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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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Villa joins Partnership for the Future

This summer we had the pleasure of welcoming Destiney as our new administrative intern. Destiney came to St. Joseph’s Villa through Partnership for the Future (PFF), a nonprofit that connects high-potential high school students from challenging circumstances with tools and experiences that will help them attain a college degree.  She is a rising junior with an interest in communications. […]

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First Capital Bank to hold Stuff The Bus school supplies drive for Villa kids (Sat., Aug. 8)

First Capital Bank is generously partnering with St. Joseph’s Villa for their annual “Stuff the Bus” drive to collect new school supplies for students in need. Without your help, many Villa students would not have access to the supplies they need for a successful school year. Join us Saturday, August 8*, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the […]

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Virginia’s 25% reduction in homelessness attributed to rapid re-housing

A recent article by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) cited Virginia as a model state in implementing rapid re-housing.  From 2010 to 2014, Virginia reduced the number of families experiencing homelessness by 25 percent.  NAEH gives a six-point rundown of how community leaders and organizations, including the Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services, […]

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