After 34 years of service, Perry Huyck will retire as Executive Director of United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin, Inc. in January of 2016. At the beginning of his tenure, UMCS was an organization located in a duplex on West Keefe Avenue in Milwaukee serving nine teenage mothers and their children. Under Perry’s visionary and progressive leadership UMCS has grown into an agency that served more than 25,000 individuals in 2014 from multi-million dollar facilities in the 3800 and 3900 blocks of West Lisbon Avenue. This expansion includes state-licensed childcare at Growing Tree Children’s Center, emergency food and clothing in the family resource center, 70 units of supported housing, and leading the sustainable community initiatives of the Washington Park Neighborhood. As UMCS has grown Perry’s first and foremost question has remained the same: How will each decision we make benefit children?
During Perry’s tenure he has received the National Administrator of the Year Award from the United Methodist Association for Health and Welfare Ministries, the Perry Saito Award from Wisconsin United Methodists for Social Action and numerous proclamations and commendations from City, County and State officials. Under his leadership UMCS has received a MANDI (Milwaukee Area Neighborhood Development Initiative) Award for the Washington Park Apartment Building from Milwaukee LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation), the MetLife Foundation Community Police Partnership award, the Start Smart Milwaukee! Children’s Champion Award and the Excellence in Community Service Award from the Cream City Wisconsin Chapter of The Links International, Incorporated.
With heavy hearts, but exceeding gratitude, the Board of Directors is implementing a succession plan, and will keep you apprised of the process and its results.