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St. Gerard House
Home of The Grotto Center and so much more!
June 2016

Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Appreciating Autism
“Autism makes me amazing by giving me a perspective that is different. I am smart. I have a lot to offer the world.”
SGH Program News
Feed the Need: The Summer Garden and Culinary Programs will be in session from June 13-August 19.
Feed the Need Art Program: The pilot session of SGH's newest program will be in session from June 21-August 11. We are now enrolling!
For information or to register, please call Julia Matthews at 828.693.4223 or email

Connect: The Connect Social Skills program is now enrolling for the Summer Session which will meet June 13-24. 
Family Group Night: The next FGN Meeting will be on June 20th. The theme will be Nutrition. We are so excited to welcome guest speaker, Maureen McDonnell, RN. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and childcare will be provided! For more details on this month's FGN, check the SGH News above or call us at 828-693-4223. Click here to register now! 
Summer Camp: The Kindergarten-First Grade Readiness program will be in session from June 13-August 5. This program has been developed for children ages 4-7 who need assistance preparing to transition to mainstream kindergarten or have completed kindergarten. For more information on enrolling/tuition, please call us at 828-693-4223.
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.
SGH Blessing
Immaculata's 8th Grade Student Council generously donated their school store profits to SGH last month to be put toward our new Art Program. Thank you guys for your support!  
St. Gerard House News
SGH's New Building: This month's cover photo is of our new building at 705 Oakland Street. Renovations are almost complete, and we cannot wait for you all to see this beautiful space and hear more about the additional work that will take place there. For more information about our expansion and programs, call us at 828-693-4223.
Crowd Funding Campaign: Today, June 1st, SGH is launching its first ever crowd funding campaign. This campaign will directly support our newest program, Feed the Need: Art. Be sure to check out our Facebook page and E-Blasts for more details on how to donate to, and share, this event! To donate now, click HERE! 
Feed the Need: Art Program: We are excited to announce our newest program! Feed the Need: Art's pilot session will take place this summer. For more information, or to enroll, call us at 828-693-4223. 
Foolish Hope: At our Sixth Annual Luncheon, local musician Eric Congdon shared his song, Foolish Hope. This beautiful song, written by Congdon about the trials, tribulations and joys of living with autism, is available on iTunes for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to SGH and will directly benefit our programs. Click here 
Spotlight On: Caroline Long, Executive Director

MC: Since opening its doors in 2010, in what ways do you think SGH has grown most as an organization?
CL: I think when we opened, we just wanted to help the few families in our path. Most people didn't understand the work we did so there was a lot of time spent on demonstrating and explaining ABA therapy. Today, there is more of a feeling of creating a community that embraces this work and forward thinking about the benefits of having SGH in Hendersonville. A place for the whole family, not just the child.
MC: As we get closer to finishing the expanded space at 705, what are you most excited about seeing come to life in the new building?
CL: I'm most excited about being able to serve and conduct therapy in ways that fit a families needs and budgets. Having flex-space for consultative services, assessments and treatment will be new for us. Also, we will have a home base for our adult Feed The Need services which will give a sense of belonging to our participants.
MC: When you founded SGH in 2010, did you ever dream of the sort of growth we have experienced and continue to experience today? 
CL: I continue to be amazed at the entity SGH has become and the talented people who have come from all over to be a part of it. Autism is and will continue to be an important issue for ALL of us to untangle. There are still many things I want to do for families. The need will be infinite. Our local community is very unique in the way that we've produced some of the most amazing non-profits that I have seen anywhere. We opened SGH in the perfect spot!
  Autism Authentics Clothing Line: Welcome to the first of its kind lifestyle brand designed exclusively by kids with Autism. Founded by a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Autism Authentics believes in the unlimited potential of each and every child with Autism. 
Zipping for Autism: Team up for the exhilarating experience of Ziplining in Asheville to support the Autism Society of North Carolina. Zipping for Autism, the first event of its kind in the country, raised over $40,000 last year.Click the link above for more details on how to register! 
Local Resources 
Up on Autism Blog: St. Gerard House shares a blog post every other monday on our website and every month in the newsletter. Click the link above to read our latest post!
2016 Family Support Network Summer Camp Guide: Click the link to see a full list of summer camps in Western North Carolina for children, adults and families with special needs in the area. 
Autism Across the Spectrums of Age and Ability: Save the date for MAHEC's conference on June 28-29. David Pitonyak will be featured as the 2016 Keynote Speaker. They will cover a a variety of specialized tracks designed for Intensive In-Home Providers, Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, Teachers, Early Intervention Specialists, and Parents & Families.
ABYSA TOPSoccer: Check out this amazing community-based soccer program for athletes with special needs! For more information, or to enroll your child, click the link above!
Autism News
 [Autism Speaks 5.19.16] Congress Highlights Role of Small Businesses Employing Those with Autism 
[Boston Globe 4.8.16] An Open Letter to our Local Diner: Thank You for Welcoming our Autistic Son 
[Disability Scoop 5.17.16] Once Isolated, Graduate with Autism Finishes on Top
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 or send us an email:
St. Gerard House • 620 Oakland St. • Hendersonville, NC 28791
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