• Create

    Our services create welcome & opportunities for all new neighbors & the community.
  • Communicate

    Services to communicate in many languages and improve understanding of all cultures.
  • Rebuild

    Opportunities for you to rebuild your life: English classes, citizenship, employment, training, and language support.
  • 15+
    Languages spoken by The Center staff. We reflect who we are — more than half the staff are former refugees.
  • 16,500+
    Individuals resettled since 1981, stopping the population decline in Utica by the early 2000’s
  • 69%
    Utica area residents who believe immigration is good for the area.

The Welcome Center

Our mission is to foster and enhance the welcoming environment in the City of Utica and throughout the Mohawk Valley.

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    Unique Co-Working & Meeting Space

    Interact with different languages and cultures from around the world.

  • Creates Welcome
    Connect Directly with Diverse Populations

    Over 300 individuals daily.

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    Create Welcome

    Join us as we build community with many cultures together.

  • Work Space
    Training & Event Space

    Fully equipped with computers workstations, private office space, and much more!

Success Stories

Helping Turn Dreams Into Reality
Nezir Portrait

Nezir Jasarevic

A strong pillar in the Bosnian community of Utica.

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Cos Portrait

Cos Mit

A dream of travel, photography, and storytelling.

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Mukti Portrait

Mukti Rijal

Thankful for a sense of welcome, a 
former refugee pays It forward.

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Paw Portrait

Pawsansoe Karen Bree

A dream of education and giving back.

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Story Trinh Truong

Trinh Truong

Seizing opportunity in order to reach success.

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Jackie Portrait

Jackie Batista

A drive to help and interpret instilled in her.

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Story Thein Kyaw

Thein Kyaw

Becoming a successful professional through continuous effort.

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Enock Portrait

Enock Makoma

Valuing education and pursing civil engineering.

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