For the last eight years, the Response to Love Center has held an annual fundraising Gala called the Benefit of Love. It is our primary fundraiser for the year that helps pay for the services we provide to the community. This year the Benefit of Love Gala will be held on Thursday June 15, 2017 at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo on Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, New York.
Some of the things that are offered at the Benefit of Love Event are valuable gift baskets, silent auction items, live auction items, inspirational gifts and items unique to the mission.
We also want to recognize the people that have gone over and beyond to help our mission succeed. For the last few years we have shared the stories of these people, organizations, and Parishes that have done so much for us with a small award and the recognition they so deserve.
This year, like years past we hold a “Gift Gathering Champagne Brunch.” The purpose of this brunch is to help provide some of the auction items for the Gala event in June. The idea is that we hold a brunch and the admission to the brunch is a donation that is valued at least $25. That can be in the form of a monetary donation, gift cards, gift basket items, silent auction items, live auction items or other interesting donations we can use at the Benefit of Love Gala.
The Gift Gathering will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 1:00pm at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo on Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, New York. Please join us for this fun event and help the Response to Love Center have a Grand Gala Event in June.
If you are interested in attending our Gift Gathering Champagne Brunch please RSVP the number of attendees by April 15th 2017 so we can get an accurate count for the party. Please call 894-7030 or respond by clicking here.
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.
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.”
Sister Johnice went to the Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta watching the woman that was the inspiration for the Response to Love Center starting 32 years ago. To hear the full story see the links below.
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.
Isratrara Chawdhury is from Bangladesh and has been in the United States for five years. She studies English as a Second Language (ESL) at the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, New York. When she first came to classes she knew very little English and now has worked her way up to Intermediate ESL classes.
Isratrara has become friends with Sister Johnice and the staff, volunteers and especially her ESL teacher Joan Reeverts. Her dedication to learning the customs and language has been an inspiration to all of us especially her fellow students.
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Isratrara and her husband took the U.S. Citizenship test and both passed. On August 18th they will attend the Citizenship swearing in ceremony. Sister Johnice was invited by Isratrara to attend as one of her guests.
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.
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.
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.