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The Response to Love Center is in a building that was constructed in 1905 that makes it 113 years old.
It is true that they don’t make buildings like that anymore, strong, thick-walled and secure. However with a building that old there are always repairs, updates and aging issues that need to be addressed. Some of our windows were replaced some twenty plus years ago and some other windows are as old as the building itself. It is becoming more of a challenge to heat the building in the winter especially when it’s windy and cold, as the windows do not seal properly even the more recently replaced windows.
Replacing the glass is not possible in some of the windows as the frames have broken apart.
We have to prop up the windows with pieces of pipe.
During the coldest months of the year, many of our homeless and financially challenged clients look to us for a chance to warm up during our open hours, stopping next to one of our radiators before enjoying some soup or a warm meal. But we have rooms that volunteers work in that won’t stay warm in the winter and are too hot in the summer because we can’t open the windows for fear of unlocking them may result in the windows falling in on top of someone.
We are to a point that replacement is becoming necessary for safety reasons as well as for the comfort of our volunteers, staff and the Sisters working in our building. The plan is to replace the windows in phases, utilizing a triage approach, first being the windows in most need of repair. We actually have some windows that are propped shut with a pipe and duct tape so as not to come crashing in on top of someone.
The cost of replacement is around $1000 per window and we will replace them as the available funds allow. Please consider helping in this most unique and necessary way. Being good stewards of funds we receive we always look for ways to improve the efficiency of our building and the cost of utilities, and of course the safety of our clients, Sisters, staff, and volunteers.
With the replacement of the windows, we anticipate the savings to be substantial in both reduced cost of utilities and the need to paint the wooden window exterior trim every few years. Just the exterior painting of the trim would save $50,000 every time it is required. Our average monthly gas bill in the winter is $1700.00 if we could reduce that just by 30% with the installation of energy efficient windows we will realize a savings of $510 a month, for a total savings of around $2500 in heating cost during a typical winter season.
If you can help;
Response to Love Center Chaplain Fr. Frederick G. Betti SJ reflection on Lent 2018
We have been so blessed again this year by a wonderful donation of warm coats for children from the Father Justin Knights of Columbus 5670. Located at 2735 Union Rd. Cheektowaga NY. Sister Johnice asked all the volunteers, staff and Sisters to be “on the lookout” for children that might need a coat. We had our annual Christmas toy distribution on December 13th and 14th when Sister Rose and Buffalo Police officer Gail Allen noticed a child with only a hooded sweatshirt on (and it was cold outside) so the God squad went to work and sized our first coat of the season to a very happy and warm young man. Many of our people are arriving from other areas of the world and have never experienced real cold conditions needing coats, boots, and warm clothing. Then during the Christmas day dinner and subsequent days more coats found new owners providing warmth and bright happiness to the children receiving them.
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you, Channel 4 WIVB TV for the nice story!
Christmas time is special at the Response to Love Center; this year will be no different. Sister Johnice is especially tuned in to what our people need, through prayer; she sees her mission is to respond where God is leading her. For the last few years, the focus has been on specific needs of our people. We have had diaper drives; last year was pillows and pillowcases. This year Sister is responding to the needs with a drive to provide a new towel, washcloth, and soap, calling it;
“Wrapped in Towels of Love.”
Our supporters have in the past, been so generous with these efforts because they have also seen the need, with Sister’s guidance. “Sometimes the simple things many of us take for granted are so much more important to people in need. Please consider helping us provide these simple things to the people we serve,” said Sister Johnice.
You can participate in several different ways:
Bring three unused bath towels or a set of bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth to:
Additionally, there will be a combination fundraiser and towel drive at the Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St. on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM.
Bring three unused bath towels or a set of bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth and you will receive 5 tickets to the exceptional basket raffle which includes sporting event tickets, theater tickets and many items from local merchants.
You will also receive your first pint for only two dollars and you will also have to opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a special RESPONSE TO LOVE Quilt that is being made by the ladies from the River Lea Quilting Guild on Grand Island. Babcia’s Pierogis will have their delicious food available.
Should your parish want to participate in this drive or if you have a question or need information please call Rich Gurbacki at 716-361-1145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. please write Towels in the subject line.
Sometimes when it rains it pours, that is what happened yesterday at the intake office at Response to Love Center. We had 3 new families come in to sign up for our pantry. None of these new families spoke any English. The challenge has arrived. However, God will always provide, and this time was no different. The families are from Burma and we happen to have Burma students in our advanced ESL (English as a Second Language) class. We asked for help from our students and they were eager to help. The look of joy and relief when the students came into the intake room and started to communicate with our new families was palatable. We really try to be accommodating and meet the needs of our clients, this time; with the help of our ESL students we’ve met that challenge