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Join our starting lineup for the Villa Gym Floor Project!

March Madness is here, and we’re celebrating by kicking off a new campaign to upgrade the Villa’s nearly century-old gym floors! In the heart of campus, the Villa’s gym has promoted healthy choices and recreation for generations. Each week, the gym welcomes more than 250 students along with community partners who host after-school, evening, and […]

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CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett honored at Virginia State Capitol

During the General Assembly, our CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett was honored by the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates for 17 years of pioneering leadership at the Villa, and her career of compassionate service to the Greater Richmond community. Representatives greeted Kathleen before she was introduced in the Capitol’s Senate and House galleries to receive […]

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How to access and navigate housing resources

By Erica Holmes, MS, CHC – Senior Director, Flagler Housing & Homeless Services A record-breaking number of people are facing homelessness or housing poverty as rents continue to rise amidst the national shortage of affordable housing. Families confronted by traumatizing events like eviction don’t always know where to seek assistance, especially without natural supports to […]

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Understanding the Youth Mental Health Crisis: Livestream Panel Discussion

DID YOU KNOW… During the COVID-19 pandemic, 37% of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health. LGBTQ+ youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. In the U.S., there is an average lag of 8-10 years between the onset of a mental health condition and the start of treatment. 1 in 5 American youth live with a […]

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Housing with Hope: Oshun turns lived experience with homelessness into action

Oshun had barely finished high school before facing nights sleeping on the street. Kicked out of her parents’ home at 18 years old, she was left to assume responsibility for herself with nowhere to go and few she could trust. It was a scary time. While staying at a shelter, Oshun met with her church […]

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Back To School Supplies Drive: Help a Villa Child Succeed!

Each summer, the Villa works to ensure that every student is prepared with the supplies and resources they need to reach their full potential in the classroom on the very first day of school. While many of our families cannot afford essential school supplies, they don’t have to worry about that at the Villa. Thanks […]

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Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa, to retire after 17 years of service

Kathleen Burke Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Villa, has announced her plans to retire in December 2023 after leading the organization for 17 years. Under Barrett’s leadership, the Villa increased its capacity from serving 800 children and families each year to over 3,000. She worked closely with staff to forge new partnerships and […]

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Adam Dreyfus, Center for Autism Senior Director, appointed to Virginia Board of Education Special Education Advisory Committee

St. Joseph’s Villa congratulates Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director of the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, on his appointment to serve on the Board of Education’s State Special Education Advisory Committee. Adam has led the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism since 2013, after serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s […]

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In The News: St. Joseph’s Villa Garden serving as sanctuary, educational space for children, families (WRIC ABC 8News)

Our Villa Garden will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October. Thanks to support from our community partners and volunteers, each season has seen the garden expand as an ever-changing therapeutic and educational resource for all Villa students and clients. On their annual Founder’s Day of Caring, volunteers from the ABC 8News team joined us in […]

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Villa joins Frontline Wellness VA partnership for mental health

The extraordinary demands of the pandemic have placed a heightened burden on the mental wellbeing of our frontline healthcare workers. St. Joseph’s Villa is pleased to partner with Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), and Virginia Health Care Foundation to provide healthcare workers with specialized resources and support […]

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