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Crater Area Coalition on Homelessness achieves Functional Zero for Veterans

Posted on May 20, 2021
While responding to COVID-19, the community of Crater Region/Petersburg, Virginia came together to reach functional end veteran homelessness — now it is working to sustain it. When the pandemic hit the Crater Region of Virginia, the community was faced with even more barriers to ending homelessness and keeping communities safe. Luckily, the community was able to lean on a strong network to focus on ending veteran homelessness with the accountability ...Read More

Meaningful Meals makes largest lunch donation yet to Villa staff

Posted on May 17, 2021
St. Joseph's Villa would like to give a huge THANK YOU to Meaningful Meals for generously treating all 245 Villa staff to lunch on Wednesday, May 12th – their largest donation of lunches to frontline workers yet! Meaningful Meals began in March 2020, when longtime educators Janet Meyers and Claudia Biegler decided to lift up frontline workers supporting Richmond during the pandemic through the kind act of providing lunch. To ...Read More

You Are Not Alone: WTVR CBS6 features therapeutic Villa Garden

Posted on April 29, 2021
Isabel's son Xavier was thrilled to return to his friends and teachers at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism earlier this year. “When he saw them, the smile he had on his face. He remembered everybody at the school. He was where he was supposed to be." Throughout the pandemic, staff from all programs have banded together to find new and creative ways to meet the needs of children and ...Read More

Villa and community partners pilot Mobile Vaccine Clinic for homeless households

Posted on April 11, 2021
For people experiencing homelessness, getting to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic can prove difficult, especially without internet and transportation. When you consider that most local vaccine sites require a form of photo identification in order to receive a vaccination, it can be nearly impossible for many of our clients. As lead agency of the Crater Area Coalition on Homelessness (CACH), St. Joseph’s Villa participated in video conference brainstorming sessions with local ...Read More

We’re hiring Clinicians for our Crisis Stabilization Unit!

Posted on March 26, 2021
URGENTLY HIRING CLINICIANS Crisis Stabilization Unit Are you... Ready to test your skills in an intense dynamic setting? Licensed to practice in Virginia? Not so sure you have the skills? We have several very seasoned clinicians to help mentor you in taking on any challenge. Not licensed yet but registered with one of the Virginia Boards of Health Professions and still gaining supervised hours? We'd love to talk to you! ...Read More

SJV Center for Autism staff share pivots in education model at state conference

Posted on March 1, 2021
When Governor Northam ordered the physical closing of every school in the Commonwealth due to COVID-19 on March 13th, 2020, the Villa's Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA) rebooted as a virtual private day school the following Monday. All of our resources pivoted to providing the best online learning experience we could. We knew that many of our students would not be able to simply sit in front of a ...Read More

RiseUP Campaign exceeds $25 million goal to upgrade programs and campus

Posted on February 23, 2021
History has been made at the Villa! We are so grateful for the generous support of our community, and proud to announce that the Villa’s five-year RiseUP Campaign raised over $30.6 million - exceeding our $25 million goal! We thank our donors, volunteers and partners from the bottom of our hearts for helping to create a brighter future for the Villa and the children and families we serve. The RiseUP ...Read More

Meet Urgent Needs with our Amazon Wishlist

Posted on February 22, 2021
Introducing a new way to lend a helping hand to Villa children and families! Your donation of urgently needed items on our Amazon Wishlist can be shipped directly to us, and will provide immediate assistance for our clients experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and other challenges amplified by the pandemic. Make an impact with an in-kind gift here: https://a.co/2ZaRNAq Please include your name and preferred contact method in the gift message, ...Read More

In The News: COVID-19 and Homelessness in the Tri-Cities – Why the Bigger Picture Matters

Posted on February 5, 2021
The pandemic has magnified the challenges families face when experiencing housing instability, from food insecurity to accessing community resources. In a commentary published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett addresses the need for a more holistic approach to end poverty: "For most of us, 2020 was a tough year. For those who are in poverty facing housing insecurity, the fear and stress were overwhelming. The issue of homelessness ...Read More

In The News: Sarah Dooley Center for Autism student returns to public school

Posted on January 4, 2021
Children with autism experience and interact with the world in unique ways. Sometimes, they display maladaptive behaviors because of communication challenges, social skills deficits, and other related issues. "In the case of Ilya, he was your classically presenting child on the autism spectrum," said Adam Dreyfus, senior director of the Villa's Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA). "He had almost no functional communication skills, he had almost no functional social ...Read More



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