Mission

MissionMany Cultures, One Community

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) assists

  • Refugees
  • Immigrants
  • Limited English proficient (LEP) individuals

throughout the integration process and helps them achieve independence and self-sufficiency by developing products and services that enable us to build community with many cultures.  

Building Community

Since being founded in 1981 MVRCR has resettled more than 15,000 individuals to the City of Utica. These populations have included Vietnamese, Russian, Bosnian, Somali Bantu, Burmese, and Nepali, just to name a few of the larger and more recent arrivals. The experience of working with diverse individuals and meeting their needs for over 30 years has resulted in an institution that is people focused and uniquely positioned to provide products and services that allow us to collaborate with partners in building community with many cultures together.

A Symbol of Welcome

A JZ Analytics Report released in April 2013 titled Six Continents, One Hometown: Public Opinion on Refugee Resettlement in Utica emphasized the importance of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, “…the impact of this institution cannot be overestimated…Above all it is the source of the metaphorical sign that says ‘Welcome to Utica.”  The institution is dedicated to integrity, diversity, community, compassion, and knowledge.

Transforming Lives

The Refugee Center transforms lives through our community centered programs: