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.
Immersion trips for youth groups help young men and women understand and learn Catholic Social Teachings, faith and service in action, prayer and reflection on Sacred Scripture. The youth realize it is not about coming together for an event but a process that requires a full commitment.
Response to Love Center was blessed in hosting youth groups in the month of July.
Groups came from Michigan, Missouri, West Bend Wisconsin; their residence was the Harvest House in South Buffalo. Commuting each morning to the Response to Love Center they were greeted with encouraging words and prayer by Sister Mary Johnice.
Kathleen Majchrzak our volunteer coordinator gave the volunteer youth their service projects for the day. The experience was prayerful with a spiritual sharing and reflection at the end of the day, while enjoying some local cuisine like Buffalo style pizza and wings.
It was also an opportunity for the Sisters, Sr. Catherine, Sr. Rose and Sr. Johnice to share their vocation story and lead in a reflection on their individual and communal call and response with their “YES” to serve God and the mission of the Church, leading by example, as Francis of Assisi said;
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
July 28, 2015
Response to Love Center Hosts a Rich Product’s Community Service Day.
The Response to Love Center had a wonderful opportunity to partner with Rich Products.
The Buffalo headquarters hosted over 200 leaders from their offices around the world. The week long conference included a Community Service Day that served many purposes – team building activities and a way for their associates from different states and countries to get to know one another and serve together; a platform for them to learn about Buffalo; and the benefit of bringing back what they learned to their own regions.
16 Rich Products volunteers from China, Kenya, Georgia (USA) and the Buffalo area learned about the mission at Response to Love Center. They engaged in the dining room, food pantry, special projects and client interaction.
All who were part of the day’s event were inspired by the “Felician Threesome,” Sisters Mary Catherine, Sr. Mary Rose, and Sister Mary Johnice; the staff and volunteers hospitality and the client’s joy.
In gratitude, Rich Products presented a donation of $1000 for the needs and services of the mission at Response to Love Center.
A special Thank You to the team from Oishei. The Oishei Foundation top management team came to volunteer on April 15, 2015.
Two years ago the Oishei Foundation was responsible for the bulk of the financing for our new elevator. At Sisters insistence the “Come and See” idea was realized when we were blessed with the top management team joining us, volunteering to run the dining room and working in the thrift shops.