Category Archives: Events & Actvities

WEBINAR: The Joy of Animals

Mark this date and time on your calendar: Wednesday, July 22, 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Join Link partners, Karen Greth, Meagan Good and Chris Hainley as they introduce you to special animal friends of theirs during this Webinar presentation.

Our special presenters (human and animal) will be sharing ideas and examples of the ways animals help fight social isolation, loneliness, anxiety and other emotional and out-of-normal feelings. COVID-19 and the resulting stay-at-home orders have changed everything except the joy that animals bring to people.

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Human Presenters:

  • Karen Greth, K-PETS – Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
  • Meagan Good, Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy 
  • Chris Hainley, Fairy Tail Acres, the Rescue. 

Each of the presenters will introduce Webinar participants to their animal presenters.


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jul 22, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: The Joy of Animals!

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Link partners’ network three-part Webinar series concludes with June 25 presentation.

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The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area partners’ network completed its “Back by Popular Demand” Webinar series on Thursday.

Who could have foreseen, a year ago when we began planning these Webinars, the relevance that these presenters’ topics would have?

Topics as “authentic communication”, trauma and equality, diversity and equity are now front and center with the March arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic and the Memorial Day murder of George Floyd, a person of color, in Minneapolis.

The final Webinar in the series was held on Thursday, June 25 and this Webinar —as the two that happened earlier in May and June — was quite well attended; generated many questions and comments and (so far) really positive feedback from participant “post-event” surveys.

Here are some follow up notes from the Thursday Webinar with Amita Mehta:

white fragilityJanice Sommerhoff is the winner of the a copy of a New York Times bestseller, “White Fragility.”

We experienced a few techno-glitches and both of the introductory remarks videos from two people who have known Amita Mehta were not shown. Because we asked them to do these videos, and because they did, they are viewable below.

Michele Sipel, Landis Homes

Jodi Long-Wittmann, Lowe’s Home Improvement Company

Today’s (June 23) Link Webinar | info sheets

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So, at this morning’s Webinar, several resources were mentioned; here’s where you can access and / or download the files.

Trauma Through the Lifespan, The Hope of Resilience after Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The embedded videos in the presentation are here:

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Adverse Childhood Experiences take-away sheet



Training and educational opportunities from PHFA | register today.

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The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)  2020 Multifamily Affordable Housing Conference has been postponed until July 2021.  However, we are not letting that slow us down!

Housing Services is excited to announce that we will be starting groups in both the Certificate in Elder Service Coordination (CESC) and Certificate in Family Service Coordination (CFSC) Programs in July 2020.  See the flyers above for  both programs in case you/your organization is interested.  Registration for both programs is required by July 1st and at NO cost.  The programs will be set up differently than in the past, starting with webinars and concluding with the 2021 Conference.

If you’re interested in more information or to enroll, please contact Alicia Spencer ( ) for the CESC Program and Dawn Bartha ( for the CFSC Program.  Also, the programs will be offered in 2021 and those groups will start with the conference.

Housing Services Free Webinars

Housing Services will be offering FREE webinar trainings, TBA throughout.  Please see below information for upcoming webinar to start.

Housing Services Free Webinar

“Supporting Residents Through Traumatic Events”

Monday, June 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

*Registration Required*

Webinar Information:


Presenter: Katie Mansfield, Lead Trainer for the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program within Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Description: Events such as the COVID-19 quarantine, on-site acts of violence and vandalism can challenge a community’s sense of safety and well-being. Katie Mansfield, will address how traumatic events affect community dynamics and will offer tips on how to support communities and individual residents who are coping with trauma. Resources will be highlighted from across the State.

CARES Financial Assistance for Renters and Homeowners

Applications for CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners will be available June 29; application submissions can begin July 6

People who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance to help them stay in their homes

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. At that time, applications will be easily accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at PHFA is administering both programs and developing detailed programs for distributing this financial assistance quickly to people in need while following legislative requirements. The agency will begin accepting completed applications for rent and mortgage assistance on July 6.

