Volunteer Spotlight: Intern To Intern

September 9, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
In October 2020, Karisma signed on as a Communication Department intern at Barrier Free Living (BFL). In addition to contributing to the agency New Visions blog, she also ran workshops on belly dancing (photo above) and shared her rich experience as a doula.   This summer, Karisma helped the agency welcome a new communication intern, Austen, taking a moment to chat with him about what drew him to BFL for his… read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Maurine With Saori Arts

August 3, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living’s (BFL) summer Communications Department intern Austen Bird not only spoke with Saori Arts volunteer Maurine Packard, he also stopped into the zoom workshop! The special weaving class ran for the month of July  and drew BFL program residents, tenants and participants along with agency staff. "I learned a lot from Maurine and how weaving can be a relaxing activity that can let your creativity flourish. Maurine shares… read more

ReelAbilities Summer Events: Love Is In The Air

July 19, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Shorts Program: Love is in the Air In celebration of July's Disability Pride Month, enjoy short films shedding new light on dating and relationships. Films streaming Jul 16–30 Virtual filmmaker panel Thu, Jul 22, 7 pm Tickets: https://bit.ly/3xQ3UjK… read more

Volunteer Spotlight: Photographer Erica Lansner Creates New Campaign

July 6, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
An award-winning photojournalist, Erica Lansner - born on the Upper West Side of New York City - has traveled to more than 35 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa on assignment for leading international magazines and corporations.   This July, thanks to her incredible generosity and dedication to “making a difference” in the world - she took up her camera (as a volunteer) to create portraits… read more

Identity Theatre Company Celebrates Ten Years With Zoom Show

May 13, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
The Identity Theatre Company celebrates its 10 year anniversary this June with a show taking a unique twist on the famed Vagina Monologues. The Vaginal Penologues "gives voice to the human condition as it relates to sexuality" featuring a cast of actors from New York , Los Angeles and Ohio, says Dr. Nick Linnehan of Identity. "Just as diverse as the content is, the actors follow suit giving unique perspectives on many topics that are often hard to… read more

Karisma Brings Doula Skills To BFL

May 7, 2021 Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized 0 Comments
Karisma joined Barrier Free Living (BFL) as a communication department intern this winter. In addition to sharing her writing and social media skills, she also brings her unique talents as a belly dance instructor and doula. The multi-talented Karisma discusses her interest in being a doula as it relates to her overall life plan. My work as a pre-medical student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, planted the seed for my… read more

Barrier Free Living: In Memoriam – Jack Fritts

May 6, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living mourns the loss of Mr. Jack Fritts, an early board member of the agency. The following obituary is from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. We mourn the passing of our former partner and firm chairman, John F. (Jack) Fritts. Mr. Fritts, 86, who passed away earlier this week. A giant in the New York legal community, Mr. Fritts joined the firm in 1959 following his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and his law degree from Harvard. He became… read more

Book Fair Provides Summer Reading For Kids At BFL Apartments

May 3, 2021 Uncategorized 1 Comment
A Book Fair at Barrier Free Living (BFL) Apartments brought books to dozens of kids living at the Bronx based supportive housing site this April. BFL Apartments offers permanent homes to survivors of domestic with disabilities. There is a family and a singles building in the 120 unit complex. The event, made possible through a donation from FreshAir.org, is in line with the BFL Learning Center’s mission to support and find creative… read more

BFL Learning Center Hosts Book Fair For Kids

April 23, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
The Learning Center at Barrier Free Living Apartments is having a Spring Book Fair April 30, providing books to dozens of kids living at the Bronx-based program for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. The event, made possible thought a donation and collaboration with FreshAir.org, is in line with the Learning Center's mission to support and find creative ways to encourage learning at all times and especially during Covid-19. Barrier… read more

BFL Supports Denim Day April 28 2021 Awareness Campaign

April 19, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living joins Peace Over Violence and Denim Day New York City to invite survivors of sexual assault and their allies everywhere to take part in the 21st Annual Denim Day awareness campaign on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. For 2021, Denim Day NYC is focusing on systemic and institutional failures around preventing sexual violence and providing alternative paths to healing for survivors. Check out the calendar of… read more


April 5, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Who doesn't love a drive-in movie! The ReelAbilities Film Festival kicks off the 2021 Festival with a showing of Best Summer Ever at the Queens Drive-In. Barrier Free Living is a participating partner of the Festival. Founded in 2007 by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and… read more

Three Jewels Brings Yoga To Barrier Free Living

March 15, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
It was during a particularly rough period of her life that Jeanine Cahill Jackson first connected to the healing practice of yoga. An attorney by trade, Jeanine found comfort in the ancient practice, and eventually decided to study. Today, she is Director of the Outreach Department at Three Jewels, a New York City based center offering yoga and meditation. (Read Jeanine’s bio* and view her class welcome video below.) This month, Three… read more

