Category Archives: Latest News

Villa students learn career and life lessons through partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Posted on October 14, 2015
A new partnership with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will help youth at St. Joseph’s Villa develop leadership and teamwork skills through real work experience. Students from the Villa’s Brook Road Academy, Dooley Center for Alternative Education, Dooley School and Sarah Dooley Center for Autism who participate in our Career and Transition Services (CATS) have joined Richmond Habitat’s ReStore work-readiness training program, where they perform jobs tailored to their abilities. As they manage inventory, stock items and clean, among other responsibilities, they have the opportunity to ...Read More

Meet Adam Dreyfus, Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

Posted on October 6, 2015
Adam came to the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism in 2013 after serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence.  He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Language and Child Development and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Special Education/Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University’s Teachers College.  A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Adam is a ...Read More

Crisis Stabilization Unit partners with Project Yoga Richmond for holistic therapy

Posted on September 30, 2015
Project Yoga Richmond has teamed with our Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) for the past year to teach kids how to cope with their emotions through yoga.  Yoga activities help offer a holistic approach to treatment by reinforcing the impact of physical health on mental health and increasing self-esteem. Yoga therapist Carolyn Keller Sells volunteers at the CSU each week. “By the end of each class all the kids seem to ...Read More

Trick-or-Trot 5K to benefit Brook Road Academy (October 17, 2015)

Posted on September 14, 2015
Join us Saturday, October 17 for the third annual Trick-or-Trot 5K benefiting Brook Road Academy! Enjoy a beautiful fall day on the campus of St. Joseph's Villa with Halloween-themed fun for all ages. Proceeds support the programs that enrich the education of our middle and high school students. Great prizes for top finishers in all age groups Live music Halloween costume contest Scenic flat course Professional timing T-shirts guaranteed for ...Read More

Sarah Dooley Center for Autism team building at Richmond Ropes Course

Posted on September 10, 2015
At St. Joseph's Villa our staff never stop believing in children and their families -- or each other! On August 31st the staff of the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism went to Richmond Ropes Course ( located in Fulton Hill as part of a team exercise.  Through a series of physical and mental challenges we learned how to overcome fears, work as a team and remain focused on complex goals. ...Read More

Back-to-school tips to give your child and safe and healthy year

Posted on August 28, 2015
The start of a new school year is one of the most exciting times at St. Joseph's Villa.  As we prepare to welcome students back to our campus, we encourage families to become familiar with key health and safety information that has been prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Our teachers and faculty are committed to providing students with a safe, nurturing, inclusive environment that enables them to gain knowledge and skills ...Read More

Villa joins Partnership for the Future

Posted on August 3, 2015
This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming Destiney as our new administrative intern. Destiney came to St. Joseph's Villa through Partnership for the Future (PFF), a nonprofit that connects high-potential high school students from challenging circumstances with tools and experiences that will help them attain a college degree.  She is a rising junior with an interest in communications. As part of PFF's program, Destiney will also be interning at the Villa for the next ...Read More

First Capital Bank to hold Stuff The Bus school supplies drive for Villa kids (Sat., Aug. 8)

Posted on July 27, 2015
First Capital Bank is generously partnering with St. Joseph's Villa for their annual "Stuff the Bus" drive to collect new school supplies for students in need. Without your help, many Villa students would not have access to the supplies they need for a successful school year. Join us Saturday, August 8*, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Short Pump Walmart (11400 W. Broad Street Rd.). The First Capital Bank and Villa buses ...Read More

Virginia’s 25% reduction in homelessness attributed to rapid re-housing

Posted on July 13, 2015
A recent article by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) cited Virginia as a model state in implementing rapid re-housing.  From 2010 to 2014, Virginia reduced the number of families experiencing homelessness by 25 percent.  NAEH gives a six-point rundown of how community leaders and organizations, including the Villa's Flagler Housing & Homeless Services, achieved this significant milestone by shifting to the rapid re-housing model. Click here for the ...Read More

New studies refute causal connection between c-section and autism

Posted on July 9, 2015
The following post was made by Adam Dreyfus, Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph's Villa. Science adds anxiety to parents, then says ‘we were wrong.'  A study claiming that children born by c-section were 21% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder found that, upon further analysis, that there was no causal connection and that the original conclusion was likely the result of ‘residual confounding.' ...Read More