The Port Royal Strong Foundation: Who We Are & Why We Exist
Port Royal Ocean Resort is a condominium resort located in Port Aransas, Texas. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Port Aransas, including our resort. This is where our story begins.
We began working just three days after the storm to restore our property. Many of our employees had been personally affected by the Hurricane at some level, but our team members were eager to get back and help at Port Royal. At that time, it was not safe or necessary for our employees to report to work on property. The Port Aransas community, however, was in desperate need of volunteers. So we solved two problems at once by embracing our value of Service First, and sending our employees out into the community to assist with hurricane recovery. We are proud to say that we served thousands of volunteer hours in the Coastal Bend as a result of these efforts.
In April 2018, we opened our doors for the first time in eight months to welcome our first group of guests. However, our journey to recovery was not yet over. This was true not only for our resort, but for our employees who were affected by the hurricane as well. Port Royal was no longer just a resort and a team of employees, but a home to the Port Royal family. Through all of those months of recovery – and even still – our employees remained committed to Port Royal. But we began to realize that our Port Royal family had needs that went beyond the normal employer-employee relationship. So we came up with a solution that would be able to meet those needs, and allow us to continue contributing to the community: The Port Royal Strong Foundation.
Our Director of Human Resources, Pat Bell, announced the Foundation at our Port Royal Strong Celebration, one year after Hurricane Harvey made landfall:
Hurricane Harvey’s unwelcome arrival was the beginning of what would become one of our greatest stories – one of family, community, service, and resilience. The Port Royal Strong Foundation was founded to continue that story; to support the Port Royal team and Coastal Bend community by meeting financial needs that cannot be supported by Port Royal as an employer. We thank you for being part of our story by following along and/or donating to support this cause.