Bethany Thomas
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Bethany Thomas

Bethany and her family moved from Michigan to Colorado in 1977, then to Golden in 1980. Soon after arriving in Golden, they joined Calvary Episcopal Church, and she was ordained a deacon in 1988. She has served on staff at Calvary as Pastor for Outreach and Care for over 30 years now, with most of her time being spent connecting with the community, serving on various committees and task forces for the City of Golden, and working with other local churches, non-profits and community partners to address the basic needs of those with limited resources. This has included the establishment of The Salvation Army Golden Service Extension Unit and the Golden Rescue Fund, which are both housed at Calvary, and the establishment of the Build A Generationinitiative in Golden and the founding of the Golden Family Resource Center, as well as serving as a chaplain to the Golden Police Department. For several years, she also worked with the CO Division of Criminal Justice, the CO Department of Public Health and Environment, and OMNI Research and Training in Denver as a consultant to help communities around the state mobilize to address the needs of juveniles and their families. Engaging with others around the reduction of hunger has been a particular interest of Bethany’s for many years, and she, along with Peggy Halderman, founder of the Golden Backpack Program, worked together to establish Hunger Free Golden in 2014. This community collaborative, which she chairs, is focused on increasing food security and access to healthy, fresh food by working with different segments of the community to bring about lasting, sustainable change in Golden’s local food system for the well-being of all.

The Golden Backpack Program plays a vital role in making sure that all children in our community have the food they need to flourish in their development. It is a privilege for me to serve on the Board and be a part of furthering the vision and mission of this great organization.