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Barrier Free Living’s 4th Annual Clothesline Project!

October 5, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living (BFL) will hold its 4th annual Clothesline Project 2021 the week of October 18. This year the event is virtual, and will kick off on Instagram live (@bfl_newyork) at noon (EST) on Oct. 18 from our supportive housing program in the Bronx. The BFL Clothesline will be on display, featuring t-shirts created by tenants, residents and participants from our domestic violence programs, along with staff and supporters. Each shirt is hand-made and features a heart-felt message about ending domestic violence. The… read more

CODA Screening In Honor of Deaf Awareness Month

September 16, 2021 Uncategorized 0 Comments
MOPD Night at the Movies! - CODA Enjoy a screening of CODA in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday, September 20. The event starts at 7 pm. Plan to arrive by 6:30 pm to claim your spot on Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn.  Bring a blanket! Hosted by the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) in honor of Deaf Awareness Month, CODA is a new coming-of-age comedy-drama that follows a hearing teenage girl who is a child of Deaf adults. Rain… read more

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:… 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, 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, 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

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

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

BFL’s Paul Feuerstein Honored With NCDAV Recognizing (Y)Our Power Lifetime Impact Award

October 22, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living President/CEO Paul Feuerstein is being honored at this year's NCDAV Power Up National Conference on Domestic Violence (Oct. 25-28) with the prestigious Recognizing (Y)Our Power Lifetime Impact Award. "I am honored to be the recipient of the Recognizing (Y)Our Power Lifetime Impact Award, as a part of the NCADV 2020 Power Up National Conference on Domestic Violence. I am honored to have collaborated with so many wonderful staff members over… read more

Volunteer Spotlight: A Doula & Belly Dance Teacher, Karisma Brings Creativity & Vibrancy To BFL

October 20, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
With experience as a doula* and and a teacher of belly dancing, Karisma's love for working and writing about people in complex and creative situations led her to seek out a volunteer opportunity with the Barrier Free Living Communication Department. Karisma will offer support with social media messaging for the agency, as well as writing for the blog and being involved in events. We chatted with her as she began her… read more

In Conversation: A New BFL Series About Our Services

October 16, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Sara Eldridge, Assistant Director at Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden domestic violence program is in conversation with Lucy Ayala, the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator at Secret Garden. They talk about the differences in the type of support they each offer to survivors… read more