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July 2019
St. Gerard House News
St. Gerard House Receives Melvin R. Lane Grant Funding
St. Gerard House was one of six nonprofits awarded the Melvin R. Lane grant in June. We want to express our gratitude to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for blessing us with this grant. The funding will be used to purchase fundraising software and hire a Director of Development, who will assist SGH in growing programs and services for those with autism and their families in WNC.
Share our Director of Development job posting with anyone you know who may be qualified and interested in a rewarding career with SGH.
For more about the Melvin R. Lane grant, read the press release on Mountain Xpress
 
Join us for all the fun of CONNECT - Summer Session B
Our first summer Connect session has really been enjoying themselves! Exciting and exploratory crafts, outside games, interactive learning, drama skills, and making friendships are what we're all about! Session B is a three week session lasting from July 22 - August 9 from 8:30am until 12:30pm. Check out our website for a flyer and more information.
 

 
House Bill 671 supports objective standards for BCBAs
This spring, a behavior analyst licensure bill (House Bill 671) introduced to the NC House of Representatives was passed unanimously. This bill would help reduce the extensive waiting lists for critical services in NC, and is now waiting to be heard in the Senate. Among populous states, NC has the highest unmet demand for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services. North Carolina is the only state in the U.S. with the current strict requirement of psychologist oversight for Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBAs). Supporting this bill will significantly reduce waiting lists for ABA therapies, allow for direct billing to insurance companies, and protect organizations like St. Gerard House by establishing uniform standards and helping to attract qualified BCBAs to work with us!   Access the bill.
If you would like to support the bill by contacting your local senator, please do.
 
Camp Discovery visits WNC Air Museum
Camp Discovery had a wonderful time at the Western North Carolina Air Museum. June only kicks off the summer for these eight to 11 year-old explorers! They'll continue discovering their talents through field trips, STEM projects, friendships and more through the first week of August. Check out the post on the SGH Facebook page for a photo album of all the fun!
 
 
Cook up some fun with Feed the Need - Volunteers Wanted!
We'd love to have you join us for dinner! Feed the Need is looking for people to volunteer to lead a night of our Culinary Program. The best part is... anyone can lead a class! Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 6:15 p.m. You don't have to be a chef, but your interaction will help our FTN participants will help cultivate their skills like they do our garden!
FTN's Garden Program is also looking for volunteers, if that's more your style. Come tend the garden with our garden program participants any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 4 - 6 p.m.
Contact Julia Matthews if you're interested in volunteering with Feed the Need or to find out more.
 
Update: Malachi's Playground
We're so excited about the progress on Malachi's Playground, the outside space we're so fortunate to share with Immaculata School. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this happen!
 
Upcoming Events
July 8: FAMILY GROUP NIGHT
 
 

July 11 - 18: Vote for St. Gerard House!
Get ready to vote for St. Gerard House as one of your City Favorites, and browse other categories to vote for your other favorite businesses serving our community! You can find a full list of participating businesses here.
 
Voting starts a week before the event at ourcityfavorites.com.
 
July 18: Summer Showcase!
St. Gerard House is participating in the Hendersonville Summer Showcase which features local businesses from different categories. The big event will take place from 2 - 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Boulevard. The Summer Showcase features raffles, games, and demonstrations by local businesses and organizations. Check out all the great things we have right here in Hendersonville, and support St. Gerard House. Stop by for giveaways, samples, games and demonstrations.

 
 
Autism in the News
[6.20.2019 | University of Western Australia] Researchers call for the term 'high-functioning autism' to be consigned to history
 
[Nourishing Hope - Julie Matthews] Could berries, apples, and grapes be causing your child's behavior challenges?
 
[6.11.2019 | Amen Clinics] Screentime, preschoolers, and the risk for ADHD
 
[5.30.2019 | The Economist] More evidence that autism is linked to gut bacteria
 
[5.30.2019 | Autism Speaks - Kerry Magro] I just graduated with my doctorate and I have autism 
ASD Resources
 
More Resources on the SGH website!
We put together some great digital information for families and individuals affected by ASD. The webpage also has a handout of financial resources that aid individuals with autism and other special needs.
 
Guide to better sleep for children with autism from Sleep Help
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Are you interested in supporting our work to provide joy and meaningful outcomes to families facing autism?
 
Would you like to lend a hand to St. Gerard House by donating one of these needful things? Check out our Amazon Wishlist!
 
 
Here's some things we could really use!
 
 
 
 
CONTACT US
St. Gerard House
828-693-4223
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
info@stgerardhouse.org
www.stgerardhouse.org
 
SGH PROGRAMS
 
 
CONNECT DRAMA CLUB
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
sharon@stgerardhouse.org
 
 
 
 
  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
julia@stgerardhouse.org

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

http://www.stgerardhouse.com

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