Inspired by our faith and inclusive of all,

Response to Love Center improves lives across our community by
addressing basic human needs and providing a pathway to self-sufficiency.

Dining Room & Food Pantry

We are a client choice food pantry, sensitive to the needs of our community.

Adult Education

TASC Adult education and English as a Second Language tuition free. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Response to Love Center depends on the generosity and abilities of our volunteers.

Human Services

Our clothing thrift shop is open Monday through Wednesday, voucher day is Thursday.

Human Services

Our dining room serves hot, nutritious meals, our food pantry offers a wide range of healthy foods and our clothing thrift shop sells affordable quality clothing

Education

We offer TASC adult education and English as a Second Language tuition free. Our team assists in filling out forms, collecting proper documentation and more

Special Programs

Thanksgiving and Christmas Day dinners, annual holiday food/toy distribution, college/youth summer poverty awareness programs and more

Important Announcements

Appeal for Dry Goods

The Response to Love Center is currently in need of dry goods. We strive to be there for the less fortunate in Buffalo’s East Side and continue to provide food pantries every week. We need your help if you can find it in your heart to help us. We accept donations Monday through Friday from 8:00 am...

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Appeal for Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year the Response to Love Center provides a home-cooked Thanksgiving Day meal. We are here for the neediest on Buffalo's East Side. This year will be a little different with COVID-19 but we will be here to provide a traditional turkey dinner. We need your help if you can find it in your...

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Response to Love Center is making an appeal for Cleaning Supplies

Who doesn’t want a clean and safe home? The Response to Love Center is offering home cleaning and sanitation supplies to those who cannot afford to purchase them.  This is how YOU can help, by donating : Þ Spray Cleaning Solutions; Mr Clean, Spic&Span, 409, Lysol etc. Þ Laundry Soap,...

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Regular Hours Return

The Response to Love Center is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am at the Rother St. Entrance. Our Thrift Shops and Adult Education are not in operation until further notice. Food Pantry and Take-Home Dinners are available during regular hours.

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Programs

We serve on average more than 12,000 meals a year in our dining room. Since 1996, our pantry has helped more than 28,000 individuals in at least 11,400 households. We provide personal care, client needs, and school supplies to over 500 community members on an average annual basis. Our intake team meets individually with clients and either assists them directly or guides them to one of our 45 active partners who can assist them further with their needs. 

Collaborations

In addition to providing educational workshops and forums for our clients, one of our primary goals is to personally and individually meet with the clients and access their needs and concerns. A proper plan of action is then developed and we provide direct service and/or refer clients to the necessary and appropriate community agencies. Therefore, in an effort of best facilitate this, Sisters Care Center has developed, strengthened, as well as increased, alliances with various community agencies.

Our COVID-19 Response

ATTENTION:
Please note that due to CDC guidelines, Response to Love Center is limited in available services at this time. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support.

 

Outdoor Tent for Meals To-Go and Food Pantries Pickup

We are stable in an unstable community as a food supplier. The tent on Rother Street offers meals and pantries to go, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. 

 

Help With The Virus by Donating
  • PPE – N-95, surgical masks and gloves, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Personal care and baby item ministry supplies: paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, soap, baby care items including formula, diapers, and other care items
  • Gift cards for CVS, Rite Aide and Walmart to provide to our clients to assist families with the purchase of over the counter medication and other supplies that we cannot obtain on their behalf

What We Do

We show people the path to self-sufficiency by providing them a variety of compassionate programs. Under the leadership of Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz CSSF and a host of volunteers the building was transformed into an outreach center for the community – a center of love and acceptance for all who enter. Here, our thrift shop provides clothing; our dining feeds the hungry; the chapel provides spiritual warmth; and our food pantry stretch our families’ thin budgets. Through prayer, silence and listening, God directs us. We step out in faith and respond with a compassionate presence and accompaniment.

Our Story

When St. Adalbert’s parish school was closed in 1985, our community was gripped with grief, frustration, and a deep fear for the future. In their anxiety, many of our people sought an answer through prayer. It became abundantly clear that the choices were not ours; that He was giving us direction! We responded. Twenty-four hours after the school closing, June 26, 1985, the Response To Love Center was born. Here, the focus is the holistic treatment of poverty: loving care of the economically deprived, the spiritually poor, the emotionally battered, the isolated, the wounded and the broken.

Our Values

Service to All

We operate as a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental community – seeking to meet each person, whoever they are, as they are. We embrace difference and adapt an interpersonal stance that is open to the other, especially as it relates to the aspects of identity that matter most to them.

Respect

We honor all people and treat them with dignity. We are responsive, empathetic, and compassionate – taking the time to know each person and valuing their unique strengths and contributions.

Educate

We believe that life is a learning journey and that knowledge is a tool of empowerment. We recognize that we are blessed to walk alongside others, serving as mentor, advocate, and guide, as they develop new understanding and skills that will take them wherever they want to go.

Empower

We seek opportunities to support others so that they may accept any challenge set before them and make the decisions necessary to reach their fullest potential. We feed and sustain them while encouraging them to find strength and resolve within themselves.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Whether you are an interested volunteer, donor, community agency or corporate partner, we welcome you to please contact us to learn more about how you can get involved with the Response to Love Center.

130 Kosciuszko St., Buffalo, New York 14212

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