Author: Barrier Free Living

Barrier Free Living Begins Work On Updated Mission Film

October 3, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories, Shelter 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) has begun work on an updated version of its mission film, depicting the agency's growth and evolution since the original film debuted in 2012. The film, created in collaboration with DGNL , is a visual representation of the agency' s mission, vision and values. The new version will focus on the stories of the people that the agency works with in its programs, shelters… read more

BFL’s Secret Garden Wellness Group

September 25, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
This September, the occupational therapy team at Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden held a "seeds of hope" creative therapy and wellness group. Attendees painted containers and potted seeds within them. These “seeds of hope” represent a source of inspiration. The members discussed ways in which they  can strive to grow alongside the plants they created, and how that relates to their aspirations for the future… read more

October Domestic Violence Awareness Month Wear Purple Day Oct. 19

September 25, 2017 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every year the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence partners with NYC City Council to raise awareness about services and resources for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence on NYC GO Purple Day. This year’s statewide “Wear Purple Day” is Thursday, October 19. If you want to volunteer please contact the first district to join the effort in your community. Volunteers will: · Hand out… read more

BFL Team Presents At Institute On Violence, Abuse And Trauma Conference

September 22, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living team members Cynthia Amodeo (Chief Program Officer) and Sara Eldridge (social worker, Freedom House, pictured) will present "Exploring the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Disability and Trauma" at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma 22nd International Summit in San Diego, CA September 21-27, 2017. This year's summit is titled "Building Peace by Linking Policy, Practice, Research & Advocacy to End Violence." The Institute on Violence, Abuse and… read more

Barrier Free Living Presents At NY Association On Independent Living Conference

September 14, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living will be part of  the New York Association on Independent Living Conference in Troy, NY September 18 and 19. Paul B. Feuerstein, President/CEO, Barrier Free Living (pictured) and Cynthia Amodeo, Chief Program Officer, Barrier Free Living will present on Domestic Violence and Disability: The Threat to Parents with Disabilities.  The number one concern of women with disabilities nationwide is domestic abuse. One of the major reasons women stay… read more

INCLUDEnyc Launches Spanish-Language Website

September 14, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
INCLUDEnyc launched a new Spanish-language website, INCLUYEnyc.org, for the disability community created by Spanish-speaking communications experts and disability advocates with the community’s specific needs in mind. The website contains original Spanish-language content and a wealth of never-before translated materials, says INCLUDEnyc. “Our mission is to provide young people with disabilities and their families in Spanish-speaking communities with high quality, relevant, and accessible information,” Executive Director Barbara A. Glassman explained. In New York City… read more

Staff Profile: Linette Holmes, Freedom House

September 14, 2017 Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments
As the mother of a child with autism, Linette Holmes was drawn to the passionate mission of Barrier Free Living. She joined the Freedom House team as a per diem Resident Aide, then soon after became a Resident Aide manager. We caught up with Linette to chat about her journey at BFL, what she brings to the management team, and her goal to learn to surf. BFL: What first drew you to work at Barrier… read more

Assurant Awards Barrier Free Living $50,000 Financial Literacy Grant

September 11, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Assurant Foundation to create a financial literacy program and scholarship for tenants of BFL’s supportive housing complex in the Bronx. BFL Apartments offers 120 units of permanent housing to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families, as well as veterans with disabilities. The grant, part of Assurant Foundation’s sustainable living mission, will fund a 12-week financial literacy workshop that culminates in career-oriented scholarships for eligible… read more

Protecting One Another Showcases Service Animals Assisting People With Disabilities

September 7, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
New York City Emergency Management in collaboration with Council Member Borelli’s office will be hosting Protecting One Another on Saturday September 9th, a preparedness fair to showcase organizations that protect pets, and organizations that train service animals to assist people with disabilities. This year’s event will be held at Conference House Park in Staten Island located at 298 Sattarlee Street on Saturday September 9th from 11AM-3PM.  Flyer.… read more

Barrier Free Living Communication Intern Shares Summer Highlights

September 5, 2017 Current Events, Our Stories 0 Comments
 Liam Chan Hodges, a government major at Franklin and Marshall college, took on the role of summer intern in BFL’s Communication Department this year. Before heading back to campus he shared with us some highlights.  BFL: What was one particular highlight of your internship? Liam: Successfully creating an eye-catching and decently well visited Instagram page (check it out at  instagram ) that authentically portrayed the incredible work that BFL does. BFL: What is something that… read more

Columbia University Programs In Occupational Therapy Mention Student Work at BFL

August 28, 2017 Current Events, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy posted about students working at Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing shelter this summer. The story covers an MTA bus demo the students worked on with the shelter residents. Read more.… read more

Ping Pong Champ Teaches Kids At BFL Apartments

August 18, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories, Shelter 0 Comments
Alexis Perez, a famed ping pong champ, is teaching the kids at BFL Apartments the art of the game. Perez has been meeting with the kids at the supportive housing complex in the Bronx three times a week since June. “The children have not missed a day of lessons and have been able to develop their own style of playing ping pong,” says Julie Pena, director at BFL Apartments. The kids received sports… read more

Secret Garden At End Violence Against Women Conference

August 16, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden attended the End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) Conference in St. Louis, MO this August. The EVAWI conferences  address "attention focused on the many barriers confronting sexual assault victims, and the challenges associated with investigating and prosecuting cases. One critical step in changing this reality is to improve the way victims are interviewed. Better interviews will result in more thorough investigations that improve criminal justice outcomes: Excluding suspects where appropriate, and successfully prosecuting cases where the… read more

Freedom House Healthy Living Workshop

August 14, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
The Occupational Therapy team at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter held a healthy living workshop this August. Participants took a trip to the local farmer's market, learned healthy living tips and shared seasonal recipes.… read more

