The turning of the calendar to a new year is a time for both reflection and planning. Individuals look back at the successes and challenges of the previous year and plan for a new year of greater achievement.
Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry is no exception. As he sat behind his desk on the last day of 2018, he chatted about accomplishments, concerns, and hopes for the future.
“I can look at consequences that did not favor us,” Stuart acknowledged, “But I have to also look at the increasing awareness of who we are and in the value of our program in this area. The recognition by the State mental health program moved us to another level of awareness this year.”
During 2018, challenges were confronted by both Perry Wellness Center and Stuart’s own family. They included weather delays causing problems with timely shipment and delivery of vegetables to the market. Major damage resulted when strong winds struck Stuart and Pam Perry’s home, followed by the destruction of daughter Amanda’s home in a house fire, with the loss of family pets.
Over the years, Stuart has led many peer groups that focused on dealing with loss and life’s challenges, and he has learned to also draw on the support of others. He noted, “Our clients know of our trials.”
He continued, “The destruction of our houses was tough. We have had to change all of our living habits until the work is completed.
“But it will be good,” he concluded with a smile.
As for the future of Perry Wellness Center, Stuart was positive about the coming year, including planned changes at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. He explained, “I have already made some changes that I believe will be good for all of us and the market. I will soon have a group meeting with all who are involved with the market and we will discuss ideas. The Mobile Market was a great success this year. We are already planning sales tactics for next Christmas and our tree and wreath market.
“We will build more awareness and value to our program in 2019. I am excited,” said Perry.
As Stuart chatted on this last day of 2018, many peers enjoyed an early lunch in the cafeteria, before they headed home for an early start to the new year. As she enjoyed her meal, peer leader Wanda Liles observed, “We all will work to make this a great 2019 for Stuart Perry, for ourselves, and for Perry Wellness Center.”