Lisa Lane and Susan Sachs hadn’t planned on starting a nonprofit organization and a school two decades ago, but they couldn’t find the programs needed by their young sons, newly diagnosed with autism, anywhere else.
“There’s nobody as determined as a mom with a child in need,” Sachs said. “You’ll do anything.”
So they started the Project Hope Foundation and a small preschool where children with autism and neurotypical kids attended classes side-by-side.
“It was supposed to be a temporary thing,” Sachs said.
Today, the school and its offshoot, the HOPE Foundation, serve about 300 people in the Upstate a day and are raising money to construct a permanent home in Greenville.
“It’s a mission now,” Sachs said.
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