South Salt Lake Invests in Helping Refugees Learn, Succeed and Thrive in Utah — and It’s Working

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) A portrait of Hser Ner Moo hangs on the wall at the Hser Ner Moo Community Center in South Salt Lake on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

South Salt Lake • Something remarkable is happening in South Salt Lake.

The city of 25,000 has 14 community centers — including one specifically dedicated to refugees, called the Hser Ner Moo Community Center.

They promise this: Every child has the opportunity to attend and graduate from college; every resident has a safe, clean home and neighborhood; and everyone has the opportunity to be healthy and prosper.

The department that oversees the centers is called Promise South Salt Lake. Its 150 employees specialize in education and outreach to connect every resident with a host of resources.

Mayor Cherie Wood and Promise director Domoina Kendell, started the program a year after the 2008 murder of refugee Hser Ner Moo, a 7-year-old Burmese girl, at a South Salt Lake apartment complex, where the community center now is located.

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