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VCU mentors bring college into focus for Villa students

Posted on February 22, 2016
The thought of college can be intimidating and stressful for any high school student.  For some, due to a variety of reasons, attending college isn't even a consideration. As Villa students come of the age to start thinking about life after high school, student mentors from Virginia Commonwealth University have provided them with encouragement, support, and a real-life picture of the college experience.  Guided tours led by VCU mentors have introduced several Villa students to everyday experiences ...Read More

Collegiate students provide week of service to Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

Posted on February 11, 2016
Collegiate School's Community Engagement Week turned out to be a very special time for our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism students. From February 8-12, thirteen Collegiate School freshmen volunteers spent five full school days assisting our students from kindergarten all the way up to high school.  Collegiate students split up among Sarah Dooley's grade levels and chose to stay with one classroom for the entire week in order to really get to know ...Read More

Should You Switch Schools Mid-Year?

Posted on January 7, 2016
Some students do well in a “traditional” school program and others just don’t. Maybe their school is “too big” or “impersonal.” Maybe you hear “the other kids aren’t like me” or “the teachers don’t like me."  Regardless of the reason considering switch your child’s school, especially mid-year, is rarely an easy decision. Sometimes you don’t have a choice and have to switch schools, after a family move for example. Other ...Read More

Season of Hope donors and volunteers fulfill holiday wishes

Posted on December 23, 2015
Because of the community's generosity during our Season of Hope: 225 Villa kids have new clothing and gifts to open 250 hygiene stockings were given to families in need $2,000 in grocery gift cards will provide children and families with hearty meals this holiday 15 newly housed families received clothing, toiletry and household items We can't thank our amazing donors and volunteers enough for making this such a special time of year ...Read More

Author Garth Callaghan brings holiday cheer with Star Wars party

Posted on December 14, 2015
Garth Callaghan, known nationwide as The Napkin Notes Dad, visited the Villa's Brook Road Academy and Dooley School in full Jedi apparel with a special holiday gift to impart to students: Star Wars toys. Why is Garth called The Napkin Notes Dad?  Every day since his daughter Emma was in kindergarten, Garth wrote an inspirational note on a napkin and sent it in her lunch box.  Garth has been diagnosed with cancer ...Read More

Flagler Housing & Homesless Services launches youth rapid re-housing pilot program

Posted on December 1, 2015
With support from United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Brookfield Foundation and Virginia Nonprofit Housing Coalition, Flagler Housing & Homeless Services has initiated a youth rapid re-housing pilot program as an extension of its successful rapid re-housing services for homeless individuals and families.  The pilot program is designed to discover and prioritize the unique needs of young adults ages 18-24 who meet the HUD definition of literal homelessness, while ...Read More

My Child Is Smart But Hates School

Posted on November 30, 2015
In most public education systems teaching methods are geared towards the majority. Schools just aren’t equipped to employ alternative educational models for students who learn in a different way, or need individualized attention. Students that don’t learn effectively in a public school environment are often viewed as not as smart as the others, disruptive, unproductive, or in need of outside tutoring. In reality many of these students are very smart ...Read More

Flagler honored with Virginia Housing Award for Best Housing Program

Posted on November 20, 2015
The Villa's Flagler Housing & Homeless Services have been named Best Housing Program in the state. Our Flagler team received the Virginia Housing Award at the annual Governor's Housing Conference in Hampton Roads. Congratulations to our amazing staff whose work breaks the cycle of homelessness for children and families every day! “Creating a stable place for our residents to live is a key component in our efforts to build a ...Read More

St. Joseph’s Villa hosts VAISEF Legislator’s Day

Posted on November 13, 2015
Today we welcomed Delegate Lamont Bagby, Legislative Assistant to Delegate Jennifer McClellan Abbey Phillips, local educational agencies and parents for VAISEF Legislator’s Day (Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities). We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve as a host site where everyone could participate in conversation about how private individualized education strengthens students, families and communities.

Sarah Dooley Center for Autism student gets new chance at public school

Posted on October 28, 2015
Reneé was diagnosed with autism when she was four years old. Not long after she began kindergarten at public school, her mother, Kimberly, recognized that Reneé’s behaviors were interfering with her ability to learn. Reneé had no means of communicating, and would often lash out and hit her teachers and classmates when her wants or needs were not met. Kimberly’s search for a school that would provide her daughter a ...Read More



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