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Director of Community Partnerships Craig Hedley named “Hero Among Us” by CBS 6

Posted on June 8, 2015
Villa Director of Community Partnerships Craig Hedley is known all over Richmond for his work with children and youth.  Having served as Hermitage High School track coach for 13 years and at St. Joseph's Villa for 30 years, Hedley's caring and good-humored spirit has changed countless lives.  For this reason, Hedley was recently recognized in CBS 6's weekly "Heroes Among Us." As Director of Community Partnerships, Hedley is often the first point of contact ...Read More

New job resource for individuals with autism

Posted on June 1, 2015
St. Joseph's Villa's developmental disabilities services are focused on helping individuals successfully transition to adulthood and live as fully and independently as possible.  In the same vein, a new online resource is now connecting individuals with autism and other disabilities to employers in their community.  The Spectrum Careers, launched by Rangam Consultants in partnership with Autism Speaks, is a free website where job-seeking youth and adults can upload video resumes and find career opportunities in ...Read More

Y’all come! Bluegrass Ball to support Flagler Housing & Homeless Services – May 16, 2015

Posted on April 30, 2015
Established in 1989, Flagler Housing & Homeless Services provides rapid re-housing assistance to homeless families of all compositions. It takes more than $1.2 million each year for Flagler to help individuals and families find and maintain permanent housing through integrated support services. Your attendance at the 21st annual Bluegrass Ball helps us reach that goal and helps families across our community! At the Bluegrass Ball you'll enjoy: Live music by ...Read More

Bon Secours Class-A-Roll partners with SJV for healthy snack program

Posted on March 24, 2015
Obstacles in cost or accessibility make healthy eating out of reach for many children and families the Villa serves. This spring we are delighted to partner with the Bon Secours Class-A-Roll to provide Villa students with hands-on nutrition education and experience in healthy food preparation. The Class-A-Roll is a mobile interactive kitchen that links families to fresh, affordable produce in their own communities. Each week our students learn to prepare ...Read More

Supporting the interests of a child with autism can lead to their career

Posted on January 23, 2015
14-year old Dylan Greene has a unique interest. Vacuum cleaners have fascinated him ever since he was 2 years old, about the same time he was diagnosed with autism. The story of his birthday present, a live demonstration from a vacuum salesman and company gift of a Kirby vacuum, has gone viral. NBC12 covered the story and included an interview with Adam Dreyfus, Director of the Sarah Dooley Center for ...Read More

Coping with stress when your child has a chronic illness or disability

Posted on January 8, 2015
"As tough as parenting can be, it becomes even more difficult when our children are diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability. Taking care of your own physical and emotional health is an important part of providing support for your child." This comprehensive article by Fawne Hansen, a health coach specializing in stress-related conditions, identifies major sources and symptoms of stressors you may experience as a parent of a child with an ...Read More

Weatherbug is live at the Villa

Posted on December 23, 2014
For 180 years St. Joseph's Villa has been looking out for the children and families of this community. Starting today the newly installed Weatherbug will too! Andrew Freiden at NBC12 unveiled the Villa camera during his morning forecast. You too can get a bird's eye view of the Villa. Click here to check out the 24/7 Weatherbug feed! Stay tuned!

Belarusian university partners with Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

Posted on December 4, 2014
Two special education professors from Mogilev State University in Belarus, Professors Elina Katliarova (PhD in Psychology, Chair of Psychology Department) and Irina Komarova (PhD in Pedagogy, Dean of Faculty of Child Pedagogy and Psychology) toured St. Joseph’s Villa and its Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA) on December 4. During their visit, the Belarusian professors observed instructional techniques used at SDCA and learned how facilities such as SDCA may address the needs of ...Read More

SJV, longest continuously operating children’s nonprofit, turns 180 years old

Posted on November 25, 2014
On November 25, 1834, three courageous Daughters of Charity stepped off of a steamboat at Rockett's Landing with a purpose --Richmond was overwhelmed with orphaned and impoverished children living on the city streets. The Daughters answered the call for help by founding an orphanage and school in a thirty by forty foot church at Fourth and Marshall Streets to provide these children with shelter and care. St. Joseph's Villa was born. ...Read More

Villa Early Autism services are changing the game

Posted on November 19, 2014
Today 1 in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism.  While the increasing rate of autism is alarming, there is hope. Lifelong differences can be made in a child's social, behavioral and cognitive skills with early detection of treatment. However, even though pediatricians are able to diagnose autism as early as age two, the average age of diagnosis is seven in Virginia. "The key to early intervention is early," said ...Read More