Virginia Diocesan Homes
Virginia Diocesan Homes (VDH) is a nonprofit affiliate of the Diocese of Virginia. Our vision is for the Diocese of Virginia and its parishes to use its property and assets to their fullest potential to serve God and our communities. We do that by maximizing mission opportunities with diocesan property including nurturing home environments.
Thank you to those who attended the Virginia Diocesan Homes Summit, “Maximizing Mission with Parish Property” on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Aquia Church.
We are grateful to our many panelists and speakers who offered to share their presentations and resources. Please visit our Summit website for national examples of churches who are using their property in service to the community and for the presentations made at the Summit.
Interested in learning more about examples of Maximizing Mission with Parish Property?
- Read the recent Virginia Episcopalian article about Maximizing Mission with Parish Property: The Big Takeaways from the Virginia Diocesan Homes Summit.
- See national examples of churches maximizing their mission.
- Read the recent Virginia Episcopalian article about St. Paul's-on-the-Hill, Winchester.
- Visit Enterprise's Faith-Based Development Initiative website.
- Visit Partners for Sacred Places website.
Our board provides oversight of the several retirement communities that are affiliated with the Episcopal Church through the Diocese of Virginia.
The VDH had its beginning by resolution of the Diocesan Council in 1955. Its history from that time to the present can be found here (PDF file).
The VDH communities consist of six CCRCs and two low-cost subsidized independent living facilities:
- Goodwin House, Inc. operates two CCRCs:
- Goodwin House Alexandria
- Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads in Falls Church
- Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington
- Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester
- Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville
- Westminster Canterbury in Richmond
- Lockwood House in Arlington
- Elmwood House in Arlington
What is the VDH’s vision for its “Future Directions”?
For some time, the VDH board has been concerned that housing and care are not as available to low- and moderate-income members of our community as they could be. VDH is exploring ways to address this condition. We are evaluating successful affordable and middle-income housing models with the objective of stimulating interest and providing support for parish communities that are interested in sponsoring low- and moderate-income housing options for seniors.
In partnership with Greystone, we have created this "Senior Housing Development Process Road Map" to give parishes a comprehensive understanding of the development process.
Board of Trustees
|Mr. Richard Juergens, President||St. George’s, Fredericksburg|
|Ms. Mary Holly Bigelow||St. Stephen’s, Richmond|
|The Rev. Jonathan Bryan||St. Luke’s, Wellington|
|Mr. J. P. Causey, Jr.||St. John’s, West Point|
|Ms. Nina Janopaul||St. George’s, Arlington|
|Mr. Carl Kemp||Holy Cross, Dunn Loring|
|Mr. John Horn||St. Aidan's, Alexandria|
|Mrs. Anne F. T. Reed||Christ Church, Alexandria|
|Mrs. Betsy Sue Scott||St. Francis, Great Falls|
|Mr. H. Stetson Tinkham||Christ Church, Alexandria|
|Mr. James M. Wehr||St. Peter’s, Purcellville|
|Mr. Robert Woods||St. Mary’s, Whitechapel|
How do I learn more?
Please call Jill Norcross, Managing Director, at 703-587-4098 or email if you would like to learn more about VDH or our upcoming Summit.