25 years in the making

By Sandy Reynolds, Harding Place marketing and resident services director | Photography by Jeff Montgomery |

Originally opening its doors in 1997, Harding Place was the vision of the late Dr. Jimmy Carr Sr. during the presidency of Dr. David Burks. As a part of our week-long 25th anniversary celebration on April 18-22, we paid tribute to our Harding University roots with a variety of events including a presidential reception, golf cart campus tours, Bison Bingo, photos with Buff the Bison and a Black & Gold dinner.

Opening as a Christian independent retirement community, Harding Place has evolved through time into a community that helps seniors and their families navigate through the health challenges of life, which is what sets us apart from other retirement communities. The Harding Place staff believes that our role is to serve seniors and their families by providing opportunities to stimulate their bodies, minds and souls through Bible studies, games, events and outings. We work with licensed care providers to allow our residents to have an exceptional quality of life while remaining at home.

We love doing “firsts” with our residents from hot air balloon rides to train trips to major league ball games and more. We find unique ways to help our residents continue serving others in the Searcy community and beyond through our formation of Harding Place Christian Ministries. Some of our ongoing projects include the food bank ministry, school backpacks, the sleeping mat project, sewing pillowcase dresses and Operation Christmas Child.

As part of the Harding family, our residents find great joy in participating in campus activities and amenities. A highlight for residents is interaction with University students. Students, in turn, love an opportunity to join us for a delicious meal in Carr Café. 

Harding Place is special. Every resident is family. Harding Place is the next generation in senior living communities. As a resident said, “Going to Harding Place is like going on a cruise that never leaves land.”

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