Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has presented Interfaith Housing Coalition (Interfaith) with a US$ 50 000 grant to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission of providing transitional housing assistance and ancillary services to local, working-poor families.
‘It is an honor to support the Interfaith Housing Coalition and the life-changing work you do in the community’, Tillerson said today at a ceremony, marking the seventh time he has presented the annual chairman’s gift during the holiday season. ‘May this gift assist in your continuing mission to impact the lives of those in need, especially during this holiday season.’
Interfaith is the only non-profit agency in Dallas that exclusively provides transitional housing for working-poor families, of which 80% are made up of single mothers and their children. For more than 25 years, Interfaith has helped stabilise homeless families by providing fully furnished apartments; counselling and play therapy; job-search, financial-literacy and life-skills training; and after-school and childcare programmes at no cost to its clients.
Each year, Interfaith serves approximately 100 homeless families in an effort to realise its mission of transitioning families from working poor to working class to middle class in three years.
‘It is a blessing to receive this sizable donation from ExxonMobil, especially at this time of the year,’ said Kimberly Williams, chief executive officer of Interfaith. ‘With the uncertain economic conditions, our services are even more compelling, and there is no greater gift than to have a roof over your head.’
Tillerson established the annual holiday gift of US$ 50 000 in 2006 to provide assistance to a North Texas non-profit agency during the holiday season. Past recipients are St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Lena Pope Home, Vogel Alcove, Irving Cares, the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton and Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County.
Adapted from press release by Joe Hester.
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