Warehouse Renovation Progress

See the previous update here

This time last year, we were working to raise enough funds to replace the leaking roof on our newly donated warehouse. Thanks to our partners and generous donors, the space has transformed into an active hub for our Employment Skills Training Program.

Check out what what’s been accomplished since July: (pictures below)

The dysfunctional garage doors and man door have been replaced, with an added benefit of improving the exterior appearance. All new energy efficient lighting was installed with motion sensors for each section. Commercial metal racking and custom built wooden racks were built to maximize storage. A forklift was very generously donated and has already been used to fill the racking with organizing bins. A 60 gallon, flammable materials, storage cabinet now safely stores gasoline for the lawn equipment. Permanent posts and removable railing were installed along the west garage bay for the safety.

All this and we’re just getting started! Our architect partner is drawing up plans for the next step, which includes new bathrooms with showers, a locker room, and meeting space. Read More

TRY’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

On October 24th 2019, we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Truly Reaching You. To everyone who joined us that evening or supported us over the past 20 years, we thank you. 

Photography by: Dana Elizabeth Photography

Perry’s Story

My Story
By Perry Clark, Founder and President of Truly Reaching You

My 5 children visited me on the inside

I spent ten years of my life (from 1987 to 1997) “on the inside,” for mistakes I made as a young man. During this period of deep self-reflection, I developed a greater appreciation for freedom and the truly important things in life. Guided by a strong sense of faith and self-discipline, I made a commitment to become a better son to my mother, a better brother to my siblings, a better father to my children and a good neighbor to the people in my community.

During my time “on the inside,” I was also greatly impacted by the opportunity to lead a team of men in a vocational training program. Over the course of three years, our team rehabilitated 11 homes as part of a community service project in the Mansfield area. This program gave me the opportunity to build a foundation of skills and leadership that has guided my work for years.

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Intern Interview – Austin & Mari

This summer, we had the opportunity to have two interns, Austin and Mari, work closely with us. It’s only been a week since they went back to school and we already miss having them around. Before they left, we asked if they would answer a few questions for the blog to share about their experience working at TRY.

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SOLD! 598 Stetler Ave


BEFORE (Google Street View from July 2011)

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Beardsley & Burgers!

You’re Invited!
Thursday, August 15, 3-6 pm

Join our staff and participants for a summertime TRY tour, at two locations – and be sure to save a few minutes for some BBQ fare! We are celebrating the completion of our newest transitional home at 880 Beardsley St. (#8!). Renovated by men in our program, for men in our program.

We are also looking forward to sharing our progress on our Employment Training Hub and Warehouse. This new space will provide operational efficiency and improvement of the neighborhood by putting an empty building back to work.

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A New Season, a New Board Chair

As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we look forward to a new season of growth and change. Last month, Chuck Rankin stepped down from his position as Board Chair after ten years of dedicated service. Jerry Fiume, Vice Chair since 2015, has taken on the role and responsibility of leading TRY’s Board of Directors.

Jerry is the Managing Director of SVN Summit Commercial Real Estate Group, LLC and an active member of the Akron community. You may recognize his name from the blue and orange signs all over the county. We asked him a few questions to share with you his passion for TRY’s mission.

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Raise the Roof: Phase 1 Update

Our Raise the Roof project is the renovation of a 12,800-square-foot commercial warehouse located at 180 E. South St. in Akron.

Exciting progress is being made on the warehouse!

Along with our booming lawn care service, we continue to make progress on the warehouse.Read More

Larry: from Train Wreck to Blessed

Randy and Larry in late 2010

“Living in my truck. Failed at everything I tried to do in life. Failed as a father, brother, son, employee, and friend. An alcoholic searching for a better life but didn’t know what direction to go. The TRY program got me in the best shape ever mentally, physically, and spiritually. Looking back, any rough times in the program were because I made it rough not the program. I volunteer as much as I can, other things prevent full time employment. I own half a house and rent out rooms to others in recovery (Using some of the rules from the program). Relationships with family and friends are better now than ever before.”Read More

Finding Hope with Help

When you feel powerless, hopeless, helpless, and alone . . .
TRY is here to help you find solutions with God.

This phrase is printed on the back of t-shirts all participants and training staff are given to wear while working. But it’s not just a phrase, the stories shared by former participants perfectly illustrate how there is always hope, even when all seems lost.

When you feel powerless, hopeless, helpless, and alone . . .

Larry: “Failed as a father, brother, son, employee, and friend. An alcoholic searching for a better life but didn’t know what direction to go.”

Rick: “Before going into treatment I was lost. I was so deep into my addiction that I had no hope.”

Jim: “I found myself behind bars. That being said, my future was bleak at best.”

Randy: “I had destroyed any relationships that had any meaning. I was trapped in a vicious cycle of drug & alcohol addiction, spiraling out of control.”

TRY is here to help you find solutions with God.

Larry: “Relationships with family and friends are better now than ever before.” He is now a homeowner who rents rooms to others in recovery and plays guitar in the worship band at church.

Rick: “From the first day I entered TRY I had a sense of hope that I hadn’t had before.” He has made helping other men find hope his career as TRY’s Recovery Manager.

Jim: “Through TRY I met business contacts which brought me to the job I still have, which is a department lead working with government I.T. equ.” He is also on the leadership team at his church.

Randy: “Many of the relationships that had been destroyed due to my confusion have been restored, or are being restored.” He now helps other men break the cycle of addiction as a manager of TRY’s Employment Skills Training program.

Stories like these keep us going, because they show that TRY works!

Questions? Something you want to know more about? Let us know!