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May 2018
St. Gerard House News
First Words of Hope Luncheon | April 25, 2018
Thank you to everyone who attended our Eighth Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon, our biggest yet! Over 400 people gathered at Blue Ridge Community College to hear how St. Gerard House has impacted their lives and the lives of their loved ones. A special shout-out to the amazing table captains and volunteers who worked so hard to make this event possible. We are so blessed by all of your support and generosity.
Click the image below to watch our 2018 video!
Click the image to see more pictures of the Luncheon! 
Special thank you to all of our sponsors!
Over two dozen local organizations and businesses pitched in to help with our You Color, U Donate campaign, and together we raised $790 for St. Gerard House! Thank you to United Federal Credit Union for supporting our cause, and congratulations to Lily from Fletcher for winning the raffle for a $500 dollar youth savings account.
This year’s spring Special Olympics has come and gone, and we are so proud of all of the St. Gerard students who participated! The Grotto 1 kids had a blast in the Olympic Village’s game booths, while our Grotto 2 students ran, threw and jumped their way through the many events offered, winning five gold medals and one silver medal in total. Check out the article from WLOS about the Special Olympics of Henderson County. 
Click on the image to see more pictures!
Family Group Night: 
This month we’re hosting Dr. Jennifer Hensley from Well Adjusted Chiropractic Acupuncture and Massage and Dr. Janet Opila-Lehman for a naturopathic medicine talk, “The Happy Gut!” Join us for this free event on Monday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:30pm to learn valuable tools for supporting your special needs child or loved one’s health. Dinner and childcare for children 1½ years old and up will be provided at no cost. All special needs families are welcome!
Register: | 828-693-4223 ext. 1010
Autism on the News
[Spectrum News 4.18.18] Where Communication Breaks Down for People with Autism
[News Medical 4.17.18] Children with Autism Have Gastrointestinal and Immune System Deregulation, Research Finds
[Forbes 4.12.18] Zappos and PBS KIDS Launch Clothing Line for Children on the Autism Spectrum
[Smithsonian 4.2.18] Can Biomusic Offer Kids With Autism a New Way to Communicate?
[News @ Northeastern 4.30.18] A Northeastern Professor's Algorithm Can Predict Behavior in Autistic Children
Make a Difference
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
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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 May 14 to hear guest speakers Dr. Jennifer Hensley and Dr. Janet Opila-Lehman.

For more information Sharon Stokes 828.693.4223 ext. 1010

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

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