Disability Pride Virtual PA – be there, June 27 through July 26

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Comfort Keepers Celebrates National Day of Joy – June 24, 2020

— Leading In-Home Senior Care Provider Places Priority on Finding Joy and Sharing with Others, Reinforcing Relevance in Light of Global Pandemic –

West Lawn, PA, June 10, 2020– Comfort Keepers® of Berks County, a leading provider of in-home senior care, will celebrate the National Day of Joy on June 24, 2020.

The National Day of Joy, which takes place every year on the last Wednesday in June, was established in 2019 to help inspire and encourage people to experience joy and share it with others; an action that has become more meaningful in the current COVID-19 environment.

To celebrate, the Berks County office of Comfort Keepers will be surprising Berks County seniors with special “socially distanced” visits by “Joy Teams” and extra-special interactions with their regular caregivers.  Visits will take place on both June 23 and June 24.  The public is invited to participate by following the “Comfort Keepers of West Lawn & Reading – PA” Facebook page throughout the day to witness the spreading of JOY across Berks County.

As part of the first annual Day of Joy in 2019, Comfort Keepers released the results of its National State of Joy survey, which polled Americans on what brings the most joy into their lives. The survey found that people with the greatest levels of joy are older, with those over 60 averaging higher levels of joy than 18-29 year old’s and those 45-60. According to this same research, residents of Pennsylvania reported that traveling brings them the most joy.  The 2020 National Day of Joy research indicated that residents of the greater Northeast region reported that sharing family meals brought them the greatest joy.

National 2020 ’State of Joy’ Survey

Each year, as part of the National Day of Joy, Comfort Keepers conducts a survey that polls Americans on their perspectives about joy, including specific activities that bring them happiness, evolving attitudes about joy in light of current events as well as overall opinions about the state of joy in the world.

“We’ve all been impacted by events in our local community, state and country,” said Jennifer Mish, Comfort Keepers co-owner. “The results from the National State of Joy survey make clear, that even in difficult times, we are all looking for ways to experience joy. We understand this, which is why we focus on doing activities with our clients that bring them happiness, from listening to music to baking cookies to reliving family stories.”

The 2020 survey was conducted from May 5-11 and polled 2,000 Americans; 1,000 of those surveyed were 30+ years of age with at least one living parent, and 1,000 were people aged 65+.

In the Northeast:

On an average day, 75% of people said they are joyful, while 6% said they are not.

The activities that bring Northeasterners the most joy are:

  • Family dinner 59%
  • Spending time outside 56%
  • Watching a favorite movie/TV show 55%
  • Receiving a hug 52%
  • Going out to dinner 51%

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Americans were already on the quest to find joy, peace and balance in their busy lives, in an effort to improve mental health. Simple, sometimes mundane activities have become increasingly more meaningful in today’s setting, as more people are spending a greater amount of time at home.

While these ‘simple pleasures’ are bringing many people joy, the majority are participating in these activities alone. This national survey found that more than half (57%) of all people aged 65+ have missed hugs from a loved one since being in quarantine. This has also been difficult for the “sandwich generation” – a group of people who are tasked with caring for their aging parents as well as their own younger children. This has made caregiving services, like Comfort Keepers, even more critical during this time. On the National Day of Joy — and every day after that – the sandwich generation is comforted by the fact that even if they cannot visit or spend time with their loved ones, they are in good hands with a qualified Comfort Keepers caregiver.

National survey results also include the following:

  • Eighty-five (85%) percent agree that finding joy is more important now more than ever.
  • Many individuals are enjoying certain activities now that they did not have time to do before COVID-19, including:
    • Spending time with family (33%)
    • Reading (32%)
    • Taking walks (28%)
  • Almost three-quarters (72%) agree that technology has brought them a lot of joy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At Comfort Keepers, we believe that no matter someone’s age, experiencing daily moments of joy is critical for maintaining physical health, mental health, and overall well-being,” said Dave Kendall, Comfort Keepers co-owner. “Our senior loved ones, many who have been disproportionally affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, want the same opportunities for joy and happiness that we all do. We are proud to help seniors live the best quality of life today and every day. “

