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If We Left They Wouldn't Have Nobody
When Valley Springs Manor home for the elderly closed, the staff left, except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor. "There was about 16 residents left behind." says Rowland. "If we left, they wouldn't have nobody," adds Alvarez. "I would only go home for one hour, take a shower, get dressed, then be there for 24-hour days." Rowland adds "I just couldn't see myself going home. Next thing you know, they're in the kitchen trying to cook their own food and burn the place down. Even though they wasn't our family, they were kind of like our family for this short period of time."