Well Being


Reflection on Prayer: On Gratitude and Humility …

Would like to share a prayer from my retreat prayer book. Reflection on Prayer ~ I asked God for strength that I might achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do great things; I was given illness that I might do better things. […]

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Thoughts on “Grief And Sudden Loss” (from Practitioner Pat Obst, LCSW)

We are all spiraling in raw grief right now. We have all just experienced a sudden death – the end of life as we knew it. We’re feeling shock, confusion, worry/fear, sadness, anger, hopelessness and even guilt. All of these emotions are very normal in grief. But first – “do no harm.” In other words, […]

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Show Me (My Creator) – from Vince D.

I’d like to share some thoughts from my meditation book, Meditations with Native American Elders: the Four Seasons. The manner in which we walk through life is each person’s responsibility, and we should remember this with each new sunrise. We should carry a vision of God’s will in every area of life. One day at […]

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Have No Fear – From Vince D.

Friends and family, I’d like to share a prayer by St Francis de Sales. “Have No Fear”. “Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring. The same loving God who cares for you today, will take care of you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering, or give you unfailing strength […]

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Message for today (from Vince D.)

Let’s take time each day to pray for God’s grace and guidance. Dear God, thank You for the gift of life. We are facing a powerful new reality. Help us as we adjust to a new lifestyle. Give us the gift of patience and love. Help us to be open to the spirit of change. […]

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NOTE: “The Mother And The Manager” Presentation for Mar 21st Has Been Cancelled. Will be rescheduled; TBD

Please join author Elizabeth Ralston as she presents the main ideas from her important book, The Mother and The Manager this Saturday, March 21st, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in room 24 here at the Starting Point. The Mother and The Manager explores how our inherited cultural roles can create codependent behavior patterns […]

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Thoughts For Today (from Vince D.)

Some thoughts from my meditation book, “For Today.” Thanking God every day is as necessary for me as breathing. Though my concept of God may change, whatever my concept is, I choose to give everything to God; my worries, fears, my family, friends, the state of the nation and the world. Each day in prayer […]

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Thought Of The Month March 2020

“March Madness” By: Vincent DiPasquale This title has been given to the month of March because of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Yet as I reflect on the title of madness what I think of is the spirit and energy of change. To many of us it can be madness. We don’t realize how we have […]

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Be Part of the 4-H Recovery Club!

Honesty – personal and with others. Being Honest will help bring sanity into your life. If you are honest, you won’t have to remember what you said. Humility – be humble. This is a gift that only you can give to yourself. When you have humility, you become open and teachable, which is the only […]

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Offsite Event : Eleven Step Book Store Retirement Sale

Help us support the owner in their new adventure. They have been an invaluable resource to the recovering community at large in the South Jersey\Philadelphia area! Thank you, 11th Step!

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NEW Workshop For Animal Rescue Workers And Volunteers (Multiple Dates)

Animal Rescue Workers And Volunteers Workshop Topics Include: Compassion Fatique Grief and Loss Self-Care Boundaries Time for sharing will also be included. Facilitated by Barbara Faracchio, LCADC, LPC. Contact Barbara at 856-854-3155 x165 OR via email at tua32123@temple.edu for further details.

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Thought Of The Month Feb 2020

By: Vince DiPasquale February is always considered the “love” month and the unpredictable month. What a combination! During this month we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, the patron of love. Just as the weather in February is unpredictable so is the meaning and understanding of the special and most powerful word, love. In our world today […]

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Thought Of The Month Jan 2020

“The Spirit of Gratitude & Humility” By: Vince DiPasquale As you travel to all parts of this country, from the hustle and craziness of our cities to the wilderness of the mountains, we all have one thing in common. Each day that we awaken we are given the gift of life. We need to try […]

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Vince’s Holiday Message …

Let’s take time during this special season to look at all the celebrations as a time for spiritual growth. Hanukkah , Christmas and Kwanza all teach us the spirit of gratitude and love. All of us at The Starting Point would like to wish you and your families a blessed and peaceful Hanukkah, Christmas and […]

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Press Release: The Fabulous Phillies Nominate The Starting Point As “Community Heroes!”

Last night, we received a $15,000 gift from the Phillies as one of an inspiring group of charitable organizations providing vital services to the Greater Philadelphia area. The Starting Point’s angel and advocate, former Phillies pitcher Dickie Noles, nominated us as a “Community Hero,” and we got to meet one of our heroes – the […]

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