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Back To School Supplies Drive – Help a Villa Child Succeed!

Each summer, the Villa works to ensure that every student is prepared with the supplies and resources they need to reach their full potential in the classroom on the very first day of school. While many of our families cannot afford essential school supplies, they don’t have to worry about that at the Villa. Thanks […]

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Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa, to retire after 17 years of service

Kathleen Burke Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Villa, has announced her plans to retire in December 2023 after leading the organization for 17 years. Under Barrett’s leadership, the Villa increased its capacity from serving 800 children and families each year to over 3,000. She worked closely with staff to forge new partnerships and […]

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Adam Dreyfus, Center for Autism Senior Director, appointed to Virginia Board of Education Special Education Advisory Committee

St. Joseph’s Villa congratulates Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director of the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, on his appointment to serve on the Board of Education’s State Special Education Advisory Committee. Adam has led the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism since 2013, after serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s […]

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In The News: St. Joseph’s Villa Garden serving as sanctuary, educational space for children, families (WRIC ABC 8News)

Our Villa Garden will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October. Thanks to support from our community partners and volunteers, each season has seen the garden expand as an ever-changing therapeutic and educational resource for all Villa students and clients. On their annual Founder’s Day of Caring, volunteers from the ABC 8News team joined us in […]

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Villa joins Frontline Wellness VA partnership for mental health

The extraordinary demands of the pandemic have placed a heightened burden on the mental wellbeing of our frontline healthcare workers. St. Joseph’s Villa is pleased to partner with Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), and Virginia Health Care Foundation to provide healthcare workers with specialized resources and support […]

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Join us at the Villa for Richmond AACA’s Antique Car Show! June 11, 2022

The Richmond Region Antique Automobile Club will hold its 53rd annual Collector Car Show and Swap meet at St. Joseph’s Villa, featuring the Evolution of the Sports Car! This is one of the largest collector car swap meets in Virginia – you won’t want to miss this family friendly event. Join us on the lawn […]

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Director of Career & Transition Services Matthew Kreydatus receives VAISEF Making a Difference Award

Congratulations to Matthew Kreydatus, our Director of Career and Transition Services, for receiving the 2022 Making a Difference Award from VAISEF! For over 20 years at the Villa, Matthew has been extraordinarily committed to meeting students’ most immediate needs so that they can thrive in and outside of school. Many of our students face significant […]

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Emily finds a safe space to ask for help at the Crisis Stabilization Unit

What makes the Crisis Stabilization Unit at St. Joseph’s Villa different from a psychiatric hospital? For Emily and her mom, Heather, access to a nurturing, less clinical setting for mental health services brought healing to the entire family. “Emily walked away with coping skills, and found out that she wasn’t alone in her challenges,” said […]

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New Villa Garden Greenhouses quadruple sheltered growing space for students

The possibilities that come with each spring are always met with excitement at the Villa. They bring a new season of growth in the Villa Garden, meaning fresh opportunities for students to immerse in the colors, textures, smells, and wildlife that reawaken. This year, we had even more reasons to celebrate the return of spring […]

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Navigating the Pandemic for Children with Autism

Column by CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett Published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 26, 2022 More than two years ago, COVID-19 was declared a national emergency. The prevailing assumption was that U.S. schools would be closed for a week or two before reopening and returning to “normal.” Given the primary challenges for students with autism amid […]

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