Workers suddenly left without jobs

December 30, 2010 3:10:12 PM PST
Valerie Byrd is a single parent with two little ones who depends on her paycheck from Excel Home Health.

She told ABC11 she's worked for the Durham based company for six years. The certified nurse's assistant provides in-home care to elderly and handicapped clients.

"I've been here ever since the company opened," she said.

But Byrd says she went by Excel on Wednesday to collect her paycheck and found a letter saying the company is shutting down effective December 31.

Now, Byrd is in a financial jam.

"I would like my check, please, please. I need my money to pay my bills," she said.

Byrd says the closure comes as a complete shock as just two weeks prior, employees were told the company was in good shape.

"You all don't have to worry, you got your job, you got your clients. You're going to have a good 2011 and that's what we were expecting," she said.

But now, Byrd - along with other employees like Brenda Richardson - faces no job and no pay.

"I'm not going to be able to pay my bills," said Richardson.

Excel Home Health is owned by Bright Winner who is also the pastor of Success Chapel which is in the same Durham Building as Excel.

ABC11 was unable to reach him Thursday and phone messages were not returned.

The workers who spoke with ABC11 said they can't believe Winner would leave them in this situation.

"I couldn't image doing something like this. If you were going to close your companies, why not be here to face your employees, say something to us, like I'm sorry, or something, just don't let us be out here not knowing where to go, what to do," said Byrd.

Excel also had an office in Aberdeen. A worker who answered the phone there Thursday said they're also shutdown and her workers are due two paychecks.

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