Welcome Our New Hope Center Director!

We’re very excited to introduce our new Hope Center Director, Kevin Glover, who started his new position there this week.

Kevin had previously held the position of Site Coordinator at Polonia Hall for our Youth Department.

We look forward to the leadership he’ll bring in his new position at the Hope Center. Congrats, Kevin!

Raising a Glass to a Good Cause

The Sultans of Swig Home Brewers Club and Buffalo Iron Works sponsored the 4th Annual “Santas of Swig” homebrewing competition and fundraiser on December 1 to benefit our Hope Center. There was a great turnout as folks lined up to sample beers from 20 different homebrewers and cast their vote for the best brew.
Guests generously donated a carload of toys for our Hope Center’s Christmas Giveaway and raised nearly $3,000 for our programs. A huge thank you to our friends at the Sultans of Swig, Buffalo Iron Works, and everyone who came out to participate and support our agency!
Happy Holidays!

Calling on City of Good Neighbors to Give Hope on #GivingTuesday

With the harsh winter season looming and an ever-growing need for supplies to serve Buffalo’s most vulnerable residents, the Matt Urban Center is participating in #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving coming on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The Matt Urban Center is a community based organization that has anchored the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood for over 40 years with the mission of providing programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives. The agency serves over 20,000 clients annually, from youth to seniors and homeless individuals to homeowners.

For the past 10 years, the agency’s Hope Center has been a one-stop resource center for low-income residents to receive assistance with everything from housing assistance to benefits screening, financial wellness education, computer classes, job training, clothing donations, and personal essentials and food pantries. The Matt Urban Hope Center is also home to the Homeless Outreach team, which works tirelessly to connect homeless individuals living on the street with housing, food, clothing and healthcare. This team works in tandem with the agency’s permanent supportive housing team, which partners with local landlords to secure a safe home for our clients, and our Hope House shelter, which provides temporary haven for women and children experiencing homelessness.

The Matt Urban Center’s staff has helped countless individuals to find stable, secure housing and provide them the additional supports to get back on their feet. One client was a homeless veteran suffering from mental illness and addiction issues, who had been in and out of incarceration. Our team helped him to find a safe place to stay and wraparound case management to help him tackle his health hurdles and maintain his housing.

Another client was a mother of two who was struggling with an autoimmune disease, an abusive relationship, and loss of employment. She arrived at our Hope House shelter feeling completely defeated, but our staff quickly got her on the path to searching for housing and a primary care physician, as well as securing clothing and school materials for her daughter. The team helped her find an apartment and the client was able to enroll in a Medical Coding Program to eventually find a job and get back on her feet.

In order to continue fighting for Buffalo’s most underserved, our agency relies on the generosity of local donors to continue our programs. This #GivingTuesday, we’re calling on our City of Good Neighbors to help us care for those most in need by making a donation to the Matt Urban Center. Monetary donations can be made online or via mail to Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212. A link to our donation page can be found at http://urbanctr.org/contact-us/donate-to-muc/.

Our Hope Services team also welcomes donations of clothing and personal essentials for their homeless clients. A donation wish list can be found at http://urbanctr.org/hope-services/donation-requests/.

For more information on giving to the Matt Urban Center on #GivingTuesday, contact Sarah Maurer, Development Coordinator, at (716) 893-7222 x232 or smaurer@urbanctr.org.

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The Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY is a multi-purpose community center located on the East Side of Buffalo. It is our mission to provide programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families, and change lives.

Learn more at www.urbanctr.org.

 

Give a Gift to Homeless Outreach This Season!

Doing some Amazon shopping this holiday season? We hope you’ll consider heading over to our Homeless Outreach team’s wish list and donating an item or two!

The Matt Urban Outreach team meets individuals that are experiencing homelessness where they are at. We meet individuals under bridges, in an encampment, at a shelter, or in a bus terminal, for example. We help the homeless community in Buffalo meet their basic needs by supplying items such as: blankets, food, water, socks, clothing, underwear, gloves, hats, and anything else that the client may need. Any donations made to the Matt Urban Outreach Team will be put to good use, as it will be distributed to those who are without homes this holiday season.

To see our Amazon Wish List, click here.

2018 Santas of Swig Homebrewing Fundraiser

Attention, lovers of good beer! Next month, the Sultans of Swig will host their 4th annual Santas of Swig homebrewing competition and fundraiser to benefit the Matt Urban Hope Center. Over 20 Homebrewers have donated their beers to help raise money and awareness for our organization.
Where: Buffalo Iron Works
When: Saturday, December 1
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Cost of admission allows you to sample 20 different beers and cast your vote for the best one! There will also be basket raffles with products from local breweries. Presale tickets are available through the Santas of Swig website or at the door.

Toys for Tots is Underway!

The Matt Urban Center is one of the 25 agencies participating in the annual Western New York Holiday Partnership, where we help distribute toys to low-income families to give their children.

Families must be food stamp eligible and have children age 12 and younger. Families can apply for the program at the Matt Urban Hope Center (385 Paderewski Drive) or the T.J. Dulski Center (129 Lewis Street) between now and December 7.

For more information, please contact Latasha Colbert (Hope Center) at ext. 313 or lcolbert@urbanctr.org or Danyel Sease (T.J. Dulski Center) at ext. 403 or dsease@urbanctr.org.

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!

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 Joe Creek at jcreek@urbanctr.org.

Employment Opportunity: Hope Center Director

Now Hiring: Hope Center Director

Job Description: The Hope Center director will directly oversee all Hope Center and Homeless Outreach programming at Polonia Hall, as well as direct supervision and program development of Hope Works and AMP Ink. This position will act as an immediate supervisor to staff from the aforementioned programs.

Click the link above for full listing.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Karen Baer at kbaer@urbanctr.org.

Trunk or Treat With Us!

Join the Matt Urban Center for our annual Halloween celebration! We’ll have “trunk-or-treating” in the Central Terminal lot and lots of fun activities at the Hope Center, including face painting, mask making, cider and doughnuts.
Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: 385 Paderewski Drive
To register your car, contact Danyel Sease at (716) 893-7222 x403.
To volunteer or make a donation, contact Sarah Maurer at (716) 893-7222 x232.