Safe Streets Champion: Bev Bryant
Each month, we’re showcasing a Safe Streets champion in our newsletter and blog to highlight the work of our great volunteers, staff and community members. Safe Streets development associate Traci Kelly met with Bev Bryant, our August champion, to learn more about how she takes charge and makes change in the community.
Traci Kelly: Tell us a little about yourself.
Bev Bryant: I’ve lived in Tacoma for about 50 years, and I retired from University of Puget Sound. I’ve been happily married to Tom for almost 49 years, and we have three married children and 10 grandchildren. I love camping, gardening, reading, and volunteering in our community at churches and schools and with the Tacoma Police Department and Safe Streets.
TK: How did you get involved with Safe Streets?
BB: We helped start a neighborhood watch group about 6 years ago when crime and graffiti were rampant in the Pac-Yak area. Tom and I facilitate that group.
TK: What have you enjoyed most so far during your time working with Safe Streets?
BB: The opportunity to have a face to face relationship with the Tacoma Police Department and their community liason officer (CLO) program, as well as getting to know other people in agencies that support Tacoma’s ordinary citizens, like Code Enforcement and Community Based Services.
TK: What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
BB: I learned to rock climb and rappel, even though I’m afraid of heights.
Bev reminds us of the importance of facing fears, whether they’re heights or connecting with neighbors. Join Bev at Pac-Yak Safe ST Neighborhood meetings the first Thursday of each month, or meet her at the Champion Breakfast Sept. 16!