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Flagler honored with national COA Innovative Practices Award

Posted on November 21, 2013
The national Council on Accreditation (COA) has presented St. Joseph's Villa with the 2013 Innovative Practices Award honoring the performance and quality improvement of our Flagler Housing & Homeless Services. Our case study submission about Flagler's multi-year transition to rapid re-housing and resulting outcomes was one of two selected winners in the nation. Click here to read our case study on the COA website.   "We are grateful to the COA for ...Read More

Bank of America Merchant Services gives holiday warmth to Villa families

Posted on November 6, 2013
More than 220 winter coats donated! Many of our children and families would be without a means to keep warm this winter if it weren't for our partners like Bank of America Merchant Services.  Thanks to their generosity, our Donation Center is now stocked with more than 220 winter coats. “Each year we depend on community support to give our children and families a comfortable and cheerful holiday season," said Kathy Perun, Director ...Read More

Children’s Exposure to Nature Boosts Health and Education

Posted on October 15, 2013
The following post was written by Jenny Friar, Director of Development for St. Joseph's Villa: The natural environment constitutes one of the most basically important ingredients of human psychological existence.  It is an essential, critical, and irreplaceable part of healthy maturation and development.                                               -- Dr. Stephen R. Kellert, Yale University If you spent time out of doors as a child, then you will already know intuitively much of what ...Read More

Flagler to Present Employment Skills Workshop at U of R (UPDATED)

Posted on October 2, 2013
UPDATE: The workshop has been rescheduled for Spring 2014.  Stayed tuned for more information! It's been full steam ahead for Flagler Housing & Homeless Services since completing the transition to rapid re-housing on July 1st.  We anticipate helping 300 families at-risk for or experiencing homelessness obtain permanent housing before the end of 2013! Flagler is committed to providing wrap-around services that help individuals and families increase their ability to maintain stable housing. On Saturday, October 19, from 12-4 ...Read More

Support St. Joseph’s Villa in The Amazing Raise! (GIVING FORM)

Posted on September 10, 2013
It's here!  The third annual Amazing Raise hosted by The Community Foundation is set for Tues., Sept 18 (starting at 6 a.m.) - Wed., Sept. 19 (ending at 6 p.m.).  We hope that you will consider St. Joseph's Villa as your charity of choice during this 36-hour online giving challenge.  Your gift will help create brighter futures to children and families facing autism and developmental disabilities, homelessness, mental health issues and other challenges. What ...Read More

Welcome Kathy Perun, Director of Community Engagement

Posted on August 19, 2013
St. Joseph’s Villa is pleased to welcome Kathy Perun, CVA as our new Director of Community Engagement.  Kathy has over 20 years of experience in volunteer engagement and human resources management. She has worked for Greater D.C. Cares, Meals on Wheels, Children’s Museum of Richmond, Greater Richmond American Red Cross and the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. For the past decade, she has been adjunct faculty with VCU’s Nonprofit Learning Point ...Read More

Over 100 Served by Crisis Stabilization Unit for Children

Posted on August 15, 2013
The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) at St. Joseph’s Villa is the first and only unit of its kind in Central Virginia to serve children and adolescents ages 5 to 17 experiencing a mental health crisis.  Since opening in May 2012 in partnership with the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, the CSU has served more than 100 children in crisis. Children who need short-term, out-of-home placement are able to stay in the CSU and ...Read More

Help First Capital Bank “Stuff the Bus” for Students of St. Joseph’s Villa!

Posted on August 9, 2013
We're so grateful to once again be a beneficiary of First Capital Bank's "Stuff the Bus" - an annual school supplies drive for students in need.  Many of our families cannot afford essential supplies for their children.  Tomorrow is a chance for you to offer them a helping hand.  This Saturday, August 10, you'll see the First Capital Bank signature school bus parked outside of the Midlothian Walmart from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  We ...Read More

Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett to Receive Humanitarian Award

Posted on August 5, 2013
St. Joseph’s Villa is proud to announce that our CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett will be honored with a 2013 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities this October.  The Humanitarian Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Kathleen has spent her entire career in education and philanthropy, providing compassionate help and hope to those in need.  ...Read More

Meet Craig Coles, Early Autism Assistant Behavior Analyst

Posted on July 23, 2013
For three years Craig Coles has served as a Treatment Specialist for children with autism at St. Joseph's Villa.   He became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2004 and was recently licensed as such through the Virginia Board of Medicine.  Credentialed nationally and licensed by the state, Craig now works with Dr. Ken Macurik in the Villa's new Early Autism program. Early Autism Services at St. Joseph's Villa provides therapy for children ages 2 ...Read More



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