Year: 2024

Hand-Knitted Scarves Bring Warmth To BFL Programs

February 23, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Beautiful hand-knitted scarves were donated to Barrier Free Living's (BFL) programs for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities again this February. Bryant Park Corp. donated 150 scarves which were distributed to all programs, including those working with kids. "We are so grateful for this wonderful donation every winter! The scarves are truly works of art and are made with such care," says Scott Hess, BFL Director of Communication & Development. Read about… read more

Sweet Collaboration Brightens BFL Programs

February 23, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
A new collaboration, working with the non-profit For Goodness Cakes, is bringing joy and sweets to Barrier Free Living's programs for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. This February several program events benefitted from delicious donated cupcakes, including BFL's Freedom House domestic violence shelter.  Freedom House celebrated Black History month by honoring Mr. Garett Morgan (1877-1963) who invented the three position traffic light signal. The kids made… read more

Donors Bring Joy To BFL Survivors On Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Generous donors brought light and joy to Barrier Free Living's (BFL) programs for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities this Valentine's Day. The Valentine Community Project delivered beautiful gift bags to our programs (photo above) for another year (donating since 2021!). Additionally, the Corporate Pero Latinos (partnering with Wine on Wheels) are also donating items to the programs this Valentine's season. "We are so grateful to… read more

Visual Artist Phes Creates Dazzling Murals At Bronx Program

January 26, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
A Brazilian-American artist from Harlem, NYC Jon Souza AKA Phes (Instagram: @mcmaniphes) brought his abundant talent to Barrier Free Living’s supportive housing program in the Bronx this winter, creating two dynamic murals in the lobbies of the Family and Singles' buildings. “Growing Together (family side) is a mural created in collaboration with the tenants of BFL." says Phes. "The elements of the piece reflect some of the work done in our… read more

Staff Spotlight: Anthony Harris

January 22, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Anthony Harris has joined the Barrier Free Living team as a Behavioral Health Coordinator (LMSW) at the agency's supportive housing program in the Bronx. Anthony’s prior experience includes working with the Department of Health shelter system, with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as a project manage manager for work site wellness, and serving as a social worker with correctional health services for those with mental health needs… read more

Barrier Free Living Names Diana Turner As Chief Program Officer

January 19, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEScott Hess [email protected] BARRIER FREE LIVING NAMES DIANA TURNER AS CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER NEW YORK, NY, January 18, 2024  – Barrier Free Living (BFL) has announced the promotion of  Diana Turner to the position of Chief Program Officer. In this new capacity Turner will be responsible for strengthening and developing programming with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for survivors with disabilities. Turner began with BFL in 2019 as the Program… read more

Barrier Free Living Raises The Roof

January 11, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) drew supporters, survivors and staff to its Raise the Roof fundraiser held at New York City's Museum of the City of New York  on December 11, 2024. The event raised $36,000 toward making Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter an environmentally safe and economically efficient shelter by  installing a solar roof in 2024. Fundraising continues into 2024 with an… read more

BFL Featured On NYC Bus Kiosks

January 5, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
BFL's was featured on NYC Bus Kiosks as part of the Mayor's Office to ENDGBV 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign this winter. "We are so grateful we were included. The city-wide exposure allowed us to reach and alert so many people about the services we provide to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities," says Scott Hess, BFL Director of Communication & Development. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based… read more

Mural Artist Transforms Bronx Program’s Lobby

January 5, 2024 Uncategorized 0 Comments
A Brazilian-American artist from Harlem, NYC Jon Souza AKA Phes brought his abundant talent to Barrier Free Living's supportive housing program in the Bronx this winter, creating a dynamic mural in the lobby. Phes is a visual artist, emcee, producer, and educator born and raised in New York who was "inspired by Hip Hop from an early age and started writing graffiti and rhymes… read more