SAHELI receives MBTA/MassDOT Community Service Award

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Rita Shah (Photo: Jerry Kelleher, MassDOT)

BOSTON—SAHELI Boston, a non-profit organization for the support and friendship for South Asian women and families in New England, has received National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Community Service Award from Partners in Transportation Diversity Committee at the MBTA / MassDOT.

Rita Shah (Photo: Jerry Kelleher, MassDOT)
Rita Shah (Photo: Jerry Kelleher, MassDOT)

May is National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and a month to celebrate diversity and service across the United States.

MBTA / MassDOT selected SAHELI as their National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Community Service Award recipient. For over a decade, this Committee has led the efforts of both raising awareness and celebrating cultural diversity within their organization. Their national theme in 2016 is “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, and Build Legacies”.

The Diversity Committee acknowledged Rita Shah’s notable achievements in leading and promoting Saheli’s mission to empower South Asian women and their families to live safe and healthy lives. Their own mission aligns very closely with that of Saheli.

Saheli, located in Burlington, MA, is an organization dedicated to helping women cope with domestic abuse and offers many free services to survivors.

At a ceremony on May 9that the State Transportation Building, Shah accepted the award on behalf of all Sahelis and was joined by Saheli’s Program Coordinator Katherine Hurley and Shah’s husband Rajesh Shah.

Congratulations to SAHELI and Rita Shah, a well-deserved award for your two decades of dedication to empowering South Asian women and their families to lead safe and healthy lives.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Rita and Saheli leadership and true volunteers
    Congratulations for the respect but more than that your deliberations to help wonderful women in need and help them grow and be self and make it happen
    You are making differnce so this is well deserved
    Best wishes

  2. Congratulations Rita for well deserved recognition. Your invaluable dedication and willingness to help, mentor and comfort needy women will always be appreciated!
    Good Luck and Best Wishes

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