Thanks to a CertainTeed employee, a vacant hotel in Fresno, Calif., will soon be a safe place for women and children in need.

David Clark, an engineering and maintenance manager for CertainTeed Corp’s Chowchilla, Calif., insulation plant, recently secured a $50,000 grant from CertainTeed’s parent company Saint-Gobain. The money will help local nonprofit Fresno Rescue Mission renovate the hotel into a community center for women and children as part of its Rescue the Children project.

The ministry will convert the hotel into a 354,000-square-foot facility with up to 63 rooms where women and their children can live while receiving job training, counseling and life skills classes. The community center will also include a day care, computer lab, pool, and play areas for the children.

In addition to the grant, Clark also helped coordinate the donation of several CertainTeed products that will contribute to energy efficiency and long-term comfort for the space.

“Through Rescue the Children, we strive to provide a safe haven for women fleeing abusive situations or recovering from substance abuse, while ensuring they can remain with their children and learn how to live healthier lives together,” said Janet Steinhauer, marketing and development director for the Fresno Rescue Mission. “This new community will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the families we serve, and we are grateful for the generosity of CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain for helping bring this idea to life.”

Clark and his wife have been involved with the Fresno Rescue Mission for 15 years, and after learning about the community grant program offered to employees through Saint-Gobain’s Initiatives Foundation, recognized an opportunity to make a significant impact on an organization close to his heart.

“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 own time and resources to this cause, so you can imagine how happy I was to be able to help them secure this generous grant.”