It was at that time that, quite unexpectedly, we both found ourselves unemployed. As difficult as that time in our life was, we were grateful for the experiences we had and the perspective we had gained. It didn’t take us long to figure out that what we really wanted to do was impact the lives of other families like ours, and open an autism center.
By early 2010 we were holding town meetings, looking for commercial space, developing marketing materials and a hundred other details that go into creating a business. By April we had found our space, signed a lease and renovation began. In May we interviewed potential therapists—and with little more than a plan and a promise, nine brave souls took a leap of faith and joined us. In July 2010 Cornerstone opened for business in Greenwood with those nine therapists, and 1 client. Word quickly spread and the center grew by leaps and bounds.
April 2011 was a momentous month in our history. Our lead BCBA, Ken Weadick, became our business partner and that same month we opened our West Lafayette location in Purdue Research Park. Less than a year later, in January 2012, we expanded our Greenwood facility by creating a unique environment for our older clients. In 2013 we expanded Greenwood once again to our current space of nearly 30,000 square feet. It is truly an impressive facility and has drawn the attention of not only folks in this state, but in neighboring states as well.
In 2014 we expanded our West Lafayette facility to accommodate demand in that area, and today it serves twice the capacity it did when it first opened. In June of 2014 we opened our third location in Columbus and look forward to serving that community as well as the others we have become such a part of. From our humble beginnings we have grown to over 100 employees and serve nearly that many children every day. It has been an amazing trajectory to witness and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished.