Community partners remodel and revitalize Hser Ner Moo

January 11, 2012

The Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center, located at South Parc Townhomes (2250 South 500 East in South Salt Lake), is under construction for a complete interior remodel, a project made possible through Okland Construction, United Way of Salt Lake and more than 20 community partners. "I am committed to improving the opportunities for education in our community,” said South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood. “We are blessed with many amazing partners who share this vision. Together, we are making a difference in South Salt Lake."

The majority of individuals served by the Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center are refugees and immigrants. Center upgrades such as ADA access ramps and floor expansions will make the center more accessible to such families and community residents. “The Hser Ner Moo Center is part of our collective impact strategy that United Way of Salt Lake has been instrumental in helping us put together,” said Troy Bennett, director of the South Salt Lake Parks and Recreation Department.

“We are working to make Hser Ner Moo more user-friendly and to give the center more space for the people they serve,” said Jason Sanford, superintendent at Okland Construction. The remodel will enable the center to provide early childhood programming provided by Granite School District through a grant from Goldman Sachs. Additionally, the Center serves as a 21st Century Learning Center and provides English as a Second Language and life skill courses for parents and adults, out of school time programs for children and teens, and outreach to the community are made possible through the South Salt Lake Parks and Recreation Department.  Additionally, there are programs focused on education, income, health, and community involvement. All residents in and around the area of the South Parc Townhomes are welcome to attend and participate.  
The families served by the Hser Ner Moo Community and Welcome Center come from all over the world: Burma, Thailand, Nepal, the Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, South and Central America, Syria, and the United States. Languages spoken at the Center include the following: Karen, Karenni, Burmese, Chin, Swahili, French, Spanish, Nepali, Arabic, Somali, English, and other African dialects.

Community partners in the remodeling construction effort include the following: Okland Construction, United Way of Salt Lake, Koch Mechanical Contractors, Great Western Supply, Rydalch Electric Inc., Codale Electric Supply, Mechanical Services & Systems, Inc., Stringham Lumber, Burton Lumber, TID Demolition, Glassey Steelworks, Pioneer Specialties, Inc., Metro Tile Associates, Dal Tile of Salt Lake City, Mapei International, RP Paint, Superior Insulation, Jones Excavating, Comflors, Inc., and Home Depot.