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.
The mission is to build up the kingdom of God here on earth through touching peoples’ lives, helping people to grow, teaching people to love, and leading them, in turn, to respond in love to others. We show people the path to self-sufficiency by providing them a variety of compassionate programs. Clearly, the way before us here is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Under the leadership of Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz and a host of volunteers the building was transformed into a community outreach center: a center of love and acceptance for all who enter. Here, our Thrift Shop clothes the naked; our Kitchen feeds the hungry; our Chapel comforts our frail elderly in spiritual warmth; and our Food Bank and Pantry stretch our families’ thin budgets. Through work and prayer, through listening to the voice of God Who directs us, and through that direction by responding to Love and with Love, we are stepping out in faith.