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ACCEL Completes $232,000 Facilities Expansion
By Autumn Jarrett - Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
ACCEL, a private, nonprofit organization serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, behavior disorders and intellectual disabilities, recently completed a $232,602 facilities expansion project which allows the organization to further support students transitioning from school-based programs to adult day programs.

“One of the biggest transitions for our students who have developmental disabilities is preparing themselves for life after school,” says Raymond Damm, CEO of ACCEL. “As a result of this expansion, we can further support students through this transition. This is the first of two projects that will ultimately help us to double the capacity of the individuals we are able to serve.”

The expansion project, which took place at ACCEL’s Metro Campus in Phoenix, spans 5,893-square-feet and includes new lighting, flooring and finishes throughout, new and enlarged accessible restrooms and shower rooms, and amenities including drinking fountains and hand-washing stations.

“This project wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of Executive Council Charities’ volunteer force, Executive Council 70,” said Damm. “We’re so grateful they chose to adopt this project and connected us with their member Cory Shepard from Cresa, the commercial real estate and project management firm that we partnered with for the renovation.”

Originally formed in 1972, Executive Council 70 is a group of 70 working professionals and 250 life members who are dedicated to helping the community through a series of fundraising events and initiatives and has raised $12 million in just the past five years.

“Through our involvement with Executive Council 70, we were proud to partner with ACCEL to help them expand their mission of serving individuals who have developmental disabilities in the Valley,” said Shepard, principal of project management at Cresa. “We are delighted to see our work contribute to the success of other companies.”

The project team also included RSP Architects, WestCon Companies and several sub-contractors and vendors. Additional donations of goods and services came from Corbins Electric, DanCo Plumbing, Chas Roberts, Mortenson, Moya Painting, Slabhaus, Copperstate Wall Systems, Associated Woodworks, RHQ and ThermAir, a partner of Chas Roberts.

ACCEL is a nonprofit organization for children and adults who have special needs. ACCEL provides innovative, individualized and comprehensive educational, therapeutic, vocational, behavioral and life skills training. The individuals in these programs have a wide range of abilities and challenges including autism, intellectual, emotional, physical disabilities and health impairments. The BISTÅ Clinic serves children through clinical intervention services starring at 18 months of age. ACCEL’s private, educational program supports youth ages 5-22. The Adult Services program provides day programming for adults 18 years of age through the lifespan. For more information, please visit

About Executive Council Charities

Executive Council Charities is a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping youth in our community. Our goal is to provide grants to programs and nonprofit organizations focused on helping youth in Arizona overcome adversity and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Funds are raised through signature events like The Original Taste, Holiday Classic and Cantina along with direct contributions to our annual campaign – Support Arizona Youth. Executive Council Charities has supported more than 125 charities this past year, distributing more than $2.8 million. With the help of numerous partners and the support of the community, we are able to meet our charitable goals. For more information, please visit