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Meet Bethesda Gardens Executive Director Cara Thomas

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Meet Bethesda Gardens Executive Director Cara Thomas

Cara Thomas understands the value of personal growth. As the executive director for Bethesda Gardens Monument, she wakes up every day thinking about what she can do to help her team grow and thrive.

“That’s what I love about being an executive director,” she said. “I love the human impact—helping people with their careers, and providing opportunities for them.”

Cara has worked in senior care for 13+ years now, having started in her native Ohio as an activities director for a community. She modestly explained she had an event planning background and “sort of fell into this line of work,” but as she’s advanced from directing activities to directing a community, she’s developed a wealth of experience and a range of credentials such as being a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

“It’s been a blessing because I immediately went from not growing up with grandparents to having 100+ grandparents. It’s been an honor to get to know the older generations, and when I think about my career so far, I think it was meant to be. It just feels right, being able to help my team and serve our residents.”

Cara moved with her husband to Colorado many years ago because they love the great outdoors and the Rocky Mountain environment. She joined Bethesda Senior Living Communities because of the organization’s reputation, its faith-based mission, and its commitment to One Child Matters.

“The atmosphere here aligns with my personal beliefs,” she said. “I believe in giving back to the community, and I love that our organization re-invests and gives back. It’s an opportunity to do a lot of good in the world.”

As part of the Monument team, she sees nothing but opportunity, both in Bethesda Gardens and the Monument, Colorado, community at large.

“I’m thrilled to be working here in Monument because it’s such a close-knit community,” she said. “It’s a beautiful mountainside town with a great atmosphere, where everyone is willing to lend a helping hand”. The people who live here are so appreciative of finally having a senior living community where local seniors can live and stay in the community they call home.”

The demand for an assisted living and memory care community in Monument has been high for some time. “The great thing about Bethesda is we understand the need. Monument is a great location, we’re hiring a great team, and we’re going to be very involved in the community.”

And, ever the activities director at heart, she concluded by citing the exciting activities calendar, transportation to get residents around in the community, a culinary dining program and more.