Matt Urban Center

Matt Urban Center A multi faceted non-profit organization serving the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, Lovejoy and Fillmore Districts and Buffalo's East Side. The Polish Community Center of Buffalo, Inc., now doing business as the Lt.
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Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY (MUC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with a mission to provide programs to enhance quality of life, preserve neighborhoods and encourage economic development.

Mission: The Matt Urban Center's Mission is to provide programs that enhance the quality of life, preserve neighborhoods and encourage economic development.

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Wishing a happy Veterans Day to all the brave souls who have served our country. Our organization is honored to carry th...
11/11/2020

Wishing a happy Veterans Day to all the brave souls who have served our country. Our organization is honored to carry the name of one of the bravest - Lt. Col. Matt Urban - who grew up right here in Buffalo. If you haven't read up on him and his incredible acts of courage, leadership and selflessness, check out his Medal of Honor citation:

"Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Matt Urban, l 12-22-2414, United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of bold, heroic actions, exemplified by singularly outstanding combat leadership, personal bravery, and tenacious devotion to duty, during the period 14 June to 3 September 1944 while assigned to the 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 14 June, Captain Urban's company, attacking at Renouf, France, encountered heavy enemy small arms and tank fire. The enemy tanks were unmercifully raking his unit's positions and inflicting heavy casualties. Captain Urban, realizing that his company was in imminent danger of being decimated, armed himself with a bazooka. He worked his way with an ammo carrier through hedgerows, under a continuing barrage of fire, to a point near the tanks. He brazenly exposed himself to the enemy fire and, firing the bazooka, destroyed both tanks. Responding to Captain Urban's action, his company moved forward and routed the enemy. Later that same day, still in the attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban was wounded in the leg by direct fire from a 37mm tank-gun. He refused evacuation and continued to lead his company until they moved into defensive positions for the night. At 0500 hours the next day, still in the attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban, though badly wounded, directed his company in another attack. One hour later he was again wounded. Suffering from two wounds, one serious, he was evacuated to England. In mid-July, while recovering from his wounds, he learned of his unit's severe losses in the hedgerows of Normandy. Realizing his unit's need for battle-tested leaders, he voluntarily left the hospital and hitchhiked his way back to his unit hear St. Lo, France. Arriving at the 2d Battalion Command Post at 1130 hours, 25 July, he found that his unit had jumped-off at 1100 hours in the first attack of Operation Cobra." Still limping from his leg wound, Captain Urban made his way forward to retake command of his company. He found his company held up by strong enemy opposition. Two supporting tanks had been destroyed and another, intact but with no tank commander or gunner, was not moving. He located a lieutenant in charge of the support tanks and directed a plan of attack to eliminate the enemy strong-point. The lieutenant and a sergeant were immediately killed by the heavy enemy fire when they tried to mount the tank. Captain Urban, though physically hampered by his leg wound and knowing quick action had to be taken, dashed through the scathing fire and mounted the tank. With enemy bullets ricocheting from the tank, Captain Urban ordered the tank forward and, completely exposed to the enemy fire, manned the machine gun and placed devastating fire on the enemy. His action, in the face of enemy fire, galvanized the battalion into action and they attacked and destroyed the enemy position. On 2 August, Captain Urban was wounded in the chest by shell fragments and, disregarding the recommendation of the Battalion Surgeon, again refused evacuation. On 6 August, Captain Urban became the commander of the 2d Battalion. On 15 August, he was again wounded but remained with his unit. On 3 September, the 2d Battalion was given the mission of establishing a crossing-point on the Meuse River near Heer, Belgium. The enemy planned to stop the advance of the allied Army by concentrating heavy forces at the Meuse. The 2d Battalion, attacking toward the crossing-point, encountered fierce enemy artillery, small arms and mortar fire which stopped the attack. Captain Urban quickly moved from his command post to the lead position of the battalion. Reorganizing the attacking elements, he personally led a charge toward the enemy's strong-point. As the charge moved across the open terrain, Captain Urban was seriously wounded in the neck. Although unable to talk above a whisper from the paralyzing neck wound, and in danger of losing his life, he refused to be evacuated until the enemy was routed and his battalion had secured the crossing-point on the Meuse River. Captain Urban's personal leadership, limitless bravery, and repeated extraordinary exposure to enemy fire served as an inspiration to his entire battalion. His valorous and intrepid actions reflect the utmost credit on him and uphold the noble traditions of the United States."

