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XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, presented the Family Crisis Shelter with a $25,000 donation on Thursday to support domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in western North Dakota. This brings XTO’s total four-year grant to the Family Crisis Shelter to $100,000.
Based in Williston, N.D., the Family Crisis Shelter provides sexual assault and domestic violence support in Williams, Divide and McKenzie counties. A portion of the grant will go toward the training of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner to serve in Watford City, N.D., the largest city in McKenzie County. The grant will also provide all the medical and computer equipment needed for exams.
“Right now, sexual assault survivors in Divide and McKenzie counties must travel outside the area to access a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner,” said Lana Bonnet, Family Crisis Shelter executive director. “Because of this, a Sexual Assault Response Team was initiated in McKenzie County, and we’ve been meeting monthly to ensure this program gets up and running. Thanks to the generosity of XTO Energy, our program has come to reality. This is a time when state and federal funding is limited but the need is ever-increasing. We are so excited and so thankful for XTO Energy.”
Watford City Chief of Police Arthur D. Walgren said that Watford City’s rapid growth during the past few years has made it challenging to provide needed services to the public, including domestic violence and sexual assault support.
“XTO Energy’s donation to the Family Crisis Shelter is huge in helping us expand our services to victims of these crimes,” Walgren said. “As a member of our local board that works to improve our response to these crimes, I am proud to partner with companies like XTO Energy and am grateful for its contribution to our community.”
“The Family Crisis Center provides vital community services and brings awareness to sensitive issues in western North Dakota, and we appreciate its commitment and service to this community,” said John Baker, XTO vice president, Western Division. “XTO and its employees are passionate about giving back and helping those in need where we live and work.”
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month, and local XTO employees hosted a collection drive for items needed at the shelter, such as clothes and toiletries. These items were presented today along with the donation.