to build a network of support for the autism community.  Click here for a look at our current collaborations.

Big Brain Staffing

Clemson ICAR

Greenwood Genetics Center

Employment with Project HOPE Foundation

Project HOPE Foundation provides a number of career paths for people who are looking for positions that allow them to impact the autism community - in therapy, in classrooms, and in support.  Additionally, Project HOPE Foundation is committed to facilitating employment for adults with autism through our partnership with Big Brain Staffing.  

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