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November 2017
St. Gerard House News
2016 ANNUAL REPORT: Read more about the great things that happened in 2016 at St. Gerard House thanks to you!
SAVE THE DATE: Our Eighth Annual Mardi Gras Party will be held February 13, 2018 from 6 - 9 pm at Wild Wing Cafe in South Asheville. We can't wait to see you there! Stay tuned for more details!
This fall at our Grotto Programs has been filled with great learning, progress and joy! The kids and parents recently enjoyed a field trip to local SkyTop Orchard. Click here to see more photos.
Self Care for the Caregiver & Resources
SELF - CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER: Join us on November 20th at our next Family Group Night to learn tips for YOU as the parent and caregiver of a child with special needs. In the meantime, here are some great uplifting articles about parenting and self-care.
Weathering The Storm As An Autism Parent [Huffington Post]
Legislation to Support Family Caregivers Advances [Autism Speaks] 
"Estimates show 3.5 million individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities live with family caregivers, of whom over 850,000 are age 60+. Moreover, in 2013, 40 million family caregivers provided unpaid care valued at about $470 billion."
Autism Moms: 5 Ways to Take Care of YOU [Autism Speaks]
What About Your Special Needs? Self-Care for Parents of Children With Special Needs: 5 methods of self-care to help parents of special needs children recharge, reset and rally for the next set of challenges [Parent Map]
Register today for the 7th Annual WNC Regional Transition to Adulthood  Conference on Saturday, November 18 at Mission Health/Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Conference Center.  This event is FREE and registration is required for both the parent and youth.
Autism on the News
[Entrepreneur 10.25.17] Why Microsoft, Chase and Others Are Hiring More People With Autism 
[Today ] Mom Helps Son With Autism Fulfill His Dream of Starting a Bakery  
[Spectrum News 10.25.17] Autism in Fragile X Syndrome Tied To Seizures, Sleep Problems
Make a Difference
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
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
Would you like to buy St. Gerard House a Christmas gift? 
You can purchase one of our most needed items from our Amazon Wish List. 

Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Upcoming Programs
    Helping young adults with autism and similar needs prepare for, find and retain meaningful employment through art, gardening & culinary learning environments.
For information contact Julia Matthews: 828.693.4223 ext 1009
Connect is a social skills program for ages 5 - 19
DEC 12 - FEB 12
For more information  Sharon Stokes: 828.693.4223 ext. 1010
Presented by:
Kathi Bivens
November 20 
 5:30 - 7:30 pm

For more information Sharon Stokes 828.693.4223 ext. 1010

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

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