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Life Skills House in Woodruff, SC

Project HOPE Foundation now has access to a residential house located adjacent to the Hope Reach Clinic in Woodruff, SC.  


This house will serve as a “real life” setting for teaching important life skills to individuals with autism, starting with our Hope Alive Junior class.


An important step in the transformation of the Life Skills House was to replace the flooring in the kitchen, den, and hall. Celanese stepped in with a group of superhero volunteers who gave a whole new look to the place! We are truly grateful to each member of the Celanese volunteer work crew: Ron Caldwell, Bernard Jefferson, Dwayne Knight, Josh Kuechenberg, Willie Lattimore,Owen Osteen, Roger Pruitt, Jason Senn, Mark Spencer,Elise Swanson, David Teague, and Jeff Wood.


If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Dawn Clayman via email.



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New Website Launched

Project HOPE Foundation is proud to unveil a new look for its website. This website is designed to provide easier access to our myriad of programs and services. We invite you to explore the information and videos throughout this site. If you have any feedback for us, please send comments or feedback to us via email.

David Garrison and Tracy Butenhoff at Cyberfluent designed a wonderful format to help highlight our lifespan of services for the autism community. We want to especially thank David for his patience and generosity in guiding us through this process.



“Autism” (or “autism spectrum disorder” also known as “ASD”) refers to a disorder currently diagnosed through symptoms, which involve difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.


Until the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, the autism spectrum included five distinct subgroups: autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. Under DSM-5, all autism disorders are merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.


Autism is affects all racial, ethnic, and socio-enomic groups. However, it is 4-5 times more likely in boys than in girls.


Symptoms for autism typically appear between 10-18 months of age. Unfortunately, the average age of diagnosis is 4-years-old. A diagnosis is usually made by a developmental pediatrician. Typically, there is a waiting list for appointments to get this diagnosis.


The rate of autism has increased dramatically over the past two decades. When Project HOPE Foundation first started, the rate was 1 in 2,500. The current rate is 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys. Although we now have better diagnostics and increased awareness, these improvements do not account for the marked increase.


About 25% of individuals with autism are nonverbal. Thankfully, many can be taught to communicate in other ways, including augmentative communication devices.


People with autism have an increased risk of seizures. Additionally, many experience gastrointestinal issues, sleep disorders, sensory processing difficulties, and food sensitivities.

News & Events


HOPE Relay raises over $106,000 

Despite the cold weather, the HOPE Relay, presented by HKA Enterprises, generated over $106,000 to support Project HOPE Foundation's services for children, youth, and adults with autism.  Approximately 425 runners, 225 walkers, and 100 volunteers joined together to make the day an amazing success.  "I am truly humbled to see the growth of the HOPE Relay," said Mark Martin, director of the event, "The community came together to make a huge difference for these families living with autism."  


HKA Enterprises won the A.T. Locke "Corporate Challenge" cup, and Wofford College secured the coveted "Student Challenge" cup.


Next year's HOPE Relay is scheduled for November 14, 2015. 


See results and photos at: hope relay.org


Palmetto Kids FIRST awards Scholarships

Palmetto Kids FIRST Scholarship Program provides scholarship grants to K-12 “exceptional needs” students through the implementation of the 2013 South Carolina Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs. A donation through this program provide a 100% dollar-for-dollar tax credit for South Carolina income tax, a federal charitable deduction, and significant savings for AMT taxpayers.

As a participating program, we have been able to secure scholarships for 40 students in our inclusion-based classes, our Bridging the Gap Elementary classes and our Hope Alive Junior class.

These scholarships provide immense financial relief to families who have been covering out-of-pocket therapy costs.

Click here to secure your tax credit before the $8 million cap is reached for 2014.