Martha Franks Retirement Community has a rich history built on Christian values and the desire to help seniors thrive. Open since 1985, it was founded in honor of the visionary Baptist missionary, “Miss Martha Franks”. Now part of the SC Baptist Ministries of Aging, Inc. (SCBMA), Martha Franks Retirement Community is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the SC Baptist Convention, who volunteer their time and expertise. The community is staffed by experienced workers who are committed to serving our residents with dignity and professionalism. Martha Franks Retirement Community is managed by an Executive Director and licensed Healthcare Administrator.
Ms. Martha Linda Franks, retired missionary to China, had a calling many years ago to begin a facility where senior adults could receive compassionate care in a Christian atmosphere. Her brother, Clyde Franks, bought and restored the historic Italian villa that is located in Laurens on what is now the Martha Franks property. Mr. Clyde built a retirement cottage for his sister. In the following years, Ms. Martha formed a prayer group with her friends from First Baptist Church of Laurens and a thrift shop on the downtown square. She also raised money through recycled glass at the Laurens Glass Plant and traveled extensively to churches to share her vision. Ms. Martha was the first resident to enter when the community opened in 1985.