Blog: Volunteering in WNY

On June 6, our agency participated in VolunteerWNY’s initiative for National Hunger Awareness Day. We hosted a project at our Hope Center where volunteers made and packaged meals for our Homeless Outreach team to distribute to our homeless clients.

Ashley, an intern with Red Door Real Estate, participated in the project and wrote a blog about her experiences volunteering with us. Check out her blog post here.

Thank you to all our volunteers for generously donating your time to this effort! Check out the photos on our Facebook page.

 

Volunteering in WNY

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Hunger Awareness Day Project at Hope Center

Looking for a volunteer opportunity this week? How about participating in our Hunger Awareness Day Project?

Our partners at VolunteerWNY are spearheading a Hunger Initiative in support of National Hunger Awareness Day. They are recruiting community volunteers to increase the impact of service to clients experiencing hunger in our communities.

Join the crew making PB&J sandwiches and packing meal bags for our Hope Services Homeless Outreach Office! Taking place this Wednesday, June 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 385 Paderewski Drive.

Find out more information here.

Employment Opportunity: Case Manager for HELP Buffalo

Now Hiring: HELP Buffalo Case Manager

Job Description: This full time position shall provide case management services to residents of a two multi-unit apartment complexes in Buffalo: Help Buffalo I & II. As an integral part of the Housing Department and the Matt Urban Center, this position will be responsible for encouraging and promoting a positive living environment for tenants, while assisting in creating linkages for tenants to outside supports and resources in an effort to promote housing stability. A qualified candidate will be detail oriented, embrace a person-centered approach to client services, demonstrate excellent communication skills, and have the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.

Click the link above for full listing

Save the Date! Buffalonia 2018

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 14, 2018 for the Matt Urban Center’s annual Buffalonia fundraiser. This year’s event will take place at Buffalo Ironworks, 49 Illinois Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. The party will take place from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and will feature live music and DJ, beer, wine, food from local food trucks, raffles, and games.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for event updates!

Employment Opportunity: Clinical Outreach Specialist

Now Hiring: Clinical Outreach Specialist

Job Description: The Clinical Outreach Specialist will function as a clinician and consultant primarily for the Homeless Outreach program. Main responsibilities include completing psych/social assessments and diagnoses with homeless individuals to determine eligibility for appropriate housing programs, creating individualized plans of care, and assisting with linkages to other health care resources in the community.

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Check out our 2017 Annual Report!

The Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY recently released our 2017 Annual Report, highlighting the successes of our programs over the past year.

The stats listed below provide a glimpse of what our staff has accomplished in the past year.

  • Agency staff was successful in securing the funding necessary to convert the former P.S. #57 into 27 units of permanent affordable housing for women and women with children, as well as programming space for the Matt Urban HOPE Center.
  • The HOPE Center’s Street Outreach Staff secured housing for 92 homeless individuals.
  • We weatherized 53 units of housing for low-income families, keeping them safe and warm during our long winter months, and reducing their utility bills on average by 25%.
  • We provide support to over 1,040 low-income senior citizens, providing them with case management services, allowing them to remain independent and preventing them from being placed in an assisted living facility or a nursing home.
  • Agency staff provided transportation to senior citizens so that they can attend doctor’s appointments, conduct banking, shopping and participate in congregate meal programming. Our van drivers completed 4,206 one-way trips.
  • Staff provided advocacy and support for 2,370 innocent victims of crime.
  • Our housing department continues to provide safe and affordable housing for low-income senior citizens (32 units), refugees/low-income community residents (20 units), chronically homeless women (20 units) and to youth who have aged out of the foster care system (12 units/24 beds). The Matt Urban HOPE House provided emergency shelter for 620 women and women with children.
  • We assisted 56 homeowners in securing housing repair grants that will help them make health and safety repairs to their home.
  • The Youth Department provided after-school programming and a safe haven for 675 low-income, at-risk neighborhood youth.

Click Here to Read the 2017 Annual Report