Barkley Family Shows Their Love for Children at Hope House

 

Even though he’s quarantined at his home in California, Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley and his family still have families in Buffalo on their minds and in their hearts.

Last week Barkley and his wife, Brittany, reached out to the Matt Urban Center and generously offered a $10,000 donation to support the 25 children and mothers who are currently quarantined at our Hope House homeless shelter.

In 2019, the Barkley’s visited Hope House and participated in an Easter Egg hunt with the families who live there. That experience still resonates with them a year later, and as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through, they had those families on their minds. They specifically requested that their donation be spent on the needs of the children living at Hope House, to make life a little better for them during tough times.

“Knowing that they’re quarantined like everyone else, but that there’s 25 kids running around in this confined space, the moms are probably going crazy, I can’t even imagine,” Barkley said. “Anything that we can do to help, whether it’s games, puzzles, an iPad or two, anything to keep those kids busy, arts and crafts, anything that can go immediately towards this COVID-19 relief is what we wanted.”

Barkley recently spoke about his donation to the Hope House on One Bills Live. You can listen to his interview here.

Our staff at the Matt Urban Center are incredibly thankful to the Barkley family for supporting our clients during this time.

Thank you, Matt and Brittany, for your amazing generosity!

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Our agency’s programs and services support families living on Buffalo’s East Side. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we need your help now more than ever.

Please consider helping the Barkley’s donation go even further by making your own donation to the Matt Urban Center. Together we can help more Buffalo families get back on their feet.

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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!

Celebrating the Season with the Buffalo Bills

Our Youth Department was invited by the Buffalo Bills to participate in the Festival of Lights at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The students were fed dinner, received gift bags, and had the opportunity to meet the players and get their autographs. They also had the chance to explore the festival, enjoying the rides and the outdoor light displays.

Our relationship with the Buffalo Bills continues to develop and expand, providing new opportunities for the children we serve.  Thank you to the Buffalo Bills for their generosity this holiday season!

Thank you, Buffalo Bills!

We want to give a shoutout to our friends at the Buffalo Bills for their generosity!

Last month, children in our afterschool program got a surprise visit from several Bills players at the Hope Center. Patrick Demarco, Keith Towbridge, Eddie Yarbrough and Jerry Hughes came by to hang out with the youth, participating in different stations including slime making, face painting, Bills canvas painting, 3-point shooting and board games. The players also took photos with the youth and signed backpacks for them.

We were honored to be recognized by the Buffalo Bills as the One Buffalo Organization of the Game at their October matchup against the New England Patriots! Bills veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes presented members from our Youth Department with a game ball.

Thank you to our friends at the Buffalo Bills for going above and beyond for our organization and our community!