May 2015 Meeting
The meeting’s speaker was Donna Owens, Marketing and Sales Director for the Foothills Retirement Community at Easley. This retirement community is associated with Presbyterian Church (USA) but not owned by it. It is one of the five Presbyterian faith-based communities in South Carolina. This facility has both independent and assisted living facilities. Presently there are 28 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments with additional and larger apartments being built. There are 32 assisted living apartments and a Rehab Center with rooms for both short and long term care. Also being built is a Memory Support Center to care for Alzheimer and dementia patients. The cost of living in these facilities was briefly discussed and a folder with more cost information was distributed. Finally, she told of their present fundraising activities with the Presbyterian Churches in South Carolina for the building of a 150-seat chapel on the Easley site.
April 2015 Meeting
At this morning’s meeting, Dusty Oates, Co-Coordinator of Fort Hill’s Building Bridges Capital Campaign gave us an update of the renovation plans. This time he had architectural drawings of the proposed renovations to help us better understand the scope of the project. The first work that must be done is the upgrade of the AC system in the 1960 education building along with bringing the building up to present day building codes. This is important since this building houses our preschool program. The work also needs to be done this summer when school is out. A fund raising campaign has now been started to raise funds for the buildings. The outcome of this campaign will then determine when and how much of the renovation of these buildings can be done. The major problem of our buildings is availability of access for handicapped people. Also better use of available space can be made with some building modifications.