Mission & History

Our Mission

 

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center’s mission is to build bridges across language and culture through family support, community collaboration and education.

Our Organizational Values

  • Compassion
  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Celebration

Our Goals

  • To provide a safe, welcoming, and culturally sensitive center where individuals and families can find concrete support in their time of need.
  • Through concentrated and intentional partnerships, we aim to demonstrate the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
  • To facilitate cultural awareness and appreciation resulting in a safe and culturally vibrant community.

Who We Serve:

The MVMC serves and collaborates with participating individuals, families, and organizations in Moab and surrounding rural areas. Our free or very low-cost services are provided regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, language, economic status, or cultural identity.

 

MVMC accomplishes its mission in 5 ways

  • Crisis Resource & Advocacy: To support and advocate when the need arises
  • Youth Education & Outreach: To provide positive multicultural opportunities for youth and advocate for their safety and wellbeing
  • Interpretation/Translation: To help our community understand one another
  • Life Skills Support: To increase access to resources for success and to prevent crises from happening
  • Cultural Education & Outreach: To encourage multicultural learning, and celebration of diversity

Organizational History

In 2005, public school teacher Leticia Bentley was being called on more and more to serve as an interpreter and advocate for Moab's growing immigrant population. As the need for bilingual and multicultural education, advocacy, and crisis intervention grew, Bentley recruited a core of dedicated volunteers who officially formed the Moab Valley Multicultural Center in 2007. Today, the Center employs 8 staff members, has hundreds of volunteers, and provides thousands of hours of direct service annually. The Center has grown to serve not only Moab's immigrant populations but anyone in need and specifically concentrates on vulnerable populations.