On the first visit to the Center, each client if they wish, meets with a formally trained intake volunteer to assess their individual and/or family needs. This assures that emergency needs are met immediately and secondary needs provided for. Assistance takes many forms and can be individualized to specific needs. We take time to learn about our clients, develop a plan of action for them, and provide direct service and/or referral to services that are most appropriate for them.
For everyone we provide a free warm nutritious meal with juice and dessert Monday-Thursday / Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Our on site assistance currently consists of a *food pantry, *infant formula program, *thrift shop *personal care program, *2 scheduled school supply distributions per school year, all of which are located on the first floor.
Additional services include GED, computer training and the WNY AMVETS Carreer Training Center which are located on the second floor.
The third floor is the new home of Sisters Care Center.
The Response to Love Center is open
Monday - Wednesday 9:00am - Noon
Thursday 9:00am - 11:45am
The Response to Love Center Thrift Shops open
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00am - Noon
Our food pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:15a.m. and provides monthly food allocations. We purchase food from the Western New York Food Bank and also accept donations from parishes from all over Western New York and community members.
10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
InTake & Partnerships
"Sisters School" Offers;
We recently added a daily GED program and Computer classes for the community. Through a partnership with Erie County and the Buffalo Public Schools, (Upskill.org) an on-site instructor and case worker help individuals to obtain their dreams of being self-sufficient by improving their skills.
Our GED and computer training programs finished the first year of operation in August 2005. In January 2006, a second GED class was added making a total enrolment of 45 students participating on a daily basis. Two of the classrooms are each equipped with 15 computers for student participation. Since the inception of the GED program, a number of students have received their diplomas, and two have commenced studies at Erie Community College.
To truly be able to have the skills necessary to enter and be successful in the workplace, "Sisters School" offers comprehensive computer training. By emphasizing the latest technology and techniques, the students are armed with the tools needed to succeed!
Thrift Shop & Personal Care
The thrift shop provides like-new men’s, women’s, children’s and infant’s clothing, house wares and furniture.
The merchandise is donated by the community, cleaned and repaired as needed and priced moderately, allowing our clients to gain pride in the ability to shop our various “departments” for what they need.
The revenue generated from the thrift shop, is applied to other programs that we provide.
The thrift shop is open three days a week Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday 9:00am until noon and is run by volunteers and supervised by Felician sisters.
Through our personal care program, we distribute the basic necessities to those who are in need. Two hundred forty two men, women and children have been assisted so far this year, several of whom have been victims of local fires. Approximately eighty percent of the assistance given is clothing, with the remainder being personal hygiene items and infant formula.