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PROJECT HOPE FOUNDATION INC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, now 16 years old, has been involved with Project Hope Foundation since he was 5 years old. They have given me and my family such comfort and hope during this time. They are constantly thinking outside of the box and coming up with ways to help our children with autism thrive and become the best person they can be. They individualize their care for each child. They set lofty goals for each child to become as independent an adult as possible and then work tirelessly to reach those goals. I truly don’t know where my family would be if Project Hope wasn’t such an integral part.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Project Hope Foundation is an amazing organization that has improved the lives of families with autistic children and autistic young adults throughout the state of South Carolina. The autism epidemic is one of our country's most daunting challenges. The Project Hope Foundation is meeting this challenge head on - providing needed counsel, therapies and a path forward for families battling autism. From the initial diagnosis, Project HOPE is there - providing HOPE for a better day.

My family could not have survived without the Project Hope Foundation. The initial diagnosis for our son was devastating. Twelve years later, he is attending school with a group of peers that understands him and challenges him to learn in his own unique way. His future is brighter thanks to the hard work and support of the administration, teachers and therapists associated with the Project Hope Foundation. I wish your rating system had more stars - Project Hope deserves every one of them.

Robert
Project Hope Dad

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My greatgrandson started at project hope about two years ago.He was nonverbal did not look at you and never smiled. Now he is a happy little boy smiling and calling us by name Project Hope has been a blessing to our family and an answer to prayers.

1 StephanieHMartin

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project HOPE Foundation is a leader in providing autism services throughout South Carolina. In addition to providing life-changing ABA therapy and innovative education to children through their preschool, elementary, junior and senior high programs, they are also partnering with local and national businesses to create job opportunities for the traditionally unemployed population of adults with autism.

Project HOPE Foundation extends their work to advocacy and policy influence on the state level as well. They have been instrumental in providing data, statistics, and "on the ground" experiences to policy makers in Columbia so that state funding can be increased for individuals with autism.

As a parent of a child with autism, I owe all of our son's progress and optimistic quality of life to this organization. Project HOPE Foundation is run with a mentality of servant leadership, compassion, and HOPE for all of the clients it serves.

shyman1126

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project HOPE Foundation has served as a leader in autism services for more than 20 years. As a long-time volunteer, I have had the rewarding firsthand experience of seeing the organization grow from a small inclusion-based preschool to one of the largest nonprofit providers of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in South Carolina. As an aunt of a young-adult nephew with autism, I have also had the gratifying personal experience of watching my nephew literally grow up under the care of Project HOPE. While still facing significant challenges, Colby continues to gain new skills and make progress at age 24.

By offering a range of programs (including one-on-one therapy, classroom models, social groups, life skills, and adult employment), Project HOPE matches each client’s needs with the most effective strategies for working towards leading his/her most independent and fulfilling life. The impact this organization makes is profound---not only for the client but also for family members. Project HOPE has further broadened its positive reach through workshops/trainings, community outreach, advocacy efforts, and collaborations.

I am both proud and grateful to be associated with the amazing Project HOPE family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Hope gives OUR family Hope!!! Autism's prevalence has now increased to 1 in 59 births. Another statistic: 2 out of my 2 kids have it! Project Hope Foundation is a non-profit operation hosting an umbrella of many different services for autism. Our beautiful teen daughter Ally has been going to school at the Hope Alive Junior program for the last two years in Woodruff, SC. It was the best decision we ever made! She has a safe place to go each weekday where important life skills are worked on in a small setting. The ratio is 1:1 with wonderful therapists who treat her with kindness and respect. Most importantly, SHE LOVES IT! In the last 2 years we have seen her transform like a butterfly from a frustrated child who was often in “fight or flight mode” to much more confident, flexible, patient and joyful girl! That makes our whole family happy! Like the cliche’ goes, “If Miss Ally ain’t happy, no one is happy!” But that’s not all! Our handsome son Rion who is now a full-time college student has been involved in other areas of Project Hope Foundation. He has been on social outings with some of the Hope Alive group (young adult group) and has even worked a short-term job by filling tee-shirt orders via PHF’s affiliated company, Big Brain Staffing. It is so hard to find wonderful opportunities for our spectrum kids… but Project Hope strives to make it happen. They offer schools, therapy, parent support and much more…while constantly looking into the future for an improvement of services. We are so thankful for everything Project Hope Foundation has done for us and the entire community!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about Project Hope and the work they do, they have made such a difference in my grandsons life. The progress he has made is remarkable. The therapist work so hard with the children and you can see the love they have for each child. Project Hope works so hard for all children so that they can have a productive life. We thank God every day for leading us to Project Hope, they have truly made a positive difference in my grandson life.
Eve Kneece

Connie McBrayer P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project hope has changed everything for our family. The school system felt my daughter, with Autism, should be put into residential care at age 11! But Project Hope knew she had so much potential. They have taught her life skills, communication skills and how to be more independent. We are so grateful for Project Hope.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started with Project Hope a little over 2 years ago after being diagnosed with Autism. He was completely nonverbal, and lived in (what I call) the autism bubble. He didn’t care about social interaction, and engaged in many self hurting behaviors. Since starting with Project Hope my now 5 year old little boy is now using some words to communicate, engages in play time with family and peers, on the way to being potty trained, is eating new foods, and the self hurting behaviors and other problem behaviors have greatly declined. The therapist celebrate every milestone and dedicate so much to my child. I will forever be thankful. Our family has truly been blessed to call all of Project Hope family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 15 year old son has autism and has been involved with Project hope for 10 years. He has absolutely flourished here. They are constantly thinking outside the box and thinking about the future and ways to help him become independent

Kelly L. F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project HOPE Foundation provided services to our family as we navigated the world of autism from pre-diagnosis through transition to mainstream education. They were responsive, skillful and resourceful. Through their various programs, we were able to provide ABA services and elementary school to our son with autism. Their inclusion-based programs allowed both our sons to participate fully in school and social activities. Additionally, PHF is a careful steward of funds and donations, allocating them to the places where they will have the most return on investment.