• The Deerfield Grounds Department is planting additional shrubbery along the perimeter of the new construction area.
• Engineering meetings are being held with the utility companies for scheduling installation of their underground services.
• Live web cam now on our website to monitor construction progress.

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, Deerfield volunteers will once again join with other local community groups to build a home with Asheville’s Habitat for Humanity. The home will be ready for deserving occupants by the end of October, 2015. Safe and decent housing
provides families the opportunity for stability, security, and personal and professional development.

While Deerfield participation in this worthwhile project takes place every 2 years, our connections to Habitat for Humanity run deep. Deerfield residents Vic and Diane Scott were involved with the founding of this wonderful organization, and several of our employees, past and present, are the proud owners of Habitat homes. Many of our residents volunteer “Being regularly, some as often as two days per week, to help build Habitat houses.

In addition to home building, Deerfield participates in the work of Habitat in a number of ways. Since the beginning of 2014, our residents have donated $8,800 to Habitat through Directed Outreach. Also, when Deerfield remodels cottages and apartments, we donate our used kitchen cabinets, appliances, and other building materials to Habitat’s ReStore where they are sold and the proceeds help Habitat carry out its mission. This year alone, our in-kind donations total over $40,000. Habitat prides itself on providing volunteers with a building experience that is safe, well-organized, educational, and fun. No special skills are required, just the physical ability to move around a job site and the desire to work together with others to accomplish the tasks that are assigned. Every Friday is a half day, which isn’t quite as taxing physically. If you would like to volunteer, call Cheryl Gettinger, Director of Philanthropy at 828-274-1531 ext. 3206. We welcome you to join Deerfield and be a part of this worthy endeavor!

With permission received from the City of Asheville, site work will commence on the north parcel in preparation of our new 27 cottages and villas.

Wednesday June 10th
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us for refreshments, a raffle for Lemongrass & Coconut Sugar Scrubs & mini complimentary services by Riverwalk Spa staff members.

 
The Rev. Richard Lindsley Walton, Jr. officially took over the lead chaplain position for Deerfield’s beloved, long-term chaplain the Rev. Morgan Gardner, upon his retirement on May 2. The Deerfield Community, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Carolina, and Bishop Porter Taylor welcome Fr. Lin as he assumes his new duties ministering to the needs of our diverse community of faith.

“Rev. Gardner’s legacy of care and compassion over the past 14 years at Deerfield have set a very high standard of service. I feel immensely blessed to be called to this community to do my part to carry on that legacy,” said Fr. Lin. “I look forward to personally getting to know all in the Deerfield Community.”
 
Fr. Lin received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Gordon College; a Master’s of Theological Studies from Duke University; and a Master’s of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Following his undergraduate studies, he was a research assistant at Harvard in the area of public health. He has been an Episcopal priest since 2000.
 
Before recently coming to Deerfield, Fr. Lin served a wide variety of churches in Maryland, Florida and North Carolina; and was also a lecturer in Ethics at the University of Belize, Central America. He has done short-term relief work in Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, and still enjoys travelling extensively with his family.
 
Fr. Lin is married to the Rev. Nancy Dixon Walton, a United Methodist minister currently serving as a hospice chaplain, and they have two young children, Sophie and Jeremiah. The family, including their two dogs and two cats, enjoy hiking and all that the Carolina Mountains have to offer, as well as the eclectic nature of the Asheville area. 

Rev. Morgan Gardner will retire in May after 14 years of service to Deerfield and its residents and staff. Under his excellent leadership Pastoral Services developed from a part time presence to two full time Chaplains who cater to all faiths. Rev. Gardner has selflessly given caring service to all by answering emergency calls 24/7 at hospitals and residences. He has provided support throughout the continuum of care needed by individuals and families. Seventy five percent of residents at Deerfield choose to have their funeral services here at Deerfield, in either St. Giles Chapel or the Healthcare Chapel, and many choose the Memorial Garden as a final resting place. Rev. Gardner has grown Pastoral Services into a 100% self-sustaining model with all project-funding coming from the congregation, including the historical moving and renovation of St. Giles Chapel, construction of the Healthcare Chapel, and the development of the Memorial Garden. Staff and residents alike have been blessed immensely by his care and presence, and he will be greatly missed.

National speaker and local caregiver and advocate Karen Stobbe will present a session at Deerfield on Saturday, May 16th from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room. The topic of the free presentation is understanding the world of Alzheimer’s disease. Karen was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He passed away in 2000. Karen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Vascular dementia a year later. Karen’s life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work. “You will walk away from this session with practical tips that you can use, no matter what your situation may be,” said Karen.

Karen has developed a 6-week training program called In the Moment, that uses creativity, improvisation and theatre as training tools. She has a web site for the entire program: www.inthemoment.com. She has developed a Train the Facilitator DVD that focuses on how to train effectively and creatively. Karen has performed over 600 trainings in storytelling, improvisation, caring for persons with Alzheimer’s and the importance of laughter. Her trainings have included; The Pioneer Network, University of California-San Diego, RUSH Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the nation and many in-services for organizations across the country. Karen and her husband Mondy Carter were recently featured on NPR’s This American Life Magic Words: Act 2.

“Being In The Moment”

Saturday, May 16th   1 - 4 pm

Seating is limited.

Please RSVP by May 13th to 828-210-4514.

This year, Deerfield is excited to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our community! From humble beginnings in 1955, when Bishop George Henry, along with two generous donors who caught his enthusiasm and financed his dream, created a retirement community on thirty acres of farmland outside of Asheville, NC. The “square donut,” as it was known, was home to almost 100 residents and employed 50 to 60 staff. Today, Deerfield sprawls across 125 acres, and is home to over 600 residents and more than 300 staff.

Beginning in April of this year, a Deerfield Decade will be celebrated each month at the General Resident meeting that will feature a photo and memorabilia display, as well as shared memories by residents and staff, culminating October with a 60th Anniversary Party on October 11th. We hope you will join us in celebrating!