State Abandons The Elderly, Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez A Cook And Janitor Take Over, Unpaid
This story is from October of 2013, but I didn’t learn of it till recently.
In the fall of 2013 The Valley Springs Manor, a assisted living facility in Castro Valley, Ca. was shut down by the state due to a number of violations. According to this article found on ABC news 7 there were about 12 elderly patients who where supposed to have been transferred to other facilities.
In reality there were lots of residents left behind, and had no place to go. These were patients who needed round the clock care about 19 of them.
Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, a cook and janitor for the facility decided to take matters into their own hands after the state shut down the facility and the rest of the employees left the patients to fend for them selves.
Rowland and Alvarez passed meds and fed the patients, with no help from anyone else. You can read more about Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez here.
I wanted to write about these guys because they are real life heroes. I swear we only hear about the bad stories. I think what they did was amazing and this is something that should have been talked about all over, every place, and it took a meme for me to research and hear about it for the first time. The story is being turned into a movie, you can contribute to the here.