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St. Gerard House
Home of the Grotto School
June 2015

In This Issue
Contact Us
Autism in the News
SGH Blessings
Feed the Need!
St. Gerard House News!
Spotlight On: Charlotte Riddle
Family Group Night
Giving to SGH
Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Connect Program
It's not too late to enroll!
June 15 - 26 9:30 am - 12 pm
July 6 - 17 9:30 am - 12pm
July 27 - August 7 - 4-6pm.
The Connect Program is open to children in elementary, middle and high school, who need a little bit of extra support in the social world.
Students do not need a diagnosis to enroll. Classes meet once a week after school, and include a parent forum. Teachers use fun, hands-on activities, based on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking® Curriculum, to teach specific strategies for children to use in the classroom and at home.
For more information on how to register click here or please contact our main office at 828-693-4223 or via e-mail at
Each month we want to introduce you to some of the characters that are used in the Social Thinking® Curriculum.
Brain Eater
  • Distracts People
  • Makes it hard fora  person to focus on what is going on
  • Causes a person to get distracted with their own thoughts or the things around
How to defeat Brain Eater!

  • Turn your body and your eyes away from what is distracting you
  • Think about the person talking
  • Try to notice when your brain is thinking about something else and get it to refocus on the group.
Autism in the News
[Autism Speaks] Sibling Walks Alongside Twin Brother with Autism at Graduation
[U.S. News Today 5.15.15] Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life
[Huff Post Living 5.31.15] 10 Tips to Help Young Adults With Autism Transition into The Workforce
SGH Blessings

Immaculata Catholic School's
Eighth grade class!
Our SGH blessing this month, and all year, has been to watch Immaculata's Eighth grade class grow. We are sad to watch them leave, but excited for what the future holds. May each of you continue to find your light and then shine wherever you go!

Because of the variety of age groups we serve and the variety of programs we offer, St. Gerard House is a great place to volunteer for learning opportunities.
We are currently looking for volunteers for our summer programs!

If you or someone you know are interested in any of these opportunities, please call us at 828-693-4223 x 14  or send us an email:
Feed the Need!
Summer Session
June 15
The Feed the Need Garden is an exciting program for young adults with Autism. Unlike other programs at St. Gerard House, Feed the Need specifically geared toward young adults and teens in order to prepare them for the working world. Feed the Need focuses on vocational, social, and daily-living skills that are not usually taught in a typical classroom setting.
Feed the Need uses a seed-to-sale philosophy, which allows participants to be involved in every aspect of an agribusiness. If you are interested in learning more about this program call Harlan Chumley (828) 693-4223

Thank you to Botanical Interests and Johnny's Selected Seeds for donating seeds to Feed the Need! Thank you also to our new greenhouse partner for generously allowing us to start seeds for the spring in their nursery: A Growing Concern. We appreciate all of your help and support!
St. Gerard House News!

2015 St. Gerard House Video! We can't believe it's already been over a month since we hosted our Fifth Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon. We are very grateful to all who supported, attended, sponsored and volunteered at this remarkable event. Click here to view the St. Gerard House 2015 video that aired at the event.
Help us spread the word about what St. Gerard House is doing by sharing this video with you friends and family!
Canongate Volunteers at Feed the Need!  Thank you to Canongate Catholic High School for spending an entire morning volunteering at our Feed the Need garden. They accomplished many gardening chores. To see more pictures click here. Thank you again!
Feed the Need Expands! We are excited to announce we recently received a grant from The Ireland Family Foundation. This grant will be used to develop our Feed the Need Culinary Training program. It will be a year-round after school training program that will allow teens and young adults with autism learn how to cook, prepare, and serve food as well as many other important social and daily living skills. The program will be open to individuals age 14 and up. If you are interested in participating or learning more about this program, please call our office at (828) 693-4223.
Hands On! Our Grotto students, parents and staff enjoyed celebrating Annie Fritschner's birthday at Hands On! We are very grateful to have such an amazing place like Hands On in our community. Click here to see more pictures.
Foot RX Run for St. Gerard House - On July 8th, St. Gerard House will be the beneficiary of a 5K. The minimum donation per runner will be $5. The theme will be a prediction run, each runner will predict their finishing time, and will not be allowed to run with a watch.  The top 3 runners who predict the closest to their actual finish time will win, regardless of actual finishing place. We hope you can join us!
Spotlight On: Charlotte Riddle

