Port Royal was shut down because of damages from Hurricane Harvey, but management still found a way to keep their staff of about 120, employed and fully paid.
After the hurricane, Port Royal staff started out with early recovery efforts in Port Aransas, but have since expanded their workplace to helping non-profit organizations in Corpus Christi. Those include Metro Ministries, Salvation Army, the Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity.
Vicara Rivers is a Port Royal employee of 16 years. She lives in Aransas Pass, where her home suffered damage. She is currently in the recovery process too, but says despite being a Harvey victim, her time working in the community has been eye-opening.
"This is amazing that our company is keeping us going like this," Rivers said. "My heart is just full from it."
Port Royal employees dress in blue t-shirts to help out in the community, living up to the motto on their uniform which reads, 'we are Port Royal strong.'
"We've been doing a lot for a lot of people which is excellent and makes us feel good that we can contribute," Rivers said.
Dani Durkin, a mother and staff-member of almost a year, is also a Harvey victim. Her home in Port Aransas was damaged, and she had to re-locate a couple of times. After taking time off to re-group after the hurricane, she says she's thankful she has a job to come back to.
"We've kept our jobs so we've kept our sanity, our children, have kept food on the table and roofs over their heads when we thought there would be none," Durkin said.
Now, Durkin helps others get back on their feet. Durkin calls her Port Royal co-workers a close-knit family, that has helped her and many others through their hardships.
"That's amazing that six months after, our company hasn't forgotten," Durkin said.
Port Royal will have a soft opening for groups in April. The resort is set to fully re-open their doors in June. Despite opening soon, Port Royal says it will continue to help out in the community any way they can.
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