Community Programs

Welcome To Traffic Safety & Other Specially Funded Programs

Our community programs are not just for refugees or immigrants. Several of our programs seek to deepen our commitment to the community and provide services for all vulnerable populations as well as offer opportunities to bring together the greater community with the populations we serve. Community programs are provided through specialized grant funding and partnerships.

The American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Program @ MVRCR

Through a volunteer partnership with the Eastern New York Region of the American Red Cross, the Restoring Family Links program is housed at MVRCR and provides families and individuals with free tracing and messaging services to search for families and loved ones who have been separated by conflict or natural disasters.

  • Services are free and confidential and provided through trained Red Cross volunteers at MVRCR.
  • Interpretation can be provided as needed for case management.
  • Tracing and Messaging Services available for 45 countries; can be subject to change depending on conflicts and availability of services overseas.
  • Can be utilized for Inquiries into Certificates of Detention for former Iraqi Nationals held in Artawiyah and Rafha camps in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.
  • Assistance with utilizing the ICRC Trace the Face website, to find family believed to have crossed through the Mediterranean sea routes or into Europe. Learn more here: https://familylinks.icrc.org/europe/en/Pages/Home.aspx

For information in additional languages, click below:

 For  more information  contact Jennifer Cieslewitz at (315) 738-1083 Ext. 134 or jenniferl@mvrcr.org.

*Please note: This service does not provide U.S. Immigration assistance for family reunification, or financial assistance for family members overseas. For assistance with U.S. Immigration paperwork or questions, please contact Tatjana Kulalic at (315)738-1083 ext 114.

 

Traffic Safety & Child Passenger Safety

Traffic Safety is funded by NYS Governors Traffic Safety Committee.  Our Multi-cultural Traffic Education program is recognized for having a strong linguistic and cultural approach. 

Traffic Safety Programs and Resources Include:

  • Pedestrian Safety (walking safely, parking lot safety and looking for traffic)
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Automobile safety for passengers and drivers  
  • Permit  and Licence  Preparation
    • Education Offered 0ffered at the Refugee Center on a regular basis
    • Individual support and computer lab and hands-on practice with driving simulators
    • Translated Permit Guides available in the following languages: Arabic, Burmese, Karen, and Nepali
  • Driving Responsibly (DWI, Distracted Driving and additional relevant information) translated in Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Russian

Child Passenger Seat Program by Appointment  with income qualification:

  • Education & Distribution of Child Passenger Seats
  • MVRCR Employs 6 Certified Child Passenger Seat Technicians
  • Translated Child Passenger Seat information available in: Arabic, Burmese,French, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Russian, Vietnamese

For information  contact Lisanne Divine at (315) 738-1083 Ext. 146 or lisanned@mvrcr.org.

Community Fire Safety Education Project (CFSE)

The fire safety materials posted on this website are a component of the Community Fire Safety Education Project (CFSEP), a collaboration between the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, the Utica Municipal Housing Authority, and the Utica Fire Department. The Project aims to reduce injury and deaths caused by fire among firefighters, low-income public housing residents, limited English proficient refugee and immigrant populations, and persons with physical disabilities. This project was made possible in 2014, when the Utica Municipal Housing Authority received Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funding provided through DHS/FEMA's grant program directorate Assistance to FireFighters Grant Program.

Educational videos are available in 10 languages (Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, English, Karen, Kizigua, Maay Maay, Nepali, Russian, Spanish). Click HERE to view the videos on the MVRCR YouTube page.

Educational Flyers are available in 8 languages (Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, English, Karen, Nepali, Russian, Spanish).

Visit the Community Resources and download the pdfs.

Enhanced Cultural Orientation Activities

One World Artisans

One World Artisans Website!

  • The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, the artisan’s, and the thINCubator teamed up to create and deploy One World Artisan’s, an opportunity for refugee’s and newcomer entrepreneurs to get involved with the community, sell their artisanal goods and learn the fundamentals of operating a business by managing the One World Artisan’s cart.
  • Refugees and newcomers who’ve shown an interest in business and for those who have a talent for creating unique artisan goods inspired the idea of One World 

For more information please contact Jennifer VanWagoner by email at jenniferv@mvrcr.org or Jennifer Cieslewitz by email at jenniferl@mvrcr.org.