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Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa, to retire after 17 years of service

Posted on July 7, 2022
Kathleen Burke Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Villa, has announced her plans to retire in December 2023 after leading the organization for 17 years. Under Barrett’s leadership, the Villa increased its capacity from serving 800 children and families each year to over 3,000. She worked closely with staff to forge new partnerships and pioneer industry best practices, resulting in the launch of Central Virginia’s first Crisis Stabilization Unit ...Read More

Adam Dreyfus, Center for Autism Senior Director, appointed to Virginia Board of Education Special Education Advisory Committee

Posted on June 27, 2022
St. Joseph's Villa congratulates Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director of the Villa's Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, on his appointment to serve on the Board of Education's State Special Education Advisory Committee. Adam has led the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism since 2013, after serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence. He has worked in Region 1 and 8 providing direct services ...Read More

In The News: St. Joseph’s Villa Garden serving as sanctuary, educational space for children, families (WRIC ABC 8News)

Posted on June 22, 2022
Our Villa Garden will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October. Thanks to support from our community partners and volunteers, each season has seen the garden expand as an ever-changing therapeutic and educational resource for all Villa students and clients. On their annual Founder's Day of Caring, volunteers from the ABC 8News team joined us in the garden to install galvanized raised beds and prep them for growing. These sturdy new ...Read More

Villa joins Frontline Wellness VA partnership for mental health

Posted on June 13, 2022
The extraordinary demands of the pandemic have placed a heightened burden on the mental wellbeing of our frontline healthcare workers. St. Joseph's Villa is pleased to partner with Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), and Virginia Health Care Foundation to provide healthcare workers with specialized resources and support as part of the Frontline Wellness VA program. Visit our Frontline Wellness VA web page ...Read More

Join us at the Villa for Richmond AACA’s Antique Car Show! June 11, 2022

Posted on May 10, 2022
The Richmond Region Antique Automobile Club will hold its 53rd annual Collector Car Show and Swap meet at St. Joseph’s Villa, featuring the Evolution of the Sports Car! This is one of the largest collector car swap meets in Virginia - you won't want to miss this family friendly event. Join us on the lawn Saturday, June 11, 8am-3pm and enjoy: Over 250 antique, classic, and modified vehicles. The Evolution ...Read More

Director of Career & Transition Services Matthew Kreydatus receives VAISEF Making a Difference Award

Posted on May 2, 2022
Congratulations to Matthew Kreydatus, our Director of Career and Transition Services, for receiving the 2022 Making a Difference Award from VAISEF! For over 20 years at the Villa, Matthew has been extraordinarily committed to meeting students’ most immediate needs so that they can thrive in and outside of school. Many of our students face significant food barriers and rely on the Villa for two meals a day. In 2019, Matthew ...Read More

Emily finds a safe space to ask for help at the Crisis Stabilization Unit

Posted on April 22, 2022
What makes the Crisis Stabilization Unit at St. Joseph’s Villa different from a psychiatric hospital? For Emily and her mom, Heather, access to a nurturing, less clinical setting for mental health services brought healing to the entire family. “Emily walked away with coping skills, and found out that she wasn’t alone in her challenges,” said Heather. “She gained a renewed sense of pride in allowing herself to get help.” Emily ...Read More

New Villa Garden Greenhouses quadruple sheltered growing space for students

Posted on April 11, 2022
The possibilities that come with each spring are always met with excitement at the Villa. They bring a new season of growth in the Villa Garden, meaning fresh opportunities for students to immerse in the colors, textures, smells, and wildlife that reawaken. This year, we had even more reasons to celebrate the return of spring with the installation of two beautiful greenhouses, made possible through a generous gift by Mark ...Read More

Navigating the Pandemic for Children with Autism

Posted on March 30, 2022
Column by CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett Published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 26, 2022 More than two years ago, COVID-19 was declared a national emergency. The prevailing assumption was that U.S. schools would be closed for a week or two before reopening and returning to “normal.” Given the primary challenges for students with autism amid COVID were a lack of structure, social interactions and instruction delivery, our goal at St. ...Read More

Dooley School, VCU students team up to imagine brighter future for their communities

Posted on January 24, 2022
Career and Transition Services (CATS) continues providing opportunities for Villa students to explore their creativity in partnership with local colleges and universities. This fall, Dooley School and VCU students will share ideas for improving their communities using models created with a 3D printer. “Our shared goal with CATS is to help Villa students practice teamwork and communication skills, while also reflecting on what Richmond needs to be a healthier and ...Read More



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