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Albany center takes in FL seniors ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Fifty seniors traveled from Florida to a senior center in Albany as Hurricane Matthew headed towards the East Coast. (Source: WALB) Fifty seniors traveled from Florida to a senior center in Albany as Hurricane Matthew headed towards the East Coast. (Source: WALB)
Century Pines Independent Living and Evergreen Assisted Living took in the seniors from Amelia Island. (Source: WALB) Century Pines Independent Living and Evergreen Assisted Living took in the seniors from Amelia Island. (Source: WALB)
Leslie Lairsey (Source: WALB) Leslie Lairsey (Source: WALB)
David Simmons (Source: WALB) David Simmons (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany senior center has opened its doors to some seniors who had to get away from Hurricane Matthew.

Nearly 50 people boarded a bus Thursday morning, headed to Albany from Amelia Island, Florida. 

Their assisted living center is in the hurricane's path. And while they're concerned about what may happen to their home, they're trying to stay positive. 

The 50 seniors from Jane Adams House in Amelia Island headed out Thursday morning for Century Pines Independent Living and Evergreen Assisted Living, looking for a safe, but temporary place to call home. 

"I think everybody's comfortable, happy. I think there's more of they're wanting to know what's next," said Jane Adams Administrator Leslie Lairsey.

Many worried about the unknown, and what Hurricane Matthew has in store for their town. 

"Right now, we don't know what's going to happen on the east coast. There are a lot of concerns," explained Director of Marketing for Century Pines David Simmons.

But at Century Pines and Evergreen, staff members are trying their best to accommodate their new guests. 

"We have set up every bed, and cots, and blow up mattresses, everything we could do for 50 people," said Simmons. 

And they're keeping spirits up, interacting with the visiting seniors. 

"We've even had residents to come to us and say, 'What can we do to help,'" explained Simmons.

 And instead of focusing on the hurricane, they're seeing the evacuation in a different light. 

"It's more like a road trip, not evacuation route basically," said Lairsey. "Everybody's doing good. I'm pleased with my residents and especially my staff." 

The seniors are expected to leave Saturday. 

Lairsey said that she has faith their facility will survive the hurricane and they'll be back home soon. 

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