Join St. Gerard House for our 10th Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon on August 26, 2020.

First Words of Hope is our annual fundraising luncheon that serves as the largest source of unrestricted funds. Its title, First Words of Hope, represents many things. It refers to our firm commitment to lift each individual we serve to reach their highest potential, and 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.


Please register online at Return to this link on August 26th to view the luncheon event premier at 12:00 PM. 

View the e-program online at (scroll down) to "Story."

Contact Julia Buchanan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns.

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The CDC estimate for 2020 on autism prevalence increases by nearly 10 percent, to 1 in 54 children in the U.S. In North Carolina, 1 in 40 children are affected. 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.


St. Gerard House was founded to serve all people touched by autism. We use evidence-based therapy as the backbone for all of our programs and are committed to providing the highest quality care possible. We have programs for all ages and offer training and support for families as well. If you or a loved one, are raising a child with autism or related disabilities please know that you are not alone.


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Consider becoming a sponsor of this event.

In 2019, the event attracted more than 400 attendees and with a 2020 virtual platform - we expect many more this year. For more information about the event or to sponsor contact Julia Buchanan, Development Coordinator at 828-693-4223 ext.1013 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View the 2020 Luncheon Sponsorship Packet


Read the 2019 Blue Ridge Now news article about the Luncheon here!