American actor, writer, director, and producer Tyler Perry’s journey began from nothing and so he knows what it means to be homeless and poor. The media mogul, who overcame his tough times with sheer willpower and passion, recently decided to use his fortune to help the ones in need.
Perry became the first African – American to own a major film studio outright said he was excited to add a shelter for the homeless in his 330-acre film studio in Atlanta. In an interview with This Morning on CBS, the Hollywood star said the thing he was looking most forward to was creating houses for some very specific sections of society.
“I tell you what I’m most excited about next is that pulling this next phase off is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out and displaced. And having a compound that is a beautiful place…where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient, they live in nice apartments, there’s daycare, there are all these wonderful things that allow them to reenter society and later pay it forward again. So, that’s what I hope to do soon,” said Perry. He added that the compound as “larger than the Burbank, California, lots owned by Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Studios and Paramount combined.”
For Perry, this cause is personal. Before being a known face in Hollywood, the star has gone through a dark and painful phase. In the late 90s, he struggled to make ends meet, underwent abuse and lived in his car on Sylvan Road, Atlanta. “Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing,” said the 50-year-old. With faith and hard work, he made it to the top. Perry wants the same for those who have a dream and are struggling to make it a reality.
“I tell people who are in pain, who are struggling with trying to get through and sometimes I can just see it in their eyes. I was like, ‘Listen, just keep going. One little step is a step, just one little step,’” said Perry.
This is not Perry’s first humanitarian and charitable activity. Over the years he has supported various causes. Drawing inspiration from his own past, he has always been generous to the needy. In 2010, the Hollywood star donated millions of dollars to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Apart from offering financial support to people struck by calamities, Perry has also reached out to individuals in person.
When an 88-year-old Atlanta resident Rosa Lee Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter lost their house in a fire, Terry reached out to them after hearing about it in the media. The generous man offered to rent out a house for them and even help them with utilities. He then promised to build a new house for the two. In another incident, the 50-year-old purchased a home worth $350,000 in Atlanta for a friend’s mother who was unwell.
These generous acts by the actor say that he is a man who is driven by his past and uses it as a motivation to be there for others. Here are some more photos of the studio –