Year: 2015

Disabled Foodie Big Apple BBQ Block Party June 13

June 4, 2015 Current Events 1 Comment
The Disabled Foodie (David Friedman recently featured in AM NewYork)  is planning the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.  This barbecue event features pitmasters from across the country. Sample barbecue while enjoying beautiful Madison Square Park. Attending the event is free. You pay for any food and/or drinks you choose to purchase. When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM… read more

Queens foodie David Friedman Has Become The Voice For The City’s Disabled Diners

May 28, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
AM NewYork reports: Were the grab bars in the restroom to your liking, sir? A discerning Jackson Heights diner has begun a restaurant review blog TheDisabledFoodie.com, that evaluates eateries not just on the freshness, taste and quality of their food, but on the ability of disabled people to consume it. The blog "is an awareness campaign," explained founder David Friedman, 38. People without disabilities often don't fully understand the obstacles encountered by those who have them, he said, and people with… read more

Project Give Back, Pam Hall

May 23, 2015 Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments
Pam Hall, a former resident of Barrier Free Livings Transitional Shelter in 2009, didn’t want to just move on in her life, she wanted to give back. “For me, Barrier Free Living’s Transitional Housing program was a saving grace. I came to believe that whatever I want to achieve I can if I work for it. If people say you can’t, I say don’t believe them,” says Pam. Pam gained the confidence and… read more

Noah Galloway Dancing With The Stars Finalist

May 22, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
Noah Galloway, the Iraq war vet and amputee who beat out 1200 competitors to be Men’s Health magazine’s cover model for November, 2014 continued to inspire people with disabilities as he landed in the finals on Dancing With The Stars 2015. Read BFL's interview with Noah here.… read more

Thomas Obrzut Shares His Vision For New BFL Apartments

May 18, 2015 Breaking Barriers in DV Tags: 0 Comments
From Breaking Barriers In Domestic Violence, May 2015 Issue This month’s contributor, Thomas Obrzut (In photo with Denise Shaw)  joined the Barrier Free Living team this spring as Director of our newest vision: Barrier Free Living Apartments, a Supportive Housing Program for people with disabilities in the Bronx, NY. BFL Apartments will be an important step in filling a critical need in New York City.  The program, slated to open summery… read more

Handprints Of The Heart At Freedom House

May 11, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
The 7th Annual Handprints of the Heart sponsored by Goldman Sachs took place this month at Freedom House. The event is a celebration of Mother's Day and includes activities and a lunch with the families at the shelter. The volunteers worked with young shelter residents to create ceramic handprints, t-shirts and jewelry that kids presented to their parents after lunch… read more

Breaking Barriers, May 2015

May 1, 2015 Breaking Barriers Newsletter Tags: 0 Comments
This month’s contributor, Thomas Obrzut joined the Barrier Free Living team this spring as Director of our newest vision: Barrier Free Living Apartments, a Supportive Housing Program for people with disabilities in the Bronx, NY. BFL Apartments will be an important step in filling a critical need in New York City. The program, slated to open summery 2015, will provide permanent housing to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, homeless people who… read more

Supportive Housing Apartments Ready For Occupants In Bronx

May 1, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Supportive Housing apartments are ready for occupancy (70 singles units) and the team is accepting applications. "They city has granted us the temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) and we hope to start moving residents in in June," says Thomas Obrzut, Program Director at Supportive Housing. "This is an incredible opportunity for people with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence, as well as veterans and physically disabled people." The apartment complex offers supportive services such as counseling, occupational… read more

BFL Leadership Team Commitment to Racial Equity

April 28, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
The Leadership Team of Barrier Free Living is engaging in training this spring, in line with the agency's mission regarding racial equity. The agency supports the Human Services Council of New York's commitment to racial equity which states: The Human Services Council of New York (HSC) recognizes that racism exists in society. Beyond individual prejudice, racism is both historic and structural in nature. We recognize that racism affects communities served by human services organizations. This includes the inequitable distribution of resources that… read more

BFL’s Hess Part Of Baruch Fundraising Program

April 27, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
On Tuesday, April 14, FPWA and Baruch College officially concluded the first cohort of the Fundraising Executive Certificate Program, a collaboration with FPWA and the Baruch School of Public Affairs. In total, 19 students graduated with a Certificate in Fundraising after participating in a 10-week program and presenting a full-scale fundraising plan for their respective organizations. Scott Hess, Organizational Development Manager at Barrier Free Living was part of the program. "It was an amazing… read more

Fundraising Executive Certificate Program

April 27, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
On Tuesday, April 14, FPWA and Baruch College officially concluded the first cohort of the Fundraising Executive Certificate Program, a collaboration with FPWA and the Baruch School of Public Affairs. In total, 19 students graduated with a Certificate in Fundraising after participating in a 10-week program and presenting a full-scale fundraising plan for their respective organizations. Scott Hess, Organizational Development Manager at Barrier Free Living was part of the program. "It was an amazing… read more

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray Visits Freedom House Domestic Violence Program

April 24, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
New York City first lady Chirlane McCray visited Barrier Free Living's Freedom House Domestic Violence program today, speaking with residents of the shelter and touring the facility. Freedom House is nationally recognized as the first fully accessible emergency shelter for disabled victims of domestic violence and their families. Paul Feuerstein, President/CEO of Barrier Free Living and Myra Ricard, Freedom House program director guided the tour which included a visit to the… read more

Nuevo Proyecto – Project Give Back, Thomas

April 23, 2015 BFL Blog en Español, Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living inició su nuevo proyecto Project Give Back (Devuelve lo Recibido), en el que los antiguos residentes "devuelven lo recibido" trabajando en un proyecto relacionado con el refugio. Thomas, un antiguo residente pintó un mural dinámico e inspirador en el patio del programa de Vivienda de Transición (Transitional Housing). Thomas aparece en la película de la misión Barrier Free Living de Blake Drummond, aquí.… read more

