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BFL Secret Garden Program At Community Resource Fair

February 20, 2018 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden domestic violence program will be on hand at the Feb. 20 Community Resource Fair. The event is from 6pm-8pm at the LGBT Center, 2018 West 13th St. NYC.… read more

2018 Winter Paralympics Kick Off In March

February 9, 2018 Current Events, Disability News 0 Comments
As Olympic fever heats up in Pyeonchang South Korea this month, in March the focus will be on the 2018 Winter Paralympics. Barrier Free Living will post regular game updates. Competition includes sled hockey, snowboarding and noridic skiing. NBC Olympics will present coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 this March, including 94 hours on television, which nearly doubles coverage of Sochi 2014. In all, NBC Olympics will present… read more

Pink Shines Light On Accessibility At Grammys While Kesha Creates Powerhouse Moment

January 29, 2018 Breaking Barriers in DV, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Pink's moving performance of her song "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" at the Grammy's this month featured an American Sign Language interpreter delivering the lyrics. Pink was the only performer to do this during the show. The choice was a step toward having those in the deaf and hard of hearing community be a part of understanding each important line from the song. Later in the show, singer Kesha performed "Praying" and her  triumphant… read more

Student Tutors Work With Kids & Adults At BFL Apartments

January 26, 2018 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Student Tutors from Stuyvesant High School and Bronx Science High School are working with both children and adults this winter at Barrier Free Living apartments, a complex in the Bronx offering permanent homes to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. The tutors meet weekly with elementary school kids, offering one on one work in areas like math and science. They also work with adults who are pursuing their high school equivalency… read more

Project Give Back At Transitional Housing Shelter For People With Disabilities

January 25, 2018 Current Events, Disability News, Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments
Artist, Thomas Dreamer, a former resident at Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing shelter for people with disabilities, shares how why he "Gave Back" by painting a dynamic mural at the shelter. The shelter works with formerly homeless people with disabilities to find permanent homes and thrive in their communities.… read more

This Close Sundance Show

January 16, 2018 Current Events 0 Comments
Deadline Hollywood reports that Sundance Now has given its first straight-to-series order to dramedy This Close, billed as having been written, produced, and created by deaf people. The show features Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (Children of A Lesser God) set to recur, joining series regulars Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Zach Gilford (Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) and Colt Prattes (Dirty Dancing). It’s slated for premiere in 2018. Written by and starring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, both of whom are deaf, This Close… read more

Pet Therapy For People With Disabilities & Survivors Of Domestic Violence

January 12, 2018 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Disability News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: , 2 Comments
Barrier Free Living welcomes 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. I’ve always been a cat person. When I moved into my lower Manhattan apartment… read more

Barrier Free Living Continues Agency Wide Undoing Racism Workshops

January 12, 2018 BFL News, Current Events 0 Comments
BFL continues its commitment to “Undoing Racism” in 2018, holding two-day intensive workshops for all new agency staff led by David Peters of MPG Consulting.  The agency also continues to hold affinity groups at program locations, which were formed last year. “BFL has embarked on a deliberate process of introspection to promote racial equity in its delivery system. This is an example of transformative intent during a difficult social and political environment, to bring more humanity to all,” says Peters. MPG… read more

4th Grader Asks For Donations To Barrier Free Living Instead Of Birthday Gifts

January 10, 2018 Current Events, Shelter 0 Comments
When asked what she wanted for her 10th birthday, Pilar Keton didn't have a list of gifts. She asked instead that family and friends donate to Barrier Free Living. Pilar, a 4th grade student at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, which has an IB curriculum heavily focused on community service and involvement, was concerned that city shelters might not be designed to accommodate people with disabilities.  She… read more

The Uncomfortable Conversation

January 10, 2018 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The Uncomfortable Conversation grew out of the TEDx talk Sarah Beaulieu gave last year and long-time work with organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence. Since then, she's logged hundreds of hours talking to men and others and immersing herself in what makes sexual violence and harassment such a polarizing and uncomfortable topic. The most interesting discovery throughout this journey has been the realization that men and women alike have little idea how to talk about sexual… read more

Spread The Sparkle Hosts Event For Survivors Of Domestic Violence & Families

December 28, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
For the third year in a row, Spread the Sparkle hosted a spectacular holiday party for the residents and tenants of Barrier Free Living's programs for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, and their families. Dozens of kids received gifts from Santa and participated in games and activities, while adults enjoyed the photo booth and received gift bags.  Spread the Sparkle's team of volunteers provided a sumptuous buffet and entertainment… read more

Disability Advocate Julia Alberino On Hilfiger Adaptive Clothing

December 14, 2017 Advocacy, Current Events 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living welcomes 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. I’m as far from a fashionista as a person can be. Since I retired six years ago, my usual attire consists of jeans and… read more

Chefs Serve Up Joy, Unity & A Great Banana Pudding At BFL Apartments

December 14, 2017 BFL News, Breaking Barriers Newsletter, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter 0 Comments
A group of chefs brought food and joy to the tenants at Barrier Free Living (BFL) Apartments in the Bronx, NY last month. BFL Apartments offers permanent homes to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families, as well as to single adults. We caught up with Zack Pozzoboni, who organized the volunteer driven event, to find out what drew him to Barrier Free Living, and to ask… read more

Governor Cuomo Unveils First Proposal Of 2018 State Of The State: Remove Firearms From Domestic Abusers

