June 3, 2020

Dear Residents and Staff,

On May 28, 2020 Governor Brian Kemp chose to issue a state of emergency for Georgia for the third time on July 12, 2020. Governor Kemp shared, “The shelter in place order for Georgians who are sixty-five and older or medically fragile will continue through June 12, 2020 with exceptions for necessary activities, including work, medical appointments, grocery shopping, home health services, and related categories. I want to thank all of those who have followed this advice and those who have helped vulnerable loved ones navigate these difficult times. In this executive order, we continue to strongly encourage all Georgians and visitors to wear face coverings in public to mitigate viral spread, and restrictions remain intact for nearly every Georgia business to keep employees and customers safe.”

Based upon the updated information that has been received, Baptist Retirement Communities will begin to loosen restrictions for our properties with the following guidelines as listed below:


Internal Groups Gatherings may increase up to 25 people, but individuals must remain 6 feet apart, preferably continuing to wear face masks.

Beginning June 12, 2020

Apartment Tours will resume June 12, 2020. All guests are required to complete health screening, including temperature check, and to wear masks (gloves if available) during time of visit.

On-site, Internal Vendor Work Any internal vendor work may resume on June 12, 2020 with specific guidelines. All vendors are required to wear mask (gloves if available) during time of on-site, internal visit. As in the past, the vendor company must provide BRCGA with a written safety protocol that addresses COVID-19.

Tenants that have been traveling abroad and ALL (including apartments) New Move-Ins Tenants are strongly encouraged to wear masks (gloves if available) while on any of the BRCGA properties for a minimum of 5 days after arrival while in gathering areas, activity buildings, or apartment buildings.

Resident Families
Resident family members are encouraged to wear masks, practice cough/sneeze etiquette, and practice social distancing. If family members or guests show signs of illness or have a fever, they will be asked to reschedule their visit.

Palmetto Park Dining Room
Palmetto Park Dining Room will remain closed until a full release of the Shelter in Place to safely serve residents without social distancing guidelines. Renovations will begin in main dining room within the next few weeks. All vendors are required to wear masks (gloves if available) during time of on-site, internal visit, when outside of the dining room. As in the past, the vendor company must provide BRCGA with a written safety protocol that addresses COVID-19. The main dining room will be opened on a later date to be determined. Management is awaiting the time frame from vendor to begin millwork.

Beginning July 1, 2020

Outside Volunteers or Groups will be allowed to return to properties beginning July 1, 3030. Social Distancing may still be required during this time.

Off-Campus Trips will resume with no more than one trip per week beginning July 1, 2020.

Thank you for your continued support during these trying times. We ask for your continued prayers as management begins to slowly reintroduce a more normal routine into the communities. Please continue to do your best in adhering to the Mask/Glove Protection, Hand-washing Procedures, and Cough/Sneeze Etiquette that staff and residents were initially trained on until further notice.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and patience as we all strive to keep our BRCGA communities healthy and well!

May God Continue to Bless and Protect each of you.

Sharalene Roper, Vice President



Our Caring Communities

If you are looking for a retirement home for yourself or a family member, you’ve come to the right place. Our mission is to provide affordable housing for seniors, age 50 and up, in a Christian environment. Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia provides below market independent living at our three locations: Clairmont Crest in Decatur, Georgia, Hiawassee Park in the mountains of North Georgia, and Palmetto Park in Palmetto, Georgia

You, no doubt, have many questions regarding the selection of a retirement home. One of the most important things you can do is to visit several communities and compare services and prices. Our Administrators would be happy to schedule a time with you and explain the features of their particular campus. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Core Values

Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia (BRCGA) is an agency that operates under the umbrella of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. BRCGA owns all its assets and any associated debt, but we choose to operate under the umbrella of the Georgia Baptist Convention. The Executive Director of the GBMB, sits on our board of trustees as a “Sole Member.”

Because we are an agency of the GBMB, BRCGA adheres to the faith, practices, and common beliefs held by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. All operations are consistent with those of the GBMB.

Our stated purpose is to serve senior adults with a ministry that has as its mission: To enrich the lives of senior adults by empowering each individual to flourish while aging in place within a Christian environment.  “Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray your gray hairs I will carry you!  I have made, and I will bear:  Even I will carry, and will deliver you.”  Isaiah 46:4

We embrace the following core values:

 Love God, Love People, Serve People“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:19
1. Fairness and Accountability
2) Sense of Community
3) Servant Leadership
4) Honesty and Transparency

Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia will be the premier provider in Georgia for Christ-centered independent living and senior services designed to help enhance the lives seniors remaining independent and aging in place.

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” Psalm 133:1
“Finally, all of you be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, and be humble.” 1Peter 3:8

Our Corporate Staff

About 1

Shannon Watson


About 2

Sharalene Roper

Vice President 

About 3

Cathy Humphrey

Senior Executive Director

Clairmont Crest

About 4

Matthew Galyon

Executive Director

Palmetto Park

About 5

Alicia Rogers

Executive Director

Hiawassee Park

Our History

Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia began with the gift of the Winecoff Hotel on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. Since conception the ministry has maintained a clear mission:

“To enrich the lives of senior adults by providing comfortable, attractive homes and services at an affordable price enabling them to age in place within a Christian environment.”

For over five decades, hundreds of families have been blessed by this ministry. Today, there are three modern communities in the metro Atlanta area. Hiawassee Park offers mountain views far from the busy Atlanta life. Palmetto Park, nestled in South Fulton County, appeals to seniors seeking a quiet retreat with the close convenience of city living. Clairmont Crest in Decatur offers high rise senior living in an urban setting.

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