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Thought Of The Month Sept 2021 ~ “30 Daily Reminders”

By Vince DiPasquale: Stay in the present – One day at a time. Repeat the 3rd Step Prayer: God, I offer myself to You – to build with me and to do with me as You will. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Your will. Take away my difficulties, […]

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2021 PODCAST: “Applying the Steps to Daily Life” ~ with Founder Vince Di’Pasquale is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

The principles of the 12 Steps can apply to every aspect of life.  They are helpful tools that give us the opportunity to reflect, get to know and love ourselves, and to be able to generously share our life with others. The Starting Point’s founder Vince DiPasquale, MA discussed how to apply the steps to […]

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Thought of the Month July 2021 ~ “Celebrating Our Freedoms”

By: Vince DiPasquale July is the month of independence. It is a time to reflect on all the gifts we’ve been given. We spend time celebrating the 4th of July. It’s a time to play, pray, and thank God for our greatest gift: freedom. It’s funny, but so many people think to be free means […]

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2021 Podcast ‘What Goes on in a Real Relationship?’ with Kenneth Goldberg PhD is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Falling in love is the easy part. Relationships are at the center of our lives and have a big influence on our overall health and mental wellbeing. Being in a good relationship can ease stress, give you energy, and lead you on a path to a healthier life. But how do you know if you […]

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2021 Podcast: “Forgiveness” with Kevin Elsey, MA, LPC is Now on The Starting Point’s YpouTube Channel

To forgive, or just forget? You’ve been fired; your partner has cheated on you; someone cut you off in traffic; you were abused by someone in your past.  These situations can leave you feeling hurt, angry, and wanting nothing but revenge.  How can you forgive when you have been wronged?  Why should you?  What if […]

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Thought of the Month June 2021 ~ “A Spiritual Reflection”

By: Vince DiPasquale Welcome to the month of June, the beginning of summer. It’s a time to relax, sit back and reflect on our lives. As I look back on my own life, I am grateful to so many people who have touched my life and made a difference. It began back in the forties. […]

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2021 Podcast “Ambiguous Loss” with Pat Obst, MSW, LCSW is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Ambiguous loss is a kind of loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding, and can make the grieving process challenging. Sometimes it can be related to a person, sometimes it’s related to an experience. This past year has been unlike any other and many of us experienced a loss that felt different. Whether we […]

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2021 Podcast “Compassion Fatigue in the Caretaking Community” with Barbara Faracchio is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

The selfless compassion and empathy shown by healthcare, emergency and animal providers can prove to be physically, mentally, and emotionally costly. People (usually medical workers) face compassion fatigue as a result of an extended period of exposure to the pain, trauma or distress of their patients or clients. This chronic stress can negatively impact their […]

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2021 Podcast, “The Spirituality of Sports” with Vince DiPasquale is Now On The Starting Point’s Youtube Channel

Play ball! On Thursday, April 29, 2021 our Founder, Vince DiPasquale, discussed why he sees sports as a gift that can teach us about life. Sports have rules, require patience, hustle and skill. On any given day, anything can happen.  Even the best of hitters only connect 30% of the time. Life is a spiritual […]

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2021 Podcast “Returning to Socialization” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, our Executive Director Loretta Depka was joined by Starting Point practitioner Erik Jervis, MSW, LSW. Eric and Loretta discussed the importance of socialization (for all ages) as society, slowly, gets back to some type of normalcy. Erik explained why it’s important to socialize (especially for kids, teens and young adults […]

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2021 Podcast “Making a bet – entertainment or addiction?” Is Now On The Starting Point’s YouTube Channel

Listen to one man’s colorful journey of life through a gambling addiction. Starting Point Executive Director Loretta Depka was joined by revered (and recently deceased) practitioner CP Mirarchi III, LCADC as he discussed gambling and gaming addictions from his own experience, the connection to other addictions, and what family members can do to help. You […]

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2021 Podcast “Myths and Misconceptions about Grief” Now Available On The Starting Point YouTube Channel!

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, our Executive Director Loretta Depka joined Starting Point practitioner, Pat Obst, MSW, LCSW, to discuss Myths and Misconceptions about Grief. The recorded podcast is now available on The Starting Point’s new YouTube channel. You can jump directly to the podcast from here.  Over the past 20 years Pat has managed […]

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Thought Of The Month: January 2021 ~ On Honoring Mother Nature , Ourselves and Others ….

By: Vince DiPasquale Welcome to a brand new year – 2021! May God bless you and your family in the New Year. Take time to reflect on 2020 and try to see the lessons we’ve learned through our experiences. Even the negative experiences are our teachers. The Indian culture tells us to listen to Mother […]

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A Birthday Thank-You from Vince D.

Hi Family, It is with much gratitude, humility and love that I say a special thank you for all the expressions of love for my 80th birthday. This was a five day birthday party! Between Zoom parties, Facebook, and some neat surprises from our director, Loretta & staff, it was great! A special thank you […]

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Thought of the Month For May 2020 : “The Celebration Of Family”

By Vince DiPasquale “All growth takes place in a family system.” We are not islands. Each of us is a book in the process of being written. Whenever we come to gather and share our story, we learn and grow from each other. Do not hide your gifts and talents, as they need to be […]

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