Arc Of Riverside Honors Nora Baladerian and Thomas Coleman

Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D and Thomas F. Coleman each received an award from The Arc of Riverside County at its 50th Anniversary awards Dinner in June.

Nora was honored for her role as an  advocate of abuse education and prevention for people with disabilities, and  Tom for his role as a rights and justice advocate seeking reform of conservatorship and guardianship systems.

The Arc of Riverside County recently produced a two-minute video about the Disability and Abuse Project.  In the video, Nora (Executive Director at Arc) discusses some of the activities of the project and Legal Director Thomas F. Coleman discusses the goals of the project and some of its recent successes.

View the video here.

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BFL Transitional Housing Honors Fathers

The staff of BFL’s Transitional Housing honored father’s on June 19 hosting a cook out on the shelter’s back patio.

The kitchen staff created a BBQ buffet and the BFL team and shelter residents gathered for the celebration.

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Morgan Stanley Corporate Service Day At BFL Shelter

Volunteers from Morgan Stanley spent the day painting and gardening at Barrier Free Living’s (BFL) transitional housing shelter for people with disabilities on June 10 as part of the Federation of Protestant Welfare‘s (FPWA) summer corporate service day.

The energetic group painted and refurbished a kitchen area and office, as well as weeding and planting the shelter’s garden area where residents gather.

“These few hours of service impact the lives of our residents for months to come,” says Scott Hess, Director of Communications at BFL. “A brightly painted room, a garden with new blooms can make a big difference for a resident who is having a tough day. We are so grateful to both Morgan Stanley and the FPWA for the support.”



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HSU Gala & Leadership Awards

HSU held its 20th Anniversary gala and leadership awards on June 8.

Honorees addressing the enthusiastic crowd were: Sean Delany, on behalf of Lawyers Alliance for New York; Christine C. Quinn, CEO of Win & former New York City Council Speaker and CEO; and Christy Parque. President of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies & former Executive Director of Homeless Services United, Inc.

Parque, who was given the Legacy Award, shared a moving account of her years at HSU and her commitment to service.

Top photo: Honoree Christy Parque with HSU’s Eric Lee

Barrier Free Living’s Leshan Gaulman with Cathy Gormely (a former BFL team member).


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