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.
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.
Since its founding by the Daughters of Charity in 1834, the Villa has been in the business of rescuing children. For many years, our mission was to bring orphaned and abandoned children in from the streets of Richmond and give them a safe, warm, and nurturing place to live and learn. Today, the vision of offering a safe haven for recovery and renewal lives on. Our 82-acre campus houses an array of services for children and their families who – because of poverty, homelessness, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness – need strong external supports in order to reach their potential. And we also are reaching beyond our campus, with programs providing in-school and in-home supports for at-risk families.
As one of Virginia’s largest non-sectarian nonprofit organizations serving children, we have the resources to make our communities stronger. Your support for St. Joseph’s Villa sends the message that you, like us, never stop believing in children and their families. The community hears you. Our children thank you.
For many people in our community, St. Joseph’s Villa is a place of mystery. In a city steeped in history, too few know much about the Villa.
To set the record straight, St. Joseph’s Villa is a non-sectarian (non-religious) organization that serves children in need. The Villa’s programs operate in partnership with local and regional school systems and community agencies. Most Villa clients are people with serious challenges, including autism, homelessness, severe learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders.
As someone who has come to know and value the work done at the Villa, I can tell you that, time and time again, the children and families have responded to the Villa’s care, education, and support. They have overcome their challenges and have become more than we expected of them. Even more than they expected of themselves.
I urge everyone in our community to join me in supporting St. Joseph’s Villa. And then help us spread the word about the good work they do.
Thank you. - Jack Catlett
In March 2009, the Villa's senior leadership met with Mr. Tom Lowrie, a strategic management consultant and President of 3Cord Consulting. As part of a Board assessment and restructuring process, Mr. Lowrie was also asked to incorporate a Board Diversity Policy into the plan. He has organized and led diversity programs at three Fortune 500 companies and presented programs to businesses and government agencies to address diversity issues. The final plan and policy was approved by the full Board of Trustees in January 2010. It is the current priority to raise awareness about Board diversity at every level while the Board is in a restructuring phase to ensure the future implementation of the Diversity Policy will be a sustainable outcome of a commitment to organizational growth.
The Villa participates in hundreds of partnerships. Some are Villa-wide - e.g., 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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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The region’s resources are sustainable and its residents are economically stable and secure
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