Covenant Retirement Communities traces its roots to the Home of Mercy. Opened in Chicago in 1886 as the founding ministry of a church of Swedish immigrants, it was an old-age home, an orphanage and a hospital. Since then, the church became the Evangelical Covenant Church, our service parent. The service to senior adults became Covenant Retirement Communities. Now, more than a century later, the co...venant of service kindled on the streets of Chicago burns brightly across the country. The Holmstad is one these beautiful continuing care retirement communities nestled along the Fox River in Batavia, IL.