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.

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

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 or Jennifer Cieslewitz by email at