A portion of the biblical scripture found in 1 John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out all fear.” Sherrice Clements aims to provide that love through her nonprofit Perfect Love.
“It was inspired by my own hardships in life. Our mission is to inspire our surrounding communities with the necessities of life. We make sure men, women, and their families have necessities to prosper in life,” said Clements.
Perfect Love started as a grassroots movement.
“We started in the streets,” said Clements. “I used to just go to different communities in Beaver County. We would set up tables, do carnivals, give out food, and donate backpacks for kids. In some of the backpacks, we would just write checks, and the kids would run and tell their mom. That’s how we started.”
Now, Perfect Love has grown to offer a variety of services. They assist with food donations, computer classes, child care, and even provide programs for employment advancement. Catering to multiple needs is imperative for Clements.
“If you have children or are trying to start over, it’s very important. It’s hard to find people that will watch your kids for free. I want to be a resource center where we are actually providing education. We will watch your children while you are getting education. We provide transportation, and we provide food, diapers, soap. We do all that not just for my center, but even for seniors through the housing authority.”
For Clements, the greatest reward has been seeing the direct impact Project Love has had on young people she sees a lot of herself in.
“Girls that have gone through my training class are now making $16 an hour. I was able to place them at good jobs with people I have connected with. That’s an accomplishment I really love because when you don’t have anything besides a high school diploma, sometimes you can’t get a job like that, but we are doing it.”
This summer, Project Love is launching a summer camp for kids where they will receive free eye exams and glasses. This is just another avenue Clements is seeking to aid her community. She recognizes her people may not be the first to ask for help, but she wants people to be aware that Project Love is available.
“Afro Americans are very proud, and sometimes we make difficult decisions to survive…I want to be there for anyone that is in need,” said Clements.
2033 Midland Beaver Road
Industry, PA 15052