What’s New at Covenant Village

A New Year Mindset with Purpose

A New Year’s message from the CEO For the last 10+ years, about this time each year, I have dedicated time to consider a personal mindset or theme for the coming New Year. Each year, I try to narrow my guidepost to a triplet of words or phrases. One that I have used a couple of times—depending on current life situations—is “Be. …

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Our Best Friend on Cold Mornings!

Note from Kelley Sills: Below is an article written by one of Covenant Village’s very own residents, Dr. Bob Blake. As I was rummaging through documents for the history book being written for Covenant Village’s 40th anniversary, I came across articles that Dr. Blake had written on automobiles. This intrigued me and seemed like a wonderful opportunity to share his writings with…

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Covenant Village 40th Anniversary logo

The 2022 Honorary Residents

Covenant Village recognized twelve Honorary Residents at its inaugural Evening of Thanksgiving and Gratitude, held on November 10, 2022, in the formal Assembly Room. The event was part of a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of Covenant Village. Each 2022 Honorary Resident has made Covenant Village their home for more than 20 years, including one resident, who has lived here 27…

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Kelly Rushing is recognized for 40 years service at Covenant Village

Recognition and High Praise for Staff Longevity

“Where else in our State Association, in the State, or in the Nation for that matter, can any community celebrate four Team Members who have individually served an organization for nearly 40 years each?” asked Dale Melton, CEO of Covenant Village, during a recent event to recognize resident and staff contributions to the life of the Gastonia-based retirement community. The special occasion…

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Thanksgiving Letter from CEO

Dear Covenant Village Residents and Staff, Over the past four years, you have heard me talk about the benefits of cultivating an appreciative lifestyle—how even the simple practice of saying, “Thank you!” can change our outlook and generate positivity. Just as there are spiritual health benefits to a grateful, grace-filled relationship with God, we also can experience profound mental and physical health benefits from…

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Resident Handbook Revision & Implementation of New Policy

The day-in, day-out operational health of any organization is improved with regular and routine review and revision of its core by-laws, handbooks, operations manuals, policies & procedures, as well as rules & regulations. Covenant Village recently completed a couple of rounds of review and revision to our Employee Handbook, and most recently with a review and some amendments to the Resident Association’s…

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Staff Promotions, Hires, Re-hires, and Achievements

Jim Collins, chosen by Forbes in 2017 as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds said, “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” Here at Covenant Village, we are driven by what we believe to be great vision for our community. To fulfill our vision, we know we need great people. As businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs have experienced around the globe,…

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Fireside Chat — A Time to Reminisce

Solomon so wisely instructs us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) As the dawn rises on our 40th anniversary as a Village, we find it a time to laugh, a time to remember, and a time to reminisce. On Thursday, September 22, 2022, Covenant Village hosted an inaugural 40th Anniversary celebration which…

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Interim Director of Nursing Appointed

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Wellman, our Nurse Educator, has agreed to be Interim Director of Nursing (DON).  Kevin Stewart, our Health Services Administrator, affirmed the following about Stephanie: “I am thankful Stephanie has agreed to continue the good work Sue Ashley has done and will become our Interim Director of Nursing. Her background as our Infection Control Nurse with…

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Staff Says — A Great Place to Work!

For the past two years, Covenant Village has participated in the Great Place to Work survey as a tool to gauge employees’ views on five (5) key elements including credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. This survey is orchestrated by “the global authority on workplace culture” — the organization Great Place to Work (GPTW) and has been used by companies around the…

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On a recent trip, he met Servi—and You will, too!

So. . . why do Staff travel for Professional Development or to see other Life Plan Communities?  The ultimate goal is to improve care and community at Covenant Village.  That is why we have a concerted effort to identify Staff to attend our industry’s national and local Leadership Academies.  One component of this program is the opportunity to visit other communities that…

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Ears To Hear — And A Heart To Listen

I would imagine if we were honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that from time to time we fall into the habit of “listening” to others, but not really listening to them. Being a good listener does not simply entail the physical act of hearing someone speak, but of focusing our attention on the person’s words, emotions, and expressions. To…

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