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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

Taking Care of Business, and Community

Posted on December 18, 2020
“It’s a different day today than it was a year ago,” said Kim Hill, CEO of Chesterfield Food Bank. The food bank has expanded to feed 30,000 families a month during the COVID-19 pandemic – three times as many as last year. It’s also a different day for Jacob, a graduate of our Dooley School who is now employed at the Food Bank after several years of volunteer service. Villa ...Read More

Christmas at Granny’s Craft Show at Virginia Cliffe Inn to benefit SJV

Posted on November 12, 2020
Start the holiday season in style! Join us for the Christmas at Granny's craft show at The Virginia Cliffe Inn, a Glen Allen tradition featuring unique collections from over 60 area crafters, artists and bakers. Proceeds will benefit St. Joseph’s Villa! New dates have been added this year to enable safe social distancing. Capacity is limited and tickets are required from Eventbrite. To purchase tickets and learn more about the ...Read More

Help Create Holiday Magic for a Villa Family

Posted on November 3, 2020
The Villa campus is a lively and joyful place during the holidays, but it may not be the same scenario at home. Join us in sharing the holiday spirit this year by becoming a Season of Hope Sponsor and fulfilling the wishes and needs of children and families who otherwise might not receive a gift this season. Click here to learn how you can brighten their holidays.

Celebrating our Villa Heroes Society

Posted on September 15, 2020
To our supporters whose cape we cannot see, but impact we can feel - thank you for rallying to meet the critical needs of our children and families in these unprecedented times. Our work wouldn't be possible without you! Click here to view our Villa Heroes Society members. You can be a hero by making a gift that will help lift a family out of crisis. Please consider donating today.

COVID-19 Response Plan at St. Joseph’s Villa – 2/12/21 UPDATE

Posted on July 31, 2020
UPDATE (Friday, February 10): We are excited to share that St. Joseph's Villa employees are now eligible as part of group 1b to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All staff are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, and many have already participated. Many thanks to our HR department for their hard work in making the vaccine accessible to our team. We are proud to be able to take this ...Read More



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