Our therapeutic 82-acre campus brims with energy and activities every day. It is one of our most distinctive features and valuable resources in fulfilling our mission.
The majority of families we serve reside in densely populated neighborhoods with little to no safe and accessible outdoor space. At St. Joseph’s Villa, we engage at-risk and disadvantaged students in cutting-edge, outcome-based programs that incorporate outdoor learning and therapy. Time spent in a natural environment enhances children’s physical and mental health by providing opportunities for exploration, curiosity, imagination, reasoning and problem solving. These skills collectively play a large role in cognitive, emotional, and social development.
We continually adapt our campus to maximize its benefit to our children and families. With the help of community partners, we recently installed a new sensory garden and outdoor classroom.
To arrange a personal campus tour, please call our Development Office at 804-553-3220.
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Transformations resulting from the Believing Is Seeing Campaign
St. Joseph’s Villa completed its first-ever capital campaign in 2012 to improve campus safety, accessibility and infrastructure. Despite a challenging fundraising climate, including the unanticipated economic downturn, Villa volunteer leaders, staff and donors persevered to reach and surpass the campaign goal of $10 million.
With the support of 510 campaign donors—one-third of whom gave to the Villa for the first time—the amount raised totaled $10,745,397.
The Villa’s 82-acre campus received many essential upgrades as a result of the campaign, including:
- A new perimeter road and pedestrian avenue to separate pedestrians from high-volume vehicular traffic and safely connect campus resources
- Increased handicapped accessibility across campus
- A new efficient underground infrastructure and fiber optic technology
- Renovation of the gymnasium
- A new culinary arts center that trains students in life and career skills
- Restoration of the central garden and green spaces to promote modern practices in outdoor learning and therapy