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February 2019
St. Gerard House News
St. Gerard House is pleased to announce receipt of a $1,000 grant from Walmart Giving for our Feed the Need program. This program is specifically geared toward young adults and teens and focuses on pre-vocational, social, and daily-living skills through experiences in the art studio, garden, and kitchen. Thank you Walmart and Sam's Club for supporting the local community!
Pictured above, Alison Sherman from Walmart awarding the grant check to Feed the Need program. 
Big thanks to The Rotary Club of Hendersonville for awarding a St. Gerard House $1,000 grant for academic assessments and educational materials. These specialized tools utilize specific techniques that are effective in teaching children with autism. Thank you Rotary Club for your support!
Celebrate Mardi Gras with St. Gerard House! Join us on Fat Tuesday (March 5th) We will have a best of the bayou cajun dinner, beer, wine, a live auction and lots of fun! Invite your friends to the event through Facebook!
Don't miss your chance to win BIG and support a great cause! Buy a raffle ticket to win up to $10,000. You don't have to be present at the time of the drawing to win. Tickets are available at our office and online. 620 Oakland Street, Hendersonville or call 828-693-4223.
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.
Upcoming Events
The Brevard Community Church invites Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. The event will be held Friday, February 8, 2019, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., at Transylvania Parks & Recreation Center 1078 Ecusta Rd, Brevard, NC 28712. To register as a guest, click the image above.
FEBRUARY 11: "Steps to take for planning for your loved one's future." Presented by Ryan Platt and Margaret Gaffney of A Special Needs Plan
 MARCH 11: "Homeschooling full-time to working alongside your child's present academic situation for a better outcome." Presented by Gretchen Roe.
APRIL 8: "Puberty and How to Prepare" Presented by Mikaela Mills from Family Preservation Services.
Job Seekers with Autism - Check out this source that lists companies that are public about their efforts to hire people with autism! [Autism Speaks]
How to help young adults with autism transition to adulthood - This article focuses on the need to reteach skills during important transitional times. "First, although it is never too early to help people with autism develop the adaptive, social, vocational and self-determination skills they will need in adult life, some of these skills may need to be relearned at key transition periods." [Spectrum News]
Employment Toolkit - This is a downloadable pdf that includes a very helpful information including assessing skills, resources for employment, employee rights, finding the right job, funding and benefits, resumes, cover letters,
Autism on the News

[WLOS 1.26.19] Asheville airport program helps people with autism be more ready to fly

[Spectrum News 12.21.18] In Peru, novel program paves the way for autistic people's employment
[People Magazine 1.24.19] Aquatica Orlando Becomes the First Autism-Certified Water Park in the World
[The Washington Post 1.29.19] These moms are building a forever home for their adult autistic children
Make a Difference
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
Would you like to give St. Gerard House a gift? Check out our Amazon Wishlist!  
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Do you like to cook? Consider volunteering at Feed Need Culinary class on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon 3:45 - 6:00 pm. You don't have to be a professional chef or have had experience teaching special needs children. For more information contact Julia Matthews
828-693-4223 or
Join our 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! 
For more information  Sharon Stokes: 828.693.4223 ext. 1010
  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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