My Name Is... Thomas W. Rapp

Faith drives service to community

Posted 11/6/17

About me

I’m a Colorado native for 71 years and graduate of Thornton High School in 1964. Most of the past 60 years I’ve lived in or near Thornton. Deza Estates (99th and Huron) where I lived in 1956, was the first subdivision outside old …

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My Name Is... Thomas W. Rapp

Faith drives service to community

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About me

I’m a Colorado native for 71 years and graduate of Thornton High School in 1964. Most of the past 60 years I’ve lived in or near Thornton. Deza Estates (99th and Huron) where I lived in 1956, was the first subdivision outside old Thornton and north of the Boulder Turnpike. I like the closeness to the mountains and our wonderful seasons.

I have been here for all but three years when I was doing service as a naval officer in the early 70’s in San Diego. My only family nearby is a stepmom and stepsister, everyone else is now out of state.

I’ve always liked baseball which seemed to come pretty naturally. At Thornton High School we went to the final four of the state tournament and four of us were selected as all-state honorable mention. (Delta beat us, then beat Englewood to win the tournament in 1964.)

More than a job

I’ve been the Program Director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Senior Hub for Adams and East Arapahoe Counties for the past 18 years. Incidentally, I think of it more as my personal area of ministry, not just a job. While I don’t use it as a platform for discussion, but I do hope that my service is a credit to the one I serve.

Working with over 600 wonderful senior volunteers from 55- to 99-years-old and seeing all the wonderful help they provide to individuals and organizations across Adams and eastern Arapahoe Counties.

After 26 years in Adams 12 as a teacher and middle school assistant principal, I decided it was time to make a move. Senior Hub was looking for someone initially to assist in their Senior Solutions Department and, in about a year, to take over as the RSVP Department Director.

I’ve started several programs in RSVP locally, like the Adams Community Garden CO-OP – which covers different community gardens – the Senior Veterans Companionship Squads, a second and third grade Tutor/Mentor Reading Assistance Program in four local school districts and 12 elementary schools.

We also continue helping with our other senior volunteer focuses: Our original school volunteer program, Meals on Wheels, In-Home Care, Adult Day Service, Senior Solutions and helping with 12 food banks, helping with four hospital volunteer programs. We also help with the Adams County Senior Tax Preparation Program, the volunteer programs in area senior centers, government agencies and more.

Family and faith

I just finished reading “A Layman Looks at the Lord’s Prayer.” My faith has made all the difference. I would love to have been present when Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount. It’s a favorite section in the Bible.

My wife and I have led a home Bible study group for 15 years. I enjoy mountain drives with my wife, playing the piano, helping with our community garden co-op project through RSVP. Our garden co-op donates over four tons of fresh produce every year to local food banks.

My wife and I love traveling by car. We’ve gone to Florida a couple of times, Iowa and Wisconsin several times, California several times, and Texas yearly, mostly to visit with our kids and grandkids and other family members.

I love the Peak to Peak Highway and Estes Park. I enjoy home gardening, songwriting and piano. Most people don’t know that I play the piano to relax and unwind.

If I could relive a decade, I’d choose:

The 70’s because it was when I met and married my wife Jean (44 years) and it was when our two kids were born and it has been a joy and privilege watching them become the special people they are today with families and exciting jobs of their own.

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