Born and raised in inner-city Akron, OH, Perry understands the city and the ways of the street. Perry also understands the hardship that men face when reentering the community, after being incarcerated himself. He learned that surrendering his old lifestyle and building a relationship with God was the answer.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" Perry knew in his heart that he was the one that needed to reach out and help others do the same.
In 1997 Perry received a Certificate from the State of Ohio for successfully completing an Entrepreneurial Training Program. He then became employed by Oakes Land and Excavating Company until 1999 when he started his own remodeling business. These skills along with his dedication to helping others, lead Perry to become the founder of T.R.Y. in 1999. He began by reaching out to youths in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center; ministering their spiritual and emotional needs. Perry received letters of commendation from principals at Akron elementary and middle schools for his work on the PTA.
As the owner of Common Investor Home Remodeling, Perry employed and trained men returning to the community and became their role model for healthy relationships.
In 2001 Perry received a Certificate from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Akron Public Schools for completing a course in Fundamentals of Business Ownership. Utilizing his leadership skills, Perry opened T.R.Y.'s first transitional home in 2006, housing men in a healthy support system directly after prison.
Married with five children and eight grandchildren, Perry has the heart, experience and resources to help others surrender their old lifestyles and reunite with their families and communities.
With over seventeen years experience in manufacturing and consulting as an Operations Manager, Senior Business Analyst and lean six-sigma blackbelt, Steve Wewer has a proven track record of achieving key business objectives through process improvement and leading people and teams towards a common goal. He developed skills to improve the company's bottom line performance while helping employees better themselves during his employment at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), General Electric Lighting and OMNOVA Solutions.
After twenty years of being a leader at an inner-city church focused on feeding and clothing the generationally poor, Steve believed that more than "giving a person a fish" could happen; people could be taught "how to fish for themselves". He then utilized his corporate experience and inspiration from Luke 4:18-19 to found and direct Marketplace for Justice and Mercy in 2007 in order to employ and train people who needed a hand up.
Luke 4:18-19 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Business, leadership and outreach backgrounds provide Steve with the credentials to plan and develop partnerships with local churches and organizations that share T.R.Y.'s mission. Steve was instrumental in developing and formalizing T.R.Y.'s relationship-based reentry process, financial systems, internal procedures, and staff/client evaluation process.