A disabled veteran and single father of three girls will soon have a new home in Woodstock, thanks to the help of local Wells Fargo employees and the many hands that came before them.
Will Perry was diagnosed with glaucoma in his 20s and by 2012 was declared legally blind. He served in the U.S. Army on active duty straight out of high school until 1982 and then in the Army Reserve for three years. After relocating from Gary, Indiana, Perry worked 18 years for MARTA and then as a school bus driver for Fulton County until his condition forced him to resign. His three daughters, Brittany, Gabriel and Sofee’Ah, are Perry’s pride and joy. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity will allow Perry to give his family the life they deserve.
“This is truly humbling,” Perry said. “I’m speechless. And whenever you shut up a preacher ... it was meant for him to listen, and I’m listening to y’all’s hearts and I’m just amazed.”
Perry said that being blind during this experience is allowing him to truly feel the kindness of the people around him. He finds it rewarding to feel the love around him and stand witness to the heart of the Wells Fargo organization.
On April 27, Wells Fargo employees across the southeast region participated in the “Southeast Community Service Super Saturday,” donating their time to 85 volunteer events and awarding over $370,000 in grants to community organizations. Woodstock area team members spent their Saturday volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
“Super Saturday is one of my favorite times of the year,” said Carol Morris, North Georgia Region Bank President. “It’s an opportunity where we can all come together and make a difference as a united team.”
While Perry’s home has been worked on by other volunteers as well, the Wells Fargo team on Saturday worked on installing exterior siding and completing the drywall on the inside. According to Habitat for Humanity, the homeowner must participate in 200 hours of volunteer work before they can move into their home, but because of Perry’s condition, a friend stepped in on his behalf.
“For us to make a difference and help provide him a new home at this time in his life, it’s really life-changing,” Morris said. “I can see, hear and feel from our conversation that it’s making a greater impact than we even know.”
Along with their service throughout the day, Wells Fargo Central North Georgia donated $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
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Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.