Group Homes

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Adolescence can be a challenging time for youth and families. Teens encounter unpredictable emotions. They experiment with different attitudes, ideas, and behaviors. At times family situations, academic challenges, and peer pressures can add extra stress. Most adolescents successfully navigate this stormy period by drawing on family and community resources. For children who need more support in order to thrive, Elk Hill can help.

Elk Hill has been offering Community-Based Residential Services for boys and girls between the ages 11-18 for over 40 years. We have programs in Goochland County, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fluvanna County. All of our residential facilities are Level A Medicaid programs. Our programs provide individualized service plans, an array of clinical services, and life skills. At Elk Hill, kids find the courage to succeed and the confidence to return to their families and communities whenever possible.

Core Values

While at Elk Hill, young people are oriented to the program’s Core Values, which include learning self-respect, developing personal responsibility, working hard to learn new life skills, demonstrating courage to accept positive changes, and holding one’s education in high regard. All youth leaving Elk Hill have experienced and can demonstrate these same Core Values.

  • Respect - To show regard and consideration for the physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, ethical, moral, and developmental needs of oneself and others.
  • Education - Value and seek opportunities to further gain an education; embrace learning as a life-long, all-encompassing activity.
  • Responsibility - The act and capacity of making moral judgments for which one then allows oneself to be held accountable; being reliable, trustworthy, and dependable; fulfilling one’s obligations.
  • Hard Work - The willingness to engage and show one’s best effort in physically, mentally, socially, or emotionally challenging tasks and activities; perseverance; determination towards success and resolution.
  • Courage - The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty and to act in accordance with one’s beliefs and values. Courage is the necessary force ensuring growth rather than retreat.


  • Five Phase system that promotes Personal Accountability, Behavioral Consistency and Problem Solving Skills
  • Educational opportunities that include Public School and Private Elk Hill Day School
  • Options, Vocational and GED services and local Community Colleges
  • Discharge Planning from time of admission
  • Independent Living Skills Assessment provided to all youth
  • Employment, Community Service, Volunteer and Therapeutic Recreation Activities opportunities available
  • Wide array of healthy recreational activities available
  • CANS certified Staff
  • Affiliations with support groups such as AA, NA, Al-Anon, and ROSMY
  • Meets Medicaid Level A Group Home Programming

Clinical Services

  • Weekly individual therapy provided by Licensed Mental Health Provider
  • Psycho-educational groups daily
  • On site psychiatric services provided by Virginia South Psychiatric & Family Services
  • Specialized clinical services and assessments provided to include family therapy, substance abuse, independent living, etc.
  • Outpatient therapy and other clinical services available upon discharge


Elk Hill Farm Group Home For Boys

Elk Hill Farm Residential Program
  • Located on a beautiful rural 300 acre open campus
  • 2 dormitory style houses with bed capacity for up to 8 for males ages 11-18
    up to 8
  • Youth attend the Harambee Day School located on campus
  • Education for Employment
  • Participation in local Boy Scout Troop
  • Independent Living Readiness Skills
Paul Bratton
Program Director
Elk Hill Farm
1975 Elk Hill Rd.
Goochland, VA 23063

Northside Group Home For Boys

Boys playing basketball at Northside Group Home for Boys
  • Natural Home Environment for males ages 14-18
  • Conveniently located in the Northside area of Richmond
  • Access to the City of Richmond public school system, or Private Day Schools such as Elk Hill Varina
  • Accessibility to local Community Colleges and Secondary Education Programs
  • Numerous employment and vocational opportunities available
  • Easy access to many urban community resources
Paul Bratton
Program Director
Elk Hill Northside
3802 Chamberlayne Ave.
Richmond, VA 23227

Charlottesville Group Home for Boys

Charlottesville Group Home For Boys
  • Natural Home Environment for males ages 14-18
  • Close proximity to many employment and vocational opportunities
  • Accessibility to Piedmont Virginia Community College [PVCC]
  • Strong emphasis on independent living skills training
  • Access to Albemarle County public school system as well as the Elk Hill-Charlottesville Private Day School
Jim Watkins
Program Director
Elk Hill Charlottesville
2374 Richmond Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Spring Garden Group Home for Girls

Spring Garden group home for girls
  • Natural Home Environment for females ages 14-18
  • Individualized independent living programming available
  • Community Service, Employment, and Volunteer Options available
  • Access to Fluvanna County Public Schools as well as Elk Hill Charlottesville Day School, or the Harambee Day School at Elk Hill Farm located in Goochland
  • Emphasis on a healthier lifestyle and preparing for transition to the next phase of their lives
Tammy Johnston
Program Director
Elk Hill Spring Garden
1426 Bremo Rd.
Bremo Bluff, VA 23022