LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A community is left reeling after 75 families are affected by a care center's closing. More than 30 people lost their home, and another 30 are out of a job.
The Floydada Rehab and Care Center is one of the town's largest employers, so when the facility decided that it will shut its doors, it left a lot of people wondering where both their parents and the community will go from here.
The care center is a place Nick Long has felt safe having his elderly parents stay for more than a year now. "The people that worked out at the Floydada Care Center were such loving people and had such passion for the elderly," said Long.
But the care center, which sits just 10 blocks away from Long's home, will soon shut its doors for good. "This facility out here was such a great facility. It didn't die because of its care, our activities director just this fall was recognized for the best in Texas," said Long.
Family members learned Monday the financial situation was so dire it was simply impossible to keep it going. "It just wasn't working and we do not have a hospital in the community anymore and I think those were the biggest factors that lead to this," said Long.
Long's parents will now have to move 10 miles away to Lockney, and while it may not be next door, the good news is Long's parents will have some familiar company. "The friends that my dad made out at the care center all of them are transferring to Lockney and so it's going to be ok," said Long.
But even though Long realizes his parents will be fine, his greatest concern is now his community. "What this will do to Floydada, I'm very concerned about these employees and I'm very concerned about my fellow businessman," said Long.
But he believes his town will come through. "I have hope and faith it will be ok, Floydada is a great community," said Long.
The Floydada Economic Development Association has been holding meetings to help those who will lose their jobs.
The rehab and care center did not wish to comment, but did tell us it's scheduled to close its doors forever February 1, 2010.
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