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!

Our Impact: By the Numbers

We’re proud to share what our programs and staff have accomplished in the past year. Thanks to our funders, community partners and supporters for helping us do this work!

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!

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.

Click the link above for full listing.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Skylar Diamond at sdiamond@urbanctr.org

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.

Basil Family Dealerships Stock the Pantry Drive

Our friends at Basil Family Dealerships are generously hosting a donation drive throughout the month of February to stock our personal essentials pantry! There will be donation boxes at their 9 Buffalo area locations where visitors can drop off items to be donated to our Hope Center’s personal essentials pantry. Items being collected include the following:

To top it off, Basil Family Dealerships is also doing a social media promotion! For every person who likes their Facebook page in the month of February, they’ll donate a dollar to our agency! Help us thank them for their generosity and raise some much needed funds to support our clients – follow this link to their page and click the “like” button.

Thanks to Basil Family Dealerships for their generous support for our agency and the clients we serve!

Home Buying & Repair Workshop with Journey’s End

We’re very excited to be partnering with our friends at Journey’s End to host a Home Buying and Repair workshop on Thursday, February 28 at 11:00AM at 1081 Broadway. We will have Somali and Bengali interpreters present to assist our neighbors from those communities. Come learn more about the programs our Housing Department offers!

MUC Awarded Grant from Buffalo Bills

We have been incredibly fortunate to have the ongoing support of our friends at the Buffalo Bills throughout the years. This week we learned that the Buffalo Bills Player Leadership Council awarded our Youth Department a grant through the Buffalo Bills Social Justice Fund to support our Achieving Success After School Program. We could not be more thankful for this organization’s generosity toward our agency and the families we serve! Go Bills!

Employment Opportunity: Community Site Coordinator

Now Hiring: Community Site Coordinator

Job Description: The position’s primary purpose is to administer, manage, supervise, coordinate, implement, and evaluate site specific youth programs that are provided through Matt Urban’s 21st CCLC after-school programs. In addition to supervising and evaluating the programming, the Site Coordinator is responsible for supervising and evaluating the part-time staff.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Andrew Linneman at alinneman@urbanctr.org