About Givens Highland Farms
Givens Highland Farms residents contribute their broad range of interests, vast experiences, and fascinating backgrounds to enrich their new home. Nearly 375 senior residents come together at Givens Highland Farms after building lives in places across the country and traveling throughout the world. These varied experiences promote an atmosphere of camaraderie and community in every sense of the word.
Every day, our leadership and staff abide by our core values of commitment, caring, courage and collaboration. We keep our mission “Creating Community, Empowering Lives.” and vision “Endless Possibilities, Vibrant Aging.” in mind with every decision we make at Givens Highland Farms.
- To deliver quality care and services.
- To provide professional leadership.
- To embrace the highest values and practices of the Christian faith.
- To develop communities and services for economically diverse populations.
- To demonstrate respect, compassion, and selflessness.
- To act at the highest levels of ethical behavior, financial responsibility, and fair dealing.
- To provide charitable care and affordable housing with support services.
- To safeguard the environment and our natural resources through sustainable efforts.
- To be inclusive and a place where people feel welcomed, valued, and respected.
- To be creative and innovative.
- To take risks and overcome obstacles.
- To do what is right and take action.
- To faithfully partner with the United Methodist Church.
- To forge partnerships that enhance our ability to achieve the organization's mission and share knowledge, skills, and resources.
Givens Highland Farms has a proud tradition of service and quality for 50 years, starting in November 1971, when businessman and developer Chet Prentice worked with local civic and church leaders to open Highland Farms Health Care Center.
What started as a 60-bed nursing facility has evolved to a vibrant, flourishing, licensed Life Plan Community, also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC, on a beautiful 75-acre campus with stunning views of the Western North Carolina mountains. Today, Givens Highland Farms provides active, independent retirement living and services to nearly 375 active senior adults.
Originally a for-profit community, Highland Farms grew in its first decade and then expanded further in the 1990s with the addition of a licensed Home Care, a renovation program, and the addition of four freestanding homes. In 2004, Highland Farms became fully licensed by the state of North Carolina as a CCRC.
Highland Farms joined Givens Communities, a nonprofit organization locally based in Asheville, in December 2012. This mutually beneficial acquisition and the sharing of resources enables even more improvement and growth with expansion plans for dining and our health services. These projects will help us continue to provide quality services and “expand the possibilities” for our senior residents.
There are now four senior living communities that comprise Givens Communities. The mission of Givens Communities is to improve lives through communities, services, and outreach. Learn more by visiting the Givens Communities website or reading the Givens Communities e-brochure.
Givens Highland Farms Leadership
Serving our residents with professionalism and compassion is instilled in our staff. Loyalty and stability are also part of our work culture, with staff members proudly wearing pins that commemorate impressive years of service, ranging from 15 to 40 years. The driving force behind our team’s outstanding service is the desire to provide expert care and the guidance of our strong leadership.
Ken has over 20 years of experience working in the retirement community industry, beginning with his first position with Maple Knoll Village in Cincinnati, Ohio. From there, he spent seven years with Immanuel Health Systems in Omaha, Nebraska. As Wellness Director, he managed the Wellness Center program for their Lakeside Community and developed Wellness Centers for three of their six communities. In 2005 Ken joined Givens Highland Farms as their Wellness Director, leading the development of their new Wellness Center and continued growth of their wellness program. In July of 2014, Ken took the role of Associate Director of Givens Highland Farms and has served as Executive Director since the retirement of the previous director in March of 2015. Ken is well versed in culture development and has presented on this topic on a national level. He has also published articles in journals such as Assisted Living Success and The Journal on Active Aging. A Miami University of Ohio graduate, Ken has consulted nationally with retirement communities to help them design and develop wellness centers and implement successful wellness cultures.
