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Project HOPE gets land for seventh campus

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Project HOPE Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering services to the autism community, will open its seventh campus this fall on 30 acres in Landrum that Tab and Laurin Patton donated to the organization.

A school building already sits on the property, according to a news release. The new facility will become the permanent home for Hope Academy and Bridging the Gap classes, which are currently housed in Greenville and Woodruff. The move also will provide room to expand the Hope Alive Junior and Hope Alive programs at HOPE’s Woodruff campus.

“We are so incredibly grateful to the Pattons for this generous gift, which makes it possible for us to move into real school space — quickly and without debt — and still leaves us plenty of room to grow,” Susan Sachs, cofounder of Project Hope Foundation, said in the release.

Project HOPE Foundation had been renting space at Advent United Methodist Church before moving to another temporary location at Temple of Israel in 2017.

“The original plan was to build a new facility on a plot of land in Mauldin that would become our permanent home,” cofounder Lisa Lane, said in the release. “The cost of that project quickly grew from $2 million to $3 million to upwards of $8 million, so our search for a permanent home continued.”

Greenville County will require more than $500,000 in upfitting and renovations to meet its standards, and Project HOPE Foundation will need to acquire additional buses to transport students, according to the release.

“There is a lot of work to be done, but we plan to be ready to open the Landrum campus by September, Sachs said in the release.

Project HOPE Foundation raised just over $1 million at its annual Evening of HOPE Gala. Lane said most of the money will be used to cover costs for providing school and therapy services and the shortfall in reimbursement rates.

A list of Project HOPE Foundation campuses can be found online.

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