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!

 

VetConcert

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.

 

WANT FREE ADMISSION TO THE STEAMSHOW?

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.

Just CLICK HERE

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.

Bishop Timon St. Jude Leadership Program Personal Care Donation

The Response to Love Center was the recipient of personal care items from Notre Dame Academy and the Bishop Timon St. Jude Leadership Program. Initiated by Ryan Sheehan and Jake Reid, they collected toiletries for the mission at Response to Love Center. The collection was from February 24 through March 3. Ryan and Jake delivered what they had collected on March 3rd. The collection was broke down to grade level designating;

  • Grades K- 2 to collect Baby Wipes, Facial Wipes and Hand Soap
  • Grades 3-5 Toothbrushes, Toothpaste and Floss
  • Grades 6-8 Body Wash, Combs and Deodorant
Ryan Sheehan - Sr. Johnice - Jake Reid - Sr. Catherine
Ryan Sheehan – Sr. Johnice – Jake Reid – Sr. Catherine

The Collection will continue through Lent at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church on Abbott Rd. in Buffalo. Thank you to all that donated and to Ryan and Jake for their concern turned into action to help the poor on Buffalo’s East Side.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Donates Warmth to the Response to Love Center

The Response to Love Center would like to acknowledge the generous and timely donation of warm scarves, hats and gloves from the Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Parish on Cleveland Dr. in Buffalo NY. Delivering the warm accessories and pictured here are John and Barbara Fahey with Sister Johnice gratefully accepting the donation just in time for the coldest snap of the winter season this year.

Donation of warm scarves, hats and gloves from the Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Parish on Cleveland Dr. in Buffalo NY.
Barbara Fahey ~ Sister Johnice ~ John Fahey

 

Catholic Schools Week at Response to Love Center

What is National Catholic Schools Week?

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is January 31 – February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

This year the following Catholic Schools contributed to the mission at Response to Love Center with their time and talents, donations and prayers. Working in our building alongside our volunteers on Monday February 1, 2016 a group from St. Amelia’s

St. Amelia's School Catholic Schools week 2016
St. Amelia’s School Catholic Schools week 2016

Wednesday February 3 St. Monica’s  worked in our dining room serving a delicious complete chicken meal that was prepared and provided by Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora;

Immaculate Conception Chicken Dinner Catholic Schools Week 2016
Immaculate Conception Chicken Dinner Catholic Schools Week 2016

Additionally Recognizing the need and addressing that need St. Christopher’s School organized and had a successful diaper drive helping hundreds of infants in the Buffalo area.

St. Christopher's School Diaper Drive Catholic Schools Week 2016
St. Christopher’s School Diaper Drive Catholic Schools Week 2016

 

God Bless all the Catholic Schools that go over and beyond to help the less fortunate in the Buffalo area through the mission at Response to Love Center.

Daily Themes

Celebrate the following daily themes and celebrations in your (arch)diocese during Catholic Schools Week 2016.

•Sunday – In Our Parish
•Monday – In Our Community
•Tuesday – In Our Students
•Wednesday – In Our Nation (National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools)
•Thursday – In Our Vocations
•Friday – In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers (Teacher & Principal Appreciation Day)
•Saturday – In Our Families

Good News for the Nation: Catholic Schools Are Thriving

Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education for students nationwide. National test scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance and other data show that Catholic schools frequently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollment and school closures, the good news is that there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools. Thirty-two percent of Catholic schools have waiting lists for admission and new schools are opening across the country. This infographic shares facts and figures about the ongoing excellence and promise of growth represented in our country’s Catholic schools.