Givens Communities announces last phase of Gerber Park


Re-Imagine Senior Living
Making it possible for more seniors to afford housing with supportive services

Givens Gerber Park is the answer for those 55 and older with modest income to enjoy the next chapter in their life. Located in vibrant south Asheville this community offers residents an engaging, convenient community to thrive amongst friends.

This new community is excited to announce “60 Gerber Park” – the newest affordable living solution.  This phase includes 60 one-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom all-inclusive apartments.  The resident’s monthly fee includes:  rent, utilities (power, water, cable, phone, and internet), activities (social, recreational, spiritual, and educational), dining allowance in the café, use of all common areas and amenities, and routine maintenance.

Additional services and amenities:  MAHEC Primary Care Clinic, health and wellness programs, on-site community nurse, social workers, grounds and facility maintenance.  The community offers a fitness center, beauty shop, café, elevators, small community room with kitchen for gatherings and classes, large community room with fireplace and kitchen, library with computers, garden spaces, and a large screened porch with mountain views.  Public transportation, grocery store, pharmacies, and shopping are all within walking distance.

This last phase of Givens Gerber Park is scheduled to open in early 2018.  To learn more contact Givens Gerber Park at (828) 771-2207 or go to to see floor plans and learn more about this unique and affordable rental retirement community.  Givens Gerber Park is an Equal Housing Opportunity and Accessible Community.

Givens is pleased to continue our mission of serving our area’s older adult population while maintaining the warm environment you expect from a Givens property.

Givens is a mission and ministry of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Givens is a Christian organization committed to providing an outstanding quality of life to more than 1,200 residents through its family of senior living communities in Western North Carolina. A variety of subsidized, affordable, and market rate housing options are available to residents. Givens also reaches out into the region and touches more than 6,000 lives annually through outreach efforts and partnerships with other nonprofits.  Givens was ranked by LeadingAge Ziegler in 2016 as the 106th largest multi-site organization in the nation.  Givens is rated by Fitch as a ‘BBB’ organization, and Givens has been continuously accredited by CARF-CCAC since 1993.  Givens Life Plan Communities include Givens Estates (Asheville) and Givens Highland Farms (Black Mountain).  Givens Affordable Communities are Givens Gerber Park (Asheville) and Givens Great Laurels (Lake Junaluska/Waynesville).  Givens touches the lives of more than 6,000 people in Western North Carolina through Givens LifeMinistries (health and wellness ministries) and partnerships with other regional organizations.

Givens has strategically grown since inception in 1975 to meet the ever changing needs of the senior population and over the past decade Givens has made significant strides to strategically reposition its mission and ministry. The organization has grown from a single-site community (1975-2006) to three communities and outreach ministries and partnerships. The Givens Board of Directors gives oversight to all aspects of the organization.  Givens priorities include expanding affordable housing, expanding outreach in the region, improving and/or renovating our communities, being good stewards of our natural resources, and acquiring, collaborating, and partnering with other communities.

For more information:

Teresa Stephens
Givens Affordable Communities Director
40 Gerber Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 771-2207

Mark Bailey
Givens Development Director
2360 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 771-2216

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The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

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