January 19, 2015
December 31, Thomas Davis retired from his role as a much loved Plymouth custodian. Join us for a celebration of his 18 years at Plymouth after the 11 am service Sunday, January 25. He plans to work on-call in the future, especially Sundays, so he can continue to see his Plymouth friends.
During his time at Plymouth, his love and kindness toward everyone has shone through every aspect of his presence. When something is needed, Thomas is always ready to help. His greetings bring smiles to our faces. It’s clear Thomas loves people and helping others.
“Thomas has a unique and amazing gift for meeting people right where they are. He's comfortable with professional people and people living on the street and always approaches everyone with his heart wide open. I think he's one of the best Christians I've ever known. He may not be an official Plymouth Church member, but he certainly is an essential part of this community of faith,” said Wendy Blight, Plymouth Business Administrator.
Thomas grew up in Indianapolis – 2nd oldest of 9 children. By age 16, he worked as a cook to help his family make ends meet. After living and working many years in California, he moved to Seattle. He began his work at Plymouth when the nearby restaurant where he worked closed. Seizing the opportunity, Plymouth quickly offered him a position.
For the past six years, Thomas also worked part time with Plymouth Healing Communities (PHC), caring for the apartment buildings. True to who he is, he easily connects with residents. A welcome presence in the buildings, he plans to continue working in his PHC position.
Thomas gives from the heart. He loves cooking, his Plymouth family and home. His favorite dishes to prepare are chicken and dumplings and cornbread. Saturdays, Thomas cooks for his Plymouth co-workers and shares cooking tips too.
After his retirement from Plymouth (at age 74), Thomas plans to return to school. He wants to pursue what he missed when he started working at such an early age.
“We’re a team,” are words you often hear Thomas say – and he truly lives those words. THANK YOU, THOMAS!