Project Hope Foundation set to open new location on Campus of Greenwood Genetic Center

June 12, 2024

Project Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a lifespan of services for the autism community, plans to open a new location on the 191-acre Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) Partnership Campus.

“This is an incredibly unique opportunity to bring together two very important aspects of the autism journey: diagnosis and treatment,” says Susan Sachs, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Project Hope Foundation. “Having the ability to collaborate with GGC in the same location, on the same campus, is really empowering.”

GGC, which provides clinical care, genetic testing, and research for patients and families impacted by genetic disorders, serves as a critical anchor of Greenwood’s Medical Innovation District and a vital connection hub within the broader Greenwood community. The Partnership Campus is also home to Clemson University’s Center for Human Genetics which provides a deeper research base, and the ability to offer advanced education and training in genetics and life sciences.

“GGC and Project Hope have a long history of collaboration and a shared mission to provide compassionate, cutting-edge care for individuals and families impacted by autism,” said Steve Skinner, MD, President and CEO of the Greenwood Genetic Center. “We are thrilled to have them on our campus as we expand our partnership to help expedite earlier diagnoses, expand access to services, and work together on research and future clinical trial opportunities.”

“Receiving an autism diagnosis can be lonely and isolating, but it doesn’t have to be,” says Project Hope Co-Founder and Co-CEO Lisa Lane. “Through this partnership, families who receive care from GGC can immediately walk over to see the services we provide, giving them answers and encouragement soon after their child is diagnosed.”

The new building will be designed to meet the unique needs of Project Hope Foundation’s clients and staff. Building plans and the timeline for construction are still being finalized. In the meantime, Project Hope will continue to use its current temporary space so services will not be interrupted.

Greenwood Genetic Center is located at 106 Gregor Mendel Circle in Greenwood.

About Project Hope Foundation

Project Hope Foundation provides a lifespan of services for the autism community –  across ages, across programs, and across the spectrum. Founded in 1997 by moms looking for services for their young sons with autism, Project Hope Foundation is the largest nonprofit autism service provider in South Carolina, with 9 campus locations.  Project Hope’s programs include therapy (ABA, speech, and occupational therapies, family guidance), education (accredited K5-12th grade school and support in 30 local public/private schools), adult services (day programs, group, and individual employment, in-house digital garment printing business), and community engagement (presentations, workshops, trainings). For more information:


About Greenwood Genetic Center

Established in 1974, The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing medical genetics and providing compassionate care for families affected by genetic diseases and birth defects. Situated in Greenwood, South Carolina, GGC’s expert team of physicians and scientists offers comprehensive clinical genetic services, state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and impactful research initiatives. With a mission to develop preventative and curative therapies, GGC extends its reach across South Carolina, offering essential resources through satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. As GGC celebrates its 50th anniversary, the organization remains steadfast in its dedication to transforming lives and contributing to the field of medical genetics. For more information: