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College volunteer helps Center for Autism students reach goals with music therapy

Posted on July 13, 2018
Research shows that making music can create changes in the human brain, especially strengthening connections between the auditory and motor regions. In addition to the potential benefits music can provide a child with autism in speech and academic learning, Villa volunteer Lydia Heitman shows it’s just plain fun! For three summers, Lydia has brought joy to our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism students through music while helping them achieve individual ...Read More

Youth Fitness Park Phase I complete

Posted on June 15, 2018
Our 82-acre campus is one of our most effective resources for therapy, education, and recreation. With the support of our community partners and individual philanthropy, we continually adapt the campus to maximize its physical and mental health benefits to our children and families. Recently we opened our newest addition: the Youth Fitness Park! The Youth Fitness park offers kids more ways to get out and be active at the Villa. ...Read More

Volunteers give fresh look to Crisis Stabilization Unit

Posted on May 22, 2018
Interior designer Carol Pipes volunteered her time and expertise to plan a warm and welcoming space for youth in mental health crisis and their families. Thanks also to our hardworking Facilities team and volunteers from Altria, our Crisis Stabilization Unit is getting a new coat of paint and new handmade wall decorations. Stay tuned for a look at the finished building! Our Crisis Stabilization Unit operates 24 hours a day, ...Read More

Calling QMHP’s: We’re having a Career Open House! (May 15, 2018)

Posted on May 4, 2018
We’re currently seeking Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP-C/A) for our In-Home Services! QMHP Qualification: Must have a 4 year degree in Human Services Must have a 1+ year of experience working with children and/or adults with mental health diagnosis and behavioral challenges. If you or someone you know is interested please stop by Tuesday, May 15th, 9:00am-2:00pm for an on-site interview! Please make sure to bring a copy of your resume, and ...Read More

Villa Center for Autism helps James find his voice

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 environment on top of living in a new place. His parents felt like he ...Read More

Aaron and Brianna find housing and hope through Flagler youth services

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 apartment was virtually uninhabitable with mold and caved-in ceilings. Eventually they were evicted with nowhere ...Read More

Villa receives new accreditation from Council on Accreditation

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 incredibly proud of our team for this accomplishment. Not only were all of our eligible programs ...Read More

Therapeutic Day Treatment changes Keon’s future

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 a placement where he would no longer be at home,” said Grace. Grace’s mother introduced ...Read More

Brook Road Academy welcomes its first international student

Posted on November 28, 2017
We're delighted to welcome Linh, who comes to us from Vietman, to our Brook Road Academy community! Linh is Brook Road Academy's first-ever international student. In her eleventh grade year, Linh wanted to continue her education in America. After attending a large high school in Vietnam, she felt the smaller class sizes at Brook Road Academy would help her academically while improving her English skills. "The school is beautiful, and the people are very ...Read More

Virginia’s first Recover High School, McShin Academy, to open at Villa

Posted on November 13, 2017
The Virginia Department of Health reports more than 1,400 people died of drug overdoses in 2016--a 38% increase from 2015. The McShin Foundation and St. Joseph's Villa are partnering to break to cycle of addiction in adolescents by establishing the first recovery high school in the state. "We have seen an alarming rise in opioid use and fatalities among teenagers," said Honesty Liller, CEO of the McShin Foundation. McShin Academy, ...Read More



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