Continuing the Legacy
By Lucy Hackett
Charles Curtis Thomas III went home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 3, 2021. He was a wonderful, caring person who devoted his life to his family and the work of the Lord. As he continued the legacy of his father and grandfather (the founder of Haven of Rest Ministries in 1943), the success in his calling was evident throughout the 30 years he served at the Mission. Haven of Rest Ministries continues this legacy through the ongoing support from all of our donors including volunteers, staff, employees, board members, churches, businesses, organizations, and others throughout the years. We are grateful for all of you.
The following quotes come from Mission staff who say so much of who Curt was, what he did at the Mission, what he meant to them and others, and how much he will be missed.
Also, more can be read in the October 2021 Newsletter in honor of Curt online at https://havenofrest.org/learn/newsletters/
“I want to share my appreciation for knowing Curt while he worked at the Haven of Rest. Curt was the Director of Men’s Division when he hired me as a 2nd shift employee in 1996 in the men’s shelter. After graduating from the University of Akron, Curt assisted in hiring me as the first social worker in the Men’s Division. I am thankful for his leadership and insight to the ministry. He provided counsel and encouragement many times when I discussed situations with him. He was very personable and had a dry sense of humor. Curt cared for the clients, staff and residents. He was a godly man who desired to do what was right to honor Christ in his decision making and interactions with the people he served and in the community.” Dwight Johnson, LSW, Manager of Client Services
“Curt had an inquisitive mind and loved to learn each day. He showed his tender heart in unexpected ways. He was fiercely devoted to God and to his family.” Lynne Taylor, Administrative Assistant, Development
“Curt was always willing to roll up his sleeves and was not afraid to get his hands dirty. There were a number of times that he went in to the freezer and cooler across the street to help us organize things when we were shorthanded. He always made sure to say “hi” to me and my wife at banquets. You do not always get that from people who are higher up in different organizations.” Steve Dobo, Assistant Food Service Manager
“Curt was not afraid to take a broom to sweep or pick up trash. He didn’t feel like he was above that kind of work.” Luis McLat, Men’s Evening Supervisor
“Curt was such a humble and Godly man, always willing to help out in any way. His sense of humor was unique, all his own! He is sorely missed at the Mission.” Chris Bugg, Controller
“Curt and I often talked about music and for some odd reason it ended with R&B and the many artists that we grew up listening to. He also had a very good sense of humor. I remember once, he was filling in for Rev. Kaiser at staff meeting, and as he was closing in prayer, he said ‘Now as we look at the floor.’ Funniest thing, everyone knew what he meant and we all looked at the floor.” Katrina Henry, Digital Specialist, Development
“Curt loved to keep it light and make people laugh. He talked about family, God’s will at the Mission, and would relate to others and what they were going through. Curt was selfless and concerned with the needs of others and was a great example of what it means to be a Christian.” Lucy Hackett, Communications Specialist, Development
“Mr. Curt Thomas III was truly my Christian brother in Christ. I miss the connection we had through prayer, notes, and cards. He was one-of-a-kind.” Margaret Duncan, Retiree
“I never saw him when he wasn’t smiling, laughing, or saying something funny. When he had his first bout with cancer a few years ago, he would ask me some things about my experience with my own treatments, etc. We could even laugh about those things. Also, one of my aunts had been his grade school teacher. We shared many fun topics during my 13 years at Haven of Rest. I am blessed to have known him.” Carol Mayer, Accounting Assistant & Credit Card Donations
“Curt Thomas was not only my brother in Christ, but a dear friend. His laugh was infectious with his funny jokes. His dedication and faithfulness were evident to the Lord and his devotion to his family was strong. I always enjoyed making him his favorite chocolate pudding dessert. He would have Tina take a picture as he enjoyed it! I really miss seeing him each day at the office. I look forward to seeing him again in glory!” Jennifer Hugg, Executive Administrative Assistant
If you have a memory of Curt and family or just want to send a card, please feel free to address it: In Memory of Curt Thomas III, c/o Haven of Rest, 175 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44308. Thank you!