Community and Training Center

MRC's Community and Training Center is located on North Lamar Boulevard in the heart of Austin's refugee community. Services have included ESL, child care, citizenship classes, computer workshops, food stamp renewals, sales of discount bus passes, and our 10-week sewing training course. Monthly potluck events at the center bring neighbors together to share traditional foods, help each other navigate the transition to life in Austin, and enjoy activities rooted in the traditions of their cultures, such as sewing circles, soccer games, and musical ensembles. 




  • 10-week Intermediate Sewing Class leading to potential employment at MRC's social enterprise Open Arms or opening a small home-based sewing business.