MAKING ROOM FOR THE FUTURE
Since opening day, Same As U has operated out of White River Christian Church. We are reaching capacity in our current space. To continue to expand the program and best serve the students of Same As U, we needed a place of our own to call home.
In October of 2021, Same As U started a Building Campaign to raise funds to purchase an existing building located in Hamilton County. By the grace of God, Same As U closed on our future campus on June 1 of this year! Having met our initial fundraising goals, we were able to secure a building situated on nearly 6 acres of land for future expansion and student activities.
This new campus will allow us to more than double in size taking us from two classrooms to six classrooms and will include a student lobby, a library, a gymnasium and more. Renovations are starting soon, and we should move in by the end of 2022!
We are only $100,000 away from reaching the $1.5 Million campaign goal. Every gift to the campaign will make a difference in the lives of our students. We invite you to partner with Same As U as we embark on a new journey to create a forever home and alma mater for the students of Same As U. Your gift today will help us equip our new campus to best serve the current and future students of Same As U!
As a mom of a young woman with Down syndrome and the co-founder of Same As U, I see firsthand the need Same As U is filling. What I wanted for my own daughter, was also a desire of so many other mothers and fathers who found themselves trying to
help their son or daughter make sense of the world after high school. God has surrounded Same As U with just the right people, and we are all 110% committed to seeing this through. This building (and acreage) will help us serve young adults that we wouldn’t be able to reach if we stay at our current home inside White River
Thank you for considering joining our campaign as we work to further the mission of Same As U by creating a Christ-centered, college-like setting for our students to live the life they imagine. Our goal is to provide academic excellence for as many students as possible while reminding them that their lives matter.
According to the Disability Status Report by Cornell University, our state is home to approximately 467,900 adults with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 21-64. While some with fewer limitations may be able to work a part-time or full-time job, many are left behind upon leaving the school system. Many parents must continue to work, forcing them to leave their adult child at home alone, or hire full-time help or rely on family and friends to help meet their unique needs.
There is no “empty nest” for parents of adults with developmental disabilities. Due to the tremendous need and demand for more meaningful programming within the community, Same As U opened its doors on January 14, 2020, with eight students. Same As U now serves over 60 students and families.
Same As U is set in a college-like setting but the one thing missing is our campus.
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Same As U has an opportunity to buy an existing church in Hamilton County that is uniquely laid out to be conducive to learning, hosting student activities, and provide immediate room for growth.
The costs associated with this Generosity Campaign include purchasing the building, renovating the current footprint to create six classrooms, a library, and workspaces as well as update the gymnasium, lobby, and kitchen space.
Our fundraising goal of $1.5 million will cover the entire cost of buying an existing church building and making necessary renovations to allow for our programming. With your help, we can create a forever home for Same As U.
Remember, pledges can be spread out over the course of three years.