World Refugee Day

Save the Dates! This year, World Refugee Day 2012 is being celebrated by the Mohawk Valley Resource Center with a series of events in June.

Saturday, June 16- Family fun at the Utica Public Library
Tuesday, June 19- Short film showing at the Uptown Theatre – Hard Truth, Levity & Hope (also was shown at the 2011 UNSPOKEN Film Festival)
Wednesday, June 20- Culture Fair at DeSales Auditorium
Saturday June 23- Bookfair at Barnes & Noble

2011 World Refugee Day Celebration

Members from Starting Over will definitely be celebrating world refugee day, talking with the community and getting photo and video footage for our gallery project. We hope to see you there!

For more info, visit the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees here.

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

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
  • Employment
  • 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.