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MVRCR Participates in 2016 Welcome Week September 16th-25th

Starting September 16th, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) will celebrate Welcoming Week. Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events across the nation to celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and acknowledge the role that communities play in fostering greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 16-25 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.

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Traffic Safety Participates in Build a Bike 2016

On Saturday June 20, 2016 the MVRCR Traffic Safety Program Participated in the 11th Annual Build-a-Bike Event, organized by Utica Safe Schools.The Build a Bike event is a great community building partnership event providing nearly 1000 bikes to our diverse community.  MVRCR's Multi-Cultural Traffic Safety program is happy to have participated by providing translated traffic safety education, helmet education and a portion of the helmets. 

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MVRCR at 2016 Boilermaker

On Sunday July 10, 2016 Utica will be host to the Boilermaker Road Race and the Refugee Center will be showing our support and participating in two major ways. The Refugee Center will be represented along the International Mile with volunteers and international performers through the first mile of the course. During the 5K road race look for members of the Refugee Running Team who will be wearing shirts with the MVRCR logo and the One World Running Team blue man logo.

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MVRCR Participates in Redeemer Cup 2016

The 6th annual Redeemer Cup, Utica’s own International Soccer Tournament, was held June 4th and 5th in Proctor Park. Begun in 2010 by the Redeemer Church, the Redeemer Cup builds bridges between people and celebrates Utica’s extraordinary diversity.

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World Refugee Day 2016 Celebration Details Announced

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees and Fidelis Care invite the public to join them in celebrating World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 18th in Hanna Park at Utica City Hall from 12 pm until 4 pm. Utica, a city known as “The Town that Loves Refugees,” is an especially appropriate place to commemorate refugees’ endurance and reflect on their contributions to the local community.

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ONA and MVCC Offer New Adult English Classes

The Office for New Americans (ONA) at the Refugee Center is partnering with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer Adult English Classes. The program is free and available for those 18 and over. Classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Register today!

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University of Michigan Students Enjoy Spring Break in Utica for the 2nd Year

The opportunity to enjoy a small break from the stresses and burdens of higher education is relished by many students during spring break. Popular spring break locations like Florida beaches and Mexican resorts allow students to forget about their anxieties and relax for a few days.  In order to fairly represent the less sunny locales, MVRCR has a partnership with the University of Michigan to provide an Alternative Spring Break, with equally as much fun but with a socially conscious motivation.

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Re.Source Traditional Artisans 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Sale

The Re.Source Traditional Artisans invite you to join them for a holiday craft sale being held at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees on December 4 from 10:00am to 4:30pm. A wide selection of jewelry and handmade textiles such as scarves and table runners will be available for purchase. All proceeds will be given to the artisan group to help fund their micro-enterprise.

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Unspoken Film Festival and Conference Begins Today

The 5th Annual Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival and Conference opens today with a luncheon at SUNY Polytechnic from 11am to 2pm.  The theme for this year’s conference is Refugees, Immigrants, and the Opportunity Agenda. The film festival portion of the event begins today and runs through Saturday October 3rd. The featured film for this year’s festival is I Learn America. The opening day’s events will conclude with a Utica Fire Fly Storytelling event at 7:00pm tonight at the Tramontane Café.

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Apartments Needed

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has an immediate need for safe and affordable housing. The Refugee Center will continue to have a need for apartments for 2015 and 2016. In addition to our immediate needs we are looking to establish relationships with community housing providers to support our resettlement program in the coming years.  

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