COVID-19 Response Plan at St. Joseph’s Villa – 3/27 UPDATE

UPDATE (Friday, March 27): St. Joseph’s Villa is continuing to operate remotely. We are monitoring developments and will continue communicating updates. Our Flagler Housing & Homeless Services, Crisis Stabilization Unit, and Community Based Services remain open. We are now also providing Telehealth services.

The Villa Shoppe and The Villa Grocery are closed and not accepting donations at this time. In partnership with FeedMore, we are continuing food delivery to families in need.

A huge thanks to our friends and community partners who continue to support the work of the Villa. You help embody our motto: We never stop believing in children and their families. We anticipate a deep increase in needs as we work to recover as a community from the far reaching economic impacts of COVID-19.Your support means more than ever to our work, and we are deeply grateful for your faith in our mission. You can partner with us to provide critical services by making a gift.

UPDATE (Monday, March 23): In compliance with Governor Northam’s decision, all Villa schools – Brook Road Academy, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, Dooley School, and Dooley Center for Alternative Education – will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will communicate more information in the days ahead.

UPDATE (Monday, March 16): As we continue to take every measure to protect the health and well-being of our community, all St. Joseph’s Villa staff will work remotely with email access through Sunday, March 29. Our Crisis Stabilization Unit and Community-Based Services will remain operational at this time. Please continue to check our website for further updates.

UPDATE (Friday, March 13): Governor Northam has declared that all Virginia schools will be closed for a minimum of two weeks starting Monday, March 16. This includes Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, Brook Road Academy, Dooley School, and Dooley Center for Alternative Education. All other Villa services and administrative offices will remain open on Monday.

Here at St. Joseph’s Villa, we are committed to the health, safety and well-being of our clients, staff, volunteers and community partners and to the critical services we provide to vulnerable children and families in our community. We are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and convening a cross-functional group of Villa leadership each morning to address our planning and response. The Villa has an Emergency Management Plan that includes an up-to-date Pandemic Response Plan, and we have moved to Phase II of that plan.

Currently our response includes:

  • All staff and clients have received communication and CDC recommendations for prevention
  • All staff have received instructions on sterilizing work areas, shared equipment, and frequently touched surfaces
  • All field trips and the use of Villa facilities by outside groups have been canceled and suspended
  • All individual and group volunteer activity is suspended.
  • The Villa Shoppe and The Villa Grocery are closed to donations
  • Beginning Monday, Culinary will be delivering boxed meals to all services, rather than having students gather in Cottage 4
  • All congregate events and non-essential meetings are cancelled

We are closely monitoring the situation as well as school closures, and are committed to doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus. We will communicate changes in our plan through updates on our website and social media. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you, and please be safe.


Kathleen Burke Barrett
Chief Executive Officer