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Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger visits SJV

Posted on January 23, 2020
We enjoyed having Congresswoman Spanberger for a tour of our campus and discussion of how our programs are meeting critical community needs. Students were thrilled by her visit!

Villa Autism Center Director Adam Dreyfus presents research findings abroad

Posted on December 12, 2019
Following international presentations in France, Pakistan, Belarus, and Nevis, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism Director Adam Dreyfus recently journeyed to Russia to collaborate with autism educators and professionals from around the world. At the Inclusive Education Conference, held at Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Dreyfus led a Masterclass on teaching non-verbal children to talk. "It's always inspiring and motivating to see how other countries and cultures are approaching ...Read More

Villa receives $1.25M Bezos Day 1 Families Fund grant to end family homelessness

Posted on November 21, 2019
St. Joseph’s Villa, a 30-year provider of housing and homeless services in central Virginia, has been selected to receive a $1.25 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund.  “We are exceedingly honored and grateful to be entrusted with this transformational grant, which will impact thousands of our neighbors in need of safe and stable housing,” said Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa. “The Villa is committed ...Read More

Villa students enjoy visit from Richmond Mounted Police

Posted on November 20, 2019
Aslan, Samson, Scooter and Toby got lots of love from our students when they visited the Villa campus with the Richmond Police Mounted Unit. Every one of our schools had the opportunity to meet these beautiful horses, and talk with the friendly officers who protect and serve their community. Every day at St. Joseph's Villa, learning takes place outside the classroom thanks to our caring partners who provide our students ...Read More

Capital One donates 5,000 lbs of food to the Villa Grocery

Posted on October 10, 2019
Capital One generously contributes time and resources throughout the year to help our children and families succeed. To make sure no student is held back by hunger, Capital One’s Internal Audit Department donated 5,000 lbs of food to the Villa Grocery - that’s 5 truck loads, and more than 3,600 cans! In collaboration with FeedMore and partners like Capital One, the Villa Grocery serves as a client-choice pantry that provides ...Read More

Make your gift go further through Birdies for Charity

Posted on August 7, 2019
For a limited time, when you give to St. Joseph's Villa through Birdies for Charity presented by TowneBank, the PGA TOUR will add 10% to your donation! DONATE ONLINE Visit www.deccgolf.com. Click on Birdies for Charity under the Charity tab, then Donate Now. Enter a gift amount and choose St. Joseph's Villa as your charity. Fill out the billing information form. Donations will be processed immediately. A confirmation email will ...Read More

Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Member for Flagler Housing Resource Center

Posted on June 14, 2019
The Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) and local partners have announced the availability of AmeriCorps VISTA Member positions to support planning groups and service providers responsible for ending homelessness in Virginia. Our Flagler Housing Resource Center in Petersburg is one of the sites seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA Member. St. Joseph’s Villa serves as the lead agency for the Balance of State Continuum of Care for the Crater Area Coalition on Homelessness (CACH). The ...Read More

Villa breaks ground on cutting-edge Center for Autism

Posted on June 5, 2019
St. Joseph's Villa began a new chapter in its 185-year history as we launched construction on the home of our new Sarah Dooley Center for Autism. With the help of Odell architects and contractor Daniel & Company, we're transforming our 24,000 sq. ft. Dooley School building into a state-of-the-art facility that combines pioneering education, therapy, research, training, and community partnership. The Virginia Department of Education reports that the number of ...Read More

Antique Car Show returns to the Villa in its 50th year

Posted on June 3, 2019
We're excited to welcome the Richmond Region Antique Automobile Club back to our campus for their 50th annual Car Show! Cruise over to the Villa for Central Virginia's largest automotive swap meet. Saturday, June 22, 2019 8am-3pm 8000 Brook Road, Richmond VA Families can enjoy vintage car rides and a youth judging program. The show will feature more than 100 cars–from mild to wild! 100% of general admission proceeds benefit ...Read More

Villa Block Party celebrates five-year partnership with VCU mentors

Posted on May 3, 2019
The Villa Block Party returned for a 5th year thanks to our VCU student mentors. In a partnership between our Career and Transition Services and VCU's Focused Inquiry service-learning class, VCU mentors led Villa students in college tours and collaborative projects throughout the year, and helped prepare them for success after high school. The block party celebrated the enriching experience they shared. All Villa schools and programs were invited to come ...Read More