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April 2018
St. Gerard House News
You Color. U Donate
April is Autism Awareness month! To help us spread the word, we invite our entire community participate in the You Color, U Donate program. United Federal Credit Union will donate $1 for every completed coloring page. Parents and guardians: return your youth’s completed color page and automatically be entered to win a $500 deposit into a Youth Savings Account for your youth.* Youth must be 20 years or younger. Click here for more details! Contact Bertha Medina for more information:
First Words of Hope Luncheon | April 25, 2018
Our Eight Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon is around the corner. This is our signature event of the year and annually more than 350 people attend. If you're interested in attending or volunteering at this event, please contact Bertha Medina, 828-693-4223 ext. 1007 or 
The Grotto 2 Partners with Blue Ridge Humane Society

The Grotto 2 program for students ages 8-21, is expanding their learning environment to several community outings each week. Of those, The Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville is one of the most enjoyed, weekly events for our students. They are learning to give back to our community.
Students volunteer 1 hour per week and help with a variety of tasks including dishes and folding laundry. Their volunteering time usually ends with spending time with the dogs and giving them treats. For more information on The Grotto 2 program, visit our website or call our main office: 828-693-4223. 
Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder- A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial [Nutrients] "The positive results of this study suggest that a comprehensive nutritional and dietary intervention is effective at improving nutritional status, non-verbal IQ, autism symptoms, and other symptoms in most individuals with ASD."

Autism on the News
[ScienceDaily 3.23.18] Amygdala Neurons Increase As Children Become Adults- Except In Autism
[TED Talks 4.17] How I Use Minecraft to Help Kids With Autism
[Washington Post 3.19.18] This Barber Tried For Years to Cut an Autistic Boy's Hair. Then They Had a Breakthrough.
[ScienceDaily 3.20.18] Praise May Motivate Young Adults with Autism to Exercise More
[Spectrum News 3.21.18] Studies Pinpoint Key Gene in Region Linked to Autism
[ABC News 3.21.18] Mom Launching Toy Store for Kids with Autism, Special Needs
Make a Difference
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
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
For more information  Sharon Stokes: 828.693.4223 ext. 1010
Join us on April 9 to learn more about Davidson Family Services.

For more information Sharon Stokes 828.693.4223 ext. 1010

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

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