Charlotte grew up in SC, and graduated from Sewanee and The Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her residency at The University of Virginia and has lived in western North Carolina since that time. Charlotte is currently a pediatrician at Park Ridge Health. She lives in the area and enjoys these mountains with her husband and two children. We are proud to call her Vice-President of our Board of Directors!
Bertha: How did you get involved with SGH?
Charlotte: After twelve years in private pediatric practice, I went to Greenville Children's Hospital to pursue a Developmental Pediatrics Fellowship.  My work with autism in that setting sparked my interest in St. Gerard House. Caroline and I began a conversation at a community gathering.  One conversation led to another and lunch with Caroline and Rachael.  I then knew that St. Gerard House was a cause that I would support and have done so for the last two years. 
B: What do you do full time?
C: I have practiced pediatrics for seventeen years and currently work at Park Ridge Pediatrics, where I take care of children from infancy to college age.  I love the holistic approach, and find my work extremely rewarding!
B: What else are you involved with in the community?
C: I volunteer with my children's activities and school, am a Champion for Children, am a member of the Laurel Review Book Club. I'm also a member of St. John's in the Wilderness Episcopal Church.
B: What is your favorite part about being a Board Member?
C: The progress of St. Gerard House and the comradery of the board are the best parts of being a part of this organization.  Autism has become a big focus in our community thanks to this center, and I am proud to be a member of the board.  The progress that we have made continues to positively influence the lives of many children and their families, and that makes the work worthwhile!
Thank you Charlotte for all of your support and help!
Family Group Night
Monday: June, 2015

Theme: "Puberty" Join us for an informative evening to find information, resources and tips on how to handle the challenges of puberty.

*Thank you to Hannah Roy and Erica Hill for presenting at our May Family Group Night. We are grateful for your sharing your time and knowledge with us!
We'll serve a family meal (with GF/CF options) at 5:30pm, then at 6, we'll divide into break-out groups:
  • siblings (all ages)
  • child care (0-5 yo)  
  • children with special needs (6-11 yo)
  • youth with special needs (12-21 yo)
Family Group Night is open to all families experiencing special needs in Henderson and surrounding counties. Come share your stories, gather resources, and have fun! Please be on time so you don't miss out on anything! 
This group meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30 at St. Gerard House, 620 Oakland St. Additional parking at Immaculata School at 711 Buncombe St.
Provided to the community free of charge by SGH and Family Support Network of WNC
Giving to SGH
Even a small contribution makes a big difference for us! Please consider a donation, a pledge, or an in-kind gift, to help us continue offering evidence based autism services in the community. And remember, we are a 501c3 non-profit, so all monetary and in-kind donations are tax-deductible! Click here to make a donation.  
Monetary Donations! Your gift will help us provide scholarships for families and individuals who are on the waiting list for scholarship slots for The Grotto, Connect and Feed the Need programs.
In Kind Donations! We have our wish list at Amazon, if you'd  like to donate to SGH in-kind. It works just like a wedding registry - you can order items to be sent straight to us! Take a look and see if there is anything on here you could donate to SGH. Click here to see it!
Summer Safety: "School is out, the sun is shining and it is that time of year when we all begin to think about planning some downtime – maybe a family vacation, neighborhood BBQ or a fun day at the beach! Having a safety plan is always important, especially because incidents of wandering tend to increase when the weather gets warmer and families start to change their routines." Autism Speaks

Make this Summer Safer with Safety and Wandering Prevention Resources [Autism Speaks]
Local Resources:
The Adventure Zone is a collective of hands-on activities (indoor and outdoors) that were designed to help children and adults with autism become active in the outdoors and gain a better understanding about the natural world. Click here to read more about The Zone.
Ability Shirts is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in North Carolina, we sell awareness products and we will donate a portion of our sales at the end of the year to the St. Gerard House. Ability Shirts believes that everyone has a unique ability and can do many things with that unique ability. To purchase our awareness products please visit
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