Getting down and dirty was good clean fun for the participants of the H.S. Jeshua Ministries First Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament.
“It’s a way to get people out,” Robert Poleki, competitor, says. “It’s fun. Teams are enthusiastic to get out and play and for a good cause.”
Players dove, dipped and dug for the volleyball in ankle deep mud to raise awareness and money for victims of domestic abuse and women coming out of prison.
Director of H.S. Jeshua Ministries, Marriann Forrest, says many are surprised to hear about Pocatello’s lack of resources for women who are looking for a transitional facility after being released from incarceration.
“I saw a huge leak in the system,” she says. “These women come out from prison and they don’t have anywhere to go.”
The money raised at the event is going to help the organization fix that leak by building that much needed transitional facility.
“We have life coaches that will walk hand-in-hand with these women that are coming out,” Forrest says. “We’re working with Idaho State University. We’re working with the community as a whole to make sure we’re coordinating with what’s already out there to make a better fit and a better package for when they come out. They can succeed.”
While the tournament was pretty muddy, Forrest says it’s going to help many women in our area get the clean start they deserve.
For more information on the project or to make a donation you can visit http://www.hsjeshuaministries.org/home.aspx.