Santas of Swig 2019 at Buffalo Iron Works

 

Join us for our final and most festive fundraiser of 2019!

The Sultans of Swig home brewers club will once again host the Santas of Swig fundraiser for the Matt Urban Hope Center on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 1:00-4:00PM at Buffalo Iron Works.  Stop by to sample some delicious locally made homebrews and cast your vote for your favorite one! There will also be basket raffles and a toy collection for children staying at the Hope House shelter.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. To buy online, please follow this link.

Community Thanksgiving at Matt Urban Hope Center

The Matt Urban Hope Center will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 27 from 3:00-6:00PM at our Urban Diner, located at 385 Paderewski Drive. The meal is free and all are welcome to attend.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help serve the meal on Wednesday, November 27th, from 2:00-7:00PM. You can sign up to volunteer using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4faea92da1f49-community

For more information or to donate, please contact Cherise Carson at ccarson@urbanctr.org or (716) 893-7222 x329.

Fall Fest Health & Wellness Event at HELP Buffalo

Join the Matt Urban Center and HELP USA for our first “Fall Fest” Health & Wellness event at our HELP Buffalo site! We are hosting this celebration and resource fair in honor of our veterans and their service to our country.

The event will feature food, drinks, prizes, and activities for kids. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit our vendor booths to get information on economic empowerment, job training & education, social and health services and more! Those interested in getting a flu shot will have the opportunity to do so at the event.

We are seeking a handful of volunteers to assist with set-up, serving food, facepainting and making balloons. For more information, contact Kadie Skulski at kskulski@urbanctr.org.

The Witness Project Workshop

Join us on the road to better health!
Stop by the Matt Urban Hope Center (385 Paderewski Drive) on Friday, October 18 at 11:30AM for a workshop with The Witness Project. Learn about their various preventative healthcare programs and how they can benefit you!

Join Us For Trunk or Treat!

The arrival of fall weather means its almost time for our annual Halloween themed community event: Trunk or Treat!
This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Stop by the Hope Center at 385 Paderewski Drive with your children to enjoy a safe, family friendly event. We’ll have lots of fun activities for youth and families outside the Hope Center, trick-or-treating in the Central Terminal parking lot, and plenty of cider and donuts to enjoy!
If you would like to register your car to hand out candy, please contact Danyel Sease at (716) 893-7222 x403 or dsease@urbanctr.org. If you are interested in donating candy, cider or donuts for the event, or would simply like more information, please contact Sarah Maurer at (716) 893-7222 x232 or smaurer@urbanctr.org.

Buffalonia 2019!

Join us for our fourth annual Buffalonia celebration at Buffalo Iron Works and party in support of a great cause!

The Matt Urban Center has been serving the East Side of Buffalo for over 40 years with the mission of providing programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives.
 
Buffalonia helps support our programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all residents in our diverse community—from children through seniors, and homeowners to the homeless.
 
This year’s event will feature beer and wine, food, raffles, and live music by Tim Britt! Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or in person at the Matt Urban Center (1081 Broadway) or Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois Street). Tickets will also be available at the door for $30.
 
 
 
Questions? Contact Sarah Maurer at smaurer@urbanctr.org or (716) 893-7222 x232.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors!

Celebrate Dyngus Day with MUC!

Planning on joining in the annual Dyngus Day festivities around Broadway-Fillmore on April 22? Make sure you stop in our Dyngus Day fundraiser party at the Matt Urban Hope Center from 3:00-10:00PM! Admission is $3 and all proceeds benefit the programs we provide in this community throughout the year. #DoGoodOnDyngusDay and come party for a good cause with us!

Senior Services Workshops with Journeys End

Join The Matt Urban Center and Journey’s End Refugee Services for two FREE workshops on senior services programs. Learn about programs available to help seniors (age 60 and older) stay in their homes and resources for families and caregivers. We’ll be sharing information on programs including HEAP, Medicaid, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, and more.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM & 5:30-6:30PM
Location: 1081 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212
We will have Somali, Bengali, and Spanish interpreters present to assist our neighbors from those communities. Come learn more about the programs our Senior Services Department offers! For more information, contact Michelle Holler at mholler@jersbuffalo.org .

Support the Hope Runners Team!

Our dear friend, musician, and longtime supporter, Harvey Brice, will once again be channeling one of his hobbies into a fundraising effort for the Matt Urban Center! Last year, Harvey ran a half marathon and with the help of friends and family, raised over $1500 for our agency’s homeless outreach efforts.

This year, Harvey is adding some manpower and has launched the Penny Lane Cafe Hope Runners. This team has entered to participate in the Buffalo Marathon on May 26, 2019 with the goal of raising $3,000 to support our programs via CrowdRise.

The team will kick off its fundraising efforts with a launch event on Sunday, April 14 from 12:00-3:00pm at Penny Lane Café in Clarence. The event will feature food and cash bar, speakers, basket raffle, marathon trivia quiz, sign-up table and T-shirt sales. The team is also offering any affiliated businesses and associations the opportunity to set up a table at the event to enlist members, sell product or simply speak and share information. Click here to see the event page on Facebook.

The fundraiser event is being sponsored by Anne Valby and the Penny Lane Café. StrideLive, a BETA running application for IOS, will be supplying team members technology for their training and safety and communication features on the day of the race.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates on how you can support the Hope Runners!

City of Buffalo Annual Action Plan Meeting

The City of Buffalo will host a community meeting at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway, on March 14, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm to gather input from community residents to inform its Annual Action Plan.

Residents are invited to share their thoughts on neighborhood needs and target areas. This will inform how the City allocates funds from the following entitlement programs provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD):

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): Benefits low-income households and neighborhoods by providing funds to repair homes, demolish abandoned properties, improve public facilities such as parks and recreation centers, repave streets and fix sidewalks, promote economic development, and provide human services.

 HOME Investment Partnership (HOME): Assists with the construction or renovation of housing for low-income homebuyers and renters.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): Addresses the needs of the homeless through street outreach, emergency shelter, prevention, and rapid re-housing activities.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA): Provides rental assistance and supportive services to persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.

For more information on the meeting or if special accommodations are required, contact the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning at 851-6578 or HUDAdministrator@city-buffalo.com. Burmese, Arabic, Nepali, and Karen speakers MUST RSVP for translation services.