Deaf is Not a Dirty Word: VM Expressions ASL Improv Benefits BFL

March 3, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Deaf is Not a Dirty Word: VM Expressions ASL Improv See Deaf Women share their trials and tribulations, inspiration, and humor. This show is inspired by The Vagina Monologues and Ihollaback! This show provides ASL with voice interpretation. Benefitting Barrier Free Living. Tickets: Friday, March 5, 2021 8:00 PM 10:00 PM Streaming online… read more

Donor Profile: Inspired To Give

February 23, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Larry and Lysa first became connected to Barrier Free Living through a touch of sparkle. The couple are members of Spread the Sparkle, a group which has created holiday events for the residents and tenants at Barrier Free Living's programs for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities for the past several years. In 2020, Larry and Lysa decided to step up their support of the agency, reaching out to friends and colleagues… read more

Slick Chicks Connects With BFL Mission

February 18, 2021 Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
When Slick Chicks founder Helya Mohammadian learned about Barrier Free Living's work with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, she knew it was a mission-match. Helya wanted to connect to and support a non-profit by donating her product - patented underwear "designed with side fasteners that make it easy for someone to put on or take off whether they are sitting, standing, or laying down." "We learned about BFL from (former… read more

Valentine Community Project Delivers Joy & Gift Bags to Barrier Free Living

February 8, 2021 Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
What began as a close-knit effort to give a few dozen gift bags to survivors of domestic violence on Valentine's Day has bloomed into a community-driven project delivering nearly 600 bags to 5 different shelters. This year, Barrier Free Living is the latest recipient of beautiful, bountiful gifts (photo above) prepared by the Valentine Community Project, bringing joy to the residents and tenants at our domestic violence shelter and program. We… read more

Barrier Free Living Receives 100 Scarves At Bryant Park Event

February 3, 2021 BFL News 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) received nearly 100 gorgeous hand-knitted scarves at an event at New York City's Bryant Park today, as part of the annual Found But Not Lost Program. BFL Director of Communications Scott Hess spoke at the event, expressing the agency's gratitude. "We are incredibly grateful to Bryant Park Corp. for the scarf donations again this year. Receiving a beautiful new scarf means so much to the residents and their kids… read more

Fired Up! Zoom Cooking Show Debuts With Chef Steph

February 3, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
In 2018, Stephanie decided to channel her love of cooking and her commitment to her roots into a winning recipe: PhanousKitchen. With a catering menu that offers everything from 5 cheese Mac and Cheese to Siracha Scotch Bonnet Wings or Rum Pineapple Cake Jars, Long Island NY based Chef Steph relies on old family recipes to keep things authentic. As the first guest star Chef in Barrier Free Living's new… read more

Queen’s Daily Eagle: Stalking Awareness Month

January 29, 2021 Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
A powerful article from the Queens Daily Eagle, ENDGBV Voices Committee posted Jan. 28. 2021. Dana thought that once she left her abusive ex-husband, she and her young son would be safe. Instead, her ex began calling her hundreds of times a day, driving by her house regularly, and showing up unexpectedly to threaten her and her son. She had to move twice, and both times her ex found her again. Sadly, Dana’s experience isn’t unique — over 6 million men and women… read more

Mels’ Story: Finding Safety & A Rich New Life

January 26, 2021 Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Leaving a toxic 15-year relationship behind, Mels found safety and support at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter. Now settled in a home of her own, she curates a successful blog #thehalpernproject whose mission is community empowerment. Big fans of Mels, we caught up with her to talk about her journey. BFL: How did you find Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter and what brought you there? Mels… read more

Disability Insider Reports: 80% of women with disabilities suffer violence during pandemic

January 19, 2021 Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
An article in Disability Insider states that 80% of women with disabilities suffer violence in Spain, 8 out of 10 during the COVID lockdown – a shocking fact. According to the experts, this situation has intensified during the coronavirus confinement. Read the full article here.  Barrier Free Living works with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary this year. Learn more. … read more

Former Freedom House Team Member Launches Self-Healing Journal

January 4, 2021 Uncategorized 6 Comments
Drawing on her rich experience as a Social Work intern at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House, Jessica Rios-Flores turned her love of journaling into a publishing venture in 2020.  A life-long believer that writing can help us "uncover truths" Jessica put out "My Self Healing Journal" on Etsy. We caught up with Jessica this month to talk about her time at Freedom House and her latest adventures (she also owns a… read more

New Donor Discovers Holiday Giving At BFL

December 14, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
In addition to collaborations with groups like Winter Wishes and The Church of the Holy Trinity  Barrier Free Living is grateful to individuals donating toys to the kids at our domestic violence programs this season. Jason recently learned of our mission - working with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities - and decided to check out our amazon charity wish list, where he found toy suggestions. We reached… read more

Winter Wishes Toys Donated To Kids At BFL

December 14, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living team member Tony picking up donated toys to distribute to the kids at our domestic violence programs this month. BFL is grateful to our collaboration with Winter Wishes (part of NY Cares) who connected over 100 individual donors with gift requests from the kids living at our domestic violence programs this holiday season.… read more