To participate in the National Day of Joy, do something that makes you or someone else happy, and share your activity on social media using the hashtag, #NationalDayofJoy. For more information about the National Day of Joy, visit

About Comfort Keepers®

Comfort Keepers®, located at 2209 Quarry Drive, Suite A-12 – West Lawn, PA  19609, provides professional in-home senior care that makes a difference in the lives of seniors and other adults.  Since its founding locally in 2001, the company has been providing support and services to support independent living at home.  For more information, visit

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FREE screening: “Opening Doors to College”: Hundreds of colleges across the U.S. are opening doors to higher education for students with intellectual disability.

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Opening Doors to College” is a 36-minute documentary by filmmaker Dan Habib which shows the educational, social and self-determination strategies of inclusive higher education at Millersville and Temple Universities. Hundreds of colleges across the U.S. are opening doors to higher education for students with intellectual disability. The 36-minute film “Opening Doors to College” shows how students like Fudia, Missy, Curtis, and Janet are leading this inclusion revolution as they immerse themselves in classes, residential life, extracurricular activities, and the entire college experience at Millersville and Temple Universities.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch this film for FREE on June 19 at noon. Register here:

Hundreds of colleges across the U.S. are opening doors to higher education for students with intellectual disability. The 36-minute film “Opening Doors to College” shows how students like Fudia, Missy, Curtis, and Janet are leading this inclusion revolution as they immerse themselves in classes, residential life, extracurricular activities, and the entire college experience at Millersville and Temple Universities.

Bellomo and Associates, LLC announces virtual workshops for June


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Are you registered to attend these Link partners’ June FREE WEBINARS?

Be sure you’ve got these FREE WEBINARS on your schedule. Be sure you’re registered to attend. Both WEBINARS are approved for Continuing Education and listed at the National Association of Social Workers – Pennsylvania Community Calendar.register now for these two

June 23 WEBINAR INFORMATION – click here. 

Find out more about Dr. Lark Eshleman here.

June 25 WEBINAR INFORMATION – Click here.  

Find out more about Amita Mehta here and here.

The Crip Camp Impact Campaign is proud to announce Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience!

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The Crip Camp Impact Campaign is proud to announce Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience! In these unprecedented times, there is no one better to think outside of the box and deliver community building right to your home. We are inviting all grassroots activists and advocates to join us this summer for a virtual camp experience featuring trailblazing speakers from the disability community. All are welcome, you do not need any activism experience to participate.

Please note all times on the Zoom link will appear in your local timezone. Online workshops will occur via Zoom and are ASL interpreted with Deaf Interpreters plus captioning. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We encourage you to attend all, or as many sessions as possible. We will send Crip Camp 2020 swag materials to everyone who attends 14 out of 16 sessions.

When: Every Sunday at 5 pm EST from now to August 30th for one and a half hours each.

  • May 24: Shedding Shame & Embracing Wholeness: Why We Must Address Internalized Ableism
  • May 31: Disability, Race, Class, & Gender: Intersectionality
  • June 7: All the Feels: Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care Strategies into our Work
  • June 14: We Have ALWAYS Resisted: The History of Disabled Black Activism
  • June 21: Our Worth, Our Humanity: Disability Justice as a Spiritual Practice
  • June 28: Let’s Talk about Sex: Our Bodies, Our Lives & Reproductive Justice
  • July 5: The Personality Behind the Work: Finding Your Social Media Voice
  • July 12 : Hashtag Activism: Organizing Online for Your Community
  • July 19 : I F&*#ed Up: What I Learned from It and How I Apologize
  • July 26 : ADA 30 Celebration
  • August 2: Education for the People: Best Practices in Facilitation
  • August 9: Art Activism: Visual & Performing Arts as Vehicles for Change
  • August 16: Working All the Angles: Civic Engagement and More
  • August 23: Getting Paid Without Selling Out: How to Finance Your Work
  • August 30: Building Across Movements: Disability as Social Justice Issue

Register in advance for these webinars: Click here.