Office for New Americans

Welcome To The Office Of New Americans Neighborhood Opportunity Center

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the Office of New Americans (ONA) to assist new-comers to New York State who are eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State. ONA helps New Americans fully participate in New York State civic and economic life. We are committed to strengthening New York State’s welcoming environment for New Americans. The awarding of this special grant to the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees was an acknowledgement of the work the Center was already doing to fulfill the Governor’s goals and build community with many cultures.

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. Register today!

ONA’s Opportunity Center services and activities include:

Citizenship and Naturalization Services

  • Free legal consultation days for “red flag” issues (call for schedule)
  • Citizenship classes held Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30am
  • Citizenship study guides and materials.

Download the Citizenship fliers:

Entrepreneurship Workshops

  • Quarterly information session on how to start and run a small business.
  • One-on-One consultations.

Contact the ONA office for dates and registration. (315) 738 1083 ext. 117

Download the small business fliers:

All services are offered at MVRCR and language assistance is available.

Download the ONA brochures:

For more information contact Jessica A. Hernandez (315) 738 1083 ext. 117 or