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We need your help. Inflation, supply chain, cost of labor, and other factors beyond our control have added costs that we never anticipated as we developed our plans for the new Stoops Family Foundation Adult Services Building on our campus. We now urgently need $1.5 to complete this much needed space for adults with autism and other related
developmental disabilities.

When completed, we will be able to expand our help for adults on the autism spectrum with additional services in a state-of-the art building, purpose-built to support their needs and celebrate their strengths. We’ll continue to provide the services for which we are known for such as employment training, day training, and supported living instruction. We will also launch a new program with a full-service café that will become a living vocational lab to teach food industry job skills and provide opportunities for employment. We will continue to innovate and create new opportunities in this new transformative space

The Stoops Family Foundation Adult Services building, on The Els Center of Excellence® campus, is targeted for completion in 2023.  It will be a dedicated space for existing adult programs that are in high demand for individuals with autism and other related disabilities ages 18+. 

Make a Lasting Impact


“The Adult Services building will be a place where adults can explore different careers, make friends, and engage with the community.”

Liezl Els

Co-Founder, Els for Autism

“Shaun loves participating in the Els Day Program. He loves the staff there and enjoys learning about music, practicing drums, and yoga, which helps him focus a bit more. He enjoys having a routine and going to Els, he knows everyone there, so he feels at home.”


Parent of Adult Day Training
Program Participant

“We have been beyond blessed in so many ways by the programs through the Els for Autism Foundation. Jack’s favorite part of this program was being with his peers.  Overall, the Adult Day program gave our family structure, joy, laughter, peace, hope & the feeling that we ALL mattered.”


Parent of Adult Day Training
Program Participant

The Building

The Stoops Family Foundation Adult Services building is planned for
completion in the summer of 2023.