Merriann Forrest spent the spring and part of the summer helping Mike Vanderkooi. She spearheaded an effort to get him a van to make his life easier and facilitate his volunteer efforts. That project gave the author and speaker valuable experience.
She explained the project is saying that, "Having a vision, stepping out in faith, watching it become a reality. In 89 days we had that van. From the moment we launched we were shooting for a 65 thousand dollar van and on day 89 we had a van that met everyone on his needs that built my faith and leave the results up to the Lord, he is s faithful when he puts something on your heart, to carry it through."
What Meriann would like to do next is to tackle a new Challenge,
helping battered women.
"I can tell you that one in three women is abused. The need is very high. There are so many phenomenal resources out there I just believe that we are going to be able to help in an area that they aren’t already meeting. The idea is to fill that need not duplicate what’s happening. I just want to do everything I can to help to help them," Forrest said.
What Merriann needs is the funding and building to help these women. See sees it as state of the art facility.
She envisioned the new haven in saying that, "We will be having drug and alcohol rehab we will be helping with trauma relief. We will be helping with the hardcore life living skills. We will have mentors that will come alongside of these women step by step succeed."
She believes that the Pocatello - Chubbuck community is one that she can count on for support in her charity efforts.
"Our community is, we have so many amazing people. We could not do what we do I believe that the community is really what makes this place work I have people come from all over talking about this is where they want to settle down, they’ve never seen so many nice people, so many giving people and that really is what I could say we could not do it without our community. I just love this place," Forrest said.