ProjectsTogether we build community with many cultures. The founders and individuals involved in the projects listed below have made our vision a reality. All projects listed were started by individuals in the community that actively began assisting refugees and immigrants through the integration process without the direct engagement of MVRCR staff. Some of the projects collaborated with MVRCR, but were created and sustained through community members.

Projects are listed alphabetically. Please take the time to review them all as you may find there is an opportunity to join the movement and assist in building community today! (If you have a project you would like featured on the website please contact an administrator via the Contact page, e-mailing or calling 315.738.1083.)

Redeemer Cup – Utica

An international soccer tournament organization by Redeemer Church of Utica showcasing the diversity of the Mohawk Valley. The tournament is organized every other year and features teams from all major ethnic communities.

One World Artisans

Re.Source Traditional Artisans is a micro-enterprise group of diverse artisans from many different refugee and immigrant communities, representing several different cultures. The project was setup to allow for these creative and talented artists to pursue and continue with their traditional art forms and handicrafts within the United States, and also earn supplemental income for their work.

At its inception, Re.Source Traditional Artisans began by bringing micro-enterprise opportunities to resettled refugees in the Utica area, specifically from the Karen community, an ethnic group from Myanmar. From the Karen community, many artisans work to produce their traditional textiles through the use of portable back-strap looms, which they work out of their homes in their spare time. They produce scarves, handbags and many other colorful and traditional clothing items. Currently we are made up of artisans representing from the Somali-Bantu community, Iraq, Chad, Bosnia, Ghana, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Belarus, Yemen and the Dominican Republic. Our micro-enterprise endeavors include fabric and textile arts, home goods, jewelry making, painting, woodcarving, and baking. To schedule a viewing of our handmade, local and unique items or to make a purchase, please contact Jennifer VanWagoner, Manager of Grants and Community Engagement, 

Utica Fire Fly

Utica Firefly is a collaborative effort to document central New York stories, to record the people, places, and events that form the fabric of our community. At the same time, we hope to promote and further the art of storytelling. Visit “Firefly Features” and see extra material from Refugees Starting Over Utica. The stories also feature recordings from the Unspoken event.