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 June 2017
Day of Caring

St. Gerard House was part of another successful and incredible Day of Caring!! According to the Times News article, more than 200 volunteers contributed to our community on Monday, May 15 serving in a variety of ways. At St. Gerard House, various volunteers from the community helped with indoor painting projects and some gardening tasks for the Feed the Need garden. We especially thank the folks from Beverly-Hanks in Hendersonville that dedicated their day to this mission. 
To view more pictures of The Day of Caring click here!
Grotto 2 Therapeutic Center for Ages 8 and up
When St. Gerard House was founded in 2010, our Grotto Therapeutic Center
program focused on early intervention, providing therapeutic services to children from age 2 ½ to 7. Since then, calls from dozens of families have led us to expand this program to meet the needs of an older population. As a result, our Grotto 2 program was launched in August 2016 to serve students ages 8 and older. Grotto 2 serves as an alternative to the traditional school environment and was created with the platform of a “learning house” to help our participants reach their highest level of independence. Grotto 2 is a full-day, year-round therapeutic program that provides an individualized curriculum for each student across the autism spectrum. The areas that this program addresses include:
Basic Living Skills such as: basic communication, dressing, toileting, grooming,and first aid. Our students are learning how to express their needs and work together in small groups.
Home Skills such as: meals, clothing and laundry, chores, household mechanics, and leisure activities. Our students mow the lawn, grow food in gardens and clean various rooms. 
Community Participation Skills such as: shopping, mobility, money, time, and community service. We’re exposing our students to all that Henderson County has to offer in order to determine individualized interests that will help foster future job placements.
School Skills such as: routines and expectations, social skills, technology, applied and functional academics.
Independent Living Skills such as: organizational skills, transportation, money management, safety, and interpersonal relationships. Our students,
especially those in the older group are learning how to independently take care of themselves and also how to live and work with others. 
Vocational Skills such as: job searches, interviews, coworker relations, work place safety. Our goal is to establish ongoing relationships with local company owners who will allow us to train and place our adults on the spectrum into a reliable job placements. 
We are blessed and excited for this addition to the SGH programs.  If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information call our main office 828.693.4223.
Get Involved This Summer
Summer has arrived and it's not too late to get involved! We are looking for volunteers to help out with our Summer Grotto Camp, Connect program and Feed the Need programs. There are a variety of ways that YOU can make a difference this summer! Call our front desk for more information: 828-693-4223.
Autism on the News
[The News Tribune 5.26.17] After 20 years of heartache with his autistic twins, a Seahawks legend finds peace
[WLOS 13 5.15.17 St. Gerard offer innovative autism program
[BBC News 5.30.17] How an autistic child became world pinball champion
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

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
"Complimentary Supports for Families."  The panel features Dr. Janet Opila-Lehman, ND from Wellspring Wellness Center (Naturopathic Doctor), as well as Phil Ellis, Ph.D., BCN and Betsy Comingore, M.S. LPC both from Focus Centers of Asheville, PLLC (Neurofeedback)

Monday, June 19
 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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