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April 2019
St. Gerard House News
April is Autism Awareness Month... Light it up blue!

Here's some ways you can light it up blue for autism in April.
Find out more about Autism Awareness Month!
Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2019. Why World Autism Day is Important.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Mardi Gras fundraiser, and for all our donors, raffle and live auction participants. Check out our gallery on Facebook with pictures of our fabulous 9th annual Mardi Gras celebration!
SECU Foundation Provides Grant for St. Gerard House
"St. Gerard House is thrilled to have the support of the SECU Foundation Capacity Building grant to hire our first ever human resources director. SECU members and the folks at SECU Foundation really understand autism and the crisis situation for families looking for help. We are so grateful to be working with them!”
[Caroline Long, executive director]
Save the Date: Our Ninth Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon will take place on April 24th at Blue Ridge Community College. Contact Bertha Medina if you would like to attend this event or volunteer at the event.
Upcoming Events
APRIL 8: FAMILY GROUP NIGHT "Puberty and How to Prepare" Presented by Mikaela Mills from Family Preservation Services.
CONNECT Drama Club - Back for Summer!
Two sessions of fun theatre games, arts & crafts, and more! Providing a great opportunity for building social skills for kids ages 6 - 19.
Session A: June 17 - June 28 (2 weeks)
Time:  8:30-12:30 (Monday - Friday)
Fee:  $200
Session B: July 22 - August 9 (3 weeks)
Time:  8:30-12:30 (Monday - Friday)
Fee:  $300
Autism in the News
[3.11.2019 Amen Clinics] 5 Foods that Make Autism Worse
[3.5.2019 Medium] AEW (All Elite Wrestling) Will Have Sensory Break Areas
The Welcome Club of Henderson County graciously donated $1,000 to St. Gerard House. We are so grateful! 
ASD Resources
Tuck Sleep on ASD and Sleep
Autism Certified Family Destinations
is giving back!
Use Christi's services at no cost to you, and 10 - 20% of her commission will go back to St. Gerard House.
Christi Hughes from Ears of Experience wants to help you plan your next family vacation. Having experience planning for her own daughter with special needs, Christi offers packages with not only the most competitive pricing, but also timely and personalized customer service.
Ears of Experience is an authorized Disney Vacation Planning Company with direct connections to Disability Access Services.
Reach out to Christi at: 828.429.6973 |
Don't forget to mention St. Gerard House!!!
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!  
Here's some things we could really use!



St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Our Feed The Need Program is looking for volunteers for our Spring/Summer sessions!
You don't have to be a professional or have experience teaching children with special needs to join us and help out!
Do you like to cook?
Come help with Culinary Class! Tues/Th 3:45 - 6:00 pm
Green Thumb?
Help us get our garden ready for Spring! MWF 4 - 6 pm
Passionate about art?
Get creative with FTN!
Tues/Th 1:30 - 3:30 pm
For more information about any of these exciting opportunities or to help out, contact Julia:
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 for more information! 
For information, contact 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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