Impact can be a very individual thing:
LaToya Currie, an elementary school substitute teacher, rented her Petersburg home for four years with her 18-year-old son Justus until it was abandoned by the landlord and condemned by the city.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Feb. 10, 2014: “LaToya Currie of Petersburg had been homeless for two months when she ran out of time at a shelter. She wandered back to the house she called home for four years. This time, though, there was a small sign on the door urging her to stay away. … The house had been condemned ….”
Ms. Currie and her son attempted to live in her condemned former residence, despite the fact that it had no running water and a caved-in roof, because, as she said, she “had no family in the area and didn’t want to be a burden to her friends.” Having lost a full-time job and holding part-time and seasonal jobs, she needed help getting into a new place.
Flagler Housing Resource Center obtained housing for her and her son close to their former home, paying the deposit and first month’s rent.
Impact also accrues over time. In our first 180 years, the Villa has served more than 50,000 children and families. We have done this by operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for that entire 180 years and counting.
In 2014, the Villa has made a difference in the lives of adults and children throughout the Richmond region in the following ways:
Flagler Housing and Homeless Services found permanent housing for 465 children and 327 adults through rapid rehousing.
Our Crisis Stabilization Unit, a short-term residential program for children ages 5-18 in mental health crisis, served 155 children. Of these, 89% were diverted from hospitalization.
Our Intensive In-Home Services for children enabled
90% of service recipients to avoid hospitalization and stay in their homes.
The New Day Fund - our Annual Fund - and designated gifts help:
At-risk children overcome behavioral and mental health issues to reach their full potential.
Students with autism and developmental disabilities learn to lead independent lives.
Young people and homeless heads-of-households learn skills for self-sufficiency.
Homeless families obtain and maintain stable housing.
…and much more!
We offer volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups – from a few to 100+. We especially need:
Mentors to match with elementary- to high school-age students.
Groups of Scouts, office teams, etc. to prepare welcome-home kits for families transitioning out of homelessness into permanent homes.
Groups to undertake projects in our Learning & Therapy Garden and elsewhere on campus.
Items given to our Donation Center go straight to children and families in need at no cost to them. We welcome:
Clean and usable clothing, housewares, furniture, linens, toiletries, school and office supplies, toys and games.
Gas cards, GRTC cards, and monetary or in-kind donations for car maintenance to help clients get to jobs and appointments.
Used trucks and/or vans to help with the daily maintenance of our 82-acre campus.
The founding principles of the Villa center on building communities by valuing the child and the family. Throughout its history, the Villa has provided an environment that respects the inherent dignity and strength of the children and families it serves, honors their differences, and celebrates their ability to grow.
In 2014, St. Joseph’s Villa benefited more than 2,800 children and families through nineteen programs designed to meet their individual needs. The Villa does more than provide education and care to children with development disabilities, mental illness and trauma, unique learning needs, and families fighting homelessness – we rewrite stories and change lives. Your involvement helps ensure that we will be able to serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community we all share.
As the world continues to change, so will St. Joseph’s Villa. We constantly adapt our programs to incorporate the latest best practices and meet the prevalent needs of our community. One thing that will never change, however, is our dedication to helping children and families reach their potential and live more fulfilling lives. – Kathleen Barrett
When three Daughters of Charity found the courage to embark on a steamboat for Richmond in 1834, countless lives would be changed forever. This religious group of women was called upon to care for the city’s orphaned and impoverished children. True to their mission, they established St. Joseph’s Villa to give these children hope for a brighter future. One hundred and eighty years later, the Villa continues to transform the lives of those in the greatest need.
In honor of the turnarounds we see in our children and families each day – turnarounds that you help make possible–this year we are excited to celebrate with you 180 Years of 180-Degree Turns. We look forward to the next 180 years of creating brighter futures in our community. – Jill Kennedy
The Villa participates in hundreds of partnerships. Some are Villa-wide - for example, we collaborate with FeedMore to provide meals for participants in many programs across campus. Other partnerships are program-specific. Our Flagler Services for homeless families participates in Richmond- and Petersburg-area collaborations and has specific partners in providing services, e.g., with Virginia Supportive Housing for homeless veterans and families. A partnership with Greater Richmond Fit4Kids resulted in a 2-year grant from the Va. Foundation for Healthy Youth to create an accessible Learning & Therapy Garden with hands-on learning for young people at the Villa. Through the Va. Mentoring Partnership, a VISTA member is coordinating our Villa Pals mentoring program. Other partners include Communities in Schools, Goodwill Industries, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, the University of Richmond, and public school divisions, Community Service Boards, social service agencies, and other nonprofits throughout metro Richmond, the region, and the state.
Education is at the heart of everything we do. We tailor our approach to each student’s learning style. Our instructional staffers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education and are passionate about helping our students learn, grow, and thrive.
Local school systems place students into these programs, which help address academic and behavioral challenges.
Our Career and Transition Services program helps students acquire the skills they need for employment. ur counselors conduct assessment and planning, then provide classroom instruction and hands-on experience in work centers on the Villa campus.
Dooley Elementary School uses the Qualitative Reading Inventory as a measure of ongoing progress in students’ reading ability. Based on results, students are placed in small groups and comprehension of texts is taught through teacher-led discussion followed by work with individual students. This approach is research-based and in accordance with the Va. Dept. of Education’s Read First Virginia initiative. During the 2010-11 school year, students’ overall average increase in reading fluencies as measured by words per minute was 75%, a 12% increase over the previous year.
The goal of our educational programs for at-risk youth is to help them become full participants in their family lives, schools, workplaces, and communities.
The Villa offers mental health services in a variety of settings: in the home, on-site after school, and short-term residential.
In our therapeutic day treatment program, we assess children with behavioral disorders who also have a diagnosed mental illness. We offer therapeutic services after school and in the summer, including individual therapy, group therapy, psycho-educational therapy, and family counseling.
Developmental Disabilities Services strongly emphasizes communication and social skills training. In FY 2011, about 50% of clients became more effective in communicating their wants and needs, and 90% experienced success in meeting one or more Individual goals for participation in community activities.
Brook Road Academy, located on the Villa campus, is a non-traditional, college-preparatory middle and high school. We help a diverse group of students who haven’t been successful in traditional classrooms.
To maintain an intimate learning environment, we cap total school enrollment for grades 7 through 12 at 50 students. This allows teachers to form strong relationships with students and their families.
In addition to working with our students’ unique talents and learning styles to help them find their place in the greater community, our teachers understand that learning is about engagement.
Our students take responsibility for their education and set their own goals for learning. As a result, their GPAs typically increase from previous schools. In recent years, every Brook Road senior has received one or more acceptance for higher education.
Brook Road Academy is fully licensed and accredited.
The school's mission is to help each student to realize his or her fullest potential by providing an environment that values each student as an individual.
Flagler Housing and Homeless Services provides rapid re-housing, homeless prevention services, and support services to homeless families in the Richmond and Petersburg areas. We also provide services specifically for veterans' families.
Rapid re-housing helps homeless families and individuals obtain permanent rental housing as quickly as possible with integrated support services based on need. Such services include: case management; linking families to community resources; employment training; budgeting assistance; and education around tenant responsibilities.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, rapid re-housing reduces the length of time people remain in homeless shelters in addition to associated public and personal costs.
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The region’s resources are sustainable and its residents are economically stable and secure
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