Michael, a talented artist with clients in Colorado Springs and abroad, was introduced to Hope & Home’s ministry more than 10 years ago through a friend who suggested that he donate his time and paint a mural in the parent-child visitation room of a small foster/adoption agency called Hope & Home. At the time, the agency was in a small suite in an office building on the south end of Colorado Springs.
“I am grateful for this gift God has given me, and I am passionate about doing my best if it can be used to help ease the anxiety of children in trauma.”
After completing that mural, Hope & Home moved to a bigger facility, and Michael was commissioned to transform two large rooms, one into an underwater oasis for kids and the other into Old-World Venice for foster parents. When the growing agency moved a third time to a two-floor space, Michael was invited to not just carry over the Venetian theme throughout the entire 6,000-square-foot first floor, but to permanently join the staff as creative director in charge of designing all marketing materials, websites and videos. He now works as a creative resource teammate with the community outreach, donor relations, marketing, web development, programs, special events and clinical departments. As one of only four men in the entire company, Michael is also the highly valued Director of Moving Heavy Stuff. Of the warm and welcoming visual atmosphere he has produced at Hope & Home, Michael says, “I am grateful for this gift God has given me, and I am passionate about doing my best if it can be used to help ease the anxiety of children in trauma.”
One other thing Michael is passionate about at Hope & Home: His wife, Vanessa, who serves as our Director of Education. They met while he was painting at our last building, and married in the downstairs of our current building, surrounded by his Venetian murals. His artistic mini-me, Adam, participated in the ceremony.
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