Workers Fired Via Text Message; Man Left Homeless

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    A group of workers in Maryland say they were terminated by text. News4's Chris Gordon reports. (Published Thursday, May 8, 2014)

    A Maryland group home that received state funding closed last week, its workers notified via text message.

    The Temple Hills group home closed about a week ago. Its workers were told via text message, "after investigating today I found out the company went under. I had all the residents removed immediately."

    The home was owned by The Williams Life Center in Greenbelt. Their offices were closed Thursday and a sign baring the non-profit's name was removed from the front. 

    The Maryland Department of Human Resources told News4 the organization was insolvent and had been notified its license would be revoked.

    For the most part, the state found placements for youth residing at the group home, but one 19-year-old man has been left homeless.

    Deodis Clyburn told News4 he has been sleeping in a van with a broken window, doesn't know where his next meal will come from and doesn't know what the future holds.

    Some of the people who lost their jobs at the group home are taking care of Clyburn.

    "He was standing at the Citgo gas station begging for change so I gave him my last $5," former house manager Shawndra Eleby said.