Hugo Venegas serves as the chaplain to our three retirement and assisted living communities at Gardens at Columbine, Gardens at Quail, and Golden Pond.
Hugo has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Denver Theological Seminary. He is a certified PREPARE Premarital Preparation & and Marriage Enrichment Counselor as well as a certified Leadership Challenge Workshop Trainer.
Hugo was a sports chaplain to minor league baseball players in Phoenix and in Denver. He was the Assistant Bilingual chaplain to the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club. He serves as our chaplain by providing a listening ear and when asked, guidance to families and residents navigating through life changes and transitions.
Hugo trains families on issues of grief, loss, life-transitions, and how to navigate the challenges of being there for residents with Memory Care issues. In addition, he is a resource to our staff for personal and professional growth, team building, and leadership development.
He has decades of experience in doing humanitarian work and loves to serve the native BriBi people in the community of Yorkin, in the southern Caribbean mountains of Costa Rica as well as assisting a small village school in the community of Kaimosi, Western Kenya.
Hugo has two young adult daughters. Megan Saucedo who is an officer with the Air Force and serves with her husband, Jake, at the Hill Air Force Base in Utah along with their dog Aiko. Madison Venegas, his youngest, is studying to be Registered Nurse in Layton, UT.
His personal interests include reading, writing poetry, magic realism literature, spending time with family and friends, watching his favorite sporting events, and providing life coaching guidance to private clients.