Today, St. Joseph’s Villa has been renamed the Villa of Hope. The agency which is just over 70 years old. Villa of Hope offers assistance to more than 2,000 youth and families each year. The agency says its goal is to restore lives back to full potential before things like chemical addiction, mental illness, neglect or abuse, and poor choices interfere. The agency has a campus in the Town of Greece but also provides many services off campus by sending social workers into the community. Christina Gullo,president and CEO of Villa of Hope, said, “Villa of Hope signifies a fresh outlook of success for our agency and guarantees continuous help to our Rochester community.”
St. Joseph’s Villa was started in 1942 by the Sisters of St. Joseph by merging 3 small orphanages; St. Joseph’s German Orphan Asylum, St. Mary’s Boys’ Orphan Asylum and St. Patrick’s Orphan Girls Asylum. Villa of Hope is no longer affiliated with the Catholic church but continues to help children and families in the Rochester area.