The 2018-19 state budget includes $200,000 to support the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees.

Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblymen Anthony Brindisi and Brian Miller announced the funding.

They say the funding will help refugees settling in the Mohawk Valley become self-sufficient by providing them with the training, skills and support they need.

"The funding we have received will provide essential services like employment counseling and job placement, enhanced cultural orientation, and case management.   Recently, we hosted a job fair featuring 10 local companies and over 100 refugee job seekers with staff positions we were able to maintain with this funding.  We are grateful to Senator Griffo and Assemblymen Brindisi and Miller for their continued support of our agency, and our community," said Shelly Callahan, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees.

The new budget contains a total of $2 million that will support organizations that help new arrivals.