Introducing Millie Thibeault, this week’s Faces of HOPE feature!

Favorite Animal – Cat

Favorite Food – Seafood and Chinese

Favorite movie/book/show – Lonesome Dove

Background / History –
I was born in Summerville, Massachusetts (suburb of Boston) one of 7 children. My father owned a poultry business and all the kids worked there. When I turned 16, my family moved to Pepperell where I attended North Middlesex Regional high school. During that time, my father opened a small grocery store and sub shop where I worked there for a number of years. After that, I went to work for my four brothers who had opened a super market. During those early years, I learned the importance of family and hard work. In 1966, I got married and two years later had my first child Barbie and six years later my son Brian. In 1978, my children and I moved to Colorado Springs where we fell in love with colorful Colorado. Since then, I have held many positions, mostly in the food industry and today am the proud grandmother of 2 wonderful grand boys, Max and Dillon.

Tell us about a unique experience/story that’s happened to you – 
From A-Z, I’ve seen practically every band out there, like Aerosmith, David Bowie, BB King, Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Queen, Heart, ACDC, Willie and Waylon, ZZ Top…just to name few. But the experience that many would probably say is really unique was Woodstock. We went with another couple in a van and brought dozens of cases of wine that we sold there over the 3 days to finance the trip. The music was incredible and every walk of life was there to celebrate togetherness. It was beautiful!

If you could meet and have dinner with any person who would it be? Why?
President Obama. These last 8 years he has shown to be an incredibly compassionate and caring man. I’d just love to have a conversation with him.

What would you change about the world?
I’d stop the fighting in the world. I’m concerned about our country and our world, but I always try to be hopeful no matter what.

Why is HOPE important to you?
I came to HOPE several months ago as a volunteer it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. It’s change my life. The fact that we are able to help others who are in true need is so important. Life is about helping others and that’s what we do here.

Introducing Catherine McHenry, this week’s Faces of HOPE feature!

Favorite Animal – Sloth

Favorite Food – Loves it all…except liver and onions. But especially likes sushi and anything spicy.

Favorite movie/book/show – Fried Green Tomatoes

Background / History – Born in Nebraska, but moved to Colorado in 6th grade. Graduated from Arapahoe HS, went to college in Canada, travelled the world, came back and auditioned for theatre in California and travelled with the “Lambs Players” doing street and reader’s theatre as well as dance for years. Has worked at HOPE for 10 years and married to Freddie.

Tell us about a unique experience/story that’s happened to you:

“My theatre company helped design the set for “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” and I had an uncredited appearance in the movie running away from being attacked by the killer tomatoes. I was one of the fortunate ones that survived.”

If you could meet and have dinner with any person who would it be? Why?:

“I would have dinner with Quintin Tarantino because he’s complicated and even though you don’t see it coming, his movies always have some kind of redemption. I would also like to dine with Michelle Obama due to her strength and convictions about herself and her family.”

What would you change about the world?

“Everything… Just kidding. I do think there needs to be more compassion and people getting involved.”

Why is HOPE important to you?

“Hope cares without judgement and is supported by people. Like JFK said, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

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Introducing Bobbi Marshall, this week’s Faces of HOPE feature!

Favorite Animal: Cats

Favorite Food: Indian Food

Favorite movie/book/show: Harold and Maude and 9 ½ Weeks

Background / History:
Bobbi born in Jamaica, Queens is Irish, German and Black Portuguese. Her grandfather, Frank Ferreira, was a world famous steel guitar player. He had 1,700 records and is in the Hawaiian music Hall of Fame. She moved to Long Island when she was 10. Had 3 sisters and 1 brother and all were and remain very close (Carol the oldest has passed away). Bobbi came to Colorado in the early 80’s to give her teenage kids a better chance. They are John, Frank, Keith and Warren.

Tell us about a unique experience/story that’s happened to you:
“I decided to go on a trip to see some Grateful Dead concerts in the late 80’s and convinced my son, Keith, who had already been a devoted Deadhead, to come with me. I quit my job because I had to just do this. That one trip turned into a 10-year endeavor. To support this decade long odyssey, I bought a bus (which I ended up calling “Thelma and Louise”) to live in. I also sold veggie burritos, Dead Stickers, anything to make money to keep me on the road. During that time, I saw many shows and collected many memories. I even got to meet Bobby…he’s very “Vegas”.”

If you could meet and have dinner with any person who would it be? Why?
“Jerry Garcia because he is magical, his music is magical, he takes you some place that everyone would like to be. It makes me sad that he is gone.”

What would you change about the world?
“I would like peace and love and for people to realize we are all the same. I don’t understand why we call people black or yellow or grey. I see people as either my brothers or my sisters. I have respect for people.”

Why is HOPE important to you?
“I used to shop here at the thrift store and I would come in here and would talk with the ladies and I ended up adoring the people here. HOPE gave me my life back and everyone that I know has told me that I was another person before HOPE. I wasn’t alive, I wasn’t happy, I didn’t have a life. Now I feel through my volunteer work with HOPE that I have my life back. I’m happy again.”

Introducing Lora Polak, this week’s Faces of HOPE feature!

Favorite Animal – Horse

Favorite Food – Likes a lot of different things, that’s why it’s so damn hard. But will take a T-Bone, medium rare any day.

Favorite movie/book/show – The Big Blue (Movie)…starring Rosanna Arquette, about free diving.

Background / History – Born in Ohio, but came to Denver when she was 6 weeks old, so kind of a native. Attended George Washington H.S., Colorado Women’s College and Presbyterian School of Nursing in Denver. Raised two children and once they left the house, went on to raise Arabian horses in Castle Rock for approximately 20 years. Also worked as hospice home care giver, or CNA, with Porter and independently from the age of 26 to 64. Currently enjoys her 4 grandchildren and one great grandson while volunteering at HOPE handling intake of non-food donations, tending to our many homeless clients and anything else she can get her nose into.

Tell us about a unique experience/story that’s happened to you.
“I spent the night with Jim Morrison of the Doors. Actually, we spent the night talking about life. I was a switch board operator at the Hampshire Hotel in Denver and he was here for a concert and came down after the show carrying some late night cheer. My husband lost his mind over it, even though I wasn’t actually a fan. But today I remember it as an exceptional opportunity.”

If you could meet and have dinner with any person who would it be and why?
“Jesus…. because I have soooo many unanswered questions that I would like to have him answer personally.”

What would you change about the world?
“I would banish greed and mean spiritedness”

Why is HOPE important?
“HOPE gives me a vehicle to serve others and to help those who are beaten down. This has always been a key part of my values. I believe it is the duty of the strong to protect the weak from the wicked.”

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