Clinton, SC (WSPA) – A long hallway stretching the full length of the building is considered the heart of Bailey Manor retirement community in Clinton.
For months, manager Rita Stanley would relive the day a resident crashed his car through their front doors and down that hall on purpose.
“All I could do was look down that hall and see that white car coming toward me,” said Stanley.
Police say he was angry, unbalanced and had every intention of setting the place on fire. Stanley remembers trying to help him before she realized she needed to get out of the way and help her residents get out.
“Every time I looked down that hallway, I just relived it, but that changed one day,” she said.
It took 15 months not only to restore Bailey Manor to working order, but they say it’s better than before. Now, for the first time since that summer night in 2014, they are all back together again.
“It’s family and you just miss everybody,” explained Resident, Joanne Hughes.
Hughes now sits with her friends in a brand new living room just feet from where that car came to a stop. The comfort of family and friendship masks the fear of that night, according to fellow resident, Lane Goldsmith.
“I think that the Lord can make good come out of anything and he has,” she said.
Where smoke and broken glass once ruined their halls, now there are brand new furnishings, floors, carpets and event new plumbing.
It’s a place Edna and Thomas Gentry can’t believe they can call home.
“It’s just amazing. You can believe it, really. You can’t believe it,” said Mr. Gentry.
The whole facility got a remodel, thanks to insurance and the donations and support of surrounding Clinton and Laurens.
“Everything in this building is like brand new,” says Board President, Collie Lehn. “It’s a new beginning for us.”
Thursday, the Laurens County Chamber celebrated Bailey Manor’s grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.