Adult Day Support links Christine
to community and career
Day Support participant Christine embodies the Villa's motto to "never stop believing." During her years in the program, she has continually set new goals for herself and achieved them with the encouragement of staff. She has performed at Villa Idol, engaged the community through volunteering, and recently began a career in hospitality.

Christine focused on gaining employment skills as she transitioned from the Villa's Youth Day Support to Adult Day Support program. Day Support staff helped by conducting practice interviews, assisting with applications, and teaching appropriate dress. They also connected Christine to a job opening at a local hotel. She started working on weekends, and has done so well she now works three days a week.

When Christine isn't working, she makes time to volunteer. Every week Day Support provides transportation for Christine to volunteer with Villa community partners Hope Thrift and Meals on Wheels. Program Manager Shanika Stubbs says Christine is thriving as she takes on more responsibility.

"She can walk up to doors and deliver meals to clients independently now," said Stubbs. "She loves helping others and does things on her own without being asked."

We can't wait to see where Christine's goals take her next!
Brook Road Academy teacher Ben Walters receives VAISEF award
Congratulations to Brook Road Academy English & Humanities teacher Ben Walters for winning the Margaret Shepherd Teaching Award! The award from VAISEF* recognizes one teacher in the state for exceptional leadership, commitment to children, and flexibility in teaching to enable students to be successful.

"Ben is extraordinarily dedicated to every student and the collective academy. He truly leads from his heart," said Kathleen Burke Barrett, Villa CEO.

Ben has taught at Brook Road Academy since it opened in 2001. Prior to joining Brook Road Academy, he worked with students with specialized education needs in other Villa programs.

*Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities
New collaboration with FeedMore does more than fight hunger
St. Joseph's Villa and FeedMore are teaming up to prevent hunger for children and families, and help students build job skills at the same time. Through the new "Backpack Snack Shack" program, located on campus, any Villa student in need will be able to obtain fresh produce and non-perishable goods, and bring them home in a provided backpack.

"Sending food home in a concealed backpack helps eliminate any stigma for kids," said Matthew Kreydatus, Director of the Villa's Career and Transition Services (CATS).

CATS students will make regular trips to FeedMore to "shop" for donated food items and supply the Villa Snack Shack. In the process they will learn vocational skills such as budgeting and inventory management, as well as social responsibility for helping others.

"This is a phenomenal opportunity for all of our students," said Kreydatus. "We are excited to build this program and make sure no Villa child or family goes hungry."
Crisis Stabilization Unit makeover is underway
Carol Pipes and Rhonda Carter
Thank you to interior designer Carol Pipes for volunteering her time and expertise to refresh our Crisis Stabilization Unit! Carol has planned a warm and welcoming space for youth in mental health crisis and their families. Thanks also to our hardworking Facilities team for bringing the vision to life! Stay tuned for a look at the finished building.

Our Crisis Stabilization Unit operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in partnership with RBHA Region IV. Last year 85% of youth served by the CSU were diverted from hospitalization.
James finds his voice at the Villa's Center for Autism
James has lived all over the country as part of a military family. He also has autism. His family found St. Joseph's Villa's Center for Autism when his public school recommended private placement. Find out how life for James and his family has changed for the better in this video with his mother, Alicia.
We never stop believing in children and their families.

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