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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

Freedom House Spotlight: From Domestic Violence Shelter Resident To Team Volunteer

June 27, 2018 Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Our Stories, Shelter, Uncategorized 0 Comments
When Bethelihem and her family arrived at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter in 2014, the only thing on her mind was safety.  Not long into her stay, she discovered the power of helping others as part of her own healing journey.  Today, as a senior at  Hunter College of City University of New York (CUNY) pursuing a Sociology degree, Bethelihem decided that she wanted to give… 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

BFL Apartments Kicks Off Garden Club With City Gardens Club Grant

May 2, 2018 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Members of the BFL Apartments' community garden club kicked off the planting season, supported in part by a grant from the City Gardens Club of NYC. BFL Apartments is a supportive housing complex in the Bronx, providing permanent homes to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families, as well as veterans with disabilities. The club was created with the Barrier Free Living occupational therapy team in 2017, as a… 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

Autism Awareness Month, Deej Documentary A Winner

April 23, 2018 Uncategorized 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. We’re a little more than halfway through Autism Awareness Month, and I’ve been thinking about a remarkable young… read more

Freedom House Program Director Honored Part Of Women In Human Services Hall Of Fame

March 13, 2018 Current Events, Uncategorized 0 Comments
Myra Ricard, Program Director at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House emergency domestic violence shelter was one of the women honored at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agency's (FPWA) Women in Human Services Hall of Fame ceremony on March 13, 2018 in Albany. "I am very honored," says Myra. "I have been doing this work for many years. It's a passion for me and I will continue to do work with domestic violence survivors for years to come,." FPWA… read more

DYCD Sexual Assault Awareness Month Youth Art Project

January 10, 2018 Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized 0 Comments
A call for entries is out for a DYCD Sexual Assault Awareness Month Youth Art Project. The contest is open to any teens across NYC, regardless of whether they attend a DYCD-funded after-school program or not.  New this year, DYCD will release limited edition t-shirts in April featuring youth artwork in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Teens can submit original artwork by January 26 for a chance to… read more

Barrier Free Living Creates ASL Video For Freedom House

March 6, 2017 Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
This March, Barrier Free Living’s (BFL) Freedom House domestic violence program created an American Sign Language (ASL) video as a way to share information with arriving Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents. The film, to be used internally by Freedom House, is supported by the Office on Violence Against Women Disabilities Grant Program. Barrier Free Living's Director of Communications Scott Hess shot the film, working with consultant and long time collaborator Blake Drummond of Diagonal Media.… read more

Spread The Sparkle Holiday Event For Barrier Free Living

December 29, 2016 Our Stories, Uncategorized Tags: , , 0 Comments
Spread The Sparkle hosted a holiday event for Barrier Free Living on December 25, providing a sumptuous dinner buffet, a visit from Santa and gifts for nearly 180 attending. Tenants of Barrier Free Living apartments, residents of the agency's Freedom House domestic violence shelter and consumers of BFL's Secret Garden domestic violence program attended the festivities. The day's events included a photo booth, Santa Claus, caroling and more. Spread The… read more

BFL Apartment Tenant Raises Funds For Education Using Benevolent

May 5, 2016 Uncategorized 2 Comments
BFL Apartments tenant Felicia Ridges hopes to further her education and career goals, using the fund raising platform Benevolent. Felicia worked with her social worker David Kwon, posting a video on the site about her journey, from surviving domestic violence to finding her own home. "Felicia's goal is to help others who have experienced similar issues by becoming a drug counselor. Her first step is to get her GED then she… read more

Barrier Free Living Part Of St. John’s Turn Off The Violence Week

April 26, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living will be a participate in St. John University’s 9th Annual Turn Off The Violence week, April 25-27. The Queens campus of St. John’s will  recognize those victims of violence who come from “many different countries, races, religions, and socioeconomic statuses, and to take a stand against all power-based personal violence that often occurs in personal relationships.” Turn off the Violence Week promotes "awareness, empowerment… read more

Denim Day NYC “I Am Not Invisible” Campaign Video

March 31, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Rick Davy, founder and Executive Director of the BK Style Foundation, Monica Watkins, Ford Model and founder of anti-trafficking organization Beauty for Freedom have partnered with Steps to End Family Violence in creating the Denim Day NYC #IAmNotInvisible Video and Photographic Campaign raising awareness for the survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Launching April 2016, the campaign’s mission is to engage New Yorkers in the fight to end sexual and domestic violence and to raise funds and awareness for Denim Day… read more

Freedom House Staff Participates In ASL Training

March 29, 2016 Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
About a dozen Freedom House team members participated in a 4-week ASL workshop this spring. Caelan Manning, a Barrier Free Living case manager, ran the workshop. The goal was to educate and inform staff about working and interacting with the Deaf community. Manning hopes that "staff will be able to use what they've learned in emergency situations, and also in general to show some kind of unity and acceptance with/of the Deaf community."… read more

