The following comes from a Nov. 27 story on

Miguel Alvarez is a 33-year-old father who took a job as a janitor at the Valley Springs Manor Nursing Home in Castro Valley, California. A stay-at-home dad, Miguel accepted the low-wage job on October the seventh so he could buy Christmas presents for his kids. His friend, Maurice Rowland, a cook at Valley Springs Manor, helped him get the job.

Well, on October the twenty-fourth, the state suspended the facility’s operating license for a range of violations. The owner, in response, just walked out and was last seen at a train station. All the other employees left, too—except for Miguel and Maurice. They stayed to help the residents left behind. It was chaos, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which reported, “Alvarez found himself changing diapers, bathing, spoon-feeding, and otherwise comforting more than a dozen seniors who had been abandoned there.”

Alvarez told the Chronicle, “I’m a janitor—I didn’t know what I was doing. I just tried the best I could.” He was more than a janitor, of course. Miguel was a Good Samaritan.

Alone, Miguel and Maurice stayed at the Valley Springs Manor for two days, 24 hours a day. The Chronicle says that Miguel, in recounting what happened, “cried as he described a nightmarish scene of confused seniors shouting for help, some becoming weak and ‘zombie-like’ because they hadn’t received medication in several days, and others trying to escape.”

“I’d never want to see my parents or grandparents go through anything like that,” the paper reported this eight-dollar-an-hour janitor as saying. “I liked these people. And I wanted to treat them well….”

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