January 26, 2017 (Columbus, MS) – Shell, Motiva Enterprises, and Dutch Oil company teamed up to deliver $40,000 in funding to two Columbus-area non-profit organizations whose mission is devoted to helping men and women recover from drug/alcohol dependence. Shell donated $20,000 to both The Last House on the Block (a sober-living home for men) and Recover House (a residential rehabilitation and transitional living facility for women).
Through its Mystery Motorist Program, Shell enforces a policy that bans the sale of drug paraphernalia from stores utilizing its brand. When a Shell outlet fails to adhere to this policy, its operator is fined and those funds are redirected to charities around the country that are nominated by Shell wholesalers. In 2016, over $400,000 was redistributed in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Dutch Oil nominated Last House on the Block and Recovery House because of the excellent work each organization does to help men and women turn away from destructive life choices.
Local CBS affiliate, WCBI did a feature story on the donations. That feature story is available here.