10th Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon


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Maurean Adams


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I have joined the board of this amazing organization that is doing notable, scalable work in treating children and young adults with autism; giving them and their families hope for a life they never thought possible. The founder of this organization came to me when I was director of the Children and Family Resource Center desperately seeking help for her 2 autistic children. We had nothing... the schools, preschools had nothing... evaluation and diagnosis took months if not years. The most promising therapy was massively unaffordable. Autistic kids were getting kicked out of preschool programs and schools, repeatedly. Teachers struggled with skills to “deal” with these behaviors. Out of this despair Caroline founded St. Gerard House and began her life’s work to give families and children with autism a chance at joy and a meaningful life

Its not often we get a chance to change a life.  Join my team and let's do this. 


Event Details

10th Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon

Date & Time

Wed, August 26th 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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This event will be hosted digitally.

This event will be livestreamed directly on our Givebutter campaign page: https://givebutter.com/SGHLuncheon


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Welcome to St. Gerard House

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.

View the 2020 e-program HERE.

Have a question? Email Julia Buchanan, Development Coordinator at [email protected].

Become a Guardian of HOPE

Please take a moment to review our Guardian of Hope Giving Society Pledge Card. Download, complete, save and email to [email protected]!

You may also receive this form in the mail prior to the event. Members of this society are vital to creating a solid foundation for St Gerard House. These multiyear pledges ensure the future – helping to maintain stability and growth. You can indicate special instructions for your donation. If you are not already a member, we invite you to become one today.

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.

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 39 children are affected. St. Gerard House is one of only three centers in our state that provides comprehensive support to these families. Autism rates rise 10-18% annually, and as the need grows, so does the call for our service.

Call our office today to schedule a tour or to learn more about our services: 828-693-4223

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