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.”