Company sorry for leaving workers without jobs

DURHAM Bright Winner, owner Excel Home Health, says he is sorry for leaving his employees with no job and no pay.

"I would like to say I'm deeply sorry to all my staff and all my patients for what happened," Winner said.

After six years of providing care to elderly and handicapped residents, Winner shutdown his in-home health care business with no notice. He says the business could no longer make it.

"When you have less money coming in than going out, you run into a problem," Winner said.

Last week, Excel Home Health employees were showing up to the main office to get their paychecks, only to find a note from Winner letting them know the company was now closed.

"I couldn't image doing something like this," said Valerie Byrd, employee of Excel Home Health. "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."

Byrd worked for Excel Home Health for six years and told ABC11 Eyewitness News last week that she desperately needs her money.

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

Winner says he understands Byrd's frustrations and will come through.

"My staff has done its honest job, they'll get an honest pay," he said.

Besides owner of Excel Home Health, Winner is pastor at Success Chapel, which is in the same building as Excel Home Health. He says he will only be able to pay his employees because of good friends coming forward and believing in him.

Winner even thanked ABC11 for getting involved.

"Want to thank ABC for coming out fighting for the staff and I appreciate what you've done," he said.

Besides problems with paying employees, Winner also admits to owing back taxes.

As for when Excel Home Health employees can expect their paychecks, Winner says he'll mail their paychecks by the end of the month.

There is a total of about 200 employees, because Excel Home Health had offices in the Triangle, Aberdeen, Laurinburg, and Montgomery County.

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