Businesses Help Employees With Donations, Employment Assistance

Many businesses along the coast are working to help employees during this time of need.

Beau Rivage employees have a one stop resource center to receive storm assistance and help finding employment.

The Beau Rivage Employee Resource Center is set up in the employee parking lot across Highway 90 from the casino resort's parking garage. It's open from 9am-5pm seven days a week.

The center is designed to help the casino's 3,400 employees get all the help they need in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"First and foremost is getting them their paychecks. So, we have a payroll distribution center where they can come down and pick up their paychecks. They can access their 401K emergency withdrawal funds if they need to," Beau Rivage Spokesman Bruce Nourse said.

"All of our employees and their dependents can come here and get online and access their FEMA applications, Red Cross applications. Anything they can do online, they can do here."

Nourse said the casino is also trying to match up employees and their dependents with jobs.

The Isle of Capri family is also pulling together in the aftermath of Katrina.

Monday, several trucks filled with relief supplies arrived in Biloxi. They included items like toiletries, linens, cleaning supplies, clothing and baby items.

Officials say Isle of Capri properties around the country held fundraisers and collection drives to benefit employees devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Isle of Capri workers are invited to go by the corporate office on Popps Ferry Road from 10am until 4pm each day to get the supplies they need.