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.


Alexander Steam Show Supports Response to Love Center

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.

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

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:

Below is a video I took in 2011 at the Alexander Steam Show.


The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo Honors Sister Mary Johnice

June 30, 2016

Sister Mary Johnice Wins Polish Arts Award
Sister Johnice ~ Bette Hulley

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.


New York Law on Heroin and Opioid Use in New York State

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.


A Pastoral Response to the Substance Abuse Epidemic.

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.

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists Speak at Workshop
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists Speak at Workshop

WNY United ( 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.



Johnson Controls Volunteers for a Day of Service

Johnson Control Volunteers
Johnson Control Volunteers

The Response to Love Center was happy to welcome a crew of volunteers from Johnson Controls on Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. The seven volunteers worked in all areas of the building including the dining room, the sorting room, pantry and even loading a truck bound for Nicaragua. It is compassionate and caring people like this that make our mission work so well. Their interaction with the clients and other volunteers was a joy to see and experience. Thank you to Johnson Controls and the volunteers that worked here on Tuesday it was certainly a pleasure to have you here.



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.