MAKING ROOM FOR THE FUTURE
Since opening day, Same As U has operated out of White River Christian Church. At our current growth rate, we will reach capacity in our space by the summer of 2022. To continue to expand the program and best serve the students of Same As U, we need a place of our own to call home.
Same As U has been presented with an opportunity to purchase an existing building located in Hamilton County. This new home will allow us to more than double in size taking us from two classrooms per day to six classrooms.
The new school will provide a forever home for Same As U. The building will include multiple classrooms, a student lounge, a lunchroom, a work kitchen, a gymnasium and more. Plus, the new campus sits on nearly 6 acres of land for future expansion and student activities.
The building will further the mission of Same As U by creating a 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.
Jennifer Sell, Executive Director
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 48 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, handicap friendly 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.