Founded to honor Elizabeth Kates, the first warden of the Virginia Correctional Center for Women (VCCW), The Elizabeth Kates Foundation works to help offenders turn their lives around and enable them to return to society as productive citizens.

The Foundation, started in 1942, has paid for college correspondence courses as well as providing assistance in GED programs and purchasing academic materials and supplies.

Elizabeth Kates was the first warden when the prison was built in 1932. She retired in 1964. The Commonwealth pays for the basic essentials, but Ms. Kates wanted to provide more services. In 1942, Kates and some of her sorority members of Pi Beta Phi broadened the services. Over the years, The Foundation has provided scholarships for on-site college classes, correspondence classes, educational materials, textbooks, televisions, computers, and graduation gifts for the completion of GED and academic programs.

The Elizabeth Kates Foundation continues today as an all-volunteer organization governed by a 16-member board of directors. The Foundation’s mission is supported by numerous donors and volunteers. Working closely with the Department of Corrections, The Foundation has responded to changing needs for rehabilitative services, the increased numbers of women incarcerated in Virginia and the building of additional correctional facilities for women.

Donations accepted through PayPal through the “Donate” button and by check and mailed to:

The Elizabeth Kates Foundation
P.O. Box 64
Goochland, VA 23063

The Virginia Correctional Center for Women

2841 River Road – P. O. Box 1
Goochland, VA 23063
(804) 556-7500


  • Security Level 2
  • Opened – 1931
  • Average Daily Population (June 2008) – 572
  • Special Populations – Classification, Medical, Parole Violators Special Programs – Substance Abuse Therapeutic Community, Work Release, Mental Health Sheltered Care Beds
  • Site Additions/Upgrades 1989 – Buildings 1 & 6 Basement 1990 – 96 Bed Units Added
  • Virginia Correctional Enterprises – Laundry Industry and Document Conversion


Directions From Richmond: Take State Route 6 West for approximately 25 miles to the Town of Goochland. The facility is on the left, and there is a sign.


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       Officers for 2018-2019

Position Board Member
President Donna Levy
Vice President Karen Willis
Treasurer Kristen Wack
Recording Secretary Vickey Verwey
Corresponding Secretary Ruth Quarles

  Board of Directors 2018-2019

Name Affiliation
Sonia Brokaw Community Volunteer
Ann Casey Community Volunteer
Wendy Hobbs Community Volunteer
Sheila Hyer Community Volunteer
Donna Levy J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Brooke Mangiracina Community Volunteer
Lisa Nuss Community Volunteer
Ruth Quarles Community Volunteer
Raab Reibach Community Volunteer
Peggy Spera Community Volunteer
Bill Stapleton Department of Corrections Employee
Mary Anne Stone Community Volunteer
Vickey Verwey David R. Simonsen, Jr., Attorney at Law
Kristen Wack Community Volunteer
Karen Willis HCA Healthcare, Inc.
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The Elizabeth Kates Foundation does not sell, trade or release your information to parties outside of our organization. This web site includes links to external web sites and The Elizabeth Kates Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of these web sites.

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The Elizabeth Kates Foundation

P.O. Box 64

Goochland, VA 23063

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