Fall Session:
September 17 - November 22, 2019

Feed the Need is a prevocational training program for teens and young adults (ages 14 and up) on the autism spectrum and similar needs. At Feed the Need, participants get the opportunity to work on vocational, social, daily living skills through different exciting program options. Below you can learn more about each option and how to enroll.

Garden Program

The Garden program was the first Feed the Need offering and continues to grow. Participants learn the ins and outs of growing produce sustainably and organically, while also learning where our food comes from. This is a great program for someone who is just starting out on their journey to employment, as the garden offers a wide range of general work skill building as well. This program runs in ten week intervals with each season. We meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4-6pm rain or shine.

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Culinary Program

Developed in 2015, this ten-week program helps familiarize participants with all aspects of cooking in a commercial kitchen setting. Experienced culinary instructors will work alongside St. Gerard House staff to ensure every participant is learning at their own pace and making progress. During the session each participant will learn how to cook and eat new meals while learning a myriad of jobs from being a hostess to being a chef. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 – 6:15pm.

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Feed the Need is always looking for guest chefs (no professional experience necessary) and volunteers!

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Art Program

The Feed the Need Art Program is a 10-week session for all with ASD related behavioral needs. designed to provide young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the opportunity to engage in art therapy and production. The program is conducted with the aim of building life skills, addressing deficits and problem behaviors, and promoting healthy self-expression. At this time, the program is offered virtually with materials delivered to participant's homes and sessions offered through zoom. 

The goals of this project are to provide a safe, fun, and educational environment for individuals with developmental disabilities; to expose participants to a variety of artistic media, focusing on one medium per month; to promote mental and emotional growth while building life skills through creative art; and to facilitate the formation of connections with peers. Each program session will be evaluated via parent and participant surveys.

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Click here to download a Feed the Need Application.


For enrollment or more information contact: Julia Matthews This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-693-4223 x. 1009.