Profiles in Recovery

Perry Clark

A decade behind bars stirred Clark’s passion to help others rebuild their lives after prison. Today, he leads an acclaimed nonprofit, Truly Reaching You (T.R.Y.) Ministries, that gives hope and opportunity to incarcerated adults as they rejoin society.

The father of five children, Clark broke free of heroin addiction in 1997, with “the healing and deliverance of Jesus Christ.”

His ministry has grown from one halfway house in Akron, Ohio, to eight transitional homes – and a support network for more than 1,200 men and women over the years.

Most arrive penniless and homeless after serving their prison sentences. Perry provides housing and job training, partnering with local businesses. His faith-based organization also offers discipleship, addiction recovery services, family support and lots of guidance for positive change.

Day Job:
Founder/President of Truly Reaching You (T.R.Y.) Ministries, which helps incarcerated men and women re-unite with their families and communities

What I lost to addiction:
Mind, body, soul, and my purpose in life

At my worst, I was:
Sentenced to prison for 10 to 25 years (for heroin-related crimes); I completed 10 of those years

What worked for me:
The choice to surrender my old lifestyle through the power of Jesus Christ and prayer.

Favorite recovery quote:
“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” ~ Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer

Advice to my younger self:
Quick and fast money is like eating poison.

Rules I live by:
Treat everyone like I like being treated – with truth, honesty and respect.

Best advice for newbies:
Never put yourself in an unhealthy environment of any kind

On my bucket list:
To visit Italy, Africa, Australia and every state in America

My rock bottom moment:
Sitting in jail and could not make bond.

When cravings come:
In my early years of recovery, I stayed away from the environment of anyone using any kind of mind altering substance. So I really helped myself by staying connected to the word of God and not unhealthy people.

What I value most in recovery:
It’s wonderful to feel healthy and have a heart to give someone else a hand up and not a handout.

Proudest moment:
Watching the nonprofit (Truly Reaching You Ministries) grow from one home with five beds to eight homes with 28 beds. Watching men and women becoming healthy and substance free

I get inspired by:
Helping others move from substance abuse to striving to become clean and healthy. Learning that Jesus Christ created me for a purpose, which is helping others come out of where I once was.

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