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Freedom House Kids Summer Zoo Trip

August 7, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
The child care team organized a trip for the young tenants of Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter this month to the Bronx New York Zoo. Celebrating 12 years in New York City, Freedom House is a domestic violence shelter (90-180 day stay) for women, men and children. View a short film about Freedom House here. … read more

Pursuit Of Justice Film On Disability And Guardianship Project

July 19, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
The Pursuit of Justice, a film by Greg Gyers and an award winner at this July's Colorado International Activism Film, has launched a new poster for the documentary. The Pursuit of Justice tracks the activities of the Disability and Guardianship Project, launched by Spectrum Institute. The project over the past few years has advocated for guardianship and conservatorship reform in California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania and many other… read more

Fierce Femmes Group Begins At BFL Apartments

July 19, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The Barrier Free Living Occupational Therapy (OT) team at BFL Apartments in the Bronx NY kick off the new "Fierce Femmes" women's empowerment group Friday, July 27. The purpose of the 4-week group is to promote social participation, physical activity, and positive self-regard. Tenants of BFL Apartments, which serves survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, will learn choreography to a new song each week. Week one will feature choreography to "7/11" by… read more

Barrier Free Living Team Member Presents On Elder Abuse At Deaf Wellness Center

July 18, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living team member Nicolyn Plummer will present on Elder Abuse at the Deaf Wellness and Recreation Center in Brooklyn, NY at 10 a.m. on August 31. Nicolyn is a Senior Social Worker and the Coordinator of Outreach and Advocacy at Barrier Free Living. Learn more here.  Learn more about the Barrier Free Living Deaf Services Team here. Read our recent blog story about Elder Abuse here. … read more

Barrier Free Living Team Member Presents at National Association Of The Deaf Conference

July 16, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living team member Nicolyn Plummer presented at the 54th Biennial National Association of the Deaf Conference in Hartford, Connecticut on July 5, 2018 Nicolyn co-hosted the session Does Advocacy Still Exist?  with DeAnna Swope. The workshop explored  "the complexities of the systematic injustice that affects those who do harm. We will discuss in depth about how the system fails those who do harm and how do we start from there." Nicolyn is a Senior Social Worker and the Coordinator of Outreach and… read more

Barrier Free Living Team Marches In Disability Pride Parade

July 16, 2018 Advocacy, Current Events, Disability News, Uncategorized 0 Comments
Team members of Barrier Free Living marched in this year's Disability Pride Parade in New York City on July 15. Disability Pride Parades were held through the month world wide. The first Disability Pride Day was held in Boston, MA in 1990. For nearly 40 years, Barrier Free Living has been working with people with disabilities, and survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families, at our shelters and… read more

Barrier Free Living Marches In NYC Disability Pride Parade July 15

July 12, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living team members will march in this year's Disability Pride Parade on July 15. The parade begins in Madison Square Park and marches to Union Square Park. The theme of this year's parade is express yourself! Gather in Madison Square park at 10am for an 11am kick off. More info. here. … read more

Barrier Free Living Apartments Trip To Coney Island

July 11, 2018 Current Events 2 Comments
Tenants at Barrier Free Living Apartments are coming together to plan a trip to the iconic Coney Island amusement park this summer. Barrier Free Living Apartments offers permanent homes to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, both singles and families, with support services. Past community building events include a garden club, occupational therapy workshops and a summer staff/tenant BBQ… read more

Barrier Free Living Team Member Presents At Safe Horizon

July 11, 2018 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living team member Nicolyn Plummer will present at Safe Horizon on  July 16, 24 and 31  on topics related to Deafness and the deaf community. Nicolyn, who is a Social Worker and Coordinator of Outreach & Advocacy Deaf Services  at Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden & Freedom House shelter will present to 200 of Safe Horizon's Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) advocates who work in each NYPD precinct throughout the city. She will present on: Understanding Deafness Understanding… read more

Give One: Volunteers At Barrier Free Living Apartments

June 27, 2018 Current Events, Our Stories 0 Comments
The newly launched Give One organization worked with the tenant’s Garden Club at BFL Apartments this April to spruce up the 6th floor roof. The volunteers and the tenants cleaned the roof, planted seeds and flowers and set up the area for spring. "Watching the tenants work side by side with the volunteers was an amazing experience and a powerful example of community building," says Scott Hess, Director of Communications who… read more

Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter Featured In Toy Tales

June 19, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter expressed gratitude for recent toy donations, and was featured in the Second Chance June 2018 Toy Blog Toy Tales: Giving Comfort and Expressing Feelings (below).  Our ongoing series of #ToyTales goes beyond the day of toy drop-off and takes a look at how donated toys change the lives and outlook of those who receive them. Today's Toy Tales is about Freedom House/Barrier Free Living NYC, a fully accessible domestic abuse… read more

BFL Participates In Support Center’s Leadership Collaborative

June 14, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Chief Program Officer, Cynthia Amodeo, was part of the Support Center's 2018 Leadership Collaborative this spring (photo above) which was offered in partnership with American Express. "As a leader in a non profit there are a lot of demands on your time. This program is important to step away from the day to day and evaluate your leadership style, learn how to fine tune your skills, and network… read more

BFL Apartments Summer Community BBQ Kick-Off

June 8, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
     Barrier Free Living Apartments had a summer kick-off BBQ on June 7, for tenants and staff at the supportive housing complex in the Bronx. The BFL team grilled and served a buffet. Music, dancing and gift bags were handed out. BFL Apartments offer fifty family units for families with a disabled head of household who is… read more

