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October 2018
From our Executive Director...

Last month, my beloved dad passed away at the age of 94. Denny was tireless in his dedication to St. Gerard House from the very beginning. He was, in many ways, the reason this mission became a reality.  His faith, humility and larger than life presence has left an indelible mark on all who knew him. My brother Raymond said it best in Denny's obituary.

Thank you for all of your encouragement during this time.
St. Gerard House News
Mast General Contributes to SGH Mission! During the month of October, Mast
General in Hendersonville is going to ask if you'd like to round up your purchase to the next dollar. A few extra pennies, dimes, and nickels add up to an impactful statement! Your spare change will help the students and participants at St. Gerard House.
Benjamin Autism Bear Auction - Join us on Saturday October 20th for the auction of the Hendersonville Downtown bears at the Historic Courthouse plazaWe hope to be able to take Benjamin Autism Bear home with us that night!
Did You Know?  
If you are over 70 1/2 years old, have an IRA and make a donation DIRECTLY from your IRA to St. Gerard House, that AMOUNT IS NOT TAXABLE.  Also, it can satisfy all or part of your annual IRS-required minimum distribution! (Please check with your financial planner for more details. Contact our office if you'd like donate through your IRA and speak to Brad Ward 828-693-4223.
Don't miss this very special Family Group Night for all families raising children with special needs. 

Help Wanted!
St. Gerard House is now hiring Behavior Technicians! 
St. Gerard House is seeking entry-level, positive and enthusiastic Behavior Technicians looking to provide direct teaching and behavioral support to individuals with unique learning needs. The Behavior Technician will work 1:1 with a child with special needs under the close supervision and guidance of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. We are looking for punctual and reliable people who are creative, animated, and can make learning fun while sticking to procedures.
Bachelor's Degree in Early Education, Psychology, or related field or Associate's Degree and experience working with children with disabilities.
Please provide cover letter and resume to: 
Guest Chefs Volunteers Needed! Our Feed the Need Culinary program is looking for volunteers to come teach our students their favorite recipe. The group  meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm - 6:15pm. If you are interested in getting involved, call Julia Matthews: 828=693-4223. 
Autism on the News
[Washington Post 9.23.18] The town that gave the world Spam is proud to be ‘autism-friendly’ 
"The value of these autism-friendly efforts is incalculable, families say, because it not only makes the lives of those living with autism easier, it also allows them to have experiences that those without autism have routinely. Best of all, they are lessons in communication, one of the chief skills that many children with autism must work especially hard to develop"
[BBC News 9.26.18] Boy with autism dresses as T.Rex for family photos
[Autism Speaks 9.18.18] Making nighttime less scary: cosmic ceiling creates a heavenly experience
[Metro News UK 9.18.18] Autistic boy banned from school photo shoot is now H&M model
[Runners World 9.15.18] Joining Cross Country Changed So Much for This Teen With Autism
Make a Difference
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
Would you like to get St. Gerard House a gift? Check out our Amazon Wishlist! 
 Here are some of our most needed items...
White Board Calendar $24.95!

This incredible tool will be used to help our kids learn to ride a bike! $154
Contact Us
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Join our brand new Connect program for theater junkies and newbies alike.  Participants aged 5-18 will use acting, directing and playwriting to explore how our thoughts, actions and reactions can impact social situations. Join us for a silly, exciting and educational experience! Click here for more information! 
Sep 11 - Nov 13, Tuesdays
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
For more information  Sharon Stokes: 828.693.4223 ext. 1010

For more information Yesenia Dominguez 828.693.4223

  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

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

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