David Clark, engineering and maintenance manager for CertainTeed Corporation's Chowchilla, CA insulation plant, recently secured a $50,000 grant from Saint-Gobain, parent company to CertainTeed, to help local nonprofit Fresno Resuce Mission convert a vacant hotel into a community for women and children.
The effort is part of its Rescue the Children project. Clark also helped coordinate the donation of several CertainTeed products that will contribute to energy efficiency and long-term comfort for the communities women and children. The hotel will be converted into a 354,000 sq. ft. facility with up to 63 rooms where women and children can live while receiving job training, counseling and life skills classes.
The community will include a day care center, computer lab, pool, and play areas. Clark and his wife have been involved with the Fresno Rescue Mission for 15 years. They decided to get involved in this project after hearing of the community grant program offered to employees through Saint-Gobain's Initiatives Foundation.
"My wife and I have been inspired by the extraordinary work being done by the folks at the Fresno Rescue Mission, and have been active volunteers for a number of years," Clark said. "We have donated our time and resources to this cause, so you can imagine how happy I was to be able to help them secure this generous grant."
Sustainable Insulation fiberglass batts will be used for the facility's exterior walls, and InsulSafe SP Premium Blowing Wool will be used to insulate the Center's attic.