Capital Campaign

Building Hope Capital Campaign

  • Our Hope: To expand services for individuals with autism & developmental disabilities in Western New York
  • The Goal: $3,700,000
  • Amount Raised to Date: $3,108,133
To meet the challenges as the demand for services increases, Summit is entering Phase 2 of a $3.7 million capital campaign and renovating 15,000 square feet of space in a building it owns on Woodridge Drive in Amherst. Five new classrooms will be added along with four specialized treatment rooms, a multi-purpose room (that can serve as a gym and a cafeteria), and a kitchen.

Phase 1 renovations included 14,500 square feet of space at 75 Pineview Drive, Amherst, that was completed in April 2018.

The Building Hope Capital Campaign will address the following areas of concern:

  • Increasing prevalence: Autism prevalence has grown dramatically, now affecting 1 in 59 children.
  • Aging student population: More than one third of Summit’s current school population will reach adulthood in the next five years and will require specialized adult services when they leave school at age 21.
  • Greater behavioral challenges: The Summit Center serves children who are increasingly behaviorally challenging, requiring more specialized space, increased ratios, and office space for supporting functions.
  • Limited physical space: The Summit Center has reached physical capacity for classrooms, therapy rooms, and training and office space.