James develops his voice at the Villa’s Center for Autism

Drew Melson, posted on April 19, 2018

As part of a military family, twelve-year-old James has lived in Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia and now Virginia. He also has autism, and is nonverbal with sensory processing disorder. Moving around the country, public schools have been a major challenge for James. Even in autism classrooms, inconsistent staffing made for a difficult learning […]

Richmond Youth Host Home Training Workshop (April 21, 2018)

Drew Melson, posted on March 28, 2018

There are hundreds of homeless teenagers in Richmond area public schools who are struggling to earn their diplomas and become successful, independent adults.  There are also college students who have nowhere to stay over their breaks and holidays.  To address this critical issue, Change the World RVA, Children’s Home Society, Great Expectations and St. Joseph’s […]

Aaron and Brianna find housing and hope through Flagler youth services

Drew Melson, posted on February 13, 2018

Few things test the strength of a relationship like the possibility of becoming homeless. Young couple Aaron and Brianna faced such a test when they moved into his mother’s apartment to avoid living on the street. But the situation was dire. Aaron’s mother was in and out of the hospital with health issues, and the […]

Villa receives new accreditation from Council on Accreditation

Drew Melson, posted on January 18, 2018

The Council on Accreditation (COA) is America’s highest accrediting agency for the full continuum of child welfare, behavioral health, and community-based social services. St. Joseph’s Villa recently received re-accreditation for the next four years, after our organization’s programs, services, administration and management were evaluated and found to meet best practice standards and ethics requirements. We are […]

Therapeutic Day Treatment changes Keon’s future

Drew Melson, posted on December 7, 2017

Keon bounced between six different schools before finishing first grade. Behind in development and showing mild symptoms of autism, he faced repeated suspensions at every school for attacking staff and destroying classrooms. His mother Grace says his behaviors made him a danger to others and himself. “The next step would have been permanent hospitalization, or […]

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