Deerfield made a major contribution of $50,000 to the building fund of the Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry in Fletcher. The Calvary Food Pantry opened in April of 2009 in an effort to help local residents in need of food. Members of Calvary Episcopal Church felt called to organize and open the Food Pantry, but it could not operate without support from our whole community. In addition to Calvary, other local churches, businesses, individuals, service organizations, and philanthropic groups make the Food Pantry possible. In 2011, the Food Pantry was incorporated as a non-profit organization.

“The Calvary Food Pantry is a great ministry to South Asheville and Henderson County. Deerfield has been affiliated with the Episcopal Church for nearly 70 years and we are thrilled to be able to support such an amazing mission,” said Bob Wernet, President/CEO, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community.

In 2018, the Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry served a total of 4,896 households and 17,081 individuals with weekly averages of 96 households and 335 individuals. Over 70 volunteers participate each month, with over 200 volunteer hours donated weekly. The goal is to provide at least half a week’s provisions per weekly visit. The Pantry strives to provide 45-50% of a family’s needs in fruits, vegetables, and grains, 25% of its milk, and 90% of its protein.

“The Deerfield donation will help to change the lives of people in both Henderson and Buncombe Counties. Calvary and our partners are committed to serving the needs of those in need of food in our community,” said The Rev. J. Clarkson, Priest-In-Charge, Calvary Episcopal.

Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry, Inc. is designated as a “very large” food pantry as scored by MANNA Food Bank, and an authorized distributor of federal SAM and Henderson County TEFAP food. On average, it provides 3530 meals weekly. The current lack of space in the Calvary Parish Hall to adequately serve the growing number and needs of clients facilitated the decision to raise money for a separate building on Calvary Church’s campus. The new building will greatly enhance the Food Pantry’s ability to provide additional nutritious food to clients. The cost for the new building is estimated at $500,000, and Deerfield’s contribution to the building fund will help the Food Pantry in fulfilling its mission of helping those in need.

“The Food Pantry was overwhelmed and thrilled when we got the news about the gift from Deerfield. Some of the residents of Deerfield along with the Director of Philanthropy, Michelle Wooley, have volunteered at our Food Pantry. We are so grateful for Deerfield’s generosity,” said Marilyn Bradt, Executive Committee President of Calvary Episcopal Church Food Pantry.

The Calvary Food Pantry is open to anyone in need of food on Saturdays between 8:30 am and 11:00 am.

Dr. Virginia Templeton, MD, Director of MemoryCare in Asheville spoke to Deerfield residents at a recent event on campus. Ginna has committed most of the last 20 years to the care of dementia patients and families conflicted by the disease. She is internationally recognized for her work with dementia patients and caregiver direction. Ginna also serves on the Board of Directors for Deerfield. In appreciation, our residents held a silent auction and raffle with the proceeds being donated to MemoryCare.

MemoryCare is a local non-profit established in 2000 to meet the growing need for appropriate out-patient assessment, treatment and support for memory-impaired individuals and their families. Expert management by the caregivers can make a significant difference in the quality of life for the memory impaired individual. MemoryCare trains and helps equip caregivers with the tools to assist a loved one through this disease.

Dementia is a family disease. It impacts not only the person with the illness but the family as well. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia requires a unique set of skills that need to adapt as the brain disorder progresses. MemoryCare’s mission is to provide the tools an individual will need to grow confident and competent in their role as caregiver through one-on-one “deep dives” into topic areas that have been requested by the caregiver and Caregiver College, a six module comprehensive course on caregiving for someone with dementia.

This summer, MemoryCare’s model will be presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Chicago with data showing that when compared with published national norms for those with dementia, individuals seen at MemoryCare have lower hospitalization rates and less utilization of emergency rooms.

Monday, August 12 at 4:00 pm
Esther Manheimer – Asheville Mayor

Thursday, September 19 at 4:00 pm
Vijay Kapoor – Asheville City Council member
Please join us in the Blue Ridge Room!

The new Wi-Fi system being installed this fall will be:
• More secure
• Up to five times faster
• Include more TV channels
• And will be less expensive for residents!
All network traffic will be encrypted.

If you stroll through the terrace level of Timson Hall in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon, just a few minutes after 2, you will find yourself in musical surroundings. Listeners will be brought back in time by the sound of the Mountain Dulcimer. Angela Lepro, a Deerfield resident and co-founder of the Deerfield Dulcimer Players shares, “We all play the Mountain Dulcimer much like the people of Appalachia played on their front porch long ago when radios and TV’s were not available. When we get together and play, no matter if it’s a fast fiddle tune or a slow Ballad, it gets rid of the stress of the day, brings a smile to our faces, and makes our heartstrings sing.”
The Dulcimer Players, a mix of Dulcimer and guitar players, gather in Timson Hall to practice their musical flair each week. Although co-founder Shirley Schultz no longer plays the Dulcimer, she remains an inspiration to this group which includes eight Residents and a non-resident base player. The group performed for the residents in the Health Care Center in May and they plan on additional performances in the future.

