Villa Crisis Stabilization Unit expands, relocates

Mental health services are one of the Villa's fastest growing areas. In order to increase service capacity and meet the community need, our Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) has relocated to the south end of the Villa campus at 7700 Brook Road.

Last year the CSU served 139 children ages 5 to 17 in mental health crisis needing temporary out-of-home placement.  Of these children, 91% were diverted from unnecessary hospitalization.

Crisis Stabilization Unit

The CSU's new location allows for the increase from six beds to eight.  It also houses a kitchen, dining area, and two recreation rooms.

Come see the new space at an open house on February 8, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Please contact our Director of Community Partnerships, Craig Hedley at 804-553-3226 or email to RSVP.

Villa receives its largest-ever challenge grant from the Cabell Foundation
We are excited and deeply grateful to announce the award of a $750,000 challenge grant from the Cabell Foundation, the largest challenge grant in the Villa's history! This grant will support capital priorities and renovations to our historic campus and will be awarded once we raise the matching funds, with a deadline of December 31, 2017.

Cabell grant
Villa leaders make surprise announcement of Cabell Foundation challenge grant.

Left to right: Director of Development Jenny Friar, volunteers Ellen Spong, J. Sargeant Reynolds, Jr. and Karl Werwath, and Center for Autism Operations Coordinator Quadon McCullough

Much-needed campus upgrades to be supported by the grant include roof repairs, energy efficient windows, waterproofing, and new sustainable air conditioning systems. These restorations will ensure that our buildings continue to provide the highest quality environment in which children can learn, heal and grow. Cost savings as a result of improved energy efficiency will also directly benefit our programs.

Founded in 1957 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Cabell, III, the Cabell Foundation has awarded more than $85 million in support of significant projects across the arts, education, environmental and human service sectors.

Building on a successful $500,000 challenge grant to the Villa's first campaign in 2010, this new award offers more than just a financial boost. It is an opportunity for the Villa to raise awareness, attract new supporters, and launch a period of intense activity as we strive to meet and exceed our goal.
Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett honored as Boomer & Shaker by Boomer Magazine
Kathleen Burke Barrett
The annual Boomers and Shakers awards recognize individuals who have bettered our community in important and inspiring ways. St. Joseph's Villa is proud to celebrate our CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett as one of this year's honorees!

As an honoree, Kathleen appeared on Virginia This Morning with CBS6's Cheryl Miller and in the Dec/Jan issue of Boomer Magazine.

This year marks 10 years since Kathleen joined the Villa. Under her leadership, the Villa has quadrupled the number of children and families impacted each year, pioneered new award-winning programs and forged new community partnerships.

Tips to help kids with autism avoid bullying
Bullying occurs at an alarming rate, and sadly kids with autism are much more vulnerable targets. If left unchecked, there can be serious harmful effects on children who are chronically bullied. These include:
  • Withdrawing from school participation
  • Physical health issues
  • Retaliating through violent actions
  • Depression and anxiety that can continue into adulthood
For tips on what you can do to prevent or deal with bullying, visit our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism blog.

Saxon Shoes to hold "Sole Mates" shoes and clothing drive for Villa kids in February
Share the love at Saxon Shoes this February by donating new or gently outgrown shoes and clothing to the children and teenagers of St. Joseph's Villa! All sizes and styles are needed to help families get back on their feet while facing homelessness, autism, mental illness and other challenges.

Saxon Shoes will collect shoes and clothing throughout the month of February at its store in Short Pump Town Center. And, Saxon will match each $1 customer donation to the Villa.

Many thanks to Saxon Shoes for their continuing partnership!

What makes Brook Road Academy unique?
Watch our video to see why our students thrive!

Brook Road Academy video

Brook Road Academy is a private, co-ed middle and high school located on the Villa campus. Our flexible curriculum, conversational approach to learning, and small class sizes are designed to build on each students' individual strengths. If a "traditional" school isn't working for your child, come take a look at Brook Road Academy. Learn more about us and schedule a tour at
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We're seeking Qualified Mental Health Professionals for openings in our Intensive In-Home and Mental Health Skill Building programs. Visit our website to apply today!