Mark Your Calendar

December 20-January 2: Winter Break for The School at Avondale House
December 24 & 27: Administrative Holiday
December 31 & January 3- Administrative Holiday
January 15- We are Houston 5k
January 16- Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half
March 26- Hear Our Voices Event
Words from the CEO

It is an exciting time at Avondale House!  Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, 2021 was a productive year. While timelines were initially delayed on some of our growth plans, we made some great strides toward accomplishing our goals.

We began our search for new houses to support the growth of our residential program. We are currently in the process of completing the purchase of one home and are searching for one additional house. I anticipate that in 2022, we will be able to welcome new residents into our program and nearly double the number of individuals we are currently supporting in that program.

Of course, with the growth of the residential program comes the need for additional day habilitation space. As we are currently at capacity at our O’Meara Drive location, we are diligently working to identify some additional space to house our expansion and open that program up to more individuals.

Lastly, in August, we made a strategic investment in our future by purchasing some additional land behind our main O’Meara Drive facility adjacent to the land we already own. Over the next year or so, we will be developing plans for how to best utilize this nearly 3 acres of land to support our program growth.

Of course, there could be no thought of growing our programs if it wasn’t for our many supporters who make our work possible each and every day. It is this support that is directly tied to continuing our services into the future so that we can assist more individuals living with autism reach their fullest potential. We hope you will consider making a charitable donation to Avondale House.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity

Houston Marathon Avondale House Hoopla Station
January 16, 2022
6:15 am – 10:00 am

We need volunteers to help with managing our hoopla station! Each year, Avondale House is given a hoopla station to serve as a “pit stop” for any Team AH runners wanting to come say hi and for their family and friends to cheer and support them. Avondale House brings drinks, snacks, and cheering props (clappers, pom-poms, etc). What we need your help with is setting up the station, taking pictures, and cheering on the runners!
Mile: 6.5
Landmark (if applicable): Goode Company Taqueria 
Nearest Intersection: Between Kirby Drive & North Blvd and Kirby & Westpark (a detailed map will be sent out to volunteers closer to the time, but please note: normal routes to get to location will be blocked off)
Event Day Contact Name: Sarah Barlament
Event Day Contact Phone Number: TBA
Board Member Spotlight: Ashley Nelly

Avondale House Board member, Ashley Nelly, recently published her first children's book, The Adventures of Bay & Breezy, The Dudley Labrador Sisters – Bringing Breezy Home!

The story follows the life of two fun-loving, often mischievous, Labrador sisters living in Texas and is now available for early access purchase.

Congrats Ashley on your achievement!

Team Member of the Month: Latoya Jones
Latoya Jones is Avondale's team member of the month. Latoya exhibits the highest professionalism when working with students. No matter which classroom she is assigned, she goes above and beyond and treats the students with respect and care. She has a wonderful rapport with the students and is always willing to help where needed.

Latoya encompasses what it means to be a passionate, caring, and dedicated team player! Thank you and congrats Latoya!
Recent Donors
Avondale House wishes to thank and acknowledge these recent donors:

Julie and Mark Aaronson • Shogo Abe • Marcia Kielhofner and Edward Hudso
Laurie Argo • Suzanne Armour • Jessica Avila • Gloria and Milton Barbee
Sarah and Courtney Barlament • Kathleen Beetar • Monica and Fox Benton • Karin Bobe Taylor Borer • Susan Bruchmiller • Terrence Bufford • Ric Caraballo • Doyle Carter
Marilyn and Allen Clark • LeiRoi Daniels • Angela DeFord • Sharlene Dismuke
Dee Dee Dochen • James Doyle • Ann Turnbach and Steve Ullrich • Nancy Dumas
Greg East • Lorrie and Michael Foreman • Terry Gardner • Argo Georgandis Pyle Monique Gillaspy • Gina Gober • Charity Grannis • Taylor Grimes • Twila Grooms
Jeanie and Andy Gunter • Frank Heathcock • Carolyn Henry • Nate Hirshberg
Cindy and Joyce Hsu • Nellie Jones • Gail Kamphaus • Paul Kandola • Patti Kelly
Elizabeth and David Kubiak • Patsy Larsen • Sara Likakis • Penelope and Bill Louis
Darcy Marshall • Earle Martin • Perry Mcafee-Haliburton • Erin McCord • Renee Medack Melva Meronek • Kaitlyn and Nathan Merz • Tatsuhiro Mikami • Angela Mlcak
Barbara Morris • Eric Muegge • Jane and Michael Murray • Ashley and Christian Nelly Bob Neubauer • Daniel Nguyen • Amy Nongbri • Hanna and Roby Norvell
Takashi Ozaki • Ed Parazynski • Meena Wadhwa and Scott Parazynski
Kathy and Damon Parker • Margaret Penoli • Freddy Raines • Linda Rogers
Connie Rust • Kyle Schmitz • Patrick Schmitz • Kaleb and Kerry Sembera
Yanessa Singletary • Elizabeth Siros • Linda Smith • Rachel Sneed
Ann and Doug Soderstrom • Austin St. Denis • Ronnie Stevenson • Cathy Sussman Angela Synek • Thrive • Mary Traylor • Janet and Phillip Trotter
Cristina and Steve Vetrano • Michele and David Wiseley • Alma Wofford • Jacob Wong Amy Wood • Carol and Mike Wootton • Valorie and Richard Wozniak • Shannon Zerber