We're seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant Director of Maintenance. This person will be responsib...
11/10/2020
Employment – Matt Urban Center

We're seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant Director of Maintenance. This person will be responsible for supporting our Director of Maintenance in the management of all grounds keeping and maintenance duties at all Matt Urban Center-managed buildings. Check out our employment page for the full job description and details on how to apply!
http://urbanctr.org/about/employment/

Employment The Matt Urban Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national...

Our Homeless Outreach team was swimming in donations from all the generous folks dropping off items for our donation dri...
11/09/2020

Our Homeless Outreach team was swimming in donations from all the generous folks dropping off items for our donation drive.(Literally! We couldn't find our staff when we went in their office!) After a lot of hours spent organizing, we're happy to share that our donations are packed up neatly and ready to be put to good use this winter! 🥰

Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski
11/06/2020

Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski

The very amazing Buffalo Dream Weavers will be hosting its 14th Warm It Forward event tomorrow, November 7th from 10am-12pm on the corner of Broadway & Bailey.

If you are in need of a winter coat, or if you can donate winter clothing, come on down and help those in need! Check out the info below for more information about this event. Thank you Buffalo Dream Weavers!

#teamworkmakesthedreamwork

We are now accepting lease applications for our newly renovated Hope House Apartments at 243 Sears Street in Buffalo! St...
11/06/2020

We are now accepting lease applications for our newly renovated Hope House Apartments at 243 Sears Street in Buffalo! Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are available to income eligible households facing homelessness.

Contact BestSelf Behavioral Health at 716-449-3372 for full eligibility requirements and to apply.

Our Housing & Community Development department is looking to add a full-time AmeriCorps service member to their team! Ch...
11/05/2020
Employment – Matt Urban Center

Our Housing & Community Development department is looking to add a full-time AmeriCorps service member to their team! Check out our webpage for more information about the position and how to apply.
http://urbanctr.org/about/employment/

Employment The Matt Urban Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national...

Our Matt Urban Hope Center is assisting residents with applications for the Live Well Erie & City of Buffalo Rental & Mo...
11/04/2020
Hope Center Now Assisting Residents With Rent and Mortgage Assistance Applications – Matt Urban Center

Our Matt Urban Hope Center is assisting residents with applications for the Live Well Erie & City of Buffalo Rental & Mortgage Assistance program. Residents must first call 2-1-1 to determine eligibility. Please see our post for more information.

Posted on November 4, 2020 by Sarah MaurerHope Center Now Assisting Residents With Rent and Mortgage Assistance Applications The Matt Urban Hope Center, located at 385 Paderewski Drive, will be assisting residents with processing their documentation to apply for Live Well Erie and City of Buffalo Ca...

One of our MUC Board members, Marva, is featured in the Buffalo Central Terminal's Neighborhood Profile Series! We're lu...
11/04/2020

One of our MUC Board members, Marva, is featured in the Buffalo Central Terminal's Neighborhood Profile Series! We're lucky to have Marva serving on our board and speaking to the needs of the residents of this community!

We are kicking off our Neighborhood Profile Series. The series is meant to showcase residents, stakeholders, and people with a current connection to the neighborhood. We will be asking them a series of questions about the Buffalo Central Terminal and the community. We are starting with Community Advisory Council members. If you would like to be featured or know someone who would like to be featured, email [email protected] with Neighborhood Profile Series in the subject line. Be on the lookout every Tuesday for this series. Please share!

Now Introducing, Marva!

What is your connection to the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood?

I live in the neighborhood. I am the president of the Greater East Side Fields of Dreams Block Association Inc since 2013, and we are the largest block club on the Eastside.

What does the neighborhood mean to you?

