Darren W. Woods, chairman and chief executive officer of Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM), presented a $50,000 gift to Promise House recently to assist in its mission of providing critical services to homeless children and teens in Dallas.
Established in 1984, Promise House combats youth homelessness with unique programs that address the needs of homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, a press release stated. The organization provides residential services, including emergency shelter and long-term housing to youth in need. Promise House programs develop critical life skills, personal responsibility and financial independence, as well as offer a broad continuum of health, education and counseling services.
Through its community outreach initiatives, Promise House partners with physical and mental health care providers, state and local agencies and schools to offer a range of services to non-residential clients in crisis. Support includes food kits, community counseling, parent education classes and case management.
“More than 1,200 Dallas-area youth do not have a bed to sleep in each night,” Woods stated in the release. “Promise House helps the most vulnerable people in our community and guides them toward a brighter, more promising future. We are proud to support them with this year’s gift.”
“For years, ExxonMobil has been a dedicated partner in our mission to end youth homelessness in North Texas,” stated Dr. Ashley Lind, chief executive officer of Promise House, in the release.“This gift will help us provide hot meals, safe shelter, counseling, education services and much more to our city’s most vulnerable young people. ExxonMobil’s support will be critical as we expand to meet the needs of a growing number of homeless children and teens in our community.”
Created by ExxonMobil in 2006, the annual holiday gift supports a North Texas nonprofit in continuing their important work. Recent grant recipients include The Gatehouse, Jonathan’s Place, ACH Child and Family Services, Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange and Interfaith Housing Coalition.
Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII), a rent-to-own industry leader, raised $50,000 for the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America.
Fill the Fridge is RAC’s annual campaign to benefit Feeding America food banks nationwide. Donations were raised in all of RAC’s brick and mortar stores, its AcceptanceNOW kiosk locations in third-party stores, and Home Choice and Get It Now stores, all of which competed to raise the most dollars. The two top fundraising stores also received an additional $1,000 from the corporate headquarters in Plano to donate toward the food bank in their communities, a RAC press release stated.
Lon Smith Roofing saluted a Fort Worth-area veteran recently by installing a new roof at no charge. Fred Hebb served 16 and half years in the Air Force and was chosen as the winner of the quarterly Roof for Vets program.
“Our veterans face many challenges when they return home,” stated Scott Hamilton of Lon Smith Roofing, in a press release. “Challenges of life after the military … challenges of employment … challenges of re-adjusting to civilian life. Our veterans have fought for us … it’s up to us to fight for them. And at Lon Smith Roofing, we created the Roof for Vets program to do just that. ”
Each quarter of the year, the Lon Smith Roof for Vets program identifies a worthy veteran in need of a new roof. After the selection has been made, the company then builds a new roof free of charge as a way of saying thank you.
Hebb is the fourth veteran to receive a roof this year as part of the program.