Sherwin-Williams Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Guidestone

Providing service to at-risk youth struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges

CLEVELAND – January 29, 2013 – After a national competition, The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW) has awarded its annual signature grant to Guidestone (transforming from Berea Children’s Home and Family Services). The $50,000 grant will enable Guidestone to expand their PREP program. PREP is an integrated treatment approach that helps teenagers battling substance abuse and mental health challenges “Step Towards Sobriety.”

“The Sherwin-Williams Foundation grant will help us expand and serve over 3,500 annually by providing comprehensive treatment in 30 community based programs,” said Richard Frank, President and CEO of Guidestone. “The expansion of mental health and substance abuse treatment will further Guidestone’s ability to help the children we serve be healthy, thoughtful, and contributing adults.”

“The Sherwin-Williams Foundation is very pleased to support the inspirational work of Guidestone,” said Chris Connor, Chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company. “Their mission of reaching out to children shows how a Public-Private partnership can offer a helping hand to teenagers in need. Over our 147 year history, Sherwin-Williams has always reached out to the communities where we do business. The driving force of the Sherwin-Williams Foundation is our commitment to enhancing education and children’s health and safety.” To download a picture of the check presentation, visit

About Guidestone (transforming from Berea Children’s Home and Family Services)

Guidestone is built on a solid foundation of experience and expertise — rooted in faith and a legacy of serving children and families for almost 150 years. Guidestone’s approach is comprehensive, integrated and aimed at creating long-term solutions. Through our passionate people and customizable programs, we help children, families and communities become stronger. For more information, visit


Through its more than 3,500 stores and 1,700 sales representatives, Sherwin-Williams provides fast, flexible, responsive service and personalized, expert advice to meet the coating and color needs of builders, designers, specifiers, property managers and contractors. As North America’s largest single-source supplier of high-quality paints, stains, masonry coatings and brand-name wall and floor coverings, Sherwin-Williams is proud to have earned the EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Visit