Virginia United Methodist Homes / Mission

World War II was coming to a close when the Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church formed a new non-profit corporation for its ministry to provide care for the aging. Inspired by a similar ministry in Maryland, Virginia United Methodist Homes (VUMH) identified as its mission the provision of facilities, services and programs that enhance the quality of life for older persons of all faiths.

The Hermitage in Richmond opened its doors in 1948, becoming the first in a long tradition of VUMH retirement communities. Since the beginning, VUMH has provided financial assistance for residents who outlive their resources through VUMH’s Samaritan Program. As the needs and desires of senior citizens have changed, VUMH has renovated or expanded existing communities and developed new properties. Today, the organization owns and operates seven senior living communities throughout the state:

  • Our family is very pleased with the care and service delivered by the competent staff at Hermitage. During a recent blizzard, it was comforting to know that our family member was safe and sound as many staff members worked double shifts or stayed overnight to ensure the safety of the residents. Any time we visit we are greeted by the cheerful, friendly staff.

    Suzanne & Fred L.

    The staff is very helpful and friendly. The free transportation offered is very well done, taking residents to the doctor, shopping or to pursue pleasurable activities. The activities offered on campus are varied, and available for residents who want to participate, including games of all types. At the Hermitage, I enjoy participating in what is offered and continue to live my life as I want to.


  • We are so grateful for the wonderful staff, the cleanliness of the facility, the daily social activities, including exercise classes, and especially the loving care provided to my mom. We also are grateful that the administrative staff makes the business side of her comings and goings as smooth and easy as possible.

    Dianne & Rob B.

    My Mom’s decision to move to The Hermitage at age 97—after living independently in her own home for 66 years—was not an easy one. But she’s now been in her lovely, sunny apartment for 3 years, where she’s safe and comfortable and well cared for. The staff at The Hermitage made the transition easier, and they continue to provide a loving, caring environment for the residents.

    Donna G.

  • I continue to live my life as I want to. I take advantage of the convenient bus stop near the Hermitage to make a weekly visit to the Library of Congress where I continue research I had begun some 40 years ago.

    Morgan J.

    When my mother moved from the West Coast to assisted living at the Hermitage, staff members guided me through the process and were very helpful in arranging everything she needed and recommending a primary care physician.

    Adult child

  • The friends I have met here at Hermitage have truly been a blessing and the staff is very helpful and kind. I also love the beautiful grounds and often enjoy taking peaceful walks after dinner to watch the sunset.


    I originally placed my cousin at the hermitage along with her mother. Debra Norberg and the hermitage staff were so accommodating allowing my cousin to be in independent living, while my aunt was in the health care center. At the same time, Debra worked with me to keep the cost reasonable. My cousin has now resided there for 2.5 years and absolutely loves it! I recommend the Hermitage to anyone looking for an affordable care living facility in Northern Virginia.

    Bethany B.

  • Living at the Hermitage makes it easy to stay active. I volunteer on the library committee, attend social events, take tai chi and exercise classes, and I’ve take more trips to the mall and to museums than ever before.