Mark Your Calendar

April: Autism Awareness Month
April 21: VolunteerHouston Volunteer Fair
April 24: Avondale House Spring Cleaning Volunteer Event
April 24: From Our House to Yours Virtual Event
May 31: Memorial Day, No school & admin offices closed
From Our House to Yours

We can't wait for you to join us virtually on April 24th at 6:30 pm for a very special discussion about the challenges and triumphs of autism spectrum disorder. You will hear many different perspectives and stories that are sure to brighten your day. Our special guest speaker is Dr. Peter Hotez, along with other local leaders. Because the need is so great, expansion of our services is the goal of our upcoming virtual event. The event is free, however, registration is required.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Carole Keeney Harrington/ Ivy London Productions, LLC
Cristina & Steve Vetrano
Westwood Wealth Management

Cadence Bank
Crystal Williams
RoundUp App

We're so excited to announce our partnership with RoundUp App – a "spare change" platform that lets you donate the rounded up change from everyday transactions.

With RoundUp App, you can help provide resources, education, and training for those living with autism without even changing your daily routine. All you have to do is create an account, connect a credit or debit card and verify with your bank. It's that easy!

Plus, RoundUp App uses Stripe to process transactions so you know your information is safe and secure.

P.S. – You can also download RoundUp App on the App Store or Google Play Store!
Isabelle’s Eagle Scout Project & Dean's Story

When Isabelle, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 1211, was looking for ideas for her Eagle Scout project, she chose Avondale House as the beneficiary organization. In scouting, a boy or girl pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout (normally age 15-17) needs to organize and manage a worthwhile service project for a community organization. Each project is unique, but Eagle projects always involve coordination with the beneficiary organization to understand their desires, followed by weeks of planning and preparation, culminating in a big workday (or two) with volunteer workers.

Part of Isabelle's project involved building a new picnic table for Avondale’s newest residence. That is when a scouting friend asked Kurt Neubek if he would be willing to help. Since he is both an avid woodworker and has assisted at least a dozen Eagle Scout candidates (including his two sons) with their projects, he was delighted to be invited.

Kurt’s first introduction to scouting was when his oldest son, Dean, had just started at The Westview School for children on the autism spectrum. Dean was interested in joining scouting at his school, but there was no adult to lead the program that year. Kurt remembers explaining this to little Dean, who looked up with puppy dog eyes and said, “Daddy, maybe you can do that!” This began more than 15 years of wonderful experiences and adventures with his sons. Along the way Kurt also learned about many of the needs of people on the spectrum, with three years as Cubmaster at The Westview School, and several years of working with the wonderful people at RDIconnect, where Dean also interned.

Sadly, in late 2020, after graduating from college with a degree in Psychology, Dean passed away. However, he left a legacy of love and kindness that continues today. In early 2021, after Kurt had agreed to help Isabelle with her Eagle project, a friend asked him, “Let me get this straight: Dean was on the autism spectrum, and he got you involved in scouting. And after he passed, you agreed to help a scout with her Eagle project—which turned out to be helping people with autism and you don’t think that’s a coincidence?” Kurt replied, “Of course it’s not a coincidence!” She then suggested that he find a way to ‘leave Dean’s mark’ on the project.

Dean liked to draw a particular smiley face, and it became a signature drawing of his. It occurred to Kurt that making a branding iron of this icon and putting it on the table would be a wonderful way of including Dean. So when you see the smiley faces on the picnic table, know that’s Dean, a young man on the spectrum, sharing his smile with you!
Autism Speaks Grant

Avondale House is honored to have been chosen as a grant recipient of the Autism Speaks Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program. This grant funding will benefit our Supported Employment Program. We truly appreciate this partnership that will help us provide job skills training, placements and ongoing supports to individuals with autism in the local community.  
Houston Together

VolunteerHouston Virtual Event
April 21 - April 24

Stop by and say a virtual hello at the VolunteerHouston Houston Together virtual event and volunteer fair.

Avondale House will have a virtual 'booth' where new and existing volunteers can come say hi and connect with volunteers and nonprofits in our Houston community.

To cap the week off, we will have a volunteer day at Avondale House on Saturday, April 24 from 9:00 - 11:00. Fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering with us.
Team Member of the Month: Crosby Hebert

Crosby Hebert is Avondale's Team Member of the Month! It is apparent that Crosby enjoys helping people find meaningful jobs and is good at what he does. He recently shared with my team a beautiful story about one of his first placements, and it touched all of our hearts. I appreciate the work that he is doing to expand our employment services into the community. Crosby is passionate about helping those with autism find meaningful employment and advocating for them. Avondale House thanks Crosby for his determination and commitment.
Recent Donors
Avondale House wishes to thank and acknowledge these recent donors:

Sarah Barlament Susan Bruchmiller • Katie Bruchmiller Cadence Bank
Janet and Rick Dixon Ebel Family Foundation Ramsay Elder Brooke Forgetta
Kevin Gerrity Taylor Grimes Kerri Lynn and Tommy Inglesby Kroger
Jordana Paker and Ken Fatur Jane and Mike Murray Margaret Penoli Amy Pierce Alison and Cullen Powell Scott Reamer Roberta Schwartz Cathy Sussman
Cristina and Steve Vetrano Westwood Wealth Management
Tana Wieberg Michele Wiseley