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  • Writer's pictureSam Singer

Gary Forrester is changing lives one seat cushion at a time

Gary Forrester is a leader in the seat-building operation at Mobility Worldwide

“We would have to knock out these walls and build another building if everybody in this area who has the skills and really wanted to touch somebody got involved.”

Wouldn’t that be great?!

With so many people in the dirt waiting for mobility carts, every volunteer speeds the process of getting help to those in need.

Gary Forrester has been a volunteer with Mobility Worldwide since 2019. His observation about the workspace echoes his vision of the gospel going out to all those who haven’t heard the good news. “Christ wants His word to be spread, and we each have our way of doing that.”

Gary is a leader in the seat building operation at the Mobility Worldwide shop. When he retired three years ago from a career in sales, Gary opened his own upholstery business as a retirement activity. “I had done a chair for my daughter. My daughter-in-law, who was at that time an interior designer, and she said that ‘in Atlanta, you could probably sell that chair for about a thousand dollars.’”

Though Gary had no interest in making a living in upholstery, it did spark his imagination. Not many months later, he was introduced to Mobility Worldwide. He says, “After watching that video (produced by Partners for Care), I thought, that’s doing some good. Those people are on the ground, some of them for years, and that’s a way that we can help. I’d like to be a part of that.”

Gary loves people, and has developed deep personal relationships with other shop volunteers. “I’m a people person. I love to be around people – I love to talk to people, to get acquainted with them. I enjoy the camaraderie we have within the shop. What we are doing is for a purpose. It goes to help somebody we may never meet on this earth…we may see them in heaven.”

He is amazed at the people who come through our workshop and exclaim, “I didn’t know you all were doing that.” Maybe it’s not for everyone, but for some, “that’s something I can do.”

“If that one who says ‘I do’ helps somebody, one of God’s people somewhere on this earth, it would really be worth it.”

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