Virginia Diocesan Homes
What is VDH?
Virginia Diocesan Homes (VDH) is a nonprofit affiliate of the Diocese of Virginia. Our vision is for seniors in the Diocese to experience home environments where they are nurtured spiritually and physically. We do that by identifying opportunities and providing resources to create nurturing home environments for seniors.
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.
Save the Date
Virginia Diocesan Homes Summit
“Transforming Parishes: Creating Mission Opportunities by Repurposing Assets”
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Aquia Church, 2938 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA 22554
10:00 am – 4:00 p.m.
Virginia Diocesan Homes is convening a Summit to explore how our parishes can use assets as tools for mission, especially around housing and services to the community. We will highlight examples in our Diocese and other national faith-based initiatives to spark parishes’ curiosity about repurposing assets and transforming your congregation both financial and spiritually. We invite lay leaders, clergy, diocesan staff, other faiths, and anyone else seeking inspiration and the tools to get started.
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.