Black History Month Celebration

The Matt Urban Hope Center will host a Black History Month celebration event, featuring a cultural meal and a presentation with facts about famous African American men and women and their accomplishments. The event will take place on Thursday, February 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Urban Diner at 385 Paderewski Drive. For more information, contact Cherise Carson at (716) 893-7222 x329 or ccarson@urbanctr.org.

Re-Pack the Bag Community Resource Fair

Join the Matt Urban Center and BlueCross BlueShield of WNY for a community resource event featuring a variety of vendors and a backpack giveaway for youth. Event runs from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Matt Urban Hope Center, 385 Paderewski Drive. For more information, contact Cherise Carson at (716) 893-7222 x329 or ccarson@urbanctr.org.

Amazon BUF5 Donates Winter Clothing to Hope Center

We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to our friends at the Amazon.com BUF5 site for hosting an employee-driven winter clothing drive on our behalf. They dropped off their donations to our Hope Center last Friday, and the results were amazing: 50 winter hats, 50 pairs of new underwear, 35 pairs of gloves, 9 winter coats, 3 pairs of winter boots, 52 pairs of socks, and 3 boxes of women’s and kid’s winter clothing!

Thank you to the awesome crew at Amazon for partnering with us and helping keep our clients warm this winter!

MUC Homeless Outreach Team In the News

Our hardworking Homeless Outreach team’s efforts earned some well-deserved media recognition this month!

On January 22, Mayor Byron Brown and officials from Norstar Development announced that demolition would commence on the long vacant Shoreline Apartments complex on Niagara Street. Our Homeless Outreach team was tasked with working with local police to ensure the safety of individuals who might be staying in these buildings and getting them connected to the services they need. They began sweeps prior to demolition starting, and will continue them weekly until the process is completed this summer. Read the full story here.

On January 28, The Buffalo News commemorated the one-year anniversary of Larry Bierl’s death due to exposure with an article summarizing his impact on the Williamsville community, the pervasiveness of homelessness throughout our region (not just in the city), and how agencies like the Matt Urban Center and our partners are providing support to those living on the streets. The article quoted our Homeless Outreach Team lead, Skylar Diamond, in discussing local agencies’ response to Mr. Bierl’s death and how efforts have evolved in the past year. “We’ve definitely started working on positive changes in Larry’s honor,” Diamond said.  Read the full story here.

Amazon Hosts Winter Clothing Drive to Benefit MUC

Our friends at Amazon are generously hosting a winter clothing drive to support clients at our Hope Center and Hope House Shelter. They are currently collecting gently used or new winter apparel such as gloves, hats, coats and boots.

Those interested in donating can find dropboxes at the Amazon (BUF5) location at 4201 Walden Avenue in Lancaster, our main headquarters at 1081 Broadway, Buffalo, or our Hope Center at 385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo.

Donations are being accepted through January 10, 2020!

Free Christmas Tree Giveaway at Hope Center

If your family is in need of a Christmas tree to make your holiday season a little brighter, our Hope Center is here to help! Stop by 385 Paderewski Drive on December 9 or December 16 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. for our free Christmas tree giveaway! Contact Cherise at (716) 893-7222 x329 for more information.

Employment Opportunity: Homeless Outreach Case Manager

Now Hiring: Homeless Outreach Case Manager

Job Description: The Homeless Outreach Case Manager is a field position that has the primary responsibility of successful engagement of street homelessness and chronically homeless individuals in the City of Buffalo, assisting them with basic needs followed by housing.

Click the link above for full listing.

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

Employment Opportunity: Homeless Outreach Case Manager

Now Hiring: Homeless Outreach Case Manager

Job Description: The Homeless Outreach Case Manager is a field position that has the primary responsibility of successful engagement of street homelessness and chronically homeless individuals in the City of Buffalo, assisting them with basic needs followed by housing.

Click the link above for full listing.

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

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!