Knitting Circle Charity Project

by Jen Fusco Perry
The Knitting Circle at The Resiliency Center has been working on a project, named ‘Warm Hugs', to deliver 170 lap blankets (36"x36") to patients in a local Nursing Home. Our goal is to benefit nursing home patients by providing physical and emotional warmth.
Warm Hugs was inspired by the mother of someone in our Knitting Circle. She spent the last three months of her life in a nursing home. Her family visited throughout the week and gave her love and care she needed. Not all the residents were as fortunate and she noticed that some did not have the benefit of care and visits from relatives and friends. While no one can take the place of a caring family, Warm Hugs hopes to show love to the patients by providing them with a colorful, warm and handmade reminder that someone cares.

So far, the Resiliency Knitting Circle has completed 60 lap blankets that will be handed out to the nursing home patients in January.  When we go to the nursing home to deliver the blankets, the Activities staff will identify the patients who do not have family or visitors so they can receive priority in benefiting from our 'warm hugs'.

This has been an effort of love and caring by people in our Knitting Circle. They have given much time and love to make this a reality. This is an on-going project. There are 170 patients in the Nursing Home. Our goal is to continue to provide their patients with our 'Warm Hugs' on an on-going basis.

If you like to crochet or knit or would like to learn, we could use your help to make lap blankets for even more patients!

The Knitting Circle meets the Second Saturday of every month at 10am.

Listening to the Body

by Dana L. Barron

The human body has the innate capacity to heal, given the proper conditions. While outside interventions may facilitate healing, the body is doing the actual healing work. The more we can tap into and enable that innate capacity, the healthier and more resilient we will be. The first step is to learn to pay attention to and respect the body’s messages. Symptoms are signals, guides. They indicate that our system is out of balance, that we need to take action to return to equilibrium. Pain is a message to stop. Fatigue is a message to rest.

This all may seem obvious, but it is not what we are conditioned to do. We are more likely to fight our symptoms than to heed their signals. We live according to clocks and calendars, not the rhythms of the body. And so we learn to “power through” discomfort. We treat symptoms as nuisances to be overcome or quieted. We respond to pain with medications, fatigue with food or caffeine, and use antacids and gas pills for indigestion. And medicine – with its focus on procedures and pharmaceuticals – is based more on fighting symptoms than on asking why they are there in the first place. Quelling symptoms may allow us to continue to function, but over time the cost of ignoring what the body is telling us can be very serious.

As a health coach, I start with helping clients reorient their understanding of the body’s messages.

» Read More on our Blog

To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Dana L. Barron, PhD, Health coach, advocate, and herbalist at

Featured Events


Teen Movie Night 

Friday, 2/13 7:30 - 10pm
$25 per teen, $5 discount if you bring a friend.

Your teen is invited to a Teen Movie Night to gather and watch a film that inspires connection, emotion and creativity.

Join practitioners Katie K. May and John Muraco for an opening activity, a teen movie (this month: Mean Girls) and a discussion to help teens connect characters, events and emotional circumstances from the movie to their own lives. Popcorn and drinks will be served.

» Call 610-813-2575 or register online.


Parents Night Out

Saturday 2/14, 6:30 - 9pm
$35 per child, $20 each additional sibling.

Enjoy a night out with your loved one while your children (ages 4 - 10) enjoy exploring their creativity.

Join licensed child therapist Katie K. May for a fun-filled night includes games, music, a harmonizing yoga sequence, and a Valentine’s themed arts activity and craft project. Your kids will be ready for bedtime after pick up! 

» Call 610-813-2575 or register online.

Recommended Resources

Delia Nessim, Marriage and family therapist and EFT practitioner, recommends this TEDxStJohns talk by Evan Marc Katz called “No More Bad Dates.”

Quotes of the Month

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life.  Finally, to take a step without feet.
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Upcoming Events & Programs


Yoga and Stress Reduction

Mondays, 6-7:15 pm
Learn simple exercises and ways to use the breath to relax, unwind, and let go. Integrating breath with the movement of the body allows us to come more fully into the present moment – a practice that is helpful when life gets chaotic.

» Learn more and register by contacting John Muraco at john or 315-329-9838. 


Rest, Restore, and Move Class

Bi-weekly: Tues., 12-1 pm

A fusion of movement and postures that help to encourage and restore balance, length, strength, and flexibility to the body while also incorporating a rest element that invites awareness of how to use breath and imagery to help reduce tension. 

» Registration required. Contact Brittiney George @ 610-389-7866 or
movebackintolife or sign up online.

New Moms Group: Free!

Wed. 2/11, 11am – 12:30 pm
Held second Wednesday of each month.

Babies welcome! 
Being a new mother can be both exciting and challenging. Come meet other new moms in a supportive environment to discuss the ups and downs of parenthood. These FREE groups will focus on normal feelings, ranging from joy to frustration to anxiety; changes in identity as a new mother; changes in relationships with significant others; expectations of self as a mother; and other topics as the need arises.
The monthly groups will be facilitated by Kim Vargas, LCSW and Lynne Unikel, PhD, and will take place at The Resiliency Center.  

» Contact Kim at 267-568-7846 or kimvargastherapy for more information or to register. 


Teen Group Therapy Circle

Three groups meet weekly. 

» Contact Licensed Child and Adolescent Therapist, Katie K. May, to learn more and schedule an intake for your teen at 610-813-2575 or Katie@creative 


LPC Supervision Group 

2 Wednesdays per month,
5-7 pm

» Group led by Licensed Professional Counselor Elizabeth Venart who is also available for individual consultation.
» Learn more at or call 215-233-2002.


Divorce Group Forming
(men and women)

Sunday Evenings: 
2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 7-8:30 pm
Cost: $80 for 3-weeks

This group is for anyone interested in getting support in coping with the aftermath of a break-up or divorce. This 3-week workshop will help participants process their emotions through discussions, energy techniques, and other clearing modalities. 

The activities will help participants assess the emotional and spiritual value of the relationship and see how needs were served. This can shift the perspective and create gratitude and forgiveness. Also, processing the relationship with objectivity will help participants recognize unhealthy patterns so they are not repeated in future relationships.

Group(s) are forming now, so please contact Delia Nessim, Marriage and Family Therapist and group leader, at 610-416-7535 or delianessim to register. 


Group Tapping Session

Wednesday 2/25, 7-8 pm
Cost: $10

Join Delia Nessim, MFT, as she shares EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a powerful energy tool to release stress and emotions that get trapped in the body. Each participant will get an opportunity to work on a topic of their choosing (pain relief, resentment, anger, etc.). The rest of the group can borrow benefits by tapping along.

» RSVP: call 610-416-7535, email Delia at delianessim or register online.

** If you are interested in joining a daytime group, please contact Delia with your preferred day and time. 

Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
Sit in on a Tuesday-night workshop for FREE (by appointment).  
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Rumi and Hafiz: Poetry Reading and Discussion

Wed. 2/18, 7:30-9:30 pm

» Learn More and Register


Laughter Yoga

Monday 2/9, 10 am 
» RSVP Required


Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am


Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm


Qi Gong Classes 

Thursdays, 2 and 6:15 pm


Knitting Circle

Saturday, 2/14, 10-11:30am
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