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My Child Is Smart But Hates School

In most public education systems teaching methods are geared towards the majority. Schools just aren’t equipped to employ alternative educational models for students who learn in a different way, or need individualized attention. Students that don’t learn effectively in a public school environment are often viewed as not as smart as the others, disruptive, unproductive, […]

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Flagler honored with Virginia Housing Award for Best Housing Program

The Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services have been named Best Housing Program in the state. Our Flagler team received the Virginia Housing Award at the annual Governor’s Housing Conference in Hampton Roads. Congratulations to our amazing staff whose work breaks the cycle of homelessness for children and families every day! “Creating a stable place […]

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St. Joseph’s Villa hosts VAISEF Legislator’s Day

Today we welcomed Delegate Lamont Bagby, Legislative Assistant to Delegate Jennifer McClellan Abbey Phillips, local educational agencies and parents for VAISEF Legislator’s Day (Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities). We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve as a host site where everyone could participate in conversation about how private individualized education strengthens students, families […]

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Sarah Dooley Center for Autism student gets new chance at public school

Reneé was diagnosed with autism when she was four years old. Not long after she began kindergarten at public school, her mother, Kimberly, recognized that Reneé’s behaviors were interfering with her ability to learn. Reneé had no means of communicating, and would often lash out and hit her teachers and classmates when her wants or […]

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Villa students learn career and life lessons through partnership with Habitat for Humanity

A new partnership with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will help youth at St. Joseph’s Villa develop leadership and teamwork skills through real work experience. Students from the Villa’s Brook Road Academy, Dooley Center for Alternative Education, Dooley School and Sarah Dooley Center for Autism who participate in our Career and Transition Services (CATS) have joined Richmond Habitat’s ReStore work-readiness training program, where they perform jobs tailored to […]

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Meet Adam Dreyfus, Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

Adam came to the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism in 2013 after serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence.  He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Language and Child Development and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Special Education/Applied […]

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Crisis Stabilization Unit partners with Project Yoga Richmond for holistic therapy

Project Yoga Richmond has teamed with our Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) for the past year to teach kids how to cope with their emotions through yoga.  Yoga activities help offer a holistic approach to treatment by reinforcing the impact of physical health on mental health and increasing self-esteem. Yoga therapist Carolyn Keller Sells volunteers at […]

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Trick-or-Trot 5K to benefit Brook Road Academy (October 17, 2015)

Join us Saturday, October 17 for the third annual Trick-or-Trot 5K benefiting Brook Road Academy! Enjoy a beautiful fall day on the campus of St. Joseph’s Villa with Halloween-themed fun for all ages. Proceeds support the programs that enrich the education of our middle and high school students. Great prizes for top finishers in all […]

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Sarah Dooley Center for Autism team building at Richmond Ropes Course

At St. Joseph’s Villa our staff never stop believing in children and their families — or each other! On August 31st the staff of the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism went to Richmond Ropes Course (http://richmondropes.com/) located in Fulton Hill as part of a team exercise.  Through a series of physical and mental challenges we […]

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Back-to-school tips to give your child and safe and healthy year

The start of a new school year is one of the most exciting times at St. Joseph’s Villa.  As we prepare to welcome students back to our campus, we encourage families to become familiar with key health and safety information that has been prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Our teachers and faculty are committed […]

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