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

Banco Popular Supports Women’s Day

April 18, 2012 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: , 0 Comments
A generous donation from Banco Popular gave a boost to Barrier Free Living’s Mother’s Day/Women’s Day Empowerment event this May. Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery also donated cupcakes to sweeten things up at the gathering. The celebration draws residents and consumers from BFL’s Secret Garden and Transitional Housing Programs. In addition to group activities, live entertainment and food, there is a special gift giveaway and floral… read more

Strength of the Mission

April 17, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter 0 Comments
For our first New Visions blog post, President/CEO Paul Feuerstein explores two new initiatives meant to strengthen the agency “as we face the continuing challenges of domestic violence and homelessness with (at best) the same level of financial resources that we have had in past years.” Mission Based Management Six years ago, we began a transition to Mission-based Management, a system developed by Peter Brinkerhoff who has dedicated his career to making not-for-profit organizations more mission-productive. I was introduced to… read more

Dialog in the Dark

April 15, 2012 Current Events
The internationally hailed new Dialog in the Dark exhibit at South Street Seaport leads visitors through a series of New York City environments in complete darkness, relying on blind and visually-impaired guides. Exhibit-goers will "see NYC" and visit well know landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane… read more

Wheelchair for a Day

April 13, 2012 Current Events
The non profit group Next Step launches its first annual Wheelchair for a Day challenge this May. The campaign asks able-bodied folks, including celebrities and athletes, to spend a full day in a wheelchair and experience first-hand the reality of living with paralysis. Wheelchair for a Day kicks off in conjunction with National Physical Fitness… read more

Domestic Violence Budgets Reduced in NY

April 9, 2012 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living former consumer Alejandrina Cruz was quoted in an article about domestic violence in New York. As the city budgets decrease, domestic violence programs become more valuable to the community. Here is an excerpt from the article: Alejandrina came to Barrier Free Living in 2009 while trying to escape an abusive significant other. The group helped her transition from living in a shelter to finding an apartment of her own. They also provided her with counseling and case management, guiding… read more

Resident Newsletter: Moving On

April 9, 2012 BFL News, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Transitional Housing will re-launch the Moving On resident newsletter this summer, and plans are underway for a Moving On Blog. BFL’s Occupational Therapy team is steering the project, working with residents to create content and re-imagine the design. John Aliseo, former Transitional Housing resident and Editor of the newsletter in 2010, is also on board as a volunteer. “The newsletter has an empowering affect on residents,” said Aliseo. “Residents enjoy contributing. It can renew energy.”… read more

Freedom House Photo Club

April 5, 2012 BFL News Tags: 0 Comments
BFL’s Freedom House Emergency Shelter collaborated with New York University Professor Alisha Ali on a photo club for residents this spring. The five-week workshop was facilitated by NYU students. Freedom House Residents learned photography basics, and completed weekly “self expression” assignments using visual art as an outlet.… read more