Michael Willis started as Controller at Givens Highland Farms in May of 2022. He is responsible for financial operations, including financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting. Michael comes from Southwest Florida, where he attended Florida Gulf Coast University and received his B.S in Accounting and Masters of Accounting and Taxation. He is a Florida CPA with over 20 years of accounting experience, including 10+ years in public accounting. Most of his career has been spent working with Governmental and Nonprofit organizations, including United Way of Lee County, FL, and Henderson County Habitat for Humanity. He has also taught college accounting and taxation as an adjunct professor.
Kris Hoke has been in the Long Term Care sector since 1992. She has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1998 with several different organizations.
Her responsibilities include supervising the clinical and administrative affairs of the GHF Skilled Nursing Facility to maintain long-term goals and uphold our mission. Ms. Hoke is currently a Preceptor for the NC Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. She has a B.S in Business Administration, a minor in Economics, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Seton Hill University. Kris enjoys outdoor activities and is a pet lover.
Best Place to Retire
With natural beauty, an affordable cost of living, vibrant dining and shopping, plus rich arts and culture, it is no wonder that the Black Mountain area is a favorite among these national publications.
Money.com lists the Asheville region as one of the “The 10 Best Places to Retire in America.”
Forbes.com lists as “The Best Places to Retire in 2020“
Livability.com ranked Asheville No. 6 on the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.“
BestCities.org ranked the metropolitan area No. 5 in its Top 50 of “America’s Best Small Cities“
Travel & Leisure ranked Asheville No. 3 in its “Top 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020“
Oprah’s O Magazine ranks Black Mountain as No. 8 in its “ Ten Charming Towns You Should Visit”
Nestled at the base of the mountain range that provides its name, Black Mountain is a bustling small town with independently-owned shops, unique galleries, and innovative restaurants. It’s the perfect intersection of culture and outdoor adventure. Leisurely cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a scenic fall drive. Hike to a nearby waterfall overlook, or spend the day strolling through the friendly and walkable downtown area pursuing the art galleries and artisan crafts.
Everything Within Reach
In addition to visual arts, the lively town of Black Mountain is no stranger to entertainment and fun, with musical venues that book acts ranging from classic to pop to bluegrass. Some of our Givens Highland Farms senior residents are renowned artists and musicians in their own right.
Socialize with friends and neighbors at our local breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Or for those with a sweet tooth, our little town boasts a variety of shops that serve up ice cream and other frozen treats.
You can head north and visit Mount Mitchell State Park, the tallest summit east of the Mississippi River. Or stick closer to home for the relatively short hike with a big panoramic payoff at Craggy Gardens Pinnacle. Pack a lunch and walk to an overlook where you can take in the powerful beauty of one of Western North Carolina’s waterfalls. Whether you like to hike, bike, fish, or paddle, you will find numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation given the city’s proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest.
Givens Highland Farms is a nonprofit life plan community that welcomes financial support. We offer giving opportunities that directly impact the lives of seniors, improve the quality of life for our residents, and support our outstanding employees.
Your generosity ensures that Givens Highland Farms secures its leadership position and service for future generations and strengthens our ministry to seniors. We value your impact and commitment to this worthy vision.
The Resident Assistance Ministry helps in instances where a resident’s cost of living outweighs their income. This ministry requires approximately $1 million annually with support from residents, staff, Board members, churches, and friends. We also maintain a Staff Assistance Ministry when our team members need help.
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Givens Highland Farms is fortunate to have people who have established endowment funds to enrich our ministry. The Resident Assistance Ministry receives the majority of its funding resources from these endowments.
Customized or planned benefits include increased income, tax deductions, and partial or complete bypass of potential capital gains on appreciated property. Information is available at GivensLegacy.org regarding Estates and Planned Giving for residents and other gift planning professionals.
Honor loved ones and special friends by leaving a legacy that will have a significant and positive impact well into the future. Capital projects such as our Chapel and recent expansion include opportunities for making gifts that recognize a loved one, a donor, or a special friend.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. In addition, some companies match donations made by retirees or spouses and even double or triple contributions.
To learn more about giving or donating online, visit the Givens Communities Giving webpage.