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What began as a mother’s search for innovative solutions for her children has become a comprehensive therapeutic center for individuals touched by autism. St. Gerard House opened its doors in March 2010 with two students and two teachers. Six years later, our track record of providing joy, understanding, and meaningful outcomes for families throughout the region led to a demand that exceeds current capacity.


In order to meet this overwhelming need, we have launched our first capital campaign!

The Expanding Hope Campaign will enable us to grow our facilities, programs, and scholarships in critical ways. A building has been purchased across the street from our current facility to enable much-needed service to older children and adults:

  • The Grotto Therapeutic Center's renowned individualized, year-round instruction will be extended to students aged 8-16
  • Feed the Need Culinary participants will have a fully-equipped teaching kitchen to practice daily living skills
  • Increased scholarship funds will make high-quality services accessible throughout the region

Approximately 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorder turn 18 each year in the United States; making adult services a rapidly growing need. The transition from high school into adulthood for these individuals is often referred to as the “services cliff.” At this time the legal requirement for special education and support ends, and families are forced to seek help that often does not exist.

The implementation of the Expanding Hope Campaign means that the Western North Carolina community will now have somewhere to turn when facing this cliff. The result will be a uniquely joyful community discovering new abilities and interests together each week. 

We need your help to meet our goal! 

Please, consider making a gift today to help us make these services a reality for the families we serve.