Clockwise from left: Ruthie Allen, Carol Martinez, Peter Martinez and Carolyn Dickson, Bass player and Deerfield friend Tom Allison, Keith Keener, Angela Lepro, Karen Hamsho, and Judy Domer.

Stuart Littleton came to Deerfield’s St. Giles Chapel in August of 2017. He directs the St. Giles choir and plays for the services in both chapels on Sunday mornings. He also plays for the Wednesday Music and Meditation time at St. Giles. You may also see him around campus more these days as he accepted the Deerfield Community Chorus Music Director position at the beginning of this year. The chorus will present their program What a Wonderful World on May 29th and 30th at 4 pm.

Deerfield residents understand that by becoming the first Meals on Wheels route sponsor in Buncombe County, they help alleviate hunger, increase nutrition, decrease loneliness, and keep the community’s homebound seniors living independently at home where they want to be! Our residents deliver meals 5 days a week without fail, and have been doing so for a number of years. They have donated over $6,000 to cover the cost of food to provide meals for their route. In the year 2000 following our first major expansion, our newly opened Community Center prepared its first meal—a Thanksgiving meal for Meals on Wheels! This year will be our 20th year serving Thanksgiving meals for all of Buncombe County’s Meals on Wheels seniors!

Brian King, Deerfield Director of Health & Wellness, is very pleased to announce our recent Medicare annual clinical survey again resulted in zero deficiencies! “We are incredibly grateful to our staff, in all areas, who have contributed to this accomplishment through their professionalism, discipline and strenuous effort on behalf of our residents and in support of each other. The visiting surveyors were very complimentary of our entire staff, making special note of our culture and willingness to serve eagerly the needs of others. We couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our staff and the results we see every day.”

Brian King NHA, OTL
Director of Health and Wellness


Since joining Deerfield in March 2004, Matt Sharpe has held diverse positions in administration, philanthropy and resident life. While working at Deerfield, he earned a Master in Business Administration degree from Western Carolina University. Matt was part of the Administrator in Training Program through the State of North Carolina and earned his Nursing Home Administrator License in October 2005. Matt’s interest in caring for older people began at an early age as he helped care for his grandparents on their farm in Catawba, North Carolina. Matching his qualifications to the requirements of his job, it seems as though his position was built around his skills, just waiting for him to step into it. “My work at Deerfield really makes a difference in residents’ lives,” said Matt. “I have learned so much about the day-to-day management of this wonderful community from Bob Wernet, and thank him for his ongoing support and knowledge.”

We wish Matt well in the newly created position of Executive Director, which includes overseeing Operations, Health & Wellness, Facility Services, Marketing, Human Resources, Pastoral Services in addition to serving as liaison to the Residents’ Council.

Debra received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1992. She has spent more than 20 years serving older adults and their families as a health care administrator in senior living communities, hospices, and through the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging. She moved to Asheville in 2005 to serve as the Executive Director of a NC licensed CCRC in Arden. In addition she has served on the board of Four Seasons Compassion for Life and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Debra enjoys yoga and time with her husband and two young sons.

First impressions are important and as much as we were impressed by Debra, we wanted to know how Deerfield has impressed her: “The operations at Deerfield run like a well-oiled machine. It has all the makings of a small town and all of the services and amenities one could hope for. At any given hour there are likely hundreds of details being tended to throughout the community to serve the residents of this small town. For decades there has been stellar leadership creating a culture that attracts residents from across the country and attracts staff who truly don’t want to leave. It is these staff who keep things humming day-in and day-out. Ask any employee how long they’ve been here and you will most likely hear, “8 years” or “10 years” or “16 years” or “20 years!” (or even longer). This is not your typical place to live, or your typical place to work.

In this New Year I am thrilled to join the leadership team of Deerfield as the Director of Operations. I will serve and support the areas of dining, housekeeping, resident life, and the spa. I like to think of myself as the bridge between those who live here and those who work here – always balancing the expectations, desires, and aspirations of each. As Deerfield has grown over the years and explores future growth, my position reflects that growth. Matt Sharpe, who has been at Deerfield since 2004 and most recently served as the Director of Operations, has been promoted to Executive Director. So the good news is that nobody has left the team – the team is just expanding.”

We are delighted to welcome Debra to the Deerfield family!