Good Neighbors, We Need Clothing Donations!

With the weather starting to get cold, staff at our Hope Center are beginning to gear up for the winter season! We are calling on the City of Good Neighbors to help us fill our clothing closet!

We are looking for clothing of all types (men’s, women’s, children’s, etc.) Clothing donated to the Hope Center will be used in our clothing boutique, which serves the Broadway Fillmore community, as well as to help those who are homeless this winter stay warm and dry!

All donations are graciously accepted, but tops on the wish list currently are men’s clothing (t shirts, long sleeved shirts, and jeans), sweatpants, and NEW underwear for both men and women.
Donations can be dropped off at 385 Paderewski Drive during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM).
For additional info or to set up a drop-off appointment outside business hours, contact Skylar Diamond at (716) 893-7222 ext 305 or sdiamond@urbanctr.org.

Meet Our Hope Center Heroes!

Not all heroes wear capes – some of them work at the Matt Urban Hope Center! We want to give two of our staff members a well-deserved shout-out for being lifesavers!

Last month, a community member came to the Hope Center in a panic, shouting that their friend had overdosed in an abandoned house across the street. Latasha Colbert, assistant case manager, and Nick Arlain, homeless outreach case manger, immediately responded, hopping a fence to get to the building. They entered the building and found an individual who had overdosed upstairs. Nick administered Narcan in an attempt to revive the individual as they waited for emergency services to arrive. EMS administered additional Narcan and the individual was revived and taken to the hospital.

Thankfully, Nick and Latasha heard the individual who attempted to alert them, as it was before the Hope Center opened. Had no one heard that community member, the individual who overdosed may have died. This is one of the many stories of Nick and Latasha’s dedication to the community and going above and beyond for our clients. They make us proud!

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.

Get Ready for Buffalonia 2018!

Join us for our third annual Buffalonia celebration at Buffalo Iron Works and party in support of a great cause!
The Matt Urban Center has been serving the East Side of Buffalo for over 40 years with the mission of providing programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives.
Buffalonia helps support our programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all residents in our diverse community—from children through seniors, and homeowners to the homeless.
The event will feature a live band, DJ, beer and wine, food, raffles, games and a photo booth! Ru’s Pierogi Food Truck will also be on site dishing up their delicious pierogi and we’ll have desserts from Sassi Cakes!
Pre-sale tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or in person at the Matt Urban Center (1081 Broadway) or Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois Street). Tickets will be available at the door for $30.
Questions? Contact Sarah Maurer at smaurer@urbanctr.org or (716) 893-7222 x232.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors!

Client Testimonial: Matt Urban Hope Center

Testimonial Transcription from Mr. Mitchell L. Wilson, Sr.

May 8, 2018

“My name is Mitchell L. Wilson, Sr. I want to say that because of the Matt Urban Hope Center and the Security Guard, Kelvin Leonard, and Mr. Earle Blacksheare, whom during my time of depression, lost of life mentally and physically, because of their deep concern for my mental and physical stability, I have a better life. Being a Vietnam Veteran, they showed me a better life and sent me to the correct people to receive help which was so desperately needed. I can’t say how much I deeply appreciate what they have done for me. And I would like to thank the people of the Matt Urban Hope Center for giving me a new chance at life. Only God could have inspired them to help me. There [sic] kindness, there [sic] good heart, soul & spirit brought forth a better person in me. May God continue to bless these individuals and to prosper the Matt Urban Hope Center.

Signed Mitchell Wilson Sr.

Thank You, God Bless