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.”