Everything, I live here, and I own property here. I’ve raised my kids here. I’m raising my grandkids here. Broadway-Fillmore means the world to me.

How do you see Central Terminal playing a role in the success of the community?

I see it playing a pivotal role because it can be the catalyst for our neighborhood. We have empty lots, and the Central Terminal's success is tied to the success of the communities that surrounds it.

What role do you see Greater Eastside Block Club Fields of Dreams Buffalo playing within the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, and how this can connect to Central Terminal?

I’m the block club president, I’m a homeowner, and having a voice allows us to know what goes on in the neighborhood. It will enable us to put input into the neighborhood, such as housing, and also allows us to stay connected to our elected officials on achieving those goals.

What is your spot to eat in the neighborhood?

I don’t have a favorite spot in the neighborhood. For us to go to a restaurant, we must go outside our neighborhood. We use to have neighborhood restaurants, pizza places, and lot and lots of places to go to in the past. It’s something I would say is a significant need for the neighborhood. The restaurant may need a building space for this, not sure how this would be done yet.

We used to have one straight across from Detroit street. Broadway-Fillmore used to be called little downtown. We had all the clothing stores, Sattler’s; I mean everything. We used to have so much here. If you can imagine what Elmwood is now, that is what we had in Broadway-Fillmore.

Broadway Market had fresh vegetables, desserts, rows, and rows of different things to purchase, such as fish and bakery. I would love to see more businesses in there, similar to Rochester and Seattle’s market. A part where all the fresh food is located downstairs as opposed to upstairs.

We have a food shortage, now we do have Aldi’s, but it is expensive. We don’t indeed have a grocery store because neither one of them have a deli. They also close early. There used to be a Super Duper and down the street a record place. We had TOP, but that is now closed. Whatever is included, it should be walkable because people without cars tend not to have as many choices to patronize.

How long have you lived within the neighborhood?

I have lived in the neighborhood for almost 40 Years.

What does serving on this CAC mean to you, and what impact would you like to see or expect to see from this process?

It means I have a voice. Many times, people come into our neighborhood and tell us what we want. As an afterthought, now we have a more prominent role in permitting them to. I have a voice and am very happy and proud that I can represent my community, we know what the Central Terminal used to be, and many people know the Central Terminal. I hope that the Central Terminal will be the catalyst that will spin off into the neighborhood.

Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski
11/03/2020

Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski

Today is Election Day! Make sure your voice is heard and you vote! Polls are open and will remain open until 9PM tonight.

For polling locations and other election information, visit the Erie County Board of Elections at: elections.erie.gov or call (716) 858-8891.

Happy to see our community members coming out to vote today at 1081 Broadway! 🇺🇸
11/03/2020

Happy to see our community members coming out to vote today at 1081 Broadway! 🇺🇸

Thank you to the generous staff at Main Pediatrics for this wonderful donation of children's toys, supplies and formula ...
10/31/2020

Thank you to the generous staff at Main Pediatrics for this wonderful donation of children's toys, supplies and formula for our Hope House Shelter and Hope Center clients!

Part of what makes our organization great is how our programs collaborate and our staff support one another. Our Permane...
10/30/2020

Part of what makes our organization great is how our programs collaborate and our staff support one another. Our Permanent Supportive Housing team worked to collect over 50 blankets for our Homeless Outreach team to distribute to their clients and keep them warm. Thank you to our PSH team and their network for these donations!

The festive fun at MUC continues! Our rockstar Permanent Supportive Housing staff hosted a Halloween party for their cli...
10/30/2020

The festive fun at MUC continues! Our rockstar Permanent Supportive Housing staff hosted a Halloween party for their clients at Hope Gardens yesterday. It included Halloween bingo and trivia, delicious cupcakes and pumpkin stuffed peppers made by our kitchen coordinator, Dawn. They painted pumpkins, listened to Halloween music, and had a great time (all while social distancing and with proper COVID procedures in place). Two of our newest clients were thrilled, having not enjoyed a celebration like that in years. Great work, PSH team!

