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

Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Appreciating Autism
"Start each day with a grateful heart."
SGH Program News
Feed the Need: The Summer Garden and Culinary Programs are now in session from 
June 13-August 19.
Feed the Need Art Program: The pilot session of SGH's newest program is now in session from
June 21 - August 11.

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 July 18. Anne Johnston from the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center will join us to discuss IEPs (Individualized Education Program) and More! Get the info and support you need to successfully navigate the special education processes. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and childcare will be provided! For more details on this month's FGN, call us at 828-693-4223. Click here to register now! 
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
On Thursday, June 16, our receptionist and dear friend, Cecilia Tovar, welcomed a healthy baby boy, Julian.
Congratulations to the Tovar's! 
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:
Autism News
[Autism Speaks 5.19.16] Congress Highlights Role of Small Business Employing Those with Autism  
[Fox News 6.16.16] Autistic Woman Receives Over 6,000 Birthday Cards After Facebook Plea 
[Fox News 4.22.16] Autism-friendly Broadway Performances Allow Families to Enjoy Theater Together
[Chicago Tribune 6.10.16] Compainies Hiring Autistic Employees Has Vast Benefits 
St. Gerard House News
Ribbon Cutting: On Wednesday, June 15, we revealed our new, renovated building at 705 Oakland Street to the public. We are so grateful to everyone who attended and excited to share with you all more information about our expanded space and programs. 
Expanding Hope Campaign: SGH's capital campaign continues! In support of our additional building and programs, we are raising $935,000. With the help of many, SGH will give families effective autism services and much hope. So far, we have raised $342,390. Help us spread the word! To learn more, click here
Feed the Need: Culinary: The Culinary Program has officially moved in to the new kitchen at 705 Oakland St. We are thrilled and so are our participants! We are now in session and are happy to announce we have welcomed our first guest chef, Karen Corbie. The summer session is off to a great start! Click here to see the pictures.

Crowd Funding Campaign: SGH recently launched a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for the Feed the Need: Art Program. The campaign has been a great success! We have raised $5,190 so far. To learn more about the campaign, click here.
Arts for Autism Event: On Sunday, June 12, Eric Congdon Jr. put on a fundraiser for St. Gerard House's Feed the Need: Art program. This event raised $2,776! We are so grateful for his support, the support of the entire Congdon family, Southern Appalachian Brewery, Taco Bus, and many more! Click here to see pictures of the event.

Feed the Need: Art: The first session of our new art program is officially in session! Last week, participants painted with artist, Marian Congdon. We are so excited to see our participants enjoying a new activity! 
Grotto News: The Grotto has a new sensory corner! This space allows for a unique sensory experience that some of our kids enjoy. For some, the sensory space is a great place to cool off and calm down, and for some it provides exposure to new textures. The translucent blocks allow for block play in a unique way that can increase independent play skills. This new space includes human and animal X-rays, translucent blocks, sensory bottles, kinetic sand and water beads. The kids are loving it! 
Spotlight On: SGH's New Building

SGH's new building is officially renovated, but our campaign to fund this space, and the program work it will allow, continues! We are excited to share with you photos and information about this additional space! If you are interested in seeing and/or learning more about this space and our programs, call us! We would love to give you a tour and talk more about the amazing work this building will allow us to do. 

 The "fiber-optic bundle" allows individuals to take a break and engage in our sensory corner. This device changes colors depending on the child's choice and is known to create a relaxing environment. We are excited to see our kids enjoy this device in the new space! 
The porch at 705 Oakland has been outfitted to serve as an outdoor classroom for individuals participating in daily 1:1 ABA therapy. With this space, we can take learning outside! 
We are so excited about the renovated kitchen! This space was designed specifically to house our participants. The Feed the Need: Culinary program will meet in this kitchen to learn daily     living skills and engage in meaningful activities together every week! 
  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. 
Local Resources 
Special Needs Swim Lessons: The Henderson County YMCA offers swim lessons to families with special needs. See the resource link for more information.
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 on nutrition for your children and your family!
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. 
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!
St. Gerard House • 620 Oakland St. • Hendersonville, NC 28791
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