Rush Homes was born of a mother’s love for her child.

Mabel Rush wanted the best for her son, Jimmy, and sought to find a way to provide housing for people with developmental disabilities who did not fare well in institutional settings. Mabel, along with disability advocates and a group of parents, like her, of adult children with disabilities, formed The Mabel Rush Housing Foundation for people like their children who needed a better place to live.

Realizing an unmet need for accessible homes for families with mobility impairments, our vision grew to include affordable and accessible homes for every disability. Our history reflects our pursuit of better community so that everyone, regardless of disability or income, can live to their greatest potential. 

An old family photo of Mabel Rush, the founder of Rush Homes, with her husband and son.

1996

The Mabel Rush Housing Foundation purchases the first Rush Home, Jimmy’s house.

1998

The Mabel Rush Housing foundation hires Victoria Hanson as the first Executive Director.

1999

Our name changes from Mable Rush Housing Foundation to Rush Lifetime Homes, Inc.

2001

We build our second home in partnership with Lynchburg City Schools. Heritage High School’s building trades classes construct the modular home.

One of Rush Homes tenants sitting on a porch squinting in the sun.

2002

We receive our largest grant to date of $400,000 from HUD to initiate the Supportive Housing Program for people with disabilities who are homeless, the first of its kind in Central Virginia. Allison Wingfield becomes Executive Director.

2003

We build two duplexes on Seminole Drive in Madison Heights, bringing our total to seven homes. 

2004

Homes on Harrison Street, Lansing Avenue, and Taylor Street are renovated as part of the Supportive Housing Program.

2005

We purchase and renovate a home on Wards Ferry Road and move our offices to 1022 Commerce Street, Lynchburg.

2006

As we grow, we expand our fundraising and volunteer programs to help better meet our mission.

Rush Homes large four-plex on Mays Street in Madison Heights acquired and renovated in 2008.

2008

We purchase and renovate a large four-plex on Mays Street in Madison Heights and a home on Wildwood Drive creating four apartments (two fully accessible) and a partially accessible single family home.

2009

We are awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the first time and begin our largest project to date, Victoria Ridge, 28 fully accessible apartments.

2010

As part of Rush Homes’ participation in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Rush Homes purchases and renovates a duplex on Ruffner Street.  We break ground for Victoria Ridge.

2011

We complete construction of and lease-up Victoria Ridge. Rush Homes now serves tenant families in 43 homes.

2012

The renovation of the historic Armstrong Elementary School and our second Low Income Tax Credit Development, begins. Armstrong Place has 28 fully accessible apartments and is recognized as a Historic Landmark because of its role as an equalization school in the civil rights era. 

2013

We break ground for Armstrong Place!

The historic Armstrong Elementary School, renovated in 2012, offers 28 fully accessible apartments.

2014

Plans are underway for Old Forest Village. Jeff Smith becomes Executive Director.

2015

With the renovation and lease-up of Armstrong Place complete, we now serve tenant families in 71 homes. We move our offices to 1721 Monsview Place. 

2016

Old Forest Village receives Low Income Housing Tax Credits that lead to the development of 28 fully accessible and affordable apartments. We start our Residential Support Program.

2017

Old Forest Village construction begins.

2018

Despite record breaking rainfall, Old Forest Village opens in December. This brings us to a total of 99 homes! Our waiting list stands at over 500; we begin to search for more sites to provide more housing.

2019

Needing to grow, we enter into a strategic planning process and continue to plan future housing.