Did you know that the prevalence of Autism in North Carolina is above the national average? In fact, more than 1 in 58 individuals receive a diagnosis.

St. Gerard House is one of only three centers in our state that provides comprehensive support to these families. Since 2010, we have sought to be a place of community and innovative programming that helps those facing autism to experience more joy and achieve meaningful life outcomes. Autism rates rise 10-18% annually, and as the need grows, so does the call for our service.

First Words of Hope is our annual fundraising luncheon that serves as the largest source of scholarship funds for the many families in need of financial aid. Its title, First Words of Hope, represents many things. It refers to our firm commitment to lift each individual we serve to his or her highest potential, and in doing so, to offer parents and loved ones a renewed perspective on life with autism. It also pays homage to one of the greatest blessings we receive through our work: the opportunity to witness a child communicate successfully for the first time.

Consider becoming a sponsor of this event. This past April, it attracted more than 350 attendees and raised over $200,000. We hope you will join us this spring as we send a strong message of enduring support to the thousands of families in our region facing autism.

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Save the Date April 25, 2018!

We are excited to announce our Eight Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon will take place on April 25, 2018 at Blue Ridge Community College. For more information, or if you'd like to get involved, contact Bertha Medina: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.