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October 2019
St. Gerard House News
 Connect Announces 2020 Summer Camp Dates
Preregistration is now open
St. Gerard House's programs seek to accommodate all aspects of need for the people with autism and the families we serve to infuse their lives with more joy! Connect is a program that SGH developed for kids ages 6 - 19 who need a little boost with their social interactions. This summer camp and drama club teaches participants skills to add to their social toolboxes, helping equip them to express themselves, relate their needs, and make connections and friendships more easily.
Check out our newly revamped Connect page on the SGH website for more information about Connect's awesome programming!
SGH Staff Retreat Highlights Mission, Outstanding Staff
Jenny Baker recognized as 2019 Unsung Hero
The connection was palpable in the late summer air, as staff, board members, and friends of St. Gerard House gathered at Camp Pinnacle mid-September for the annual staff retreat. There was an emotional history of the organization given by Caroline, an inspiring speech by Father Nick, and a refresher of values for those at St. Gerard House to aspire to embody. Adventure Treks fielded team-building activities, hilarious antics in a vegetable battle, and an epic all-staff game of rock, paper, scissors.
A new award was unveiled, honoring Jenny Baker this year for her dedicated service conveying humility, leadership, and compassion to her work at St. Gerard House. Jenny has been with The Grotto team for over four years.
We'd like to extend a huge thank you to Camp Pinnacle for generously allowing us to use their space to reflect on the heart of our mission. To see all the heartwarming moments from SGH's staff retreat, find the album on Facebook.
Cochon du Lait Fundraiser for SGH at Southern App
A low country celebration will take place from 2 to 8 pm on Saturday, October 19 at Southern Appalachian Brewery. Come pass a good time with us and support St. Gerard House. Enjoy a whole roasted pig prepared in a Cajun "microwave," slow roasted for over 24 hours under an open flame and seasoned with a blend of Vieux Carre's Cajun/Creole spices. Plate comes with choice of two sides and house made cornbread. Enter the raffle to win prizes, including a bar tab from Southern Appalachian Brewery Brewery and baskets from Bebettes Beignets & Coffee Merchandise with beignets and other treats. Support St. Gerard House's Feed the Need program, and admire their art projects. This event is family friendly and sure to delight. Love to dance? We'll also have Cajun two step with Zydeco Ya Ya 3pm-5pm. Buy your tickets online ahead of time for a $5 discount. ($25/$30 day of) Check out the event on Facebook for more information.
The Grotto Visits Skytop Orchard
Grotto participants kicked up the dirt and took the trail on Thursday, September 26 for a hayride and apple picking at Skytop Orchard. Everyone had a blast. Thanks to Skytop Orchard for their warmth and generosity. 

Upcoming Events
October 14: Family Group Night
October 19: Couchon de Lait at Southern Appalachian Brewery
2 - 5pm Dinner, Raffle, Art from our Feed the Need participants, and more!

Autism in the News
[9.26.2019 | ABC Action News Philadelphia] Virtual reality studied to improve police encounters for those with autism
[9.24.219 | NBC] For people with autism, a role model emerges in Greta Thunberg
[9.20.2019 | Disability Scoop] Autism act clears Senate
[9.19.2019 | USA Today] 'AGT' champ Kodi Lee and his mom Tina talk season 14 victory 
[9.16.2019 | CNN] Cartoon Network and L.A. nonprofit launch mentorship program for autistic artists
[8.21.2019 | Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders] US: Autism rates in hispanics now equal to whites; African Americans now most affected group
[8.15.2019 | Dartmouth College] New study shows how autism can be measured through a non-verbal marker
Local Happenings
October 5 | 9th annual Regional Transition into Adulthood Conference
October 8 | The Free Clinic's Fall Wellness Fair
October 14 | 12 - 1pm | ECAC IEP Q&A Webinar
October 24 | 12 - 1pm | ECAC Being an Askable Adult (Human Sexuality) Webinar
Please visit our growing list of resources.
Mardi Mardi Party Party
February 25, 2020
A special SGH FUNdraiser at Wild Wing Cafe, Arden
First Words of Hope Luncheon
April 22, 2020
Our 10th annual spring luncheon
For info about volunteering or being a table captain, contact 
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
Garden Program: starts Wednesday, September 18
MWF 4 - 6pm
Culinary Program: starts Tuesday, September 17
T/TH 4 - 6pm
  Helping young adults with autism and similar needs prepare for, find, and retain meaningful employment through art, gardening, & culinary learning environments.
For information or to volunteer, contact Julia Matthews: 828.693.4223
ext. 1009

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

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