The Renaissance community is a place that meets all my needs – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Here we share our joys and divide our burdens. Located in a small southern town, with Erskine College just across the street, we enjoy concerts, sports events, along with interactions with students and faculty. Come, visit and see for yourself what we have to offer and see the ways in which you can be a part of this ministry.
— Rev. Roy Beckham
As retired school teachers we migrated from central Indiana to the western North Carolina mountains and for 20+ years, we loved it, but then came aging and health issues that pointed out our need for a place where we could be “independent” but free of the hard work of upkeep on a property. We searched for 2 or 3 years before we found a place that did not require “buy in” and one that we thought we could afford.
After trying two other facilities, we had kind of accepted a life of “four-walls and 3 meals within our budget” but with little enthusiasm for living day-to-day.
Then we heard about Covenant Way (later to be renamed The Renaissance) not too far away in a tiny town with a small college. We decided to drive down to see what it looked like, and we are so glad we took that drive!
The Renaissance is located in a beautiful little college town of well-kept vintage and (some newer) homes and campus buildings. It is quiet enough that one can actually hear the birds sing! We are surrounded by trees and flowering bushes, both domestic and straight from the hands of mother nature. The residents of The Renaissance as well as the people of the Due West community immediately made us feel welcome. There is a cooperative attitude among the college population, the community and The Renaissance that would be hard to find in a larger town!
The living quarters are not just “sterile units” but cozy, homelike dwellings with features inside and out that make life here very pleasant. Our three meals a day consist of good, home-cooked food (so good that one needs to watch the scales just a bit!) For those who like lots of socializing and planned activities, there is something planned for every day. Those activities don’t just stop with Bingo or Canasta, but various shopping trips, in-house movies, game nights, trips to plays at the Abbeville Opera House, Ladies’ Night Out at nearby restaurants, etc. And residents are welcome to attend sports events, musical programs, etc. at Erskine College just across the street. A local Family Medicine Clinic is just blocks away. Transportation is furnished for shopping for essentials, and, if one gets an urge to cook an occasional meal, our homes have fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. And we also have a large volume library of fiction, nonfiction, inspirational and academic materials.
For those who prefer to pursue individual interests, the quiet and peaceful surroundings on our enclosed porches and patios are perfect for reading or working on a project or hobby. Bible studies and card groups are available both in the community and on The Renaissance campus.
We have found “Our Home” and we plan to stay! We urge others to come and take a look at what The Renaissance has to offer! It is not ‘just your average retirement facility’!
— Ann Grubb
I moved to The Renaissance in January of 2014 after living in a duplex on Lake Greenwood, SC in 2013. I have been completely happy here ever since. Erskine College is across the street and it really has become a part of the community for me. I really enjoy the Erskine sports activities, grandparent program with the tennis team and the music department concerts, recitals and plays. We are kept busy with various activities and many professional presentation such as travelogues of places around the world presented by a former professor at Erskine College.
A medical facility is only 2 minutes away in Due West with several doctors available. The food here is on the same level with a very good restaurant and includes an excellent salad bar. All the people are very friendly, including the staff members, who are also very supportive. A computer is available for use, as well as a library. Activities and trips for shopping are available with the use of a van or bus. Much more I could say but I am very happy here.
— Ansley Crouch
My life at The Renaissance is very complete. It can be described in one word, Love! I am loving life to the fullest. I love the security that I feel knowing that someone will take care of issues if they arise. I love the variety of activities, the closeness between residents, and of course the food! The community here is gorgeous and complemented by our wonderful next door neighbor, Erskine College. Not only is the beautiful college there to visit, we are able to attend sporting events, fine arts exhibits, multicultural presentations, and attend classes at no charge. The community here is not just The Renaissance, the whole town is family. Whether I am out enjoying the beautiful flowers of the grounds, or enjoying some of the finest meals, I know that this isn’t just a place to live, this is my home.
— Jan Parks Brown
I have lived here at The Renaissance for over a year now, and I like it more all the time. My first impression was how beautiful and well-kept the grounds are. The management members are all really nice and they go to great lengths to see to our comfort and well-being. There are plenty of activities and outings to keep us entertained and busy. We have really good cooks and the food is outstanding. I don’t see how anyone would not like living here at The Renaissance.
— Wilma Greene