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Voices for Virginia’s Children honors Villa with Making Kids Count Award

Posted on October 16, 2017
Voices for Virginia’s Children, the only independent multi-issue child policy and advocacy organization in the state, honored St. Joseph’s Villa with the 2017 Carol S. Fox Making Kids Count Award on October 4th. The award recognizes long-term commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged children while upholding the highest ethical standards. St. Joseph’s Villa is the longest serving nonprofit for children in the country, founded in 1834. Our ...Read More

Villa briefs Congress on rapid rehousing progress

Posted on September 19, 2017
On Monday, September 18, Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett and Director of Housing & Homeless Services Kimberly Tucker joined the National Alliance to End Homelessness at a Congressional Briefing in the U.S Capitol.  The briefing updated Congressional staff on progress that has been made nationally toward ending homelessness through rapid rehousing, and what we need to build on it. Great work at the local level was highlighted, and Congress was asked ...Read More

Villa Schools to hold Open House (August 31, 2017)

Posted on August 24, 2017
Come see what our schools are about, and how we're preparing students for brighter futures! St. Joseph's Villa operates four schools on a therapeutic 82-acre campus: Brook Road Academy, Dooley School, Dooley Center for Alternative Education, and Sarah Dooley Center for Autism. Each school is uniquely designed to address the distinct needs of the students they serve. And, all Villa students have access to Career and Transition Services to prepare ...Read More

Reflections from three-year Partnership for the Future intern

Posted on August 4, 2017
This post was written by Destiney, who has interned at St. Joseph's Villa for the past three summers through Partnership for the Future. We wish her all the best as she begins her next exciting phase as a college student! My very first day at St. Joseph’s Villa, on June 22nd, 2015, I immediately noticed the overflow of life. The campus was intertwined with vibrant blossoms, timeless architecture which showcased the history ...Read More

Senator Creigh Deeds tours Villa programs

Posted on July 27, 2017
Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds visited St. Joseph's Villa on Tuesday, July 25 to learn about about our education and mental health services. We were also happy to be joined by Voices for Virginia's Children Executive Director Margaret Nimmo Holland and Policy Analyst Ashley Everette. Senator Deeds met program leaders from our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism and Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). The CSU serves youth ages 5-17  experiencing behavioral health crisis who could benefit ...Read More

Sarah Dooley Center for Autism holds Anthem LemonAid stand

Posted on July 14, 2017
There's nothing better than kids helping kids! Our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism students are hosting an Anthem LemonAid stand to help children with cancer. 100% of the funds raised will go to the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Antique car show coming to the Villa – open to the public! (June 24, 2017)

Posted on June 8, 2017
The Richmond Region Antique Automobile Club will hold the 48th annual Collector Car Show and Swap meet at St. Joseph's Villa on Saturday, June 24, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Villa. This family-friendly event will include antique car rides, judged car shows, and a car parade at 11 a.m. It's the largest collector car swap meet in Central Virginia! Admission is $5 per person, and children under 12 are ...Read More

Now Recruiting: AmeriCorps VISTA Member for Flagler Housing Resource Center

Posted on May 22, 2017
The Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) and local partners have announced the availability of nine AmeriCorps VISTA Member positions to support local planning groups, which are responsible for ending homelessness in Virginia, and homeless service providers.  Our Flagler Housing Resource Center in Petersburg is one of the sites seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Member to start February 20, 2017. AmeriCorps VISTA Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project ...Read More

Mayor Levar Stoney visits Villa students

Posted on May 17, 2017
Students from our Brook Road Academy, Dooley School, Dooley Center for Alternative Education and Sarah Dooley Center for Autism enjoyed a visit from Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Tuesday, May 16. Mayor Stoney spoke to a crowd of 150+ students and staff about his personal journey and his vision for the City of Richmond. He also offered words of encouragement: "Always shoot for excellence," he told students. "Outsmart your obstacles. Go ...Read More

May is Mental Health Month

Posted on May 8, 2017
What would you do if your child or a loved one was diagnosed with mental illness? Chances are you're connected with someone coping with a mental health condition. One in five Americans will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. You can make sure they don't face it alone. During Mental Health Month, please join St. Joseph's Villa and our community partners ...Read More



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