UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — Sunday June 21st, marked World Refugee Day. The Center, in Utica is an organization that provides services to refugees and immigrants and has resettled over 16,500 refugees into the city.
The Center has served Utica since 1979 providing resources to help welcome refugees and immigrants and get them settled in their new home.
“They have dramatically changed the fabric of the city, lead to vibrancy and economic renewal, and, you know, they have just become an integral part of Utica; they are Utica,” said The Center’s Executive Director Shelly Callahan.
To honor World Refugee Day, The Center is hosting ‘A Walk in their Words,’ a walk the community can participate in on their own time while listening to the stories of refugees.
Callahan explained, “It is still primarily a virtual event this year, so for thirty dollars you can download stories. You’ll get a link to download stories of refugees telling their stories in their own voices.”
In addition to the stories, participants will get a virtual goodie bag. The money raised will benefit refugee centers across the nation. For more information on ‘A Walk in Their Words’ and World Refugee Day, you can visit The Center’s website.