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The Joe Callahan Life-Skills Grant

The Joe Callahan Life Skills Grant

In Honorable Memory of Joe Callahan

In life, through his love for his grandson, Joe Callahan held close to his heart, all matters pertaining to the autism community and efforts within the community to support those most impacted by autism.  Through the love that others have for Joe, the Joe Callahan Life Skills Grant has been established.

Grants provided through the Joe Callahan Life Skills Grant will be provided to the same target audience as Cooking Autism's regular grants (Rappahannock Area K-12 schools, public and private).

Applications for the Joe Callahan Life Skills Grants and Scholarships will open on April 2024, kicking off World Autism Awareness Month.  A grant committee will be established and meetings held in July 2024;  scholarship recipients will be announced and funds awarded between August and September 2024. 

Donations for the Joe Callahan Life Skills Grant can be made at the following link:


Joe Callahan

Joe Callahan passed away peacefully on November 1st, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was a devoted husband, father of six, and “Poppy” to seven beautiful grandchildren. Joe was an avid boater, fisherman, reader, and storyteller.  He enjoyed hiking, camping, and most of all just relaxing with his family. 


Joe’s first-born grandchild, Jack, was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of three. Without hesitation, Joe became a staunch advocate for Jack, and others like him, working diligently to understand the diagnosis and how he could best support Jack’s development. “Poppy” was Jack’s biggest fan; their adventures included countless stories, learning the harmonica together, devouring many donuts, and telling tales of the dreaded “pinchy crabs”. Joe’s gentleness, encouragement, and most of all steadfast love for Jack and his parents will never be forgotten. Joe’s wish was, in lieu of flowers or other remembrances, that donations be directed toward Cooking Autism, a non-profit organization that funds development programs for children on the Autism Spectrum.


You may either click the link above to electronically donate, or send a check made out to "Cooking Autism" to:

35174 Sara Court

Locust Grove, VA 22508

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