Having served his sentence from 1987 to 1997, Perry understands the challenges that people face when reentering the community. While on the inside (prison), Perry was asked to train fellow inmates on how to remodel homes in connection with Mansfield's Central City Economic Development Council. Rehabbing 11 homes while on the inside, Perry received official letters for his professionalism, leadership, ability to listen and receive direction, and getting along with city employees. These letters recognized and professed that Perry's continuous endeavors were moving him toward a wholeness in his life.
In 1998, after reentering the community, Perry was reflecting upon Isaiah 41 when the following verses grabbed his attention.
Isaiah 41:9 "I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and not rejected you."
"My farthest corners were between 1972 and 1986 which began with selling and using drugs in High School. Following a buddy, I left Ohio on a basketball scholarship to the University of Oregon and dropped deeper into illegal activity and the drug world. Upon returning to Akron, my family labeled me as a 'monster'. Although I believed I had surrendered to God in 1986, I had actually not left all my old ways and the Criminal Justice System (and God) got my attention," said Perry.
Isaiah 41:6 "...each helps the other and says to his brother, 'Be strong!"
"God gave me a vision to help the downcast who were coming from a place that I clearly understood; and a heart to help the elderly with minor home maintenance," said Perry. "After numerous conversations with my fiancé Lisa, she agreed that I should act according to this compassion."