We would like to congratulate Zahra Akther Lasker for completing the ESL Class at Response to Love Center, after studying with us for the past year. Zahra is an immigrant from Bangladesh who came to America in 2015. She was searching for a better life for herself and her family. She lives here with her husband, son and daughter.
Zahra speaks proudly of her children’s accomplishments as her 27 year old daughter works as a banker and her 21 year old son, an engineering student, who currently studies at University of Buffalo.
During the year, Zahra volunteered at Public School 90, located in Buffalo. She shared time in the classroom with the first and second grade students. Today, she came to share the good news with Sister Johnice, Michael and the teachers. She was interviewed by the Principal at the school where she volunteered and has acquired a full time position as a Teacher’s Aide beginning Monday.
We extend our sincere prayer and best wishes to Zahra and her family as they fulfill their dream here at Response to Love Center and experience a journey into new life in the United States.
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!
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.