Givens LifeMinistries

Givens has reached out to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities facing health and wellness challenges since the 1980s. Givens LifeMinistries serves our affordable communities by providing residents access to a community nurse and resident services coordinators. This collaborative housing with supportive services team approach is foundational to keeping residents educated, actively engaged on and off our campuses, and empowered to make life and health decisions that improve their quality of life and keep them safely aging in place.

As the outreach division of Givens Communities, we also actively work in other affordable communities throughout Western North Carolina to address health disparities of underserved, diverse, and vulnerable populations by providing access to resources that empower improved wellness and quality of life. Focusing on whole-person wellness, Givens LifeMinistries partnerships and outreach have helped provide free health screenings, chronic disease self-management programs, nutrition presentations, wellness coaching, and wellness education programs that impact our residents and touch more than 6,000 lives across 13 counties across Western North Carolina annually.

How we help

Through partnerships with non-profit healthcare providers, university nursing programs, Council on Aging, and other community organizations many healthcare challenges can be met. Providing a caring presence and delivering programs in affordable communities across our region eliminates transportation challenges and increases the opportunity for individuals to easily access needed education and services within their own communities, empowering them to experience their best health as they age in place.

Our outreach programs make a difference. Givens LifeMinistries has established other outreach programs that address and prevent health disparities across the lifespan.

Seven Baby Equipment and Resource Closets (BEAR)

Serve families struggling to acquire necessary equipment, diapers, and clothing for newborns and young children.

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Partnerships

As an extension of our outreach efforts, we partner with other nonprofit organizations to reach those who need it most in our community. Supporting our community is the Givens way.

WNC UMAR Home

UMAR is a nonprofit agency of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church that promotes community inclusion, independence, and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Partnering with UMAR, Givens provides the land and infrastructure support for a group home so that developmentally challenged residents can live safely in a beautiful, nurturing environment.

MemoryCare, a nationally recognized program for dementia care, is located on the Givens Estates campus. This community-based, non-profit, charitable organization is uniquely focused on serving the whole family, including the memory impaired and their caregivers. MemoryCare has provided care for over 1,000 individuals affected by dementia and over 3,500 family caregivers. Only five percent of the patients of MemoryCare reside on the Givens Estates campus. Givens is proud to be able to support MemoryCare and their mission by this partnership.

A member of Feeding America, Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance is a private, not-for-profit service organization working to end food insecurity in 16 counties of Western North Carolina. Givens purchases groceries and staples through our Resident Assistance Ministry gifts to help our lower-income residents with nutritious meals and basic staples.Through Vespers Offerings and grocery purchases, Givens has directed $57,261 to MANNA.

Spiritual Ministries

Givens’ spiritual ministry supports ecumenical worship and opportunities for growth on all four campuses and expands into the larger community.

Givens respects all residents’ and staff members’ beliefs and spiritual journeys and offers non-judgemental support. Givens supports the spiritual needs of residents, including those at home, in the hospital, or in other enhanced care settings, by providing meaningful support to people across faiths who are affected by stress, loss, and death. Our ministers lead worship and various workshops and are available to counsel and assist families in planning for memorial or celebration services.

We welcome the contributions and talents of residents, such as Barbara Turner, a chaplain trained in the Jewish faith who has graciously and generously helped expand the spiritual offerings on the Givens Estates campus. Click below to read her story.

Spiritual Ministries Services

  • Organizing weekly worship service opportunities for the campuses.
  • Organizing special times of worship throughout the year.
  • Assisting residents, staff, and their families in spiritual wellness.
  • Facilitating spiritual formation groups and Bible studies
  • Ministering to residents experiencing transitions or critical needs.
  • Helping with the end-of-life plans, as well as preparing for and leading memorial services.
  • Ministering to Givens staff members and their families as needs arise.
  • Visiting residents and staff members in the hospital and their homes.
  • Working with the Chapel Guild and Chapel volunteers.
  • The Horace E Bell Memorial Garden and Columbarium on the Estates campus are available for all residents.

We desire to offer meaningful support to people of all faiths who need spiritual guidance or counseling during a time of soul searching, transition, or loss.

Rev. Ed Hillman, Ministries Director

Rev. Brenda Lewis, Ministries Associate

Rev. Hunter Preston, Ministries Associate 

Kaylyn Emory, Ministries Assistant

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT GIVENS SPIRITUAL MINISTRIES?
If you'd like to reach out to a member of our Ministries Team, call us.
(828) 274-4800
2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803