Project Give Back, Thomas

April 23, 2015 Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living kicked off its new Project Give Back, where former residents “give back” by working on a project related to the shelter. Thomas, a former resident painted a dynamic, inspirational mural on the patio of the Transitional Housing program. Thomas is featured in the Barrier Free Living mission film by Blake Drummond, here… read more

BFL Keynote Address Kicks Off St. John’s Turn Off The Violence Week

April 22, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
BFL President/CEO Paul Feuerstein kicked off St. John University's Turn Off The Violence Week with a moving keynote address. Joining Paul was Zenaida T., who shared her story as a survivor of domestic violence. Picture are (L to R): BFL's Scott Hess, Paul Feuerstein, St. John's Hannah Stravers, Zenaida, Secret Garden's Georgette Delinois and St. John's Ruth DeRosa. Read more.… read more

Global Pop Up Art Project Shares Survivors Stories

April 16, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
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… read more

Supportive Housing Primed To Open Late Spring/Early Summer 2015

April 16, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments
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. More information… read more

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

April 14, 2015 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
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… read more

Spread The Sparkle Hosts Easter Event For BFL Domestic Violence Programs

April 6, 2015 Uncategorized Tags: , 0 Comments
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… read more

Spread The Sparkle Hosts Easter Event For BFL Domestic Violence Programs

March 31, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: , 0 Comments
Spread the Sparkle will host a special Easter event for residents and participants at Barrier Free Livings' Freedom House and Secret Garden Domestic Violence programs. The event, for singles and families, will include a sumptuous meal prepared by special chefs and a performance by an opera singer. Spread the Sparkle Founder Abbey LeVine shares her story on how this new organization got started: After decades of unsuccessfully looking for… read more

Second Chance Toys Donates To Freedom House Shelter

March 30, 2015 BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
Second Chance Toys is donating nearly 100 toys to the children of Barrier Free Living's Freedom House Shelter this May. Second Chance Toys is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 2006 to rescue and recycle plastic toys for children in need by donating them to community organizations. Because non biodegradable plastic is kept out of our landfills, Second Chance Toys is helping the environment at the same time… read more

Barrier Free Living Joins Panel At Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention Conference April 3

March 30, 2015 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Paul Feuerstein and Nicolyn Plummer will be part of a panel at the Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention Conference 2015 which runs April 3-4. The panel, Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence, will be held 2:00pm-3:00pm on Friday, April 3rd at NYU Kimmel Center, room 905/907. Along with Feuerstein and Plummer, panelists include Suzy Salamy, Anti-Violence Project; Stacia Buckner, Safe Horizon; and Mariam Habib, SVAI Mount Sinai Hospital. Rui… read more

Noah Galloway Inspires People With Disabilities On Dancing With The Stars

March 19, 2015 BFL News 0 Comments
ABC.com Reports: Military veteran Noah Galloway, who lost his left arm and left leg during his service, dances a Cha Cha in Week 1 of Dancing With The Stars that has most everyone in the ballroom getting emotional. He and partner Sharna Burgess earn a 26 out of 40 from the judges. From the 2015 season premiere of Dancing of the Stars. (See the video) BFL spoke to Noah this… read more

Women’s Aid Billboard Interactive Take On Domestic Violence Message

March 13, 2015 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Identities.Mic reports: British domestic violence awareness organization Women's Aid launched a billboard in London this week featuring a woman with two black eyes, swollen features and lacerations. It's a powerful image on its own, but the ad takes things further by actually changing based on people's responses to it. If passers-by ignore the image, it remains stagnant, but if they take the time to stop and look, the ad becomes interactive and the woman's face begins to heal. According to an explanatory video about the… read more

Art Is Power Event Benefits Barrier Free Living

March 11, 2015 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
  The scene was electric and the art was powerful at the March 10  Art Is Power event held at New York City's trending DL Club, with donations benefiting the programs of Barrier Free Living. The weekly event (hosted by Savior Elmundo & Collage NY) features an every changing mash up of painters, visual artists and dancers. The March 10… read more

Assurant Awards Barrier Free Living New Growth Fund 2015

March 9, 2015 BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
For the third consecutive year, the Assurant Foundation has awarded Barrier Free Living a $10,000 New Growth Fund grant in support of the agency’s work with severely disabled formerly homeless individuals. In 2014, The Assurant Foundation New Growth Fund supported BFL’s new Project Give Back, where a former shelter resident designs a workshop or project to inspire current shelter residents. Funds were also used for a new refrigerator for the shelter's dining room, which serves three meals a day to the… read more

International Women’s Day #DearMe Campaign

March 9, 2015 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized 0 Comments
http://youtu.be/AbqT_ubkT0Y In celebration of International Women's Day, take part in YouTube’s global #DearMe initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere. We all know that growing up is tough. But if you could go back in time, what wisdom would you share with your teenage self? It all starts with two words. Dear Me… read more

No Boundaries Photo Project For People With Disabilities

March 6, 2015 Current Events 0 Comments
An intern, an energetic five-year-old and a current receptionist at the White House. These individuals, among others, have all been recognized as part of Disability.gov’s “No Boundaries” Photo Project series. Introduced four years ago, the series has profiled 12 individuals with disabilities, capturing the diverse skills, talents and life stories of each. Since then, their photographs (yes, actual people with disabilities, not actors or stock photography) have appeared in several Disability.gov marketing materials, including fact sheets, posters and… read more

Helping People with Disabilities Help Themselves

Our agency continues to provide services and support for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis. Read More »