PORT NECHES, Texas (10/7/08)--MCT CU in Port Neches, which made it through Hurricane Ike relatively unscathed last month, is offering assistance to employees of its Lumberton branch who were not as lucky. The Lumberton branch’s roof was ripped off. Heavy rain submerged the building and caused extensive damage, forcing employees to work out of a temporary mobile unit. Also, 13 of the branch’s 95 employees were displaced from their homes, said the Texas Credit Union League (LoneStar Leaguer Oct. 6). “The hurricane has passed, and many of us have resumed life as normal; however, we need to remember that many families in Southeast Texas have lost everything and their lives will never be the same,” Jill Forse, MCT vice president of human resources, told the Texas league. “Thirteen of our employees are relying on the kindness of friends and family for shelter. Yet, despite their own personal hardships, they show up to work every day with a smile on their faces and a sincere desire to serve our members,” Forse said. “To me, that demonstrates true perseverance.” MCT is doing all it can to assist employees, including allowing them time off to deal with insurance contractors, insurance adjustors and the like, she said. The credit union also has begun a collection drive to help the 13 most-affected employees replace lost items. All have received emergency grants from the Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF). Credit union employees statewide who experienced personal losses due to Hurricane Ike are continuing to submit grant applications for aid to TCUF. As of Friday, TCUF had distributed 749 grants, totaling $360,690, the foundation said.