February 17, 2021 -- It has been said that difficult times bring out the best in people, and never has that been more evident than during the last week of far-below-freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and power and water outages for the people of Texas. Times have been difficult, to say the least. But it’s in times like these that we see communities come together. Strangers helping strangers. Businesses offering help beyond their usual means. And the TCP community is no different.
With thousands without power in the San Angelo area and many also without water, TCP opened its doors beginning Monday nightto families of its employees needing a warm place to stay and a hot shower. Our 90,000-square-foot office and dozens of conference rooms made it easy to offer families a bit of privacy and still respect social distancing guidelines. Whether it was just for a few hours to charge electronics and get warm and clean, or for any overnight stay, about a dozen TCP families have been taken care of with the help of TCP leaders like Derek McIntyre and John Robbins. These men have ensured the office’s backup generators were prepped and fueled, offered rides to the office and even ordered hot lunches for everyone. With local businesses also struggling with power and water outages, we are thankful for the strong relationships we have with other businesses in the San Angelo area which make it possible to place large orders during this extraordinary storm. Local businesses, including Rosa’s Café, Nacho’s, Steak Express, HEB and Sam’s Club have helped make all this possible throughout the week.
While TCP’s San Angelo offices can’t offer the luxurious amenities of a 5-star hotel—access to running water at the office has been intermittent and those who stayed overnight brought their own bedding and essentials—we can share what we have with those who need it. It hasn’t exactly been a normal work week here, but TCP is proud to have kind and generous people demonstrating what “community” looks like and that taking care of our people comes first.