Advent 2016 has started with Sr. Mary Johnice talking about her experience first meeting and breaking bread with Saint Teresa of Kolkata in the summer of 1985. That meeting sparked the desire for Sister Johnice to start the Response to Love Center. Sister Johnice asked Mother Teresa if she could go to Kolkata to learn to work with the poor, Mother Teresa simply said no. Mother Teresa told Sister Johnice to go back to the East Side of Buffalo and find her own Kolkata, find the poor and look into their eyes; there you will find Jesus that was more than 30 years ago.
Sister Johnice talked about her challenges and successes in starting and running the mission at Response to Love Center. But the advice of Mother Teresa kept Sister Johnice inspired “to do small things with great love.”
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.
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.
The organizers of the Alexander Steam Show in cooperation with Sacred Heart Productions have graciously offered to donate part of the proceeds of this years 50th Anniversary Rally to the Response to Love Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet and talk about our mission to people who may not know what we do in helping the community on the East Side of Buffalo. We are inviting everyone to come and see Sister Johnice, Volunteers and our Amvets Career Center Veterans on Saturday September 10th.
The Alexander Steam Show is a wonderful family friendly event that has something for everyone. Take a short ride to Alexander NY for a day filled with food fun and help the Response to Love Center continue its mission to help the underserved in our community. Visit the website at: http://alexandersteamshow.com/
Below is a video I took in 2011 at the Alexander Steam Show.
The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo Honors Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz.
Thursday evening June 30th at the Buffalo Airport Millennium Hotel the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo held a Biesiada Evening in the Polish Arts Club Tradition. It is a merry banquet with food, drink and entertainment to honor an outstanding member of Polonia. Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz was the honoree at the event. The event started at 6:00pm with a social hour, dinner and basket raffle to benefit the Response to Love Center.
An opening Prayer and Blessing was given by Rev. Benjamin Fiore SJ Pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Buffalo NY. Then a traditional polish dinner was served.
Guests were invited to come to the microphone to share a favorite story of how Sister Johnice affected their lives.
After dinner Sister had the opportunity to reminisce about her childhood, her Polish roots and family traditions. It was a special moment for all in attendance as many in the audience appreciated the stories Sister told about the “old Polish neighborhood” and traditions. Sister had invited her closest friends and staff to attend. Thank you to the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo for a memorable evening for all.
Sister Johnice gathered together with political and community leaders at
Evergreen Commons in Buffalo New York.
Today Wednesday June 22, 2016 was a historic day in New York State. Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz C.S.S.F., representing the Diocese of Buffalo and Michael Gilhooly (Assistant Director at Response to Love Center) were invited guests of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he signed the bill that invests nearly $200 Million to combat the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse. New York State leads the nation with the most aggressive plan to combat the epidemic.
Mandate insurance companies to cover immediate access for needed inpatient treatment for as long as such treatment is needed.
Mandate insurance companies immediately cover medication and manage withdrawal and support recovery.
Require insurance companies cover overdose reversal medication kits for addicted individuals and their families.
Create 270 more treatment beds and 2,335 more medication-assisted treatment slots across the state.
Increased access to family and peer support and recovery resources.
Lower limits for initial opioid prescriptions from 30 to 7 days.
Mandate ongoing education on opioid and pain management for doctors and other prescribers to stop over prescribing.
Robust consumer education programs by pharmacists and other health providers on the risks of opioid addiction and available treatment options.