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Auto dealership donates $40K toward construction of Adult Autism Center in Murray

Jessica Kerr, Autism Council of Utah coordinator, left, Calleen Kenney, Autism Council of Utah president, Cheryl Smith, Autism Council of Utah leadership team member, and Julia Hood, Valley Behavioral Health chief clinical officer, take a selfie outside of the construction site of the Adult Autism Center, which will offer individualized programs and daily living skills education, in Murray on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Jessica Kerr, Autism Council of Utah coordinator, left, Calleen Kenney, Autism Council of Utah president, Cheryl Smith, Autism Council of Utah leadership team member, and Julia Hood, Valley Behavioral Health chief clinical officer, take a selfie outside of the construction site of the Adult Autism Center on Thursday after Doug Smith Subaru donated $40,000 for the project. The one-of-a-kind center will offer individualized, research-based programs for adults who need significant support. Programs will consist of a number of person-centered activities to promote prevocational, vocational and daily living skills. The goal is to teach adults with autism how to do things and be comfortable taking those same skills out into the community. Project organizers are still looking to raise $3 million in order to finish building and furnishing the center.