Twenty people gathered at the Blessing Chapel Church Monday night, worried about the people they love.
"I'm not only fighting for my sister, I'm fighting for all the rest of them, because if it's done to her, it's going to be done to all of them," said one speaker.
The family members and friends are fed up with what they call neglect at the Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing. After Annette Walker made a Facebook Live video two weeks ago about the conditions at the center, Pastor Daren Jaime held a public meeting to allow more people to come forward.
"These people have no remorse. They do not care," said Tommy Jackson.
Jaime's goal: to compile a list of allegations and present them to the Department of Health, attorney general and lawmakers.
"We know an investigation is going on, but we want to see a more active investigation at the highest level," said Jaime.
At the meeting, a packet of written complaints was provided. These complaints include people being left in soiled diapers, uncleaned rooms and lack of action from staff after issues were brought to their attention.
According to the Department of Health, the center has had a total of 83 standard health violations in just less than a four-year period. That is compared to the statewide average of 21. Those citations resulted from a total of nine inspections.
"We're hoping that the community pressure will not only cause them to act, but to correct," said Jaime.
Spectrum News reached out to Van Duyn and was provided a statement: "To fully address concerns, we are eager to work with our patients, our patient’s families and our community partners to pave a path forward to provide excellent care to each of our patients. To this end, we have reached out to Syracuse community and religious leaders to garner their input and discuss ways we can best serve our patients and the Central New York community.”