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    Multicultural Center makes holidays bright with help from local businesses

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    In photo above, Moab Valley Multicultural Center staff members Rhiana Medina and Joanna Onorato, on the right, receive gifts donated by employees of The Synergy Company for the center’s Amigos Mentoring Club. Santa visits the Amigos Mentoring Club at Moab Valley Multicultural Center, below, and distributes gifts donated by employees of Synergy.
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    The Moab Valley Multicultural Center is ending an “outstanding year” of collaborative social services by doing what they do best – helping those in need, according to a press release from the MVMC.

    “Thanks to the generosity of several private donors and businesses like the Moab Golf Course and The Synergy Company, MVMC staff distributed holiday gifts to over 50 Moab children,” said Executive Director Rhiana Medina. In addition to Christmas gifts,“The holidays can be really difficult. Many people are laid off or have reduced hours. It’s cold outside, and for those who are far away from family or have recently lost a loved one, it can be very sad. We are humbled by the extreme generosity at this time of year and honored to serve our community in such a tangible way” said Medina, adding that there is always an uptick in crisis and homelessness services in the wintertime.

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    The Synergy Company has a community outreach team that recently organized a Santa’s Workshop Project for MVMC’s mentoring program.

    The MVMC will publish an annual report in early 2020, but “is proud to report that more than 3,000 hours have been spent year-to-date helping thousands of people with crisis, language, and life skills needs and providing opportunities for multicultural learning and celebration in Moab.”

    For a list of complete services, visit or call 435-259-5444.

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