Freedom House Team Join Brides March Sept. 26

Freedom House domestic violence shelter team members attended this year’s Bride’s March.

The March (where participants wear wedding gowns) “mourns the victims of domestic violence while raising awareness of the horrors of this antisocial criminal behavior.”

The Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk/Brides’ March is an annual event which was started in New York City in 2001 to remember Gladys Ricart, a Dominican woman from Washington Heights, who was murdered in New Jersey on September 26, 1999, by her abusive former boyfriend on the day she was to wed her fiancé.

The first March took place on September 26, 2001, the second anniversary of Gladys’ murder. The idea for the March was originated by Josie Ashton, a young Dominican woman from Florida, who was moved by the murder and outraged at the media and community’s insensitive response to Gladys’ murder. Josie resigned from her job and sacrificed more than three months of her life away from her then young family to walk, in a wedding gown, through several states down the East Coast ending in her home state of Florida, all in an attempt to draw attention to the horrors of domestic violence.

The 2016 March started at 8AM at the Christ Church Washington Heights—4111 Broadway, NY, NY 10033 (Btwn 173 & 174 Street). Marching began at 10AM. The March ended at Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center—1680 Lexington, NY, NY 10029 (Btwn 106 & 105 Street).

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Freedom House Team Presents At National Training Institute Conference

Members of the Freedom House domestic violence shelter team presented at this year’s National Training Institute Conference Sept. 19-21.

Cynthia Amodeo, Aida Colon (right to left in photo) and Myra Ricard attended. Their presentation,  Barriers to Seeking Safety, looked at barriers people with disabilities face coming into shelters and the work Freedom House has done to eliminate those barriers.

The training institute emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to sharing promising practices, current research, and effective programs and policies that are victim-centered, practice-based, and research-informed.


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Holy Trinity Fund Raiser Features Film Francis Of Brooklyn

The Church of the Holy Trinity on Manhattan’s upper east side is holding a fund raiser Saturday October 1 at 6pm (316 E. 88th Street) featuring a viewing of the film Francis of Brooklyn.

The film tells the story of a traumatized veteran and was directed by Josh Wick, a volunteer at the church.

Suggested donations at the event include gently used winter coats.




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BFL Apartments’ Sam Finan Honored With Innovation Award

BFL Apartments social worker Sam Finan was honored with the agency’s Innovation Award this September, for his “out of the box” thinking around creation of the new tenant newsletter.

Finan, working with the occupational therapy team, stepped out of his normal job role in creating and producing the newsletter, working with a tenant led editorial team. The first issue came out this fall and a second issue is under way.

The award was created by the agency’s leadership team to encourage innovative thinking and problem solving. The honor includes a one hundred dollar check.


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