Outpouring of Appreciation for Cook and Janitor Who Stayed Behind (and How You Can Help)
Update 2: Wondering what Maurice and Miguel are up to these days? We recently called them to find out.
Update: This story is being made into a feature-length film, If We Left.
Last week, we brought you the story of Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the cook and janitor who stayed behind to care for the 19 patients of an abruptly-shuttered nursing home, while the rest of the staff packed up and left.
"If we left, they wouldn't have nobody," Alvarez said of their decision to stay.
Unsurprisingly, the news hit many of you right in the chest, and we’ve received several requests for updates and ways to show support for this incredible team, who, as we recently learned, have been friends since middle school.
In the weeks since Rowland’s and Alvarez’s story went viral on StoryCorps, the two have been honored by the American Veterans Association and received commendations from the office of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) and from the California Legislature.
By the time the pair was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month, Rowland had reportedly gotten more than a half-dozen job offers in the days following his appearance on StoryCorps. So far, representatives for Dr. Phil and The Doctors on CBS have called to request appearances.
In gratitude for their incredible services, US Bank in San Francisco has set up an account where donations can be sent to Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez.
If you are interested, you can send donations to US Bank using the routing number 121122676 and account number 153469203851. Checks can also be mailed to U.S. Bank, 344 20th St., Oakland, CA 94612.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.