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Michael Hake recalls the cold December morning that he first served meals with his men’s faith group to women seeking refuge at the Samaritan House Women’s Emergency Shelter. “It was a phenomenal experience,” he said of the volunteer opportunity a couple of years ago. “You go in expecting to give back, and you walk out realizing how much they are giving back to you in the lessons you learn,” he said. Shortly after, his wife, Erica, was praying and singing outside Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains near the Marisol Health medical clinic in Denver. She noticed the signage outside Marisol was somewhat difficult to read from a distance. They agreed to do something about it. “What a wonderful thing it would be to help design and sponsor a new sign for Marisol Health that has better color, contrast, and fonts for improved visibility,” Erica said. That began the Hake family’s discovery of the many ministries of Catholic Charities and…READ MORE >
Meet the Development Team!
I believe that to whom much is given, much is expected. Jesus Christ spoke often in the Gospels compelling us to help those who are less fortunate, and Catholic Charities is at the forefront in the Denver community of offering a hand up to so many who come to our doors. I’m a Denver native with a strong background in investment management, development and philanthropy. I currently sit on six boards that include ACE, FOCUS, Augustine Institute and the Archdiocese Catholic School Advisory Board. I am honored to lead the Charities development team and be called to this opportunity to help give back to a Church I love.
Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us? -Saint Vincent de Paul
I believe that God has tapped me on the shoulder many times in my life and asked me to listen to the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I pay attention and many times I don’t! In 2019, I heard His call and gave an enthusiastic “yes” to working alongside the committed people of Catholic Charities.
Twenty years ago I began my career as an AmeriCorps worker serving underprivileged children in Washington, DC, a role that evolved and found me drawn toward fundraising for schools in DC, adult literacy efforts in New Mexico, and university initiatives for my alma mater, The University of Notre Dame. Along the way I picked up a masters degree in public administration from American University, and more importantly, started a beautiful family with my husband, John, that includes four children and a very spunky puppy. Based in Denver for the last four years, and previously in DC, I’ve jumped into every gala, auction, committee, yard sale, and volunteering effort imaginable, and helped found a thriving parish-based moms’ group. I’m an active and joyful volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Church and School near our home in Cory-Merrill.
My deep conviction in God’s great mercy and the inherent dignity of all people – no matter their circumstances or how they arrived there – drives my desire to help connect Coloradans to the outstanding efforts of Catholic Charities.
I have always found so much satisfaction and joy in my faith and past work in the Catholic Church, so coming back was completely natural. That’s even more true in my new position as a philanthropic advisor for Catholic Charities and aiding it’s work for those in most need. As Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 22:34 when asked, “Which is the great commandment in the law”? His reply, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
After serving as vice president of finance and operations for 15 years at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, I retired from seminary work in 2015 to pursue some personal projects. Before joining the seminary, I was engaged in a number of communications, marketing and financial positions for various companies in the Denver area. From 1982 to 2000, I was part of three different Denver-based organizations, including Daniels and Associates, United Artists Theater Circuit and Medallion Enterprises. At United Artists Theaters, I held the position of senior vice president of marketing and at Medallion Enterprises, I was a partner is this family-owned venture capital firm. And I hold an MBA from the University of Denver.
“The future starts today, not tomorrow.” -St. John Paul II
I believe the solution to our world is service to others, and the service we provide at Charities is the solution—it starts today! I am humbled by the work done at Catholic Charities and am proud to be a part of it. As the Lord asks in Isaiah, “Whom shall I send?” I want to cheerfully, freely, and willingly answer, “Send me.”
In addition to working for Catholic Charities, I am a firefighter for South Metro Fire Rescue. After graduating with an MBA from Babson College in Boston, I helped launch a software startup in San Francisco and worked as its COO. I have an entrepreneurial background, having owned and sold several businesses. My wife and I are Denver natives and raise our seven children (four girls and three boys) in Littleton. As a family, we believe in the grace of giving. We tithe, give to local nonprofits and support Catholic missionaries.
Catholic Charities is the voice for the voiceless—those marginalized and forgotten members of our community. It is my privilege to be their voice and invite you to the joyful life found through serving them.