Barrier Free Living’s Secret Garden’s Tiramisu Group For Survivors

June 5, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden community based domestic violence program continues its "Tiramisu" Occupational Therapy groups for participants on Thursday, 6/14 and 6/21 from 10am-12pm. Tiramisu means "you lift me up" in Italian. The theme of the group is to build self-empowerment; activities will include arts and crafts and open discussions of inspirational videos and quotes we will analyze. For more information about Secret Garden and this group call 212 533… read more

Barrier Free Living Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

June 4, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) celebrates LGBTQ Pride month this June. BFL works with members of the LGBTQ community year round in our shelters and programs. The month of June was chosen for LGBTQ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world. Learn more about NYC Pride month… read more

Author Of “I Never Thought I Would Be A Statistic” Book Signing & Launch Party June 23

June 1, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Joanne M. Cherisma, author of  I Never Thought I Would Be A Statistic, will have a Book Signing and Launch Party on June 23, 2016 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 at Keiko Studios located at 212-26 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11428. The author shares her testimony of how she overcame an abusive relationship.… read more

BFL Team Leads Students In Discussion Of Domestic Violence In Streetcar Named Desire

May 24, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized 0 Comments
This May,  Theater of War Productions, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, presented a dramatic reading of two scenes from Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire for an audience of  middle and high school students. Although Barrier Free Living’s primary focus is providing direct services to survivors of domestic violence with a disability, the agency is… read more

Abilities Expo 2018

May 24, 2018 Current Events, Disability News 2 Comments
Blog contributor Julia Alberino. Julia retired in 2011 after more than thirty years as a health care administrator in both the public and private sectors. She was a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and co-founder of an advocacy group that worked to maintain and improve services for Medicaid beneficiaries, including elderly and disabled individuals. The first weekend in May was an exciting time for people with disabilities, their caregivers, relatives, friends, and advocates. That… read more

NJ Coalition To End Sexual Assault 5K in Asbury Park

May 2, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The New Jersey Coalition to End Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is hosting a 5K event in Asbury Park, NJ Saturday May 5, 2018 as a way to support statewide social change efforts to ensure survivors are supported and affirmed. Check-in begins at 8:00 AM in Asbury Park at Convention Hall; corner of 5th and Ocean Avenue. Event begins at 9:00 AM. Info.… read more

Barrier Free Living At Silent Tears Event

April 25, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living was part of the  Silent Tears: Disability, Violence And Resilience of Women Survivors Globally multi-media exhibition and panel on April 24 at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Barrier Free Living Apartments resident Gigi spoke at the event, and Barrier Free Living Secret Garden program director Jules (in photo above) was on the panel of speakers. Read more about the event here.  View the BFL Minute with Silent Tears… read more

BFL’s Secret Garden At St. John’s Turn Off The Violence Week

April 24, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden domestic violence program will be participating in the Next Steps Fair on Thursday, April 26, part of Turn Off The Violence Week at St. John's University.  Turn Off the Violence Week includes the Clothesline Project, and is a week of empowerment and awareness regarding sexual violence in the community. The Clothesline Project started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It… read more

Denim Day NYC April 25

April 23, 2018 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
A host of events are planned for Denim Day in New York City Wednesday, April 25th.  Denim Day NYC is a coalition of community agencies, elected officials, students, and volunteers united to promote awareness around the issue of sexual assault. Denim Day grew out of a case in which a rape conviction was overturned because the judge reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that… read more

Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter 11 Year Anniversary Film

April 20, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House domestic violence shelter celebrated it’s 11th year anniversary by honoring staff and celebrating the program’s mission. Staff members were presented with awards during the event as the agency honored the program’s past decade working with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, and their families. View the ten year anniversary celebration video highlights.… read more

Secret Garden Attends End Violence Against Women Conference

April 10, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
This past April 3-5, two staff members from Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden domestic violence program attended the End Violence Against Women International Conference On Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Bias in Chicago, IL. The annual conference focuses on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. The conference brought together international members of law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, and health care professionals to collaborate on… read more

Secret Garden Domestic Violence Support Group In Spanish

April 9, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden domestic violence (DV) program is launching a new support group for DV Survivors to be conducted in Spanish. Potential participants should identify as immigrant women from Latinx countries, be over 18 years old, and speak Spanish. The group will be running from April 9-June 25, once a week, Mondays from 4:30pm-6pm at the Brooklyn Legal Services office, 105 Court Street in downtown Brooklyn. Service providers should refer clients to… read more

About Those New Emojis For People With Disabilities

April 2, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Blog contributor Julia Alberino. Julia retired in 2011 after more than thirty years as a health care administrator in both the public and private sectors. She was a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and co-founder of an advocacy group that worked to maintain and improve services for Medicaid beneficiaries, including elderly and disabled individuals. It’s been a little over a week since Apple announced that it has developed a series of accessibility Emojis to… read more

33rd Annual New York Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil April 8

April 2, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The 33rd Annual New York Crime Victims Vigil is scheduled for this Sunday, April 8, 2-4pm at West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th St. NYC The event honors survivors from all types of crimes, along with family members of homicide victims. There are speakers, musical performances, and lighting of candles to remember loved ones affected by violence. Families may also bring photos to display during the ceremony. The event is sponsored by : The Office of the New York State… read more

Barrier Free Living On Panel “Homelessness and Housing Insecurity: Challenges and Solutions” At Lehman College

March 22, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
LeShan Gaulman, program director at Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing shelter, will be a panelist on the “Homelessness and Housing Insecurity: Challenges and Solutions” presentation Friday, March 23 at Lehman College. The conference addresses the challenges and solutions related to homelessness  and has been coordinated by the Department of Social Work through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. LeShan received the 9th Annual Emerging Social Work Leader Award of the National… read more