Our Purpose
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Hotels Near Clemson University Hospitality with
a Purpose

Inspired by his daughter Jamison who has Down syndrome, Rick Hayduk, a seasoned hotel leader, had long aspired to operate a hotel and employ individuals with disabilities. In 2011, Clemson's Head Football Coach, Dabo Swinney, introduced Rick to Rich Davies, a third-generation real estate developer and involved Clemson alum. The three have come together with the goal of positively impacting the lives of others through creating Shepherd Hotels in collaboration with ClemsonLIFE.

About Us

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Our Mission

Our Mission

 Our mission is to positively impact the lives of others.

Our Story
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Our Name

Our Name

A good Shepherd positively impacts the flock by caring for them, loving them, and tending to their every need. Our staff will care for guests of The Shepherd Hotel in this way.

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Dedicated to providing course study focusing on career exploration and personal improvement, ClemsonLIFE empowers students with intellectual disabilities to follow their career goals and experience life on a college campus. We are honored to work with this inspirational program that helps shape the lives of these extraordinary students.

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Our Artists

At The Shepherd Hotel, we feature a rotation of talented local and global artists, many with some form of a disability. Our art is hung gallery-style for guests to enjoy throughout their stay or if they’d like, purchase for their own homes.

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Comfortable Oasis in the Heart of Clemson

The Shepherd Hotel’s lobby fireplace, hanging swing, and other curated design elements create a warm and welcoming environment for guests to relax in the heart of Downtown Clemson.

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Bringing the Outside In

Within the hotel, a magnificent two-story spiral staircase allows for natural light to shine through the lower level interior corridors. From the third floor Thomas Bar to rooms with personal balconies, we combine indoor and outdoor elements to cultivate a natural environment.