Year: 2012

HHAP Approves $7 Million Request

August 16, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Shelter 0 Comments
A $7million request for Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) support has been approved by the HHAP Board. "Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make that proposal a success," said BFL President/CEO Paul Feuerstein. The funding is related to BFLs newest vision, the agency's Supportive Housing Project.  HHAP provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations, municipalities and public corporations to acquire, construct or rehabilitate housing for persons who are homeless and… read more

Oscar Pistorius Trail Blazing Olympian

August 14, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
South Africa's double amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, who competed in the men's 400m semi-finals at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games,  was selected to carry South Africa's flag at the closing ceremony. The inspiring athlete also prompted the Boston Marathon to announce that it would be "well-pleased" to allow runners with prosthetic legs to compete in the open division.… read more

Employment – New Census report on Americans with Disabilities

August 8, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new report, "Americans With Disabilities: 2010." The report finds that approximately 57 million Americans, or nearly 1 in 5, have a disability, with more than half (87 million) reporting the disability as "severe." About 4 in 10 working-age persons with a disability were employed, compared to 8 in 10 working-age persons without a disability. Adults with severe disabilities were about twice as likely as adults with non-severe disabilities to experience… read more

Suit Up! A Fund Raiser to Empower Transitional Housing Residents to Swim

August 2, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
BFL Transitional Housing program kicked off it's August Suit Up! Fund Raiser, to supply swimwear and goggles to residents so they  can participate in the Summer Aquatics Program.  Aquatics is part of the Occupational Therapy program's roster of special activities focusing on strength, stretching and community building for people with disabilities.  Video here.  Donate… read more

Violence, abuse, bullying: an untold story of disabled people living in Wales

July 31, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
An article on Disability Direct News reports that Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, Eleanor Burnham AM has today given her support to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Inquiry to examine how disabled people, their family, friends and carers who have experienced harassment have been supported, or not, by public authorities… read more

More Than 1 In 4 Kids With Disabilities Abused

July 17, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Children with disabilities are four times more likely than typically developing kids to be victims of violence, according to a first-of-its-kind global analysis, reports the disability scoop. In a review of 20 years worth of data, researchers found that more than a quarter of children with disabilities have been exposed to some type of violence, be it physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect… read more

Dept. Of Labor Event

July 13, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 1 Comment
On Monday July 30 the Dept of Labor is getting the word out about issues such as rights in the workplace, discrimination, and reasonable accommodations to the disability community. Jacob K. Javits Federal BuildingConference Center – 6th Floor26 Federal PlazaNew York , NY  10278 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Access to Event Begins at 1:00PM.    Click here for info… read more

Natasha’s Justice Project

July 10, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
Natasha’s Justice Project is working to end the national backlog of unprocessed rape kits and bring justice to sexual assault survivors. Media coverage of Natasha’s Justice Project includes the NY Times, CNN and NPR among others. Visit the NJP site to take action… read more

Former BFL Resident Miss Wheelchair NY

July 9, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
Pam Hall, a former resident of BFL's Transitional Housing program, won Miss Wheelchair NY 2012 and is set to compete in the nationals, Miss Wheelchair America. The Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant is a yearly event that " highlights the diversity and advocacy of all women."  To help Pam get raise funds to get to the nationals, click here… read more

Transitional Housing Kicks Off Water Aquatics

July 5, 2012 BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
BFL's Transitional Housing program kicked off its water aquatics class for residents, lead by the Occupational Therapy team. The Hamilton Fish pool annually donates pool time for the weekly session through the summer… read more

ICS Member Art Show

July 5, 2012 Current Events 0 Comments
Independence Care System, dedicated to the health and well being of adults with physical disabilities and senior adults, will hold its annual art show and a free reception at ICS’s Brooklyn Center in downtown Brooklyn. July 25, 4pm-8pm. 25 Elm Place, 5th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201.… read more

Lauren Luke, YouTube Makeup Star, in Domestic Violence PSA

July 5, 2012 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 1 Comment
Lauren Luke, YouTube Makeup Star, is featured in a Domestic Violence PSA (click to view) that is getting a lot of attention. London agency BBH enlisted Luke for the PSA, which is rolling out on YouTube as though it were another of her makeup tutorials—showing Luke covering up cuts and bruises ostensibly inflicted by an abusing partner. The video depicts the domestic violence situation in an eerily realistic light, ending with onscreen copy that reads: "65% of… read more

