The idea for this calendar came about when my friend Kim Thistle asked me to photograph her in a natural setting without hiding her mastectomy scar. This was a way for Kim to mark her triumph over breast cancer, and it was also part of her healing process. We were both so happy with the resulting powerful images that we wondered if there was a way to use them to help generate funding for a worthy cause. We decided to ask some of the strongest women we know to pose in outdoor settings, doing what they love to do, for a calendar project to raise money for Thrive. This organization provides, among many other things, assistance to women in need. Anyone who donates a minimum of $20 to this campaign will receive a copy of this beautiful calendar. Thanks to all the women who gave their time and effort to pose for these photographs and to all who generally donated. All proceeds go directly to Thrive. 

Geoff Smith
Wildlife Photographer, Author, & Musician

Kim Thistle’s Women of Strength 2025 Calendar – Thrive’s Fundraising Project celebrates resilience, empowerment, and strength. Thanks to Geoff Smith, Kim Thistle, and all contributors! This calendar supports Thrive’s mission to empower vulnerable individuals to reach their full potential while strengthening the capabilities of social service agencies. Make a difference today! 

Thrive’s Core Programs are:

Blue Door

This program supports individuals, mainly aged 14-29, with sex trade experience. Inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations, it offers tailored assistance and resources.

Street Reach

Street Reach offers barrier-free outreach guided by harm reduction and community collaboration principles. Serving individuals 16+, it provides support through drop-ins, outreach walks, and individual coordination.

Education Initiatives

Our Education Program provides personalized instruction tailored to individual needs. Certified teachers offer services from basic literacy to GED preparation for youth aged 16-29. An outreach worker assists with non-academic challenges.

Coalition Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CASEY)

CASEY is a coalition of community stakeholders working to address issues and establish services and supports relating to the sexual exploitation of youth.