Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Stage Management was in the planning phases to dedicate resources to employ a full-time in-house chaplain. Seeing firsthand the grief and struggles of residents, their families and staff at our communities experience on a daily basis required a significant shift in the support that we offered. Today, Rev. Dr. Hugo Venegas is able to build personal relationships with each member of our community (whether residing with us or employed at one of our communities) so that when grief, sadness or life hardships present themselves; our community feels comfortable approaching Hugo with their situation.
The results that have been experienced through Hugo’s work inside our communities can not be quantified. Mental health has become a topic of discussion in many arenas in today’s world which has led to far more individuals being able to identify the need for support and providing an in-house resource has helped countless individuals be able to work toward addressing their grief in positive ways.
Hugo is originally from Costa Rica, but has lived in Colorado for the past thirty plus years. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Denver Theological Seminary.
Previously, Hugo was a sports chaplain to minor league baseball players in Phoenix and in Denver, and the Assistant Bilingual chaplain to the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club
Hugo has two young adult daughters. Megan, who is an officer with the Air Force and serves with her husband, Jake, at the Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Madison, 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.
Hugo spearheads multiple humanitarian projects for Stage Cares; primarily concentrating on work in eastern Costa Rica and western Kenya. He also assists in identifying staff who have met financial hardships and can benefit from short term financial aid. This financial aid is facilitated by a local non-profit called Helping Hands and has been a lifeline for many employees.