Ribbon Cutting For Kids Playground Mural At BFL Apartments

August 4, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Foxy Management and Barrier Free Living held a ribbon cutting event unveiling the new mural in the kid's playground at BFL Apartments in the Bronx. The mural, created with the support of 501 See Streets and the talents of famed graffiti artists Crash and Bio, added color and joy to the playground. The outdoor space is connected to the supportive housing complex's child care area. BFL Apartments offers… read more

Ping Pong Champ Teaches Kids At BFL Apartments

August 3, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Alexis Perez, a famed ping pong champ, is teaching the kids at BFL Apartments the art of the game. Perez has been meeting with the kids at the supportive housing complex in the Bronx three times a week since June. “The children have not missed a day of lessons and have been able to develop their own style of playing ping pong,” says Julie Pena, director at BFL Apartments. The kids received sports… read more

BFL Apartments Kicks Off Kids Summer Theatre Workshop

July 11, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
Workshop leader David Drake, with BFL Apartments Program Director Julie Pena BFL Apartments kicked off its summer theatre camp workshop this July, led by teacher, actor and Obie Winning playwright, David Drake. The program will include theatre games, technique and the creation of original material by the kids. Plans are underway to stage a finale show at the nearby 138th Street Community Garden, which has an outdoor stage.… read more

BFL Apartments Kids Show At 138th Street Community Garden Stage

June 21, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
   Barrier Free Living apartments is working with the 138th Street Community Garden to present its kids theatre camp finale show on the garden stage this August. The show, the culmination of a 10-week theatre camp for kids living at the complex, will be put on by theatre professional David Drake.  BFL apartments offers  permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence and their families… read more

Bronx Academy Of Letters Students Donate To BFL Shelter

June 20, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: , 0 Comments
Students from the Bronx Academy of Letters stopped by Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing shelter this June to donate health products to the residents. The students met with program director LeShan Gaulman (in photo above), to learn about the program which offers shelter to formerly homeless men  and women with disabilities. The students also plan to donate similar products to Barrier Free Living apartments, a complex for survivors of domestic violence… read more

BFL’s Transitional Housing Program Celebrates Father’s Day

June 16, 2017 BFL News, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
The staff at Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing program prepared a special meal in honor of Father's Day this weekend. The program offers shelter, case management and occupational therapy to formerly homeless men and women with disabilities.… read more

Community Building BBQ Summer Kick Off At BFL Apartments

June 15, 2017 Current Events, Our Stories 0 Comments
Tenants and staff gathered to celebrate the start of summer with a community building BBQ at BFL apartments in the Bronx. Staff worked the grill (social worker Sam Finan pictured above) and tenants from the single and family building enjoyed the meal and mingling. The complex has apartments for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities (including 91 kids) as well as veterans with disabilities.… read more

Playwright David Drake Brings Theatre Camp For Kids To BFL Apartments

June 8, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories, Shelter Tags: 2 Comments
This profile is by Liam Chan Hodges, a summer intern in BFL’s Communication Department. His writing has appeared in Study Breaks and elsewhere. He is currently pursuing a government major at Franklin and Marshall college and will graduate in 2019. David Drake is a man of many talents. He has gained success as a playwright, a stage director, an actor and an author. His most acclaimed piece The… read more

HSU Gala 2017 Building A Coalition For Change

June 7, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
  Homeless Services United held its 2017 Gala and honored Commissioner Loree Sutton of the New York City Department of Veterans Services, David Walsh of JP Morgan Chase Community Development Banking and, Bobby Watts CEO of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council. Barrier Free Living team members attended including Paul Feuerstein, BFL President/CEO. The theme… read more

Moody’s Volunteers At Shelter Wellness Fair

June 7, 2017 Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
  Volunteers from Moody's served fruit smoothies, made de-stress balls and talked up the benefits of healthy living at Barrier Free Living's (BFL) Wellness Fair this June. The FPWA connected the company to BFL, and Moody's sponsored the fair with a charitable donation. The Moody's volunteers joined the agency's Occupational Therapy team which coordinated the event, along with LeShan Gaulman, shelter director. Activities included chair yoga, booths with… read more

Human Rights Watch Film Fest Focus on Disability Rights

May 31, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival  runs June 9th-18th at the IFC Theater and Lincoln Center in New York City, shining a light on the importance of disability rights. From the rights of a young Palestinian boy confined to an Israeli hospital, to a group of adults with Down syndrome in Chile being denied the freedoms most of us take for granted - the Human Rights Watch Film… read more

BFL Apartments Kids Mural Featured On Pix11 News NYC

May 30, 2017 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
A mural created by John "Crash" Matos and Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano  in the kid's playground area of the Barrier Free Living (BFL) Apartments was featured on Pix11 News. View the video below or view full the story at PIX-11's website » Problems watching the video? Click here.… read more

BFL Apartments Kids Mural Featured in Metro New York

May 23, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
Reprinted from Metro New York, May 23, 2017 by Nikki M. Mascali The intoxicating scent of spray paint wafted through the air as an ordinary-looking wall in the Bronx quickly went from a blank slate to a colorful work of art designed for — and by — the very kids who will benefit the most from it. “The idea of doing something with… read more

Mural Brings Light & Joy To Kids Of BFL Apartments

May 18, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Work began this May on a dynamic mural decorating the children's playground area of BFL Apartments in the Bronx. Noah Sheroff, Founder of 501 See Streets an organization which brings artists and communities together, worked with renowned visual artist John Crash Matos to develop the mural. They spoke to tenants and children living at the complex to create the design which includes vibrant imagery of flowers,  a boom box, and floating… read more