Janitor & Cook Of Nursing Home Kept Working Without Pay Because “If We Left, They’d Have Nobody”

MauriceRowlandandMiguelAlvarezCaring for the elderly, like our aging parents or grandparents, is something that many of us take seriously. A good number of people rely on the services of places like nursing homes to give our loved ones care. But a California nursing home that shuttered last fall lost most of its staff, leaving its residents behind, except for two people — cook Maurice Rowland, and janitor Miguel Alvarez.

Their story has been highlighted by national news media all over the country and rightfully so. It pulls at each of our heartstrings.

“There was about 16 residents left behind, and we had a conversation in the kitchen, ‘What are we going to do?’” Rowland said.

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“If we left, they wouldn’t have nobody,” 34-year-old Alvarez said. “We were just the cook and the janitor.”