Since 1985, the Response to Love Center has dedicated its ministry to helping poverty-stricken individuals and families in Buffalo’s East Side by empowering people to take responsibility for their lives and encourage self-sufficiency through dignity and compassion. By developing relationships with individuals and introducing them to people and programs that will assist with their individual problems and needs, the center aims to address the repeated cycle of poverty in the area.

As the holiday season approaches, Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz, CSSF, executive director, makes sure the kitchen is ready to prepare the 300 turkey dinners to be given away on Thanksgiving. She also is looking to prepare the kitchen for the future meals needed to feed the residents of the neighborhood.

The Response to Love Center has begun the Matthew 25 Project that will overhaul the former St. Adalbert School, turning the back-up kitchen into the main kitchen that feeds up to 350 people a day, and open up the second floor to education services.Sister Johnice expects the renovations to run $350,000.

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Patrick J. Buechi, WNY Catholic

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