Women in Stitches club meets monthly

WARWICK – (July 8) On Wednesday, July 2, members of an ecumenical needlework group, “Women in Stitches,” met with Mount Alverno Center residents for their monthly sewing bee. On this particular day they were crafting Afghans, which are colorful blankets knitted or crocheted, for the Alamo Farm Workers Community Center and Food Pantry in Pine Island, NY.

Mount Alverno Center, a New York State approved Adult Home with an Assisted Living Program, is part of the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System. The facility shares that Campus with St. Anthony Community Hospital and Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility.

On the first Wednesday of every month, members of “Women-in-Stitches,” who live in Warwick and Pine Island, NY, travel to Mount Alverno Center to join residents for a pleasant afternoon of conversation, laughter, knitting and crocheting.

Many of the senior residents are experienced in sewing crafts and often share their own techniques with club members. The residents have an opportunity to practice old skills or learn new ones. And before each sewing bee they select a needy organization or deserving group that would benefit from their crafts.

“Our mission is to help women and children in need. We enjoy doing this and we laugh a lot,” said the group’s leader Cyndy Baldino. “That’s why we call ourselves ‘Women-in-Stitches.”

Baldino reported that items they have crafted and donated to worthy causes in the past include lap robes for Schervier Pavilion residents, baby clothes for Crisis Pregnancy centers, blankets for homeless shelters, sweaters for World Vision and helmet liners for military personnel serving in Afghanistan.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Every year, nearly one million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania turn to Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) for innovative healthcare delivered with compassion. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides.

BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the region’s largest employers

Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of nearly 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

BSCHS is a member of the Bon Secours Health System—a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information, visit For a complete list of practitioners, visit


On Wednesday, July 2, members of an ecumenical needlework group, “Women in Stitches,” met with Mount Alverno Center residents for their monthly sewing bee.

Clockwise seated from left, residents Ann Felter, Arline Bruzzese, Therese Hatki, Christine Wood, volunteer Pat Mutz, residents Helen McKeon, Joan Watch and Sharlene Di Nunzio.

Standing from left, volunteer Cady Cirbes, group leader Cyndy Baldino and volunteer Pat Mutz.

Volunteer Betty Schmitt was not available for the photograph.

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