Virginia Diocesan Homes

What is VDH?

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.

Congratulations to Westminster Canterbury Richmond for their recent groundbreaking of their new Spiritual Enrichment Center.

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. 

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:

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

Mary Holly Bigelow St. Stephen’s, Richmond
The Rev. Kathleen Chipps St. Andrew's, Burke
Janet Hansen St. Michael's, Arlington
John Horn St. Aidan's, Alexandria
Nina Janopaul St. George’s, Arlington
Laura Lafayette Christ Church, Glen Allen
Clyde Lamond, III Trinity, Upperville
Kendra Kirks McDougal St. Mary's, Colonial Beach
Katharine Panfil Saint George's, Arlington
Helen Plaisance Trinity, Charlottesville
Kathleen Turner Church of the Resurrection, Alexandria
James M. Wehr, President St. Peter’s, Purcellville


How do I learn more?

Please call Wendy Filler, Administrator, at 540-383-8380 or email if you would like to learn more about VDH or our upcoming Summit.