Jericho Road Breaking The Bonds Of Domestic Violence Walk

Jericho Road will hold its 9th annual Breaking the Bonds of Domestic Violence walk on October 1.

Registration and information is available here.

Jericho Road Inc. is a 501(c) 3 community based organization that is the vision of Dr. Elena Bascom, a survivor of domestic violence (DV). Due to her experiences as a child and as a victim of domestic violence, Dr. Bascom began outreach work to help other women who were in similar situations. Through this journey, Jericho Road Inc. was born.

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BFL CEO Paul Feuerstein Featured On Encore

My “encore”€ work is expanding our focus into assisting disabled victims of domestic violence with emergency and permanent barrier-free housing.

Thirty years ago, I had no clue that the #1 issue facing women with disabilities nationwide is domestic abuse. Once I realized that the city had no services for this population, I worked to build a totally accessible domestic violence shelter for severely disabled women and their children, as well as victims who had children with disabilities.

Read Paul’s full Encore story here.

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Staff Profile: Tamara Willis’ Summer Growth As A BFL Intern

Tamara Willis joined  Barrier Free Living (BFL) this summer as an intern working with our Occupational Therapy team. We caught up with Tamara (photo above) while she was participating in a gardening day project on the patio of our transitional housing program to talk about growth in all of its forms.

BFL: Tell us a little about you Tamara.

Tamara: I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, NY. I attended undergrad at Delaware State University. Once I received my bachelor’s degree, I began attending Columbia University for my master’s in Occupational Therapy. Queens will always have my heart, but in the future who knows where I will end up living.

BFL: What attracted to intern at BFL?

Tamara: What attracted me most was the way in which BFL values assisting individuals with disabilities. The staff ensures that residents and clients receive the best services that promote independence despite their level of disability and skill. Transitional Housing aids clients in obtaining permanent housing, and giving them the tools necessary to excel within the community post discharge, and that is exactly what occupational therapy is about.

BFL: What do you hope to accomplish this summer? Any particular areas of growth?

Tamara: I would like to change the perception of what it is that OT students do here at the facility. I would like residents to learn that it is possible to develop and/or recover the daily living skills they need in order to improve or maintain their independence. Overall, I just want to grow as a student and a professional, and with the help of BFL, the residents, and the staff, I am sure I will be able to do so.

BFL: What’s next in your life?

Tamara: Post completion of my fieldwork experience at BFL, I will be completing my last year of OT school and entering the field. I plan on getting as much experience as I can with various populations in order to broaden my scope of practice.

BFL: Hobbies, interests?

Tamara: I really enjoy traveling and spending time with my family! Each year I plan on traveling to a new location, and enjoying the different sceneries around the world. There’s just something about traveling to a new location, and seeing a different side of the world that leaves me speechless every time.

Learn more about our intern and employment opportunities here.




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BBCs The World’s Worst Place to be Disabled Film

The BBC’s Film The World’s Worst Place to Be Disabled? on Youtube looks at disabled journalist Sophie Morgan’s heart-wrenching journey.

Chained up at prayer camps, exiled from villages for being cursed, forced on the streets and in some cases even killed, this is the reality for many disabled people in Ghana. Disabled journalist Sophie Morgan goes on an immersive journey to discover if Ghana is the World’s Worst The World’s Worst Place to Be Disabled?

Beginning in the country’s thriving capital Accra, Sophie sees first-hand how many disabled people end up with a life on the streets and hears how the disabled people of Ghana seem to have been left out of this west African country’s economic success. Shocked by what she finds in the city, she heads to the countryside to find out the reality of life for disabled people there and then finds herself in one of Ghana’s popular prayer camps where many disabled people are taken to be ‘cured’.

View the film.


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