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.
Please visit the Virginia Diocesan Homes 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.
How Houses of Worship Can Faithfully Respond to the Housing Crisis
On Saturday, September 23, 2023, Virginia Diocesan Homes sponsored a virtual forum on how congregations can respond faithfully to the housing crisis. This Zoom link provides a full recording of the forum. Passcode: .C0M2Bv0
Forum sessions included:
- Experience in building affordable housing on church property from lay leaders at Fairlington Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, plus a presentation from Kamilah McAfree of Wesley Housing, an experienced nonprofit housing developer.
- The role of faith communities in supporting advocacy for affordable housing, plus housing services for persons with disabilities and formerly homeless. Speakers included Jill Norcross, of Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, Shannon Steene of Carpenters Shelter, and Donna Budway of Our Stomping Ground.
- Best practices in how faith communities can support affordable housing and other public benefits from Rev. Joseph Williams from Enterprise's Faith Based Development Initiative, and Rick Reinhard and Rev. Daniel Pryfogle of Sympara.
For more information about VDH and the resources it can offer congregations exploring expanding mission uses of its property, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affordable Housing Webinar Series
Affordable Housing is a hot topic in many communities today, but how many of us know the details behind the topic?
To equip everyone with the background they need to understand and evaluate the many plans being discussed across Virginia, Saint George's, Arlington, and the Virginia Diocesan Homes presented a seven-week online educational series. Recordings from the series are available here.
Our board provides oversight of the several retirement communities that are affiliated with the Episcopal Church through the Diocese of Virginia. 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
Board of Trustees
|J.P. Causey, Jr.||St. John's, West Point|
|The Rev. Kathleen Chipps||St. Andrew's, Burke|
|Janet Hansen||St. Michael's, Arlington|
|John Horn||St. Aidan's, Alexandria|
|Nina Janopaul, President||St. George’s, Arlington|
|Laura Lafayette||Christ Church, Glen Allen|
|Clyde Lamond, III||Trinity, Upperville|
|Carolyn Lanier||St. Philip's, Richmond|
|Katharine Panfil||Saint George's, Arlington|
|The Rev. Will Peyton||St. Paul's Memorial, Charlottesville|
|Helen Plaisance||Trinity, Charlottesville|
|Lee Quill||Church of the Resurrection, Alexandria|
|Kathleen Turner||Church of the Resurrection, Alexandria|
|James M. Wehr||St. James', Leesburg|
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.