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St. Gerard House
Home of The Grotto Center
January 2016

Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Appreciating Autism
“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village,” Coach Elaine Hall
SGH Program News
Feed the Need: The Garden Program is now in session! This session will continue until February 19, 2016. For information, please call Julia Matthews at 828.693.4223 or email 

Connect: The Connect Social Skills program is in session! Winter Sessions will continue from now until February 16! For more information, or to enroll, call us at 828.693.4223. For more information, click here
Family Group Night: The next FGN Meeting will be on Monday, February 15. Dinner will be served at 5:30! This month's theme is "Token Economy and Picture Schedules". Click here to register! 
SGH Blessing
On December 1, Board Member and friend, Don Nolan, accepted a $1,000 check on behalf of SGH from the Hendersonville Antique Car Club! We are so grateful for his dedication to SGH and the Car Club's generous donation to our organization. 
Autism in the News
 [Huffington Post 12.10.15] Santa's Powerful Message for Boy with Autism 
[Huffington Post 12.18.15] Landmark Study Identifies Key Brain Differences in Autism 
[Daily Mail 1.4.16] Meet Leka, the "social robot" designed to help children with autism learn new skills 
[Huffington Post 12.8.15] 5 Early Signs of Autism All Parents Should Know
Giving to SGH
Even a small contribution makes a big difference for us as we continue our Mission to serve those facing autism in our community.
 *We are a 501c3 non-profit, so all monetary and in-kind donations are tax-deductible.
6th Annual Mardi Gras Party
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Join us on Fat TuesdayFebruary 9, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Wild Wing Cafe in Arden, NC
Delicious Cajun Food
Beer and Wine Tasting
Live Music
Silent and Live Auctions!
100% of ticket and auction proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to St. Gerard House, so come let the good times roll, and support SGH!
St. Gerard House News!

The Grotto Christmas Play was a great success! Our kids and staff had so much fun celebrating with family and friends. To see more photos from our exciting day, click here! 
Grant News: We were delighted to recently receive three grant awards to support our recently-purchased building at 705 Oakland Street, where expanded services will be offered to children, ages 8-12, and young adults on the spectrum. 
Our sincere thanks to The James H. Cummings Foundation (Buffalo, NY) for a $20,000 grant award, which will  be used to purchase furniture, specialized lighting and technology for three new classrooms,  Cannon Charitable Interests (Concord, NC) for a $25,000 grant award to be used for health and safety modifications at 705 Oakland Street; and The Community Foundation of Henderson County (Hendersonville, NC) for a $20,000 grant to be used for the creation of a culinary training kitchen to enhance the curriculum and outcomes of  SGH's  Feed the Need - Culinary program. 

Autism Blog: Be sure to check out our latest Up on Autism blog post here! Our blog is a great source of various tips and tools for living with autism.

We are so grateful for United Federal Credit Union of Hendersonville and their incredible generosity with our families! On December 9th, Board Member Jennifer Balkcom and the staff at UFCU of Hendersonville hosted a Christmas party for our families and students. Each of the children received gifts and goodies. Thank you for your support and hospitality!
Spotlight On: Pat Robinson
Pat Robinson is our Director of Development and a longtime member of the SGH family. Pat is committed to moving St. Gerard House forward with passion and purpose resulting in rewarding, positive experiences for the children with autism and their families. Pat and her husband, Dave, moved to Flat Rock in 2004 after living in Boston, New Jersey, and Charlotte. She earned a degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley and enjoyed an eclectic professional life before joining our team. We are so grateful for her dedication to our mission! 
MC: How did you end up at SGH? 
Pat: "Before we moved to Hendersonville, we watched family friends struggle to find answers and support for their two sons on the autism spectrum. We stood by helplessly as we watched their life fall apart – personally and professionally. Yet, I’ve been so inspired by the spirit of those boys and the strength of their family that I jumped at the chance to assist St. Gerard House in pursuing funding and grant opportunities to ensure families facing autism have every opportunity."
Volunteer Opportunities
We serve a variety of age groups through our multiple programs. St. Gerard House is a great place to volunteer for learning opportunities.

If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering, please call us at 828-693-4223 x 14  or send us an email:
Ability Shirts is a nonprofit corporation that supports individuals with “unique abilities" by selling awareness products. Ability Shirts is dedicated to donating a portion of their sales to SGH at the end of the year! To contribute and check out their products, visit them at 
St. Gerard House • 620 Oakland St. • Hendersonville, NC 28791
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