The motto of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) is “Many Cultures, One Community” – something the organization really celebrates. The MVRCR takes in about 500 refugees a year in cooperation with state and federal government agencies.
The Mission of the MVRCR…
We promote the well-being of culturally diverse individuals and families within our community by welcoming our new neighbors, refugees and immigrants, and by providing individual and community-centered activities designed to create opportunity and facilitate understanding.
Here are just some of the services that the MVCC offers:
- Refugee Resettlement
- Refugee Health and Family
- Services and Referrals
- Interpretation and Translation
- Immigration and Naturalization
- Cultural Competence Training
- English as a Second Language
- Technical Assistance
- Cultural Consulting
- Cultural Events
Events include World Refugee Day, International Mile at the Boilermaker, Passport to the World and more.
MVCRC’s 2011 Open House on World Refugee Day was featured by The Couch Utica, a local group documenting community appreciation through film. The Couch was able to interview many refugees who have come through the center on why they love Utica along with local community members who have come from different backgrounds around the world.
Here’s an interview with then-Executive Director Peter Vogelaar about the MVRCR and how the center affects the Utica community and vice versa:
You can find the rest of Refugee Day videos from The Couch by clicking here!
The MVRCR has the most important part of assisting refugees with resettlement and Starting Over in Utica.