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 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

Employment Opportunity: Emergency Shelter Supervisor

Now Hiring: Emergency Shelter Supervisor

Job Description: The Emergency Shelter Supervisor will maintain a safe, supportive Trauma Informed environment within the shelter, monitor the facility to maintain safety of clients and shelter space, and assist clients with shelter routines and following all shelter procedures.

Click the link above for full listing. Please submit cover letter and resume to Christal Guthrie at

Employment Opportunity: Hope Gardens Cook

Now Hiring: Hope Gardens Cook

Job Description: The Cook at Hope Gardens will be responsible for overseeing meal planning and preparation for the residents of the facility. The Cook will inventory & shop for food, prepare meals, and maintain kitchen to remain in compliance with Department of Health standards.

Click the link above for full listing. Please submit cover letter and resume to Christal Guthrie at

Volunteers Needed: Urban Diner

Looking to do some volunteering in the New Year? We are in need of some dedicated volunteers to work in our Urban Diner kitchen at the Matt Urban Hope Center!
Volunteers are needed on weekdays from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Tasks include preparing meals and drinks in the kitchen, as well as washing dishes and taking out garbage.
To learn more or sign up to volunteer, please contact Latasha Colbert at (716) 893-7222 x313 or

Happy New Year from MUC

Last year was a very busy, hectic and productive year for the Matt Urban Center. We were able to work on many amazing projects including completed construction on our HELP Buffalo II Apartments and expanded youth programming in City of Buffalo schools. As we enter 2018, we look forward to expanding on our successes and growing even more with the community. We will be starting a full rehabilitation and renovation of former PS 57 to add 27 units of affordable housing for women and children and greatly expand on the services currently being offered at our Hope Center. We are also reinvesting $3 million in the renovation of our Lewis Street T.J. Wojnar Apartments to improve accessibility, technologies and other amenities for our seniors. Whether it is providing advocacy and support for innocent victims of crime, serving hot meals to area residents at our Urban Diner, or increasing our after school programming for at risk neighborhood youth, we are continually looking for successful programs and strategies to assist the community in becoming self-sustaining. We look forward to the year ahead and hope you enjoy our revamped website. Stay tuned for more updates on Matt Urban Center programs, news and events!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, safe and affordable 2018!