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!

Community Holiday Dinner at Matt Urban Hope Center

For those in need of some holiday cheer, stop by the Matt Urban Hope Center at 385 Paderewski Drive on Monday, December 23 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for our Community Holiday Dinner! We’ll have a lasagna dinner and sugar cookie decorating for children and families. The event is free to attend and all are welcome!

Interested in volunteering at this event? Visit our online sign up for a list of available volunteer slots: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4faea92da1f49-hope

Contact Cherise Carson at (716) 893-7222 x329 or ccarson@urbanctr.org for more information.

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.

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.

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!