Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County Receives Holiday Support from ExxonMobil

  • ExxonMobil CEO’s sixth annual chairman’s holiday gift of $50,000 goes to Fort Worth homeless shelter
  • Money will support mission to provide shelter, security and services to thousands of homeless men, women and children in Tarrant County

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), presented Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County with a $50,000 grant in support of the agency’s mission to provide shelter, security and services to homeless men, women and children.

Toby Owen (left), executive director of the Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County, accepted a ...

Toby Owen (left), executive director of the Presbyterian Night Shelter of Tarrant County, accepted a $50,000 check from Rex Tillerson, president and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The annual gift, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Tillerson, was in honor of the holiday season on behalf of ExxonMobil employees. (Photo: Business Wire)

“It is an honor to support the Presbyterian Night Shelter and the life changing work you do in the community,” Tillerson said today at a ceremony marking the sixth time he has presented the annual chairman’s gift during the holiday season. “May this gift assist you in your continuing mission to impact the lives of those in need, especially during this holiday season.”

Presbyterian Night Shelter is the largest and only free emergency homeless shelter without length-of-stay restrictions in the area. Nearly 90 percent of the approximately 4,000 homeless people in Tarrant County receive services from the shelter during the year. Since opening its doors in 1984, the shelter has provided more than three million nights of stay and served more than five million meals.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Mr. Tillerson and ExxonMobil,” said Toby Owen, executive director, Presbyterian Night Shelter. “As the holiday season approaches so does the colder weather; and this gift will help provide shelter and care to our clients during harsh winter months.”

To combat the complex issue of homelessness, Presbyterian Night Shelter provides specialized care to adults, women with children, veterans and people with mental illness at four facilities on its five-acre campus in Fort Worth. In addition to shelter, security, meals and hygiene items, the shelter provides case management, transportation assistance, employment assistance, counseling and life skills education to help clients regain their quality of life.

Presbyterian Night Shelter employs 35 homeless clients to handle day-to-day operations and in 2011 helped more than 250 clients move into more permanent housing.

Tillerson established the annual holiday gift of $50,000 in 2006 to provide assistance to a North Texas nonprofit agency during the holiday season. Other past recipients are St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Lena Pope Home, Vogel Alcove, Irving Cares and the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton.

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. In 2010, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $237 million in contributions worldwide, of which $110 million was dedicated to education. In North Texas more than $6 million and 21,000 employee volunteer hours were donated to local nonprofits and area universities last year. For more information, visit

About Presbyterian Night Shelter

The largest provider of services for the homeless in Tarrant County, Presbyterian Night Shelter is the only free area emergency shelter without length-of-stay restrictions. The Shelter believes in respecting the dignity of its clients, while supplying meals, beds and basic human care to an average of 704 homeless men, women and children every night and approximately 3,040 annually. The Shelter provides hope to its clients and is working to end homelessness. Through counseling, specialized programs and case management provided at each of the four facilities on the 5-acre campus. The Presbyterian Night Shelter is a 25-year-old facility providing meals and sanctuary for the homeless population, including mentally handicapped, veterans, men, women and children.

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