National Day of Action to Push VAWA June 26

June 25, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
On June 26th, The Leadership Conference and the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women are uniting to promote the National Day of Action to push for VAWA.There will be a rally on Capitol Hill as well as lobby visits and calls. We urge you to invite your friends to this event, spread the word, and call/email/tweet your representatives so that we can pass the REAL VAWA.  If you are in Washington, D.C.: RALLY TIME: 11:30 a.m… read more

Touch Tour at NYC Rubin Museum of Art

June 22, 2012 Current Events 0 Comments
Verbal Description and Touch Tours are offered at the Rubin Museum of Art on the second Thursday of every month. Museum guides help participants who are blind or partially-sighted form visualizations by offering highly detailed, verbal descriptions of artworks. Participants are invited to touch art objects including sculptures, woodblocks, and ritual implements. Incense and traditional music complete the Himalayan experience.To reserve a spot on an upcoming public tour or to book… read more

Women With Disabilities Wellness Day Event

June 15, 2012 Current Events 0 Comments
The Initiative for Women with Disabilities will hold its Spring Into Wellness Open House on Monday June 25 from 10am-2pm at 359 Second Avenue, NYC.  Activities include a fitness class, meditation, reiki circle, door prizes and more. RSVP 212 598 6429… read more

The Intouchables Festival Hit

June 14, 2012 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Opening this month, the film The Intouchables is the true story of a wealthy, physically disabled risk taker, the picture of established French nobility, who lost his wife in an accident and whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored, black Muslim ex-con as his caretaker. Their bond proves the power and omniscience that love and friendship can hold over all social and economic… read more

Special Olympics Kick Off Nationwide

June 13, 2012 Current Events 0 Comments
The Special Olympics kicked off nationwide. New York currently serves more than 51,000 athletes throughout the state. They train for weeks and months to prepare for local, regional and statewide competition. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the… read more

Transitional Housing Resident’s Newsletter

June 12, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Shelter Tags: 1 Comment
Residents of BFL's Transitional Housing program, under the guidance of editor and former resident John Aliseo (pictured), released the summer 2012 Moving Forward newsletter. View the Pdf. Moving Forward Spring Summer 2012 Newsletter- The FINAL Edition… read more

Senate Forum on Domestic Violence

June 4, 2012 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Senate ForumVideo The Senate Democratic Conference held a public forum on the need to provide additional protections for those affected by domestic violence. The forum was convened to highlight legislation sponsored by members of the Democratic Conference which the Senate Republican Majority has refused to move out of committee and bring to the floor for a vote. Attendees at today’s forum included Democratic Senators as well as activists, legislators and criminal justice professionals… read more

Goldman Sachs Sponsors BBQ at Freedom House

June 4, 2012 Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
Volunteers from Goldman Sachs were on hand to make the annual Freedom House Emergency Shelter summer BBQ a success on June 2. Eighteen team members from Goldman Sachs ran activities and helped create a summer feast for fifteen families at the shelter… read more

BFL Secures Financing for Newest Vision!

June 4, 2012 Uncategorized 1 Comment
On May 24, 2012 BFL successfully closed on a $3,050,000 loan with the Corporation for our newest Supportive Housing vision. BFL now officially owns the property and we can get our architects and engineers working on designing the building. See Supportive Housing page for details.… read more

Handprints of the Heart at Freedom House

May 18, 2012 Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
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 created a garden on the patio.… read more

“Ask and I Will Tell” Amethyst Women’s Project

May 16, 2012 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Art Connects New York opens the group exhibition, "Ask and I Will Tell" Thursday, May 17th at Amethyst Women's Project, a Coney-Island based organization serving women adversely impacted by substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence.… read more

Art Connects NY Exhibit

May 7, 2012 Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
Art Connects New York (ACNY) launches "Made You Look: Hidden Narratives Unveiled" on May 9, 2012 at Spattered Columns, 491 Broadway, 5th Floor, NYC. Art Connects has a permanent art exhibit at BFL's Transitional Housing program. In homage of the Hatch-Billops Collection, this new group exhibition features site-specific installation by artists whose practice involves archiving the underrepresented and overlooked aspects of contemporary culture.… read more

Freedom House Financial Clinic

May 7, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
Freedom House director Isa Martinez presented at the Organizational Development Session of the HRA Non-Residential Director's meeting on May 4, highlighting the success of the programs Financial Clinic for residents. The clinic, facilitated by Becky Smith, Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Financial Clinic, is made possible through a grant from the United Way. Ms. Martinez has been invited to do another presentation at the June 1 meeting… read more