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The Fahe Network consists of 50+ Member organizations, spanning across the Appalachian portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, and Maryland. During the best of times, these local leaders provide essential services to their communities including housing, economic, and community development. During times of crisis they stand with their communities, often increasing or modifying the types of services available to match the current need. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the Fahe Network has served the region for 40 years Building the American Dream. This collaboration has invested over $1.5 Billion into Appalachia, which has directly impacted the lives of over 616,000 people. We are taking the time to celebrate each of these Members during our 40th anniversary, as we continue in partnership to ensure that no community is left behind.

Woodlands Development Group—Elkins, WV

Woodlands Development Group (WDG) has been building opportunities one step at a time since 1995. Located in Elkins, WV, Woodlands serves Barbour, Randolph, and Tucker Counties. Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Woodlands has been diligently working to build healthy, viable communities in the region by developing sustainable, affordable housing and supporting economic initiatives.

Woodlands works as both a housing and community developer working to provide families with quality rental housing and boosting the economy through the development and reuse of commercial buildings.  WDG also operates a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) knowns as Woodlands Community Lenders (WCL). WCL helps foster both entrepreneurship and community revitalization by providing access to capital and technical assistance to business and non-profit organizations.  Like many CDFIs, WCL provides financial opportunities to people and businesses in areas underserved by traditional lending institutions.

Woodlands believes that healthy, vibrant communities have safe and engaging neighborhoods that are able to provide housing for all people. They also believe that dynamic and rich town centers encourage invest, inspire creativity, and brings people together. They also know that in order to achieve the sustainable creation of these communities will require long-term commitment and collaboration, which Woodlands has been dedicated to since their beginning. Through housing and neighborhood improvement, downtown redevelopment, community facilities and planning, and small business lending, Woodlands is here for the long-haul.

To learn more about Woodlands and the services they provide, or to keep up with them on social media, follow the links below:



Join our Anniversary Celebration

Over the course of 2020, we will be celebrating Fahe’s history through sharing historical photos, family stories, and future projects, as well as other Member Highlights. Please join our 40th anniversary celebration by sharing your memories, pictures, and support for Fahe on social media.  Please join in by using the hashtag #WeAreFahe.  You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski serves as Fahe's Communication VISTA. She holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. She's an avid lover of music and in her free time she enjoys photography, going to concerts and re-watching "The Office."

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