2021 Specials


March 30, 2021


Dear Residents and Staff,

The BRCGA communities have faced a challenging year with perseverance, vigilance, and hope. Many within our communities have now received or are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. As the world around us continues to shift, BRCGA must also continue to remain flexible to best serve the residents, staff, and guests. Based upon the updated information that has been received from the CDC and local health officials, Baptist Retirement Communities has created the following guidelines as listed below:

Internal Groups Gatherings may increase up to 50 people, but individuals must remain 6 feet apart. All participants are required to wear face masks, adhere to cough/sneeze etiquette, and follow proper handwashing procedures while in BRCGA public spaces. Fully vaccinated tenants may visit with other fully vaccinated tenants in apartments or cottages and not wear masks, but social distance no less than 6 feet.

Apartment Tours have resumed at all properties. All guests are required to complete health screening, including temperature check, and to wear masks (gloves if available) during time of visit.  Any guests experiencing any signs of illness or fever will be asked to reschedule their visit

On-site, Internal Vendor Work Internal vendor has resumed 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 that have traveled abroad -OR- New Move-Ins must adhere to one of the following:

  • Submit a negative COVID test within the past 24 hours
  • Submit proof of completed COVID vaccination (two full weeks after final vaccination shot)
  • Follow CDC required 14 day quarantine


Resident Families

Family members may now visit with their loved ones. Masks, social distancing, and all COVID safety precautions will continue to be required while on BRCGA properties. If family members or guests show signs of illness or have a fever, they are required to reschedule their visit. This will remain in effect until BRCGA reassesses the COVID situation.

Palmetto Park Dining Room

Palmetto Park Dining Room will begin to provide breakfast only in the main dining room beginning April 12, 2021, seven days a week. The dining times for the breakfast will be extended from 6:30 a.m. through 8:30 a.m. Seats will not be initially assigned. All remaining meals will continue to be delivered until further notice. Based on the survey checklist, any remaining residents that chose to eat their meals in their units will have their breakfast delivered to their room at 6:30 a.m.

Outside Volunteers or Groups

Outside volunteer groups of up to 50 people may gather on campus, but individuals must remain 6 feet apart. All participants are required to wear face masks, adhere to cough/sneeze etiquette, and follow proper handwashing procedures while in BRCGA public spaces. Fully vaccinated tenants may visit with other fully vaccinated tenants in apartments or cottages and not wear masks, but social distance no less than 6 feet.

Off-Campus Trips

Buses and/or vans have a limited capacity to prevent any possible COVID-19. All passengers are required to wear a mask at all times while riding on the bus or van. The local community management will determine the start date and types of allowable trips.

Thank you for your willingness to adhere to the updated BRCGA guidelines. Please continue to do your best in adhering to the Mask/Glove Protection, Handwashing Procedures, and Cough/Sneeze Etiquette that staff and residents were initially trained on until further notice. 

Your continued support, gracious attitude, and prayers during this unprecedented season in our nation’s history is invaluable. May we continue to be vigilant in prayer and steadfastness as we strive towards protecting the BRCGA communities.


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

Amanda Kirkindoll

HR Coordinator & Corporate Secretary
About 4

Joanna Hannah

Executive Director

Clairmont Crest

About 5

Alicia Rogers

Executive Director

Hiawassee Park

About 6

Megan Eyrich

Community Relations Director

Hiawassee Park

About 7

Matthew Galyon

Executive Director

Palmetto Park

About 8

Christina Watkins

Community Relations Director

Palmetto 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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