San Miguel Resource Center: Chocolate Lovers Fling

San Miguel Resource Center: Chocolate Lovers Fling

[click “Play” to hear SMRC’s Melanie Montoya speak with Susan]


Chocolate palms For most of us, Telluride is a corner of heaven. For some, however, there’s trouble in paradise. These people, the ones in toxic relationships, are the ones the San Miguel Resource Center opens its doors and hearts to, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The San Miguel Resource Center is the Telluride region’s only entity, public or private, in the business of helping others help themselves. Its mission: put itself out of business by ending interpersonal violence in our extended community. The Resource Center accomplishes its objectives through its advocacy center based in town, prevention education in the schools and key pockets of our community, and a menu of other bi-lingual support services.

On Saturday night, February 5, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m., Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village, the Resource Center holds its only major public fundraiser, The Chocolate Lovers Fling. This year’s theme: “Heroes and Villains.” Supporting the Resource Center means people who are in pain or have been wronged in the extreme – experts define abuse as going from a vague feeling something is wrong to battering or worse – can one day learn to picture a past hurt without dwelling on the negative emotions associated with disturbing memories. One day, their hearts can heal.

Like any organization – only more so because of the nature of the business– the San Miguel Resource Center is only as good as the people who run it. And the professionals at the Resource Center are as good as it gets. The Resource Center staff includes Education Specialist, Kara Johnson, Cultural Outreach Coordinator, Kara Gonzales, Advocate Manager, Megan Rood, Client Services Manager, Angela Goforth, Data Manager, Wendy Wilbert, Co-executive Directors, Nancy Anderson and Melanie Montoya.

To learn more about the work of the San Miguel Resource Center and how important funds raised from the Fling really are to that work, click the “play” button and listen to Melanie’s interview.

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