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How to access and navigate housing resources

Posted on December 5, 2022
By Erica Holmes, MS, CHC – Senior Director, Flagler Housing & Homeless Services A record-breaking number of people are facing homelessness or housing poverty as rents continue to rise amidst the national shortage of affordable housing. Families confronted by traumatizing events like eviction don’t always know where to seek assistance, especially without natural supports to help. The Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services team is trained to meet our neighbors ...Read More

Brighten a child’s holidays during the Villa’s Season of Hope

Posted on November 29, 2022
As you prepare to celebrate the holidays with those special to you, please join us in spreading hope to our community’s most vulnerable children and families through our 2022 Season of Hope program. With your support, we will provide food, warm clothing, and gifts for more than 400 individuals this year! How can you help? Our Amazon Wishlist is an easy way you can provide essentials and gifts, or we’d be ...Read More

Understanding the Youth Mental Health Crisis: Livestream Panel Discussion

Posted on October 19, 2022
DID YOU KNOW... During the COVID-19 pandemic, 37% of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health. LGBTQ+ youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. In the U.S., there is an average lag of 8-10 years between the onset of a mental health condition and the start of treatment. 1 in 5 American youth live with a mental health condition. In October, the Villa hosted a panel discussion on the current Youth ...Read More

Housing with Hope: Oshun turns lived experience with homelessness into action

Posted on October 11, 2022
Oshun had barely finished high school before facing nights sleeping on the street. Kicked out of her parents’ home at 18 years old, she was left to assume responsibility for herself with nowhere to go and few she could trust. It was a scary time. While staying at a shelter, Oshun met with her church pastor and shared her situation. Her pastor referred her to the Villa’s Flagler Housing Resource ...Read More

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



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