Hi MLT, I have pasted two links below that should help you make some changes to your phal and hopefully save it from the care your mom gave it while you were away at college. If your phalaenopsis still has roots, I bet you can save it. Here's to trying!
These articles are found in our OrchidTalk Article Library:
What is a Phal Supposed to Look Like
Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid