The real reward is helping the children and families, but we appreciate the following recognition of our service.


Carol S. Fox Making Kids Count Award
Awarded by Voices for Virginia’s Children

The Making Kids Count Awards honor exceptional contributions and long-term commitment to improving the lives of children in Virginia, particularly to those who are disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable, while employing the highest ethical standards.

Members of the Villa team accept the Making Kids Count Award from Voices for Virginia’s Children

Virginia Public Relations Awards
Awarded by the PRSA Richmond Chapter
Two Villa videos were recognized at the 70th annual Virginia Public Relations Awards. We received an Award of Excellence for our Brook Road Academy video, and an Award of Merit for our RiseUP video.

Telehealth Innovative Health Award
Awarded by the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
The Villa’s Crisis Stabilization Unit was honored by the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) for the effective use of telepyschiatry. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate an innovative application of telehealth and contribute to improved health outcomes and quality of life in the Mid-Atlantic region.


National Champion of Change Award
Awarded by the National Alliance to End Homelessness
Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was the only nonprofit honoree in the country to be recognized at the Alliance’s Annual Awards ceremony in Washington D.C. The Champion of Change Awards celebrate proven programs that help end child and family homelessness.

Kimberly Tucker, Director of Housing & Homeless Services, and Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO, accept the National Champion of Change Award from Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent of PBS NewsHour

National Innovative Practices Award
Awarded by the national Council on Accreditation
Our Crisis Stabilization Unit for children’s mental health was recognized at the annual COA Conference in New York City in the category of Behavioral Health Care. Click here to read our case study.

Currents of Change Award
Awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University Council for Community Engagement
The Villa’s Career and Transition Services received the award for its partnership with VCU’s Department of Focused Inquiry in peer mentoring.


Virginia Housing Award
Awarded at the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference
Flagler Housing & Homeless Services received the award for Best Housing Program in the state for its rapid re-housing program.


Virginia Public Relations Award
Awarded by the PRSA Richmond Chapter
The Villa’s new mobile responsive website received an Award of Merit from PRSA for the accessibility it provides individuals and families seeking service.


National Innovative Practices Award
Awarded by the national Council on Accreditation
Our Flagler Housing & Homeless Services received this award in the category of Performance & Quality Improvement for their transition to a full rapid re-housing model.  Click here to read our case study.

Virginia Public Relations Award
Awarded by the PRSA Richmond Chapter
PRSA gave an Award of Merit to St. Joseph’s Villa and 93 Octane for the Believing Is Seeing Campaign Finale Report.  The report commemorates the purpose, progress and success of the campaign, complete with donor and client testimonials.


Vision Award, Transportation & Infrastructure
Awarded by Urban Land Institute Richmond 
ULI Richmond presented this award to the Villa in honor of campus infrastructure transformations stemming from the Believing Is Seeing Campaign.  The Vision Awards honor excellence in design and innovative development practices which promote the responsible use of land, as well as leadership in creating and sustaining thriving developments in the community.

Site Improvement Award
Awarded by Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE)
GRACRE awarded St. Joseph’s Villa with the Site Improvement Award for campus redevelopments that enhanced safety and accessibility.

Snag-a-Job Innovation in Homeless Services Awards
Awarded by Homeward
This award recognizes the Villa’s leadership in best-practice approaches to ending homelessness for families.


Samuel S. Wurtzel Community Partnership Award
Awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work
The Villa received this award for contributions to social work education through field instruction and community collaboration.


Virginia Public Relations Award
Awarded by the PRSA Richmond Chapter
Three PRSA Awards were presented to the Villa for its 2009 Transition Summit, publication of the St. Joseph’s Villa book and a commentary piece by CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett that appeared in the November 29 Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Distinguished Merit Citation
Awarded by Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
This award recognizes the Villa’s work to build stronger communities.


We greatly value feedback from those we’ve helped and worked with.  Here are a few comments we’ve recently received.

Without your services families would be lost.  Lives would potentially be lost.  I had no starting point for addressing the issues that were plaguing our family.  Thank you so much for supporting and serving our families and communities when it seemed no one else would. I am forever grateful.”

–  Parent of child served by the Villa’s Crisis Stabilization Unit

“St. Joseph’s Villa is the kind of place you want to take your child.  They make you feel safe.  You can tell they care about your whole family.”

–  Parent of child served by the Villa’s Therapeutic Day Treatment program

“My son made the Dean’s List this semester!  He would have never made it this far without Brook Road Academy!  Thanks to all of you for supporting and believing in him!”

–   Parent of Brook Road Academy graduate

“Staff are great with the children!  I could not have asked for a better school for my son to attend!  They go over and beyond to help my son.  We love it there!  Thanks St. Joseph Villa for being wonderful!”

–   Parent of Dooley School student

“My experience with the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism has been nothing short of exceptional.  The staff sincerely love my son.  They have helped him come a long way.”

–  Parent of Sarah Dooley Center for Autism student

“Through my internship I found out more about myself and my capabilities.  I made improvements within myself and learned to believe in myself more.  I learned to not give up on myself too easily.  I made new friends on this journey and talked to people I probably never would have spoken with or hung out with outside of this internship.  It has opened doors for me.”

–  Dooley School student and intern of the Villa’s Culinary Arts Program

“Brook Road Academy was such a gift to me. It wasn’t all about getting good test scores or fitting into some kind of mold. It was about helping me grow as a person.”

–  Brook Road Academy graduate

“St. Joseph’s Villa gave me my foundation.  The counseling services were invaluable. They enabled me to get my footing and position myself so that I can give back.”

–  Flagler Housing & Homeless Services client

“I say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the people who loved to teach me skills in life like cooking, budgeting, living, loving, and learning.  You make the world a better place with all the things you do to help others!”

–  Sarah Dooley Center for Autism student