As the warm weather arrives we all want to get out in the sun. For some people that means riding a bike. For some though the cost of a bike is too much, when being able to feed your family takes precedence. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Molly Marcinelli (Principal of Como Park Elementary School)and her friend Mr. Dick Perini, both kids and needy adults are getting bikes of their own at no cost.
The excitement of a child when they get a bike is a wonderful thing to see. Also the relief of an adult that gets a bike that allows them to get to a job without depending on a public transportation system that largely fails the inner city commuter trying to get to a suburban job on the weekends.
A special thanks to Tom’s Pro Bike Shop in Lancaster that is supplying tires tubes and parts to refurbish the donated bikes to make them safe and ride ready for the people we serve.
A Pastoral Response to the Substance Abuse Epidemic. Was a great training for people who are concerned but lack basic information about what is happening and how they can help. During this free training, we heard from experts about substance abuse, its prevention and its treatment. We learned how to speak with clients, develop relationships that restore hope and dignity, and secure the assistance that will make a long-term difference for individuals and families. Lastly, we spent some time reflecting on the current state of our community and ways that we can help improve things.
WNY United (http://www.wnyunited.org/) along with Aaron Naegely, Erie County Sheriff’s Office; Sue Boyle , WNY United; Sr. Johnice, Response to Love Center; and Avi Israel, Save the Michaels of the World, Inc. Cheryl Calire, Office of Pro-Life Activities; Fr. Marty Moleski, Calix; all spoke of their experiences and expertise on the subject.
Saturday May 14th 2016, at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora NY. Sister Johnice of the Response to Love Center speaking on the Pastoral Response to the Substance Abuse Epidemic.