Buffalo's Best Batman
10/30/2020

Buffalo's Best Batman

Many thanks and congratulations to the Matt Urban Center and Buffalo Central Terminal on hosting their annual Trunk or Treat event yesterday afternoon! I was informed it was the largest turnout they’ve ever had (we were running out of candy after the first half hour!), which should make all of the volunteers very proud!

The Buffalo Ghostbusters
10/29/2020

The Buffalo Ghostbusters

Amazing event at Buffalo's historic Central Terminal on 10/28/20.

Thank you to all our wonderful community partners - Jericho Road Community Health Center, Algonquin Sports for Kids, EPI...
10/29/2020

Thank you to all our wonderful community partners - Jericho Road Community Health Center, Algonquin Sports for Kids, EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, volunteers, event sponsors, Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo Fire Department, Buffalo Police Department, Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski, The Buffalo Ghostbusters, Justice League of WNY, Buffalo's Best Batman and our awesome team of Matt Urban Center staff and board members who made this wonderful event happen safely this year for our community!

Thank you to all our wonderful community partners - Jericho Road Community Health Center, Algonquin Sports for Kids, EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, volunteers, event sponsors, Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo Fire Department, Buffalo Police Department, Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski, The Buffalo Ghostbusters, Justice League of WNY, Buffalo's Best Batman and our awesome team of Matt Urban Center staff and board members who made this wonderful event happen safely this year for our community!

Thank you to all our wonderful community partners - Jericho Road Community Health Center, Algonquin Sports for Kids, EPI...
10/29/2020

Thank you to all our wonderful community partners - Jericho Road Community Health Center, Algonquin Sports for Kids, EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, volunteers, event sponsors, Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo Fire Department, Buffalo Police Department, Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski, The Buffalo Ghostbusters, Justice League of WNY, Buffalo's Best Batman and our awesome team of Matt Urban Center staff and board members who made this wonderful event happen safely this year for our community!

Thank you to all our wonderful community partners - Jericho Road Community Health Center, Algonquin Sports for Kids, EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, volunteers, event sponsors, Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo Fire Department, Buffalo Police Department, Fillmore District Council Member Mitch Nowakowski, The Buffalo Ghostbusters, Justice League of WNY, Buffalo's Best Batman and our awesome team of Matt Urban Center staff and board members who made this wonderful event happen safely this year for our community!

Getting ready for today's Trunk Or Treat to Go!!Please join us at Central Terminal from 4-6pm!
10/28/2020

Getting ready for today's Trunk Or Treat to Go!!
Please join us at Central Terminal from 4-6pm!

If you're still shopping for Prime Day Deals on Amazon, don't forget to shop via Amazon Smile and select Polish Communit...
10/14/2020
AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.

If you're still shopping for Prime Day Deals on Amazon, don't forget to shop via Amazon Smile and select Polish Community Center of Buffalo, Inc. as your beneficiary! All proceeds collected go to support our programs!

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Shop at smile.amazon.com and we’ll donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization—no fees, no extra cost.

Did you know that our Hope Center has a Personal Essentials pantry that helps provide personal hygiene and cleaning item...
10/13/2020

Did you know that our Hope Center has a Personal Essentials pantry that helps provide personal hygiene and cleaning items for families in need? Consider making a donation to our Fall Donation Drive to help us stock our Personal Essentials pantry! More info here: http://urbanctr.org/contact-us/donate-to-muc/

Address

1081 Broadway
Buffalo, NY
14212

Located along several NFTA Metro Bus Routes: Route #4 - Broadway Closest stops are: Broadway and Lombard Broadway and Sweet Broadway and Warren Route #19 - Bailey Closest stops are: Broadway and Lombard Broadway and Warren Also within walking distance of Route #23 - Fillmore/Hertel

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The Matt Urban Center is a multi faceted agency providing: Housing Services Senior Services Senior Apartments Weatherization Program Youth And Family Services Homeless Outreach Services G.E.D. and Work Skills Training Crime Victims Assistance 3 Food Pantries The Matt Urban Hope Center

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(716) 893-7222

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