Response to Love Center opens the New Community / Michael Perry Room
We are pleased to announce the Blessing and opening of the Michael Perry room at the Response to Love Center on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 10:30 am.
The room in memory of Michael Perry a young man that passed away almost four years ago has been transformed to accommodate the growing needs of the community served.
Kim Pitillo, Michael’s Mom spearheaded the project together with family and friends spending countless hours painting walls, building furniture, enhancing the beauty of the space, to host the many workshops, classes, and other special outreach events.
Michael reached out to many in need throughout his lifetime. His memory and spirit will continue within this space.
In addition to the Blessing and official opening of the Michael Perry / Community Room, Michael’s Uncle, Nick Pitillo who owns Osteria 166 a local restaurant that donated and served a meal to the more than 120 people in attendance.
It was a special day for all; many people commented that they really felt the Presence of God in the building and in the room as Fr. Betti said a blessing and sprinkling of Holy Water.
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Bishop Timon St. Jude High School in South Buffalo, New York is devoted to the education of young men. Since 2011, this Franciscan High School has offered a unique program to eighth grade boys in public and private Catholic elementary schools in the area. Once nominated by a teacher, these young men spend four full days at Timon High School in their Leadership Program.
Suzanne Overdorf is the director of the Leadership Program and has designed the course curriculum to include identifying common traits exemplified by leaders. She teaches her students skills which enable them to develop and sharpen their innate leadership traits such as: problem-solving, conflict resolution and effective communication.
“When I received the call from Nick asking what he could do to help at The Response to Love Center I was very touched,” comments director of The Response to Love Center,
130 Kosciuszko St, Buffalo, New York. “
“I was able to give Sr. Johnice 177 handmade cards! I am very proud of my school,” comments Stein. “It was so nice to have the teachers and students help me with this service project, and I’m happy to carry out Fr. Mark’s idea of making sure people know St. John Vianney’s is a place of kindness!”
Sr. Johnice, Director of the Response to Love Center visited Notre Dame Academy in Buffalo NY today to talk with, and thank our fourth-grade classes. During Advent, Mrs. Leone and Mrs. Patrone’s class collected coins for the food pantry at the Response to Love Center. Today our Notre Dame Academy students gave Sr. Johnice $259.75
“How blessed I was to see through the eyes of children what sacrifice is and what sacrifice does for others. I am humbled by the experience which God gave me today. The visit with Notre Dame fourth grade students ignited my spirit by their generosity to our mission at Response to Love Center.
May God continue to bless Father Brian, Mrs. D’Angelo, the teachers and most of all, the students.
Yes, a little child shall lead us!” Sr. Johnice.