To receive email from St. Gerard House, add to your safe sender list.
View as Web Page Subscribe Unsubscribe
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Share Options
August 2019
St. Gerard House News
 Camp Discovery Goes Green
Camp Discovery spent a week in July learning about recycling and how to live greener lives. The children made marble runs to try their hand at engineering and repurposing trash. They also made trash art— turning ordinary garbage into works of art! Guest speakers Christine and Julia, from the Henderson County Convenience Center, came one day to discuss what happens to our trash, how landfills work, recycling and composting with our campers! Check out the post on the SGH Facebook page for photos of their individual projects!
Building Amazing Relationships in the Community
Thank you Whole Body Fitness for everything you do!
Whole Body Fitness (WBF) has served St. Gerard House in so many ways— practicing core conditioning skills, following directions, social skills, and more with our Grotto II (GII) learners. Trainer Tim (Timothy McBride) graciously opens his gym to SGH, and with help from the amazing Trainer Sarita (pictured), they always offer a smile and dedicated assistance. When SGH learners first started attending Whole Body Fitness, it was necessary for trainers to prompt participants for all work outs. Now a year later, all learners are motivated to go to WBF and show an evident increase in their gross motor function and group-readiness goals. 
The love, support, and regimented guidance through 
physical movement exemplifies what Whole Body Fitness is all 
about. SGH and WBF have such a supportive, positive relationship that Grotto II learners ask about Trainer Tim when they're not at the gym. Trainers Tim and Sarita are encouraging and patient, and have learned about each individual to ensure the best safety measures and allow opportunities for maximum effort. Every session uses a holistic approach. SGH learners' skills have increased because of this amazingly positive place. For more on Whole Body Fitness, visit their Facebook page.

WBF isn’t just a gym, it’s a place where everyone is accepted, supported, and loved while working on a vast array of developmental and life skills.
A big Thank you to Trainer Tim and Trainer Sarita for creating an ideal place for our learners to developmentally grow and gain some muscle mass in the process!  — From the GII Learners and staff at SGH
Hands On! A World of Fun for our Grotto Explorers
A mid-July field trip to Hands On! allows families to tag along with our learners and their teachers. This exploratory museum offers learning experiences for children of all ages. Our Grotto participants and their teachers enjoy having Hands On! within walking distance, right in downtown Hendersonville. For more photos of our sweet explorers, visit the album on Facebook.
Thanks for everyone who voted St. Gerard House as a City Favorite! We won the Summer Showcase health category, with the help of your support. A list of Henderson County's winners is below:
Volunteer Spotlight: Judy Standish
Judy Standish has been volunteering with SGH's Feed The Need (FTN) program for over two years. Her dedication to this group of individuals has allowed her to grow close to the participants. They recognize her, so she gets hugs when she comes to assist them in the garden or the kitchen.
It's more than just a warm, fuzzy feeling. "We love having Judy as a volunteer. It is heartwarming to see her attend to the needs of each student in our group. She has a loving demeanor and always takes the initiative to lend a helping hand when we need it most. Judy is not just a volunteer, she's a member of our Feed the Need family," says FTN program coordinator Julia Matthews.
Judy feels the love. "I really have fun with the students. They work very hard, so it's always a gratifying experience."
Want to help cook up some fun with Feed The Need? 
We'd love to have you join us for dinner! Anyone can lead a culinary night.
Our culinary group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 6:15 p.m.
Cooking not your thing? 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.
Upcoming Events
Autism in the News
[7.26.2019 | Asbury Park Press] House unanimously passes Autism CARES Act
[7.24.2019 | CNN] Only one person RSVP'd to a party for a boy with autism, so a high school football team showed up to celebrate
[7.10.2019 | Good Morning America] Video: Graduation ceremony goes silent when student with autism accepts diploma

[7.8.2019 | Orlando Sentinel] UCF researchers find link between processed foods and autism
[7.3.2019 | Hendersonville Times-News] St. Gerard House receives 150k grant to expand outreach, staff
[6.30.2019 | CNN] Man's act of kindness toward boy with autism alone on flight goes viral
[6.19.2019 | University of Vermont] Eyes hold clues for treating severe autism more effectively
[6.18.2019 | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia] Parental support is key when adolescents with autism who want to learn to drive
[6.12.2019 | Disability Scoop] Lawmakers look to jump-start employment for transition-age youth
[6.5.2019 | Philadelphia Eagles] 2019 Eagles Autism Challenge raises more than 3.5 million for autism research
ASD Resources
In case you missed it... We've added 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.
Additional Resources
Special Needs Learning Styles from ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills)
PSAs featuring Sesame Street's Julia, a four-year-old muppet with autism, aim to lower the age of diagnosis
More on Julia from Sesame Street
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!
St. Gerard House
620 Oakland Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791
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

Subscribe  •  Preferences  •  Send to a Friend  •  Unsubscribe  •  Report Spam
Powered by MyNewsletterBuilder
Share on Facebook Bookmark and Share