December 14, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the first proposal of the 2018 State of the State: remove all firearms from those who commit domestic violence crimes. Given the inextricable link between domestic violence and lethal gun violence, this legislation will require all domestic violence crime convictions, including misdemeanors, to result in the immediate removal of all fire arms and will add measures to keep firearms out of the hands of those who commit domestic violence with the goal of preventing… read more

BFL Apartments Receives Community Capital Management Impact Award 2017

December 12, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Community Capital Management recently announced that Barrier Free Living Apartments is the winner of its first annual impact awards for 2017 and will receive a $10,000 donation. CCM’s “Impact Awards 2017” featured five impactful bond stories during the year with participants voting for their favorite over the last month. The contest recognizes fixed income impact investments and their multiple positive environmental and social outcomes. Barrier Free Living Apartments was designed and built for 50 families with a disabled… read more

Kids Deliver Gift Bags To Families at BFL Apartments

December 8, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Shelter 0 Comments
For the holiday season, Dan Kimbers and his daughter Elina (pictured) wanted to find a way to spread joy beyond their own family this year. The Kimbers had heard about Barrier Free Living, and the agency's programs for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families.  They reached out to BFL and asked if they could create small gift bags, and delivered them this December. Elina and a few friends created… read more

BFL’s Transitional Housing Thanksgiving Event

November 30, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Staff and residents at Barrier Free Living's Transitional Housing program gathered for a Thanksgiving feast this November. CEO Paul Feuerstein was on hand to wish the team and residents a safe and happy holiday.… read more

Toy Drive For BFL’s Freedom House Kids

November 27, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 2 Comments
The Church of the Holy Trinity is gathering toys and gifts for the kids at Barrier Free Living's (BFL) Freedom House emergency shelter in New York City again this year. The church has a sign up display (photo above, with the Rev. John Beddingfield) and is accepting donations this month. At its programs and shelters, BFL works with families and hundreds of children each year. Donations of toys and gifts from groups… read more

BFL Halloween Events

November 1, 2017 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories, Shelter 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living held Halloween themed events at its programs, drawing families, kids and staff in community building activities. At BFL Apartments, the tenant advisory group worked with the occupational therapy team to create a lively party space and spook house for dozens of kids living at the permanent housing complex in the Bronx. BFL works with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, and their families as well as homeless individuals with disabilities.… read more

Freedom House Bake Off

October 25, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 1 Comment
Barrier Free Living's Freedom House team held a bake-off as a community building way to honor October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Staff members from various departments donated a freshly baked pastry, which was judged by co-workers. There were seven "delicious" entries, but the Sweet Potato Pie baked by Ashlee from Occupational Therapy took top honors.… read more

Go Pink Day At BFL’s Freedom House Shelter

October 25, 2017 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments
The front desk staff of Barrier Free Living's  Freedom House program hosted its second annual Go Pink Day on Friday October 20. Resident Aide Manager Linette Holmes shares that "This is the second year Freedom House is remembering all those that are survivors of Breast Cancer and those that have lost the fight." Freedom House staff wore pink to commemorate this special cause and a GO PINK TABLE was the focal point of the celebration… read more

Shine The Light On Harlem Oct. 23

October 23, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
Join Manhattan Legal Services/Upper Manhattan Domestic Violence Services Collaborative to Shine the Light in Harlem, a march from a North, South, East, West point in Harlem at 5:30pm that meet at the State Office Building for a Speak Out, starting at 6:15pm Oct 23, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 163 West 125th Street (Cross Street: Adam Clayton Powell Blvd)… read more

BFL Team Attends The Network Gala

October 19, 2017 BFL News, Current Events Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) team members were on hand at The Network's (Supportive Housing Network of New York) 2017 Network gala on October 18th at Capitale. BFL's  Paul Feuerstein (photo top right) and LeShan Gaulman, Program Director at BFL's Transitional Housing (photo top left) joined BFL colleagues Scott Hess, Director of Communications and Tiffany Williams, Housing Specialist at Transitional Housing (in photo below, at right). The Gala honored Commissioner & CEO RuthAnne Visnauskas of NYS Homes &… read more

Domestic Violence Project Reading Series

October 12, 2017 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
The Domestic Violence project, an innovative public health initiative, presents a dramatic reading from Tennessee Williams' classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Daphne Rubin Vega, Glenn Davis, and Marjolaine Goldsmith on Oct. 12, 7pm, Polo Grounds Police Athletic League Community Center at 3005 Frederick Douglas Blvd, NYC. The reading is a catalyst for a town hall discussion about the impact of domestic violence. Reserve seats for this free event at: streetcarplogrounds.evenbrite.com The reading is directed… read more

BFL Team Member Felipe Sepulveda Honored With Lifesaver Award

October 10, 2017 Current Events, Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments
Felipe Sepulveda, Director of Social Services at Barrier Free Living's (BFL) Transitional Housing program, was among those honored at the first ever Lifesaver Awards Ceremony in New York City on October 5. The awards, held by the Department of Health, honored 67 people who saved a collective 255 lives with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.  First Lady Chirlane McCray and Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett attended the ceremony. Felipe, who trained earlier in the year on… read more

Todd Haynes’ Film Wonderstruck Features Deaf Actor Millicent Simmonds

October 3, 2017 Current Events 0 Comments
Wonderstruck, the 2017 film directed by Todd Haynes, features deaf actor Millicent Simmonds (photo above) in a lead role, along with a number of deaf actors in the film. The film is based on the 2011 novel Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, who adapted the novel into a screenplay. Deadline.com reported that Simmonds, a deaf actor  "will play Rose, whose half of Wonderstruck will be presented as a silent film in both… read more

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