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.
Save the Date
Virginia Diocesan Homes Summit
“Maximizing Mission with Parish Property"
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Aquia Church, 2938 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA 22554
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 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 faith leaders, and anyone else seeking inspiration and the tools to get started. There is a nominal $35 registration fee to cover the continental breakfast, lunch and materials.
Interested in learning more about examples of Maximizing Mission with Parish Property?
- 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.
Register for the Summit.
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 Directors
|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|
|Dr. Jerry Kirks||St. Paul’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.