About Us

On The Forefront of Retirement

Our History:

In November 1971, the dreams of local civic and church leaders, and developer Chet Prentice, became reality when Highland Farms Health Care Center, a 60-bed nursing facility, opened its doors in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Today, the evolution of this concept is a licensed CCRC on 50 acres that provides independent living accommodations and services in addition to a continuum of healthcare services for its nearly 400 residents.

As a private, for-profit community, Highland Farms grew in its first decade with the addition of garden apartments and cluster homes for independent residents.  Amenities, such as dining and meeting areas, were also added.  Limbert Hall, an assisted living facility, was completed in 1987, enabling the full continuum of healthcare services to be offered.

When owner Chet Prentice announced his retirement in 1994, Ed Neves (Executive Director), Charles Worley (corporate attorney) and David Worley (CPA for the corporation) formed a partnership and purchased all of the Highland Farms common stock.  They assumed ownership on June 1, 1994.

The decade of the 1990's saw the addition of a licensed Home Care Program, an aggressive renovation program, and the addition of four freestanding homes.  In 2004, Highland Farms became fully licensed by the State of North Carolina as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC).

As the three owners planned for retirement in 2011, they preferred to sell Highland Farms to a non-profit provider of senior services.  Discussions began with Givens Estates, a retirement community established in Asheville in 1979.  Givens Estates acquired the Highland Farms community on December 1, 2012.

Now a part of the Givens organization, the traditions of service and care at Givens Highland Farms are enhanced by the sharing of resources and capabilities of both communities.

Our Residents and Staff:

The nearly 400 residents of Givens Highland Farms make up almost 5% of the population of Black Mountain.  Residents are deeply involved in every aspect of the greater Black Mountain community including churches, civic clubs, an active Arts Council, museums and educational activities.  An organized Residents Corporation annually contributes to more than a dozen philanthropic organizations in the Black Mountain / Swannanoa Valley area.  They also volunteer thousands of hours of service annually both within Givens Highland Farms and in the broader community.

Service is a way of life for our 200+ staff.  In addition to the concern and care they provide to all residents, they contribute time, talents and dollars to the community at large.  Longevity among staff is common; both 30 and 40-year awards have been presented at our annual recognition ceremony, in addition to lesser amounts.  Staff and residents often describe their relationships as "family".

Mission & Values


Givens is a Christian, ecumenical, not-for-profit corporation committed to providing the full continuum of quality care and services to seniors within its communities and to provide outreach ministries in the larger community.


Benevolence: Provide charitable care and services to all residents requiring financial support within the financial means of the organization.

Caring: Perform services in ways that demonstrate respect and compassion for and commitment to residents and the local communities being served.

Dedication: Create an environment in which all parties are focused on and committed to accomplishing the organization's mission.

Integrity: Act, in all areas of conduct, at the highest levels of ethical behavior, financial responsibility, fair dealing and accountability.

Professionalism: Provide expert leadership through highly qualified staff in the delivery of state-of-the-art services to seniors.

Quality: Deliver superior services that bring measureable and sustainable benefits to residents and the local communities served.

Respect: Cultivate resident, board, staff, business and local community relationships that honor and celebrate the dignity of every human being.

Safety: Provide a safe and secure environment for residents, employees and visitors.

Wellness: Promote and implement wellness programs, education and services as an organization-wide process for the benefit of residents, staff, and the local community and encourage the adoption of a wellness lifestyle.

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