Every family deserves
a safe home.
Who We Are
Nationally recognized as the first fully accessible emergency shelter for disabled victims of domestic violence and their families
How We Help
State-of-the-art programming, safety planning, parenting skill building, advocacy.
Working with people with physical and emotional disabilities and those recovering from substance abuse.
A dynamic staff (fluent in English, Spanish and American Sign Language) of social workers, creative arts therapists, case managers, and occupational therapists dedicated to creating a safe and accessible space for families.
How To Reach Us
» Call (212) 400-6470
email us: email@example.com
BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter held the annual Handprints of the Heart event this May, working with volunteers from Goldman Sachs. Resident families and children took part in crafts, empowerment activities and enjoyed a live performance.» Read More
ABC News’ Lauren Glassberg reports on the journey of a resident at BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter for survivors of domestic violence…» Read More
Freedom House Emergency Shelter launched a vibrant new Adult Poetry Club. The club allows residents to “express themselves through creative writing in order to promote positive mental health while sharing their creative writing with…» Read More
AWARE organized and hosted a Family Carnival at BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter on April 13, bringing hope and laughter to survivors of domestic violence and their families. The Carnival featured face-painting, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, basketball, live music, cotton-candy and an appearance by Elmo. AWARE’S Ellen L. [...]» Read More
Residents of BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter graduated from the EASE program this April. The ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT (EASE) PROGRAM, created by Robert Hawkins and Alisha Ali of New York University, helps to equip survivors of domestic violence with resources to secure sustainable employment. Pictured at the graduation are: [...]» Read More
A Resident at BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter sent a letter to staff expressing gratitude about her healing journey and how she gained strength as she moved through obstacles. Click here to read the inspiring letter.» Read More
Since 2010 the Kids Wish Network has honored more than 30 children at Freedom House Emergency Shelter with a Hero of the Month award. The honorees of this program are children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances, often enduring a great deal of pain [...]» Read More
Created in 2012, Beyond Freedom is a transitional support group that grew from the agency’s mission to guide people with disabilities to lead dignified lives free of abuse. It was spearheaded by BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter team. The idea was to create a dynamic group where current and former [...]» Read More
Staff of Boucher + Company, (pictured) a NYC based digital strategy agency visited BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter this past August, participating in an afternoon of activities and community building with resident families. “These events greatly help our children during their transition and can help stabilize them in their new [...]» Read More
A program to equip survivors of domestic violence with resources to secure sustainable employment launches this month at Freedom House Emergency Shelter. The EASE Program (Economic and Social Empowerment) presented by Dr. Robert Hawkins and Alisha Ali of New York University helps shelter residents to understand the importance of of [...]» Read More
Project Papillon NYC brought Spa Day to BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter in February, working with women at the shelter in line with Papillon’s mission which is to “rebuild the self-esteem and confidence of homeless women that are victims of Domestic Violence by transforming their outer appearance to match their [...]» Read More
The children at BFL’s Freedom House Domestic Violence emergency shelter took part in a special pajama party this month, thanks to a donation from the nationally known Pajama Program. The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need.» Read More
Congressman José E. Serrano announced that he has invited Bronx anti-gun violence activist Gloria Cruz (and Barrier Free Living Freedom House staff member) to be his guest for the State of the Union. Since losing her niece to gun violence in the Bronx in 2005, Ms. Cruz has worked to [...]» Read More
The Half the Sky Movement, which is ‘cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide’ highlighted the work of AWARE: Assisting Women Through Action, Resources and Education in a recent blog post. The article points out that AWARE [...]» Read More
In a letter to Freedom House Program Director Isa Martinez and her staff, a resident recently shared her gratitude at being safe and on the path to a renewed life as the holidays approach. The mother of two wrote: “Since I have been here at Freedom House I have accomplished [...]» Read More
Freedom House’s new weekly Beyond Freedom Group (pictured at right) brings together current and former residents to discuss experiences, progress and shared challenges around issues relating to domestic violence. Former Freedom House resident Miss G. attends the group to continue her education around safety planning.
“We all go through the same thing but you can have a mental block to progress,” said Miss G., who had fled her abuser to find safety at Freedom House with her six children last year. “Continuing to get support at Freedom House after I left has made a big difference.”
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Freedom House's Children's Services Department provides therapy and healing for children and families. “We use play, art and talk therapy to help children and adolescents process their feelings related to transition to shelter and trauma experienced,” said Cynthia Amodeo, Coordinator, Family Services.
The AWARE October 18th fundraiser at NYC Bar 13 to benefit Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House raised over $25,000 for disabled domestic violence victims and their families. Pictured, Paul Feuerstein, President/CEO BFL and Isa Martinez, Director, Freedom House. Visit AWARE to view event photos, donate or learn more.» Read More