Addiction. Homelessness. Hunger. These are just a few causes that spurred Rev. Martha Forrest, and her late husband, Bob Forrest, to take action.
“Bob was an integral part of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation from 2008 until his death on September 15, 2022. He led by example and expressed his generosity in myriad ways, especially through his commitment of time and financial resources,” said Mathew A. Pinson, former Foundation President and CEO. “I give thanks to God for Bob and his thoughtful and visionary leadership that elevated and advanced the mission of the church. May we all be found equally faithful!”
The Forrests were long-time supporters of Breakthru House and Action Ministries, which joined with HOPE Atlanta in 2021 to combat homelessness and hunger relief. Breakthru House transforms the lives of women and their children struggling with drug and alcohol addiction by providing a long-term residential program that empowers women through recovery.
Over time, Bob purchased charitable gift annuities with the Foundation and received fixed-income payments for life. He named Breakthru House and HOPE Atlanta as beneficiaries of the remaining proceeds so his support could continue after his death.
“We will honor the Forrests’ long-term support by providing excellent services to those women who need us the most and have no means to afford treatment and services. Their gifts were life-changing and lifesaving to women who had little hope of gaining recovery.”
“Nearly 10,000 individuals experience homelessness on a given night across Georgia. Bob’s gift will allow us to continue to provide critical housing, hunger relief, and support services to vulnerable individuals and families in need.”