Author: Barrier Free Living

Secret Garden Hosts Meditative Mindfulness Training

June 9, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's (BFL) Secret Garden domestic violence program hosted a Meditative Mindfulness training on June 9 led by Mushim Patricia Ikeda . The training was open to the agency staff. BFL's Secret Garden program provides counseling and case management for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault who identify as disabled and/or D/deaf. Voice Hotline: (212) 533-4358 Videophone Hotline 646-807-4020 Learn more. … read more

A Fair Shake For Youth At Freedom House

June 8, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Zuzu and Luna (photos above) brought joy and healing to the kids at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter this spring. A Fair Shake for Youth provided its four-week program which guides kids "to learn about effective communication, relationship building, and respect by working with dogs." A Fair Shake for Youth "uses the power of registered therapy dogs to help middle school youth build a foundation of empathy… read more

Brooklyn Public Library Presents On Culture Pass At Freedom House

June 5, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Brendan Crain (photo above), Manager, NYC Culture Pass, Brooklyn Public Library, presented an overview of the Culture Pass program at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter June 5, 2023. Culture Pass is a collaborative program coordinated by Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library and The New York Public Library. If you have a library card from the Brooklyn Public Library, Queens… read more

Barrier Free Living CEO Cynthia Amodeo Featured In CBS News Story

June 2, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living CEO Cynthia Amodeo was featured in a CBS News story about domestic violence in the Bronx on June 1, 2023. View the story here.  The BFL team works with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at our fully accessible Freedom House domestic violence shelter, our award winning Secret Garden domestic violence counseling program, and our BFL Apartments offering permanent homes with support services to survivors with disabilities and their families. Learn more and how to support… read more

BFL Bronx Supportive Housing Tenant Art & Gardens

June 1, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Tenants at Barrier Free Living's Supportive Housing Program in the Bronx explored spring & early summer themes in an Occupational Therapy (OT) led art workshop, as well as digging into the rooftop summer garden. The rooftop tenant garden will be home for vegetables and flowers through the season and the OT team will host healthy cooking workshops using items grown. The creative healing art workshops are part of ongoing OT work… read more

BFL Team At Day Without Human Services Rally

May 30, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
The Barrier Free Living team participated in the May 25 Day Without Human Services rally. Over 6,000 people turned out for the rally and 100 organizations participated. The Human Services Council shares: "whether it was shutting down services, sending staff to the rally, sending emails and making phone calls to the Mayor and City Council, or tweeting up a storm on social media. We were a formidable force. Together, we demonstrated… read more

Barrier Free Living Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

May 24, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
A Pride banner created at BFL in 2019. Barrier Free Living (BFL) will celebrate June's LGBTQIA+ Pride month with a host of activities at its programs for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. BFL's supportive housing program in the Bronx will host a Pride related two-part "Sip & Paint/Tie Dye Workshop." for tenants. The team shares that "participants will be provided with the option of painting individual canvases or dyeing… read more

BFL Family Day & Kids’ Summer Fun Campaign Launches

May 18, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) launched its Family Day Kids' Sumer Fun campaign this May. The campaign supports BFL's work with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families, and funds raised will be used for learning center led events with kids, from a trip to the zoo to the splish splash water park. Funds also support future family day community gatherings. The campaign is built on the concept of a family being… read more

Yoga Returns To BFL With Exhale to Inhale

May 17, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Regular collaborator Exhale to Inhale  returns with on demand yoga for the Barrier Free Living team and survivors at our shelter and programs. Exhale to Inhale was "Founded in honor of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Exhale to Inhale provides a powerful, body-based resource for healing from trauma."… read more

BFL Team Denim Day Events

April 26, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living team members participated in Denim Day (April 26) 2023 attending demonstrations in New York City and by unveiling a quilt made by staff and survivors at its shelter and programs. Denim Day is an annual campaign held in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Team members also attended an April 26 tabling event, sponsored by the… read more

Former Freedom House Resident Honored with New Destiny Resilience Award

April 25, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Photo from L to R: Tiffany El-Amin, Program Director at The Kira, Diane Mullins, Resilience Award Recipient, Nicole Branca, Executive Director of New Destiny Housing. Photo above and below: Ben Gabbe Photography Former Freedom House resident Diane Mullins received the Resilience Award at the New Destiny Housing 2023 benefit: Building Homes, Building Hope. Accepting the award at the April 20 benefit, Ms. Mullins thanked Freedom House saying "Freedom House connected me to… read more

BFL’s Simone Allen Honored With 2023 Purple Ribbon Award

April 17, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Occupational Therapy (OT) Program Manager Simone Allen has been named the 2023 Purple Ribbon Award winner in the category of Outstanding Healthcare Professional. "I am so honored to be the recipient of the Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Healthcare Professional!" says Simone. "It's so wonderful to see that the hard work that takes place behind the scenes at Barrier Free Living doesn't go unnoticed, and I know… read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Kitty Shares Her Talents & Art!

