For Immediate Release January 10, 2018

Utica, New York– The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) is pleased to announce it has secured awards totaling nearly $1.75 million dollars through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, for building acquisition and renovations at our new 201 Bleecker Street location.

This investment in The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees will establish a “One World Welcome and Opportunity Center” in the heart of downtown Utica. This impact center will not only allow the Center to expand their services to provide workforce and vocational training to the Mohawk Valley’s entire six-county region, but will also create shared work space for partner organizations to create a “one-stop shop” for individuals to access services.

“This has been a challenging year in refugee resettlement nationally and we are grateful that our community, our State and our Governor support diversity and tolerance, welcome refugees and immigrants, and truly believe that we are stronger together,” said MVRCR Executive Director, Shelly Callahan.

Shelly Callahan continued, “This new endeavor for MVRCR has been a team effort and we thank the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council and Empire State Development for their support, as well as our local elected officials– Senator Joseph Griffo, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, County Executive Anthony Picente and Mayor Robert Palmieri for their counsel and advocacy. Finally, thank you to Governor Cuomo for investing in Utica, “the town that loves refugees.” We look forward to continuing to provide products and services to assist integration, grow our economy and create a vibrant, diverse community that supports our vision of Many cultures, One community!”

For more information contact Ashley Bustos, Executive Assistant at 315-738-1083 or

2013 PrattMWP student Sharm Dakota painting a portrait of a refugee in Utica.

Sharm returned to Utica for the 2018 Flower Fest!

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