Need some custom component help with passing parameters please

I am trying to pass values to 2 variables that are expected in the custom component.
as you can see in the debug - the first “messages” is getting the value of


—> “message = 24 min home”

But the second “count” is getting the template code

—> “myCount = {{states(‘sensor.amir_work_to_home’)}}”

I was expecting “myCount = 24”

My code can be found here

any idea how to pass the right value in this automation?

is this something I should handle within the custom component code or use a different method to pass the parameter?