We need Personal Care Items Please Help!

Part of our Mission is to help provide basic personal needs to those that cannot afford them. We believe that we can help the quality of our client’s lives, and their self-esteem by offering Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Deodorant, Soap, Toothpaste etc. However, due to the number of people in need, we are making an appeal for these items so we have enough to go around. We usually have two yearly distributions of these items and as of this writing we will be short in our fall distribution and will have nothing in the spring 2018 distribution. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

The following items we need are:

  • Bottles of Shampoo 10-12 oz size
  • Cans of Shaving Cream
  • Men’s Deodorant
  • Women’s Deodorant
  • Assorted Bar Soaps
  • Tubes of Toothpaste

Thank you so much!

MJ Mechanical Supports the Response to Love Center

Jonathan Sinatra Presents the Proceeds to Sr. M. Johnice

Special Thanks to MJ Mechanical for Hosting the Matt Poole Golf Classic on July 22, 2017, and offering the proceeds to the Response to Love Center. The Annual golf tournament raised a total of more than $5000! MJ Mechanical has been our refrigeration and HVAC Company for many years offering great service and people.  MJ Mechanical ( has been keeping our food cold and our building warm, and in great shape to serve the people on the East Side of Buffalo.

Carly’s Cents for Socks Donation

Thank you to Maggie Buckley and her daughter Carly Switalski for collecting 187 pairs of socks to be distributed to the poor of Buffalo’s East Side. Maggie and Carly head up an organization called Carly’s Cents for Socks.

Sister Johnice and Carly Switalski

Basil Ford Clothing Drive for the Response to Love Center

The Response to Love Center would like to thank Basil Ford at 1540 Walden Ave in Cheektowaga NY for their Clothing Drive. Basil Ford employees have provided much needed warm clothing for the needy on Buffalo’s East Side. As we enter into the coldest time of the year it is heart warming that the Basil Company steps up and helps us in this most important mission. Thank You, Basil Ford Clothing Drive to help Response to Love Center Basil Ford!

Prayers and Pillows Drive 2016

Sister Johnice and Richard Gurbacki Collecting Pillows
Sister Johnice and Richard Gurbacki Collecting Pillows

Thank you to all the people, churches, companies and organizations that helped collect more than 1000 pillows for the 2016 Prayers and Pillows Drive at Response to Love Center. A special thank you to Mr. Richard Gurbacki for being instrumental in collecting, and transporting many of the pillows collected.

The pillows collected were distributed to our Christmas Day Dinner Guests and other Organizations that help the poor in Buffalo.

The drive started because of the desire of Volunteers Mattie and Brooke Woodard to provide something “special” for our clients. The video below explains.

FREE Admission to the Alexander Steam Show!



Sacred Heart Productions LLC is proud to announce that they will be having a fundraiser for the Response To Love Center on Saturday September 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  This event will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Western New York Gas & Steam Show in Alexander, NY.  There will be live music, 50/50 raffles, a TV raffle, basket raffles and more. Donations will be taken specifically for the AMVETS Career Training Center located within the Response To Love Center as well as to help feed and respond to the needs of local area homeless and poverty-stricken families and individuals. 

Alexander Steam Show Supports the Response to Love Center
Alexander Steam Show Supports the Response to Love Center

Volunteers will be onsite to accept these donations. Join us for a fun-filled evening and help those less fortunate. If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please click here to donate.



We are now accepting applicants for volunteer opportunities on Saturday September 10, 2016. This involves a commitment of at least two hours (spots filling fast) just CLICK HERE . You will get free admission to the Alexander Steam Show and The Concert and Entertainment of the day. In addition the satisfaction of really making a difference to help our Veterans that deserve so much more than they get. This volunteer opportunity would involve being available to help where needed. Selling Tickets, Security, Guides, Health Care/Emergency First Aid, Set Up and Break Downs. If this is something that you might like, contact us and get ready for a great time meeting interesting people and having a great time.


Bikes for people just in time for summer!


Bike Donation to the Response to Love Center
Mr. Dick Perini and Sister Johnice taking delivery of the bikes to distribute.

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.

Bike Donation to the Response to Love Center
Vontae gets his bike he was so excited and happy.

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.


Happy Riding!

Bison Fleet Specialists Support Response to Love Center

John Constantin Owner Bison Fleet Specialists Supporting the Response to Love Center
John Constantin Owner Bison Fleet Specialists Supporting the Response to Love Center

Bison Fleet Specialists at 1615 William St. in Buffalo is helping the poor of Buffalo’s East Side. John Constantin the owner of Bison Fleet Specialists started a food drive just before Christmas, inviting his employees and customers to participate in collecting some special need food items. Many of our clients don’t have the basics many of us are accustomed to, something as simple as a can opener, a stove or microwave to cook. This results in a need for easy to open cans, food that does not need to be cooked to eat for example tuna fish, or peanut butter, or pop top cans of ravioli. John addressing those needs has collected cases of exactly the type of food our people need. Our thanks go out to John Constantin owner of Bison Fleet Specialists, their employees and customers that have all contributed to this effort.

John Constantin Owner Bison Fleet Specialists Supporting the Response to Love Center
Bison Fleet Specialists collecting food for distribution.