About Us

Our Mission

St. Vincent's Home’s mission is to meet the needs of individuals with unique learning challenges across their lifespan.

Our History

St. Vincent's Home was an orphanage built by St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Roanoke on March 1, 1893 and staffed by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky. A school was designed to meet the educational needs of the orphans and later became known as The Achievement Center. In 2009, the Blue Ridge Autism Center (BRAC), established in September 2002, and The Achievement Center merged to form Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center (BRAAC). BRAAC operates as a DBA ("Doing Business As") under St. Vincent's Home. As the first class graduated and outgrew the programs offered through BRAAC, it became clear that there wasn't a significant number of programs out there available for the adult population. Following this realization, SVH Adult Services and SVH Family Services became a reality. In February 2016, these programs were introduced to the community and St. Vincent's Home is now able to offer services to individuals over their lifespan as well as expand their services to family members.