LUBBOCK, Texas (News Release) - Alan Rhodes, attorney, business professional, and member of the LCU Board of Trustees has found a way to help local nurses, first responders, and doctors in Lubbock and Amarillo with one of their most basic needs—a place to sleep.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many of those fighting on the frontlines knew they risked bringing the virus back to their loved ones at the end of the day, deciding instead to rent rooms at hotels or other temporary, isolated residences.
“As a society, we're all making sacrifices during this unusual time. When you think of groups of people, however, it's hard to think of a group that's making a bigger sacrifice right now than our healthcare workers,” said Kevin Nelson, Rhodes’ law and business partner. “Many of them are not able to go home either because they can't risk being exposed by their family since their job is essential or they can't risk exposing their family since they are working near people that have been exposed.”
Rhodes, a 1980 graduate of Lubbock Christian University and a shareholder at Underwood Law Firm in Amarillo, owns two locations of the My Place hotel chain along with Nelson—one in Amarillo, and the other in Lubbock. When they learned of the sacrifices many of these health workers were making, they knew they had to help.
“We heard stories of doctors who were setting up tents in their garages so that they didn’t run the risk of infecting their families,” Rhodes said. “We saw the need, and are trying to help, to the extent that we can with what we’ve got.”
At each of their My Place hotels, Rhodes and Nelson have been giving free rooms to health care employees as they’ve expressed need. They also have offered a number of discounted rooms—but as the community heard of what they were doing, donors have stepped up to cover the rest of the cost of those rooms, as well. To date, rooms that My Place had completely covered were well over 150, and hundreds more were heavily discounted.