March 23, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Inspired by Barrier Free Living's (BFL) work with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, artist Kitty reached out to the agency this winter ready to make a difference. This spring she will be creating a colorful wall mural at BFL's Freedom House domestic violence shelter. And this March, she is sharing her incredible talents (photos featured above and below) at the New York City art show INTER-RITUALS: Between Materiality and… read more

Barrier Free Living Tenant’s “The History of Me” ARTkive Show

March 16, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Tenant's at Barrier Free Living's supportive housing program (BFLA) in the Bronx showcased artwork "exploring past, present and future" at an event held in the community room this March. Participants worked with BFLS's occupational therapy team to create expressive pieces that included varied mediums, from painted pottery to plants and hand painted rearview mirrors. BFL works with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at… read more

Kids & Adults Celebrate Black History Month With Art Show at BFLA Apartments

March 10, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
  Adults and kids living at Barrier Free Living's BFLA Apartments supportive housing program in the Bronx celebrated Black History Month with an art show and exhibit. During March, BFLA's newly renovated kid's learning center hosted a series of educational and art activities where the children learned about the life and works of artists Jean Michel Basquiat and… read more

BFL Celebrates Intertwine Arts

March 2, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
A supporter and collaborator offering weaving classes to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at our programs, the former SAORI Arts has a new name! BFL is grateful to be featured on the group's partner webpage. SAORI shares: We founded SAORI Arts NYC in 2015 to bring the unique philosophy of SAORI weaving to people of all ages with developmental, physical, or mental disabilities or chronic illness… read more

Valentine Project Brings Heart-Felt Joy To BFL Survivors

February 15, 2023 Uncategorized 0 Comments
For the third year in a row, survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at Barrier Free Living’s (BFL) programs received gorgeous gift bags prepared by the Valentine Community Project. The project delivered 160 gift bags to BFL.  Overall the project delivered gift bags to 548 residents at 15 shelters for people fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking Emily Valentine Sottile shares how the project came to be: “The Valentine Community Project is a community… read more

Barrier Free Living Supportive Housing Program Hosts Tenant Holiday Event

December 21, 2022 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's supportive housing program in the Bronx hosted a community-building holiday event for tenants this month. In addition to a "winter wonderland" scene set up for the kids to take photos on the roof garden, tenants were given gingerbread house kits during the gathering which featured a buffet. Barrier Free Living works with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at our shelter and programs. Learn how to make a… read more

Freedom Boutique At Freedom House

December 7, 2022 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter had a community building event this month with its Freedom Boutique. Simone Allen, Occupational Therapy Program Manager, says the boutique offers "clothing that has been donated by partner organizations and staff to the (Freedom House) residents and their families."  Freedom House also offers 1:1 work with residents at its in-house pantry.… read more

Paul Feuerstein Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

December 7, 2022 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living CEO/Founder Paul Feuerstein was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the December 6 NYC Advocate Reception hosted by the Mayors Office to End Gender Based Violence at Gracie Mansion in New York City. Cecile Noel, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), presented the award to Paul for his years of advocacy helping make domestic violence services accessible for all… read more

Family Beehive Brings Warmth To Secret Garden

December 1, 2022 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Participants at Barrier Free Living's (BFL)  Secret Garden domestic violence program received coats, scarves and a community lunch this month thanks to the generosity of the Family Beehive. Family Beehive is a virtual, collaborative community that uplifts and supports women and their families through health and wellness, legal aid, artistic and cultural enrichment, educational and financial support, counseling, and mentorship. The gathering… read more

BFL 5th Annual Clothesline Event Builds Community

October 26, 2022 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Staff, tenants and other domestic violence service providers gathered for Barrier Free Living's 5th annual Clothesline Project 2022 on Oct. 20 at our supportive housing program in the Bronx. The amazing BFL Clothesline featured dozens of t-shirts created by tenants, residents and participants from our domestic violence programs. The event, which was in the parking lot area, drew the local community and supporters who were able to create and decorate their own t-shirt with a message relating… read more