Global Pop Up Art Project Shares Survivors Stories

The FACSA Foundation and Daimon Glenn are partnering to present the Global Pop Up Art project, April 25, 2015, online, with your help, by sharing the stories of survivors, art, music, dance, film, poetry, writing, photography, and other forms of art to express the pain we have endured so long; to give power to the voices who have been silent for so long.

Global Pop Up States: We are not just asking for people to share their stories and art. We are giving people the chance to be heard and to heal…. By sharing their stories, they are inspiring others to share theirs and heal, as well. In doing so, we have to educate the educators. We have to provide more sentencing and enforce the laws we have. We need to restructure the judicial and mental health systems and design better programs to meet the current needs of survivors of trauma. We all have trauma in our lives, whether we are survivor’s of sexual assault, veterans, law enforcement, or living every day life. We will have to provide funding for judicial and mental health programs to provide a better society and safer environments to children. Your voice is more powerful than you can imagine. Together, we can move mountains.
Connie Lee/Founder/President/


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Supportive Housing Primed To Open Late Spring/Early Summer 2015

Barrier Free Living’s Supportive Housing program is slated to open late spring/early summer 2015.

Pictured above in a new studio unit are: Thomas Obrzut, Program Director, and Denise Shaw, Director of Social Services.

Info. here.

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BFL Partners In Turn Off The Violence Clothesline Project April 20-24

Barrier Free Living will be a featured partner in St. John University’s 8th Annual Turn Off The Violence Clothes Line Project event, April 20-24.

The Staten Island 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.”

The week kicks off with a Key Note Address by BFL CEO/Founder Paul Feuerstein. Other events include a panel discussion and the clothes line project, with T-shirts designed by residents of BFL’s domestic violence programs.



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Spread The Sparkle Hosts Easter Event For BFL Domestic Violence Programs

Families from BFL’s Secret Garden and Freedom House domestic violence programs were the honored guests at an Easter event featuring a sumptuous luncheon, an Easter egg decorating station and a whole lot of sparkle.

Spread The Sparkle, an organization whose mission is to “create events focused on celebrating family for individuals and kids who have no prior traditions”,  treated 8 BFL families to a day of joy. The luncheon, prepared by Valerie and Liana Rowe (pictured above) included baked ham, lasagna, quiche, roasted potatoes, pineapple souffle, green beans, carrots, potatoes and gluten free pasta as well as salad and chick pea salad.

Spread The Sparkle Co-Founders Abbey LeVine and Brenda Fredericks Marino called the inaugural event “a passionate, rich, abundant experience for everyone at Spread The Sparkle.  We were honored to have been given the opportunity to share Easter with the amazingly strong survivors from Freedom House and Secret Garden.  We appreciate the trust and faith that each woman put in us to allow us to create the day for them yesterday. Spread The Sparkle is grateful for everyone’s collaboration in making this happen, particularly the women and kids who said “yes” to celebration with us yesterday. ”

Theresa MacIntosh, founder of BFL’s Speakers Bureau and a member of the Freedom House Board of Directors, was on hand as a featured speaker. Attendees received a Polaroid picture to remember the event, along with a special gift bag.



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