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 May 2017
First Words of Hope Luncheon 2017
Thank you to everyone who came to the 7th Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon on April 26. With your support, $195,000 was pledged!

To view the rest of pictures from the event, check out our Facebook page!

Thank you to our terrific table captains: 
Beth Austin, Jennifer Balkcom, Nancy Benyon, Marybeth Burns, Steve Collins, Marian Congdon,  Janie Dockendrof, Sandy Donecho, Caroline Ellis, Dorothy Fantle, Mike Farmer, Gary Faulkner, Kristen Freeman, Dee Dee & Chip Gould, Mary Beth Grealy, Liz Griffith, Sonny Iler, Terrye Jacobs, Patti Little, Susan Mangrm, Tammy McCurdy, Dave & Stacy McFarland, Beth Miller,  Ann Nolan, Don Nolan, Mary O’Neill, Charlotte Riddle, Carolyn Robertson, Pat Robinson, Pam & Charley Rogers, Fr. Martin Schratz, Mary Schultz, Emily Sevier, Suzanne Sherrill, Laura Teel, Marybeth Trunk and Barbara Wilde.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

First Words of Hope 2017 Video
Thank you to the Blevins family for talking about Wilson's journey and to Dusty Stepp for the beautiful video.

Click below to watch.
St. Gerard House video

Grotto Summer Camp - Enrolling Now!
The Grotto Summer Camp is a 8-week program focused on continuing the integration process for Grotto students. The Camp recruits students of typical development, aged 3-8, to take part in a high teacher-to-student ratio educational setting. 
One spot is still available for ages 3-7 and two spots are open for ages 5-8. 

The cost for the summer camp is $1,000 for the 8-week program that runs from
June 12 - August 4.
Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

After school care is offered for an additional fee 2:30-6 p.m.

If you are interested in enrolling your child, email Cecilia Tovar,
A Big Helping for Autism
Postero, a local restaurant in Hendersonville, NC will host a dinner that benefits St. Gerard House on Thursday, May 18.

Tickets are $85. To reserve your spot, call 828.595.9676.

30% of the total sales will be donated to St. Gerard House. To preview the menu, click here

Thank you, Postero!
News and Resources
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
Click here to make a donation!
Read about Expanding Hope -- our first capital campaign. We're in the midst of transformative growth that will allow us to expand facilities, programs, and scholarships, and we need your help to reach our goal of raising $500,000 more. 
For more on naming opportunities, planned giving and  other charitable opportunities, contact:
Caroline Long,
Executive Director
828-693-4223 ext. 1005

2 Volunteer Opportunities!

1. Feed the Need Program is looking for a volunteer to water the garden on Sundays. Email Maggie if you are interested.
2. St. Gerard House is looking for volunteers for our Family Group Night

We need volunteers 5 - 7:30 pm. 

If you are interested in learning more, please call us at 828-693-4223 or email Sharon Stokes, Family Group Night Coordinator,
Upcoming Programs
Garden: June 19 - Aug. 25
Art: June 20 - Aug. 24
Culinary: June 20 - Aug. 24
Helping young adults with autism and similar needs prepare for, find and retain meaningful employment through art, gardening & culinary learning environments.
For information or to register, please call Program Coordinator Julia Matthews at 828.693.4223 ext 1009
Connect is a social skills program for ages 5 - 19
First Summer Session: 
June 19 – June 30 (Mon-Fri) 

Second Summer Session: 
July 31 – Aug.11 (Mon-Fri)

Sept. 17 - Nov. 14 (Tues.)

For more information or to register, call Sharon Stokes at 828.693.4223 ext. 1010
or via email
The topic for this month’s meeting is "The Benefits of Occupational and Speech Therapies."  The panel features Beth Austin, Speech Language Pathologist and Amy Bracken, Occupational Therapist. The panel will lead an open discussion on how these therapies can be beneficial for kids and teens and how parents can reinforce them at home. 

Monday, May 15

 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

 We start at 5:30 pm with the family style meal. From
6- 7:30 pm, we have childcare (ages 1.5 - 5), a children's group (ages 5 - 11), and a youth group (ages 12 and up) while the caregivers and parents are participating in the presentation!

We invite you to come with questions and ideas to share. To sign up, call St. Gerard House at (828) 693-4223 or email Sharon Stokes

 Click here to register now! 
Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791

St. Gerard House  •  620 Oakland St.  •  Hendersonville, NC 28791

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