In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the display of resiliency from our associates and the community, many of whom have experienced loss and disruption of their own, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Facing this, our associates continue to demonstrate the hospitality and care we’re known for. When we say that our associates are the heart of our company this is what we mean.
Many of our associates, clients, and operations in the Houston area and Florida stepped up to help those affected, whether by opening their doors to provide a hot meal or a safe place to sleep, and several sectors have launched individual efforts to assist our associates and clients. Across the Compass family, Canteen, Eurest, Chartwells Higher Education, Morrison Community Living, TouchPoint are creating relief funds to help their own as well as support the surrounding community. Compass Group established an overall relief fund matching every contribution up to $100,000.
And the help hasn’t stopped there. Take a look below at some of the extraordinary efforts from our own associates on the ground.
Chartwells Higher Education
The Dining services team at Lamar University in Beaumont Texas, despite 90% of the team being affected by the hurricane, stayed open and continued to serve students, staff, security, and over 1,200 evacuees. Many of the associates lost their homes and most of their belongings but continued to come to work each day, in order to make sure students received nutrition throughout the hurricane and beyond.
Teams at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, and BBVA Compass Stadium have produced thousands of hot meals for those displaced from their homes as well as the First Responders. Volunteers have been going door to door to help individuals begin to clean up their homes.
Morrison Community Living & TouchPoint
The Morrison Community Living and TouchPoint teams came from the surrounding areas to work with World Central Kitchen and Think Food Group to prepare and distribute meals to 500 people per day.
Restaurant Associates & Wolfgang Puck Catering
Restaurant Associates and Wolfgang Puck Catering partnered to deliver 10,000 meals to Beumont and Houston.