BFL Apartment Tenant Raises Funds For Education Using Benevolent

BFL Apartments tenant Felicia Ridges hopes to further her education and career goals, using the fund raising platform Benevolent.

Felicia worked with her social worker David Kwon, posting a video on the site about her journey, from surviving domestic violence to finding her own home.

“Felicia’s goal is to help others who have experienced similar issues by becoming a drug counselor. Her first step is to get her GED then she wants to obtain a CASAC license,” says Kwon.

See the video here.

View a video of Felicia’s performance of her poem Knock Knock.



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National Housing Conference Mobile Workshop Visits BFL Apartments

Barrier Free Living (BFL) Apartments welcomed participants of the  National Housing Conference’s (NHC) Solutions for Housing Communications conference Mobile Workshop on April 28.

Paul Feuerstein, BFL President/CEO welcomed the group along with Thomas Obrzut, BFL Apartments Director and Lenore Warren, Director of Social Services. Mega Construction was also on hand. The group took a tour of a resident apartment and had a Q&A with the BFL Apartments’ team.

NHC’s Solutions for Housing Communications 2016 Convening connects affordable housing developers, advocates, funders and government officials for panels, workshops and round-table discussions on challenges and opportunities in community acceptance.

Caption: From top left, Paul Feuerstein; conference participants during the apartment tour; Paul with Thomas Obrzut; resident Olga who opened her home for the tour.

More info. here.

More about BFL Apartments here.

Olga’s Story.



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Barrier Free Living Part Of St. John’s Turn Off The Violence Week

Barrier Free Living will be a participate in St. John University’s 9th Annual Turn Off The Violence week, April 25-27.

The Queens campus of St. John’s will  recognize those victims of violence who come from “many different countries, races, religions, and socioeconomic statuses, and to take a stand against all power-based personal violence that often occurs in personal relationships.”

Turn off the Violence Week promotes “awareness, empowerment, and action in response to sexual violence in our community.”

Events include:  the Clothes Line Project where students make a shirt ” with your own message to break the silence and stop the violence”; a resource fair at which Barrier Free Living will have a table;  and a Careers Panel forum, at which BFL Director of Communications Scott Hess will be a participant.


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Shine Foundation Financial Fair At Freedom House

Shine Foundation held a Spring Soirée / financial fair at Freedom House on April 25 to culminate its month long Financial Engagement workshop for residents at the emergency domestic violence shelter.

In addition to celebrating and reaffirming goals set during the 4 week workshop, Shine set up an “Aida’s Dare to Dream” booth, and asked residents, staff and volunteers to write down what they “dared to dream”  in their lives moving forward.

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