St. Vincent’s Home has a rich history in the Roanoke Valley for providing services for people in need.  Beginning in 1893 through St. Andrew’s Catholic Church as an orphanage for boys in need, though the 1970’s as a private day school for children with learning challenges, to today, as a center that provides many services listed on our website, we are proud to continue that heritage.  Our families in the valley need us, our employers can gain by employing some very special people and we can all benefit from living and growing an amazing community of love and acceptance. 

We are pleased to be the place people turn to in Roanoke, and we continue to strive for the highest quality and standards.

Angie Leonard is the Founder and former Executive Director of Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center in Roanoke, Virginia. She is married to Alan and the mother of three children; one who has autism. She began working in the autism field in 1998 with The Autism Program of Virginia, now knows as Commonwealth Autism Services (CAS), where she provided training and consultations.

Formerly a public school teacher, her passion began as a mother to fully educate her son. She quickly transitioned her passion into a drive to help other families and educators, who had very little knowledge or training. In 2002, she opened the Blue Ridge Autism Center and in 2009 merged the center with The Achievement Center, to further develop the role of the organization into serving those with Learning Disabilities. Angie has participated in either international trips to provide the under-served with training in special needs education/autism, including Africa, Haiti, Central America and the Middle East.

Currently, Angie enjoys serving on the Virginia Autism Council, the Advisory Board for the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, as a board member for Katie’s Place Farm and the Disabilities Resource Network, where she is founding board member for GTO – Growth through Opportunity Program with the Roanoke City Police Department. She was appointed by Governors McDonnell and McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her children and husband.