Golden Pearl celebrates opening of Richfield location
Adult day services business moves from Saukville to building almost triple in size

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News Staf

March 28, 2018

Dozens of people gathered Monday morning in front of Golden Pearl in Richfield for the ribbon cutting and formal grand opening of the business at 3018 Helson Drive. The adult day services business was located in Saukville in a 5,000-squarefoot building but moved to Richfield after the company purchased the larger 13,000-square-foot building they will now be permanently located in.
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RICHFIELD — It took nearly two years to find “just the right spot,” but Golden Pearl held a grand opening Monday to mark its move from Saukville to a much larger location in the village.

The adult day services business was in a 5,000-square-foot building in Saukville, but owners Lisa and Mark Perelshtein bought a 13,000-square-foot building where they opened for business Monday at 3018 Helson Drive, Richfield. The building was the former location of offices for Saputo Cheese “It’s been long and rigorous and has taken a lot of hours to get the place ready, but it’s paid off,” said Mark, who’s the business’ vice president.

Lisa, who’s the company president, said she and her husband were looking for a building for two years and they couldn’t find a location that fit their needs.

“But, once we saw this one we knew it was what we wanted. It was a little out of our price range, but we were able to work it out,” Lisa said. “We provide adult day programming for adults with disabilities and the frail elderly. We see all kinds of disabilities from autism, Asperger syndrome, traumatic brain energy and many others. They eat with us, we teach daily living skills.

“We had a waiting list for people who wanted to be here, but now that waiting list is gone because all of the people can be served at the new location,” Lisa said.

Lisa said with nearly triple the space at the Richfield location it allows the business more options in terms of programming. Some had called the Saukville location the “concrete jungle” because they were surrounded by concrete there.

“One of the biggest things for us is that at the Saukville location we had all concrete around us where we were in a strip mall,” Lisa said. “Here we have a nice size backyard, we have an accessible garden, we have a basketball court. We have a shed with a ton of outdoor games and they are building a pavilion so we’re going to put 15 picnic tables under our pavilion so we can hold classes out there, we can have lunches out there. We’re pretty excited.”

Village Administrator Jim Healy, who also attended Monday’s celebration, said for years the village has heard from residents about the need for elderly care in the community.

“So we were pleased when Golden Pearl came to us asking about the approvals process and then ultimately chose to relocate their business operations to Richfield,” Healy said. “We are excited for them and today seeing all the families who utilize their services leaves no doubt in my mind this is a valuable and necessary service they will be providing to the greater Washington County area.”

The Perelshteins said the business teaches daily living skills, social responsibility and social skills in the community.

“We have occupational therapy, music and speech therapy as well as pet therapy,” Lisa said. “We work on large and small motor skills as well as promote self expression with song writing, poetry writing, reading, that kind of thing, as well arts and crafts and arts classes.”

Perelshtein also said a big part of the programming at her facility is “getting out with the public.”

“We have a fleet of vehicles to take them around the community,” Lisa said. “We place our members in a lot of different types of social settings.”

The Perelshteins said the business is not an overnight facility and will not be open on weekends or national holidays.