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CDC reports 30% increase in children with autism

Posted on March 28, 2014
Information courtesy of CNN.com. According to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder -- up from 1 in 88 in 2012.  Autism continues to be much more common in boys (1 in 42) than girls (1 in 189). The report also points out that, while autism can be diagnosed as early as age 2, the average age of diagnosis is ...Read More

National Alliance to End Homelessness shines spotlight on Flagler

Posted on March 24, 2014
The National Alliance to End Homelessness blog featured the Villa's Flagler Housing & Homeless Services for our successful transition to rapid re-housing and receipt of the COA Innovative Practices Award. Check out the full NAEH blog post here. Many thanks to NAEH for their partnership in breaking the cycle of homelessness.  This year, Flagler will help 300 families find a permanent place to call home. How can you join the fight against ...Read More

Our Learning & Therapy Garden Grows

Posted on March 17, 2014
While winter slowly but surely makes its way out, our students are eagerly awaiting the return of gardening time at the Villa.  Now they have one more reason to look forward to a sunny spring full of planting, harvesting and outdoor learning: the addition of a brand new greenhouse in our Learning & Therapy Garden. Generously donated by The Good Shepherd Fund, the greenhouse will provide a new way for our students ...Read More

Flagler exceeds Rapid Re-Housing Challenge goal: 52 families housed in 100 days

Posted on February 10, 2014
Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch article 116 families benefit from housing blitz, published February 10, 2014. From October 17, 2013 to January 24, 2014, Flagler Housing & Homeless Services participated in Virginia's first-ever Rapid Re-Housing Challenge.  Thirty-one organizations across the state set a collaborative goal to place 500 homeless families in permanent housing in 100 days. In partnership with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 545 families now have a home as a ...Read More

7 Truths About Mentoring

Posted on February 3, 2014
The following post was written by Ashley McHaney, AmeriCorps VISTA and Villa Pals Coordinator. Attending the National Mentoring Summit (#2014NMS) for the second year in a row was extremely rewarding and worthwhile.  From the numerous networking opportunities to the informational sessions on a broad range of topics, not only am I gleaning knowledge to support the mentoring program that I currently coordinate, but I am also continuing to be inspired ...Read More

Villa Trustee Jill Kennedy to receive YWCA Outstanding Women Award

Posted on January 21, 2014
St. Joseph's Villa congratulates Jill M. Kennedy, Chair-Elect of the Villa Board of Trustees, and all our local leaders selected by YWCA Richmond for the 2014 Outstanding Women Awards!   Jill will receive the award in the category of Health and Science.  She is the Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive for Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechancsville and Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital in Richmond.  Her leadership ...Read More

Why I Became a Mentor at St. Joseph’s Villa

Posted on January 9, 2014
Post written by Susan McAvoy, Villa Pals mentor All children and youth deserve to have an adult who shows them respect, empathy, and takes the time to listen to what they have to say.  I became a mentor because I wanted to make a difference in a young person's life.  I was volunteering in the Villa's Donation Center one summer when I learned of their mentoring program, and the timing was perfect!  ...Read More

Dine at new Short Pump Carrabba’s, benefit Villa families

Posted on January 6, 2014
In celebration of its grand opening in Short Pump next Monday, January 13, Carrabba's Italian Grill will donate 50% of the day's proceeds to St. Joseph's Villa.  Join us for a delcious meal that will change the lives of Villa children and families.  See flyer below for details.  Many thanks to Carrabba's for their partnership! Carrabba's is located at 11237 W. Broad street and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 ...Read More

Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett shares lessons learned in children’s mental health

Posted on December 10, 2013
The Op/Ed Lessons leared: helping kids by Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett was recently published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  How can you help a child struggling with mental illness?  Read the full article on the RTD website to learn what Kathleen's personal and professional experiences have taught her. As she writes in the article, "Children's mental health services are the fastest-growing area."  Click here to find out more about what we ...Read More

Join the movement. Make a gift on #GivingTuesday!

Posted on December 3, 2013
'Tis the Season of Giving Now that the turkey and pumpkin pie have been devoured, and the hustle and bustle of Black Friday is behind us, we invite you to join the millions of givers across the nation to participate in #GivingTuesday on December 3.  No standing in line, no second-helping guilt, just the satisfaction of knowing your gift will help children and families in need this holiday season. The successes our ...Read More