Miracle Hill Ministries - Renewal for Women in Greenville, SC

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19 Graves Drive
Greenville SC 29609

Miracle Hill Ministries - Renewal for Women Philosophy

Miracle Hill Renewal Program uses a Christian adaptation of the 12-Steps to help free women from their life-dominating addictions. The program has four phases, including spiritual foundations, inner healing, building healthy relationships and life planning.

Areas of Specialization

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Highlights

Bible Study

Chapel and Church Services

Individual Counseling

Meet the Staff

Reid Lehman

President & CEO

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Reid Lehman has been employed with Miracle Hill Ministries since 1980 and has led the ministry since 1985. Reid holds an undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University, an MBA from Winthrop University, and an honorary doctorate from Clearwater Christian College. In 1997, Reid received the Lewis Hine Award, presented by the National Child Labor Committee for service to children and youth. In 2002, he received the Silver Crescent Award for service to the state of South Carolina. In the fall of 2005, he published God Wears His Own Watch, an autobiographical account of God at work in Miracle Hill Ministries.

Larry Bateman


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Larry joined Miracle Hill Ministries in November 2009. His passion is to help the ministry, clients and employees to be all that God desires us to be. Prior to joining Miracle Hill, he served in both local church and mission agency settings. Larry has also served in various leadership roles in business and education. He received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his BS degree from the University of Arkansas. Larry is married and has four children.

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Miracle Hill Ministries was founded 1937 as a soup kitchen and rescue mission. Today, the organization runs four homeless shelters, several children’s homes, and two faith-based recovery centers in South Carolina. Renewal for Women, located in Greenville, S.C., offers long-term, Christian residential treatment for women seeking treatment for substance abuse. It is one of only 10 long-term care programs in the state. Medical detox is not available on-site, and the center’s handbook notes that the facility is not appropriate for women with “serious or chronic medical problems.”


Renewal for women is one of 55 programs in the state with treatment options specifically for women. The treatment process begins with an initial assessment including drug screening. Clients must also be in good medical condition and not need ongoing medical care to participate.

The center’s six-month program is split into four phases including spiritual foundations, inner healing, planning a healthy lifestyle and relationships, and prevention and planning. Participants use a Christian adaptation of the 12-Step recovery model. The 12-Steps is used in more than 72 percent of South Carolina’s treatment facilities.

Clients participate in both individual and group counseling, Bible study, chapel and church services, educational classes, and seminars. Days are highly structured and last from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Clients also work with mentors to learn skills and improve their understanding of how to use those skills in everyday life. In South Carolina, 46.3 percent of the facilities use mentoring methods in their treatment processes. Clients will also develop an aftercare plan and have job preparation training.

After treatment, clients may enter Miracle Hill’s transitional housing program for six months, during which they attend weekly support meetings and keep in close contact with a mentor from the local church.


Treatment is administered by on-staff counselors, though it is not clear whether or not staff have any certifications or official credentials. There are no medical professionals on-site, and medical and dental appointments are made on an emergency referral basis only. Volunteers are often involved in services when appropriate, and clergy are included on the staff as well.


Resident's bedrooms are inspected daily, and mandatory chores must be completed. Neither visitors nor phone calls are permitted during the first 30 days of treatment, and there are strict rules about general conduct, with a system of demerits whereby accumulated offenses may result in disqualification from the program. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited.


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On Google, Miracle Hill Renewal Center as a whole earned an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars from five reviews to date.[1] The single negative review comes from someone who called for more information but who did not attend the program. In the other review with written commentary, an alum described that staff as “great and very carying.”


The two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com provided polarized feedback about Miracle Hill Renewal Center. T.J.S. noted that they would recommend Renewal, giving the center five out of five stars for its counseling, mental health treatment, and family program. “Tough love program and very strict rules. Dependent upon God and religion to see their errors.” T.J.S. wrote in their review.

However, B.L. was more critical of Renewal, noting that the center expelled clients without sufficient reason. B.L. also provided one out of five star ratings for the program’s counseling options, treatment for co-occurring disorders, and holistic treatment. “If you voice a question as to HOW the facility can help you once you are there, they will ask you to leave. They ask for honesty, but if you ARE honest, they do not want to help you,” B.L. wrote.


All clients must pay a one-time entry fee of $85. Fees are determined on a sliding scale. In certain cases, those with no source of income may complete the program free of charge, making it one of 66 (61.1 percent) of facilities in the state that offer services to clients that can’t pay. Those with some income - including unemployment or disability payments - are expected to pay a fee. No client is turned away on the basis of their inability to pay.


Miracle Hill Ministries received a religious exemption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue the faith-based federally funded foster care program that only works with Christians, reported the Washington Post in January 2019. Miracle Hill's policy was scrutinized following the implementation of a government regulation that "prohibits groups receiving federal funding from discriminating on the basis of religion," according to The Greenville News.

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Published on February 2019

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This place has no documented success cases. They treated my wife. Told me she was doing unbelievably well. She was drunk a month after she left the center but still in their aftercare program. I checked up on their success rate. The Director could not provide any. The statement on their website that they have a 97 percent success rate is an outright lie. Miracle Hill claims to use a "Biblical approach to the 12 Steps" which reveals their arrogance. They know more about the 12 steps than AA so they have come up with their own version. No success in over 30 years is the proof in the pudding. These people collect money to treat the addicted, the addicted that can afford nothing else, to ply their "addiction theology" on our society's weakest and most vulnerable. Shame on Miracle Hill. Stay away. This place is a death trap. Alcoholism kills.


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It's a clean facility and they do have good meals. If you voice a question as to HOW the facility can help you once you are there, they will ask you to leave. They ask for honesty, but if you ARE honest, they do not want to help you understand and calm your fears in 'Will the program work?" or "Am I in the right place?' . They automatically tell you to leave, and if you can't, they take you to a homeless shelter, leave you there with none of your money, then pick you up the next morning, take you to a bus station. If the buses do not go to your hometown, THEY DO NOT CARE, they leave you there. If this is CHRISTIAN LOVE and COMPASSION..NO THANK YOU! If you are not a Christian, do not go. This facility will only help you if you are one. If you are not Christian, they will make you miserable until you leave.The love and compassion for addicts depends on your Christian status.


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tough love program and very strict rules. Dependent upon God and religion to see their errors.


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