Givens Estates was founded in 1975 with the first residents moving into the community in 1979. It is the result of a collaboration between the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Marion J. Givens Trust.
Mrs. Givens and her husband, Dr. Maurice Givens split their time between their winter home in Daytona Beach and their summer home in Asheville. They were very charitable people and looked for opportunities to give to hospitals, universities, and museums. During the final years of Mrs. Givens' life, with the help of a few trusted advisors, she decided to leave her estate in Asheville with the stipulation it would be developed into a retirement community. After her death, the trustees quickly got to work. Through mutual connections the trustees collaborated with leaders in the WNC United Methodist Church to establish Givens Estates.
The first residents moved in 1979. The initial 10 buildings were partly funded through HUD. These buildings comprised of 84 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Over the years to come, Givens Estates has grown to a 215 acre campus with 412 residential living units, 48 assisted living residences, and 84 skilled nursing beds. The community continues to have a relationship with the WNC United Methodist Church as well the trustees for the Marion J. Givens Trust.