Mark Your Calendar

November 22-26: Fall Break for The School at Avondale House
November 25-26: Thanksgiving Holiday for Administrative Staff and Day Hab
November 25: Happy Thanksgiving
November 30: Giving Tuesday
December 20-January 2: Winter Break for The School at Avondale House
Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on November 30, 2021. On this day we have an opportunity to come together to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what we have with those in need. In honor of Giving Tuesday, we would like to share the impact that Avondale House services have had on the Williams family. We hope you enjoy reading about BJ’s Avondale story:

"Amongst the many special schools to choose from in the Houston area, why Avondale? I have heard different reasons from different people. Even though I have many, my main reason is because they listen, they care, and they fulfill the needs of my son.

My son BJ was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. He is nonverbal and I had a hard time communicating with him. Before attending Avondale House, he was attending a public school. They were not very successful in teaching him. While in a school meeting, one of the staff suggested Avondale House.

Amazingly, within the first four weeks of attending, I saw a significant change. Not only did I see a shift in his behavior, but they had completely potty-trained him. I was so excited! That is when I knew without a doubt Avondale House was the best place for BJ.

Avondale has been a part of our lives for over twenty years. BJ was four years old when he first came to Avondale. From the time he arrived, BJ's needs have always been the main focus. Undoubtedly, I am pleased I chose Avondale House for BJ." - Bridgette Williams
ExxonMobil Hosts Halloween at Avondale House

This year, The School at Avondale House was able to have their annual Halloween party and it would not have been possible without the help of an amazing group of ExxonMobil employees!

For their United Way Day of Caring project, a group of Exxon Environmental Solutions volunteers helped decorate our hallways and multi-purpose room as our students ate pizza in their classrooms. ExxonMobil volunteers then passed out candy at stations as Avondale House students trick-or-treated through the school and took student pictures at the Halloween photo booth.
Our students had the best time and it would not have been possible without them! Thank you all so much! 
Show Your Support for Team Avondale House!

In this season of thankfulness, giving, and training for Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend, be sure to save the date for an opportunity to support Avondale House.
Tuesday, November 30th is the start of the Run for a Reason Charity Challenge! Along with 60 other charities, Team Avondale House will “race” to collect as many donations as possible between November 30th and December 10th. No donation is too small. If Team Avondale House receives the highest number of donations during the contest period, we will receive $25,000.  Will you help us reach this goal?
If you’re planning to make a donation, please do so online after 10am on November 30 to make the biggest impact! 
Team Member of the Month: Melody McNabb
Melody McNabb is Avondale's Team Member of the Month! Melody is a key staff member who makes sure everything runs smoothly every day! She is the first smiling face you see upon entering the building and the friendly voice you hear on the phone.

Melody is a team player, and for the first time this year, she has joined Team Avondale House and is running the We Are Houston 5k. She has already raised $1,725 for Avondale House via the Run for a Reason program. Way to go Melody! Click here to support her fundraising efforts.
Recent Donors
Avondale House wishes to thank and acknowledge these recent donors:

Henrietta and Randall Grooms Joan and Luke Mandola Caroline Rotan
Eduardo Perez Calee Black Lillian and Jim Carolan Susan and Ken Freese
Kathleen Mahon and Milan Jamrich Sandra Sussman David Allen Riley Freese
Ilana Kraus Joyce Wagner Michelle and Bryan Bulawa  David Burgess
Patrick Schmitz  Virginia Soderstrom Catherine McIntyre Jane and Michael Murray Crystal Mcknight Nestor Rivera Stacie and Tim Williamson Christopher Aboshear Victor Brown Robert Guercio Michele and David Wiseley Taylor Grimes
Margaret Penoli Gail Vozzella Janet and Rick Dixon Evans Gunn Renee Morris Ezequiel Martinez Mack Nystrom Shauna Richter Kim Vaughn Richard Broussard Angel Gutierrez Kathy Leyshon Antoinette Fraser-Brown Vanessa Kuzmin
Nicholle Winger Melvin Smith Chasity Brown Katie Bruchmiller Melody McNabb Cheryl Keller Phoebe Keller Mary Andre Patricia Bastero Tabitha Rice
Melinda Stubbs Allison Hay Cindy Ivey Luis Mayn Gonzlez Christianne Hagemann Joan Shook John Nickens Lucio Fragoso Joanne Murphey Scott Bourgeois
Carlos Alvarez Barb Yost Melinda Flores Antonio Cartolano David Sargent
Anita Anderson