New Start: Resident LeVar Jeffers

We had the honor of visiting Barrier Free Living Apartment resident LeVar Jeffers the day he moved  into his new studio. The joy and sense of celebration was palatable.

“I came from the streets. This is a new start to get my life together,” says LeVar.

Now that he has a safe home, LeVar plans to pursue computer repair school and study martial arts.

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HSU Christy Parque Part Of Discussion On MSNBC

The Sergeants Benevolent Association is encouraging officers, along with their friends and family members, to take pictures of homeless New Yorkers and post them online.  Christy Parque, Cornell William Brooks, Akhil Reed Amar, and Jeanne Theoharis discuss this campaign and consider more positive alternatives for supporting homeless people.

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BFL Outreach At Boriken Health Fair

BFL's Occupational Therapy team at the Health Fair

Members of Barrier Free Living’s Occupational Therapy team were on  hand at the August 10 Boriken Health Fair, sharing information about the agency’s programs.

The Health Fair was held at 2265 Third Ave (at 123rd Street) in honor of National Health Center Week. The fair included health screenings, participation by local organizations and featured music and giveaways.

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Remembering Fred Scaglione, Founder Editor New York Nonprofit Press (NYNP)

Fred Scaglione

In a message to members, Allison Sesso | Executive Director, Human Services Council honored and celebrated the life of Fred Scaglione.

Sesso wrote:

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Fred Scaglione, founder and editor of the New York Nonprofit Press (NYNP). Fred had been quietly battling cancer for some time and passed away earlier this week. We understand there will be services on Saturday, August 15th in, or near, his home town in Chatam, NY. We will send details once we have them.

Fred created a real gift to the nonprofit world with the creation of the Nonprofit Press (today known as New York Nonprofit Media). He drove policy discussions with his in-depth reporting; distilling complex human service issues into easy to digest stories. He was passionate about his work and driven by a true desire to see the nonprofit sector get the recognition it deserves from elected leaders. He was smart and had a quick wit.  All of this came out in his reporting; his sarcasm often incorporated into his editorial pieces. He always had a pulse on the key challenges facing the human services sector and used his role as a reporter to ask government officials hard questions.  We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with him so closely for so many years and are deeply saddened by his loss.”

Services for Fred Scaglione will be held on Saturday, August 15th at 11 am at the Lutheran Church in Chatham. Directions can be found here:

Barrier Free Living was honored to be a 2010 New York Nonprofit Press Agency of the Month.

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