Shine Foundation Kicks Off 4-Week Financial Engagement Workshop At Freedom House

March 29, 2016 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
Shine Foundation kicked off a new 4-week Financial Engagement workshop for residents at Barrier Free Living's  Freedom House  emergency shelter this March. The goal in the next 4 weeks, says Shine coordinators, is to "have clients set and achieve their savings goals for housing." The mission of Shine Foundation is to improve the financial health of homeless abuse survivors in NYC and Baltimore.  First session residents identified over $400 in savings. For additional… read more

Freedom House Launches Robust Training Roster For Staff

March 28, 2016 Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
Freedom House launched a training roster through the spring of 2016 to educate and empower staff at the domestic violence program. Trainings range from  DV 101, to Child Abuse Reporting Training to a presentation on deaf history.The staff also attended a Demystifying ACS presentation this spring.… read more

BFL’s Scott Hess Joins Denim Day NYC Executive Board As Member At Large

March 11, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Scott Hess, Director of Communications at Barrier Free Living, has joined the Denim Day NYC Executive Board as a Member-At-Large. 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 is April 27. For the past 17 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a… read more

Dance/ NYC Pre-Symposium Feb. 27 Registration Open

February 4, 2016 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Photo Alice Sheppard . Credit: Jeffrey Lee/On the Spot Image Registration for Dance/NYC's 2016 Pre-Symposium Sessions is Now Open! When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Where: Gibney Dance Center, 280 Broadway (enter at 53 Chambers) How: Register Now. Symposium Registration is required. Pre-Symposium - FREE for Symposium attendees Full Symposium Registration - $125 Artist Rate - $50 A Pre-Symposium program, part of Dance/NYC’s initiative to increase access and inclusion to the art form, is presented in partnership with Art Beyond Sight… read more

Toy Donations Brighten Holiday At Barrier Free Living Domestic Violence Shelter

December 4, 2015 Uncategorized Tags: , 0 Comments
December toy donations from both individuals and agencies like the FPWA and Second Chance Toys brighten the holiday for the 144 children living at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House domestic violence shelter and BFL Apartments as well as our Secret Garden program. Learn more about donating a toy, your time or much needed financial resources to Barrier Free Living here.… read more

Axis Offers Breathtaking Vision Of Integrated Dance

November 18, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Uncategorized 0 Comments
I headed to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 17 to see the Axis Dance Company, expecting an enjoyable evening out of the city. What I experienced was a jaw-dropping, awe inspiring night of integrated dance performance. The show, which includes performers with and without disabilities working together, featured a trio of moving dances: Dix minutes plus tard by Sonya Delwaide; Divide, by Marc Brew; to go again by Joe Goode. The pieces, both individually and as a program, got at… read more

AXIS Dance Co. Performs Nov. 17 NJ Performing Arts Center

November 17, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Axis Dance will perform Nov. 17 at 7pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Seen on So You Think You Can Dance! AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities.Paving the way for physically integrated dance, each year AXIS shares its cutting-edge artistic and education/outreach work with thousands all over the world.AXIS exists to… read more

NYC Parks ADA25 Movie Nights in the Park: Invitation to Dance

July 1, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with NYC Parks! In Invitation to Dance 23-year-old Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted discrimination she couldn't have imagined before. Simi emerges as a resourceful activist, and in time realizes that love, sexuality, and dance can once again be central to her life. McCarren Park, Brooklyn NY. Sunday, July 5, 2015 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Info. here.… read more

Secret Garden Caregivers Celebration

June 19, 2015 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden Domestic Violence program held a Caregivers Celebration on June 18. The event was to honor "all caregivers--parents, family, friends and foremost all the people who have cared for us and our ability to care for ourselves." Program Director Georgette Delinois (pictured at far left) kicked off the program which include an interpretive dance performance, a display of crochet work and a lunch buffet.… read more

Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing Rally

June 12, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments
The Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing held a rally Friday, June 12th  at 11:00am at Governor’s Cuomo’s NYC office (633 Third Avenue –between 40th & 41st Streets) in support of a new statewide supportive housing agreement. BFL's new Supportive Housing team attended. Pictured, from left are Program Director Thomas Obrzut and Director of Social Services Denise Shaw The Campaign is calling 35,000 units of supportive housing for individuals and families with special needs over the next 10… read more

Supportive Housing Primed To Open Late Spring/Early Summer 2015

April 16, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living's Supportive Housing program is slated to open late spring/early summer 2015. Pictured above in a new studio unit are: Thomas Obrzut, Program Director, and Denise Shaw, Director of Social Services. More information… read more

Spread The Sparkle Hosts Easter Event For BFL Domestic Violence Programs

April 6, 2015 Uncategorized Tags: , 0 Comments
Families from BFL's Secret Garden and Freedom House domestic violence programs were the honored guests at an Easter event featuring a sumptuous luncheon, an Easter egg decorating station and a whole lot of sparkle. Spread The Sparkle, an organization whose mission is to "create events focused on celebrating family for individuals and kids who have no prior traditions",  treated 8 BFL families to a day of joy. The luncheon, prepared by Valerie and… read more