THE WOODLANDS, Texas. - Global Shop Solutions, a global provider of ERP software, is said to have helped thousands of manufacturers with its solutions, so when Hurricane Harvey hit the greater Houston area, the company wasted no time in lending a helping hand in relief, cleanup, and recovery efforts.
 
Following its "safety first" mandate, the company's employees were contacted to ensure they were safely sheltered with their families and arranged hotels for the employees and their families who had to evacuate their homes. Also, for the many employees who lost cars in the floods, the company arranged for rentals.
 
When the worst of the storm had passed, company employees began organizing rebuild crews and cleaned up several homes of co-workers that suffered extensive damage. The rebuild crews also began to assist neighbors and other members of their communities.
 
"As a family-owned business, Global Shop Solutions has always embraced community service as a core value," said Dusty Alexander, president and CEO. "I'm proud of our employees for reaching out to help friends, neighbors, and others they didn't know. We didn't have to ask them to do it; they took it upon themselves to get involved."
 
According to Nick Knight, the company's director of consulting and implementation, assisting with the cleanup was both rewarding and heartbreaking.
 
"It always feels good to lend a hand to people in need, but you had to see the devastation to believe it," said Knight. "People work all their lives to own a home, and seeing them destroyed or seriously damaged pulls at your heart."
 
Volunteers from Sunshine Spaces, a nonprofit organization that provides dream-room makeovers for children with life-threatening illnesses, traveled from Forth Worth, Texas to Houston to work side by side with Global Shop Solution employees and to assist local rebuild crews.
 
"I'm impressed that the people of Sunshine Spaces would drive more than 250 miles to help our community," said Knight. "I'm also proud of the many Global Shop Solutions employees who left their families safe at home in order to help their co-workers. Many are still continuing to give, which reflects the service-minded culture of our company."