Many Cultures, One Community
The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) assists
- 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.
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.
The Refugee Center transforms lives through our community centered programs:
- Refugee Resettlement
- Interpretation and Translation
- Immigration and Citizenship
- Cultural Competence Training
- Technical Assistance and Cultural Consulting
- Cultural Orientation
- English as a Second Language through the Adult Learning Center
- Job Placement
- Cultural Events (i.e. World Refugee Day, UNSPOKEN)
- Community Gardens
- Traffic Safety
- Entrepreneurship Workshops
- Volunteer Opportunities