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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 0 Comments
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

REELABILITIES FILM FEST OPENING NIGHT AT QUEENS DRIVE-IN

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

Secret Garden Team Member Shares Poetry For Healing

August 10, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Marcus Clemons, bilingual (Arabic/English) case manager at Barrier Free Living’s Secret Garden, shared a poem (see below) inspired by his work with a survivor of domestic violence at the agency's recent Small & Mighty zoom event introducing the team. Marcus is creative in the work he does with survivors and considers himself a “partner on their journey towards well-being and security.” Learn more about Marucs and the team. View the recent… read more

Staff Spotlight: Tiffany Williams Bids BFL A Fond Farewell

August 6, 2020 Uncategorized 6 Comments
Tiffany Williams joined the Barrier Free Living (BFL) team in 2004 driven by a fierce determination to give back to a community that saved her life. “I was homeless from age 6 to 13. The Lower East Side (of New York City) is where I was helped. I wanted to give back to the community that gave me life,” says Tiffany, who is bidding farewell to BFL this month.  “It took six months… read more

Barrier Free Living Tenant-Led Garden Club Thrives

July 17, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
The Barrier Free Living Apartments' tenant-led Garden Club is thriving with a strong sense of community and an abundance of fresh vegetables this summer. Gigi, an original member of the club, says the roof top garden at the Bronx-based supportive housing program, which includes flowers as well as a host of vegetables, is providing a rich crop. More important, she adds, the club is making sure that members who… read more

Small & Mighty: Celebrating The Secret Garden Team Zoom Event Aug. 5 Noon

July 16, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
ZOOM EVENT August 5, Noon-1pm Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86961852721 For over 20 years Barrier Free Living’s award winning Secret Garden program has provided one-on-one counseling, weekly support groups plus housing, legal and financial guidance to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities in the New York City area. We have a brand new team for 2020 and would love you to join us for this special event featuring poetry, live music and a chance to… read more

Sit Down With Sara: Domestic Violence & LGBTQ+ Relationships

June 24, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Sit Down With Sara: Domestic Violence & LGBTQ+ Relationships from barrier free living on Vimeo. Sara Eldridge, Assistant Director at Barrier Free Living’s Secret Garden domestic violence shelter shares insights and tips on topics related to domestic violence and the services and support offered at Barrier Free Living. Coming Soon: a special Zoom event celebrating the… read more

Still We Rise: Barrier Free Living Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month through Music, Literature & Performance

June 23, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments
Still We Rise: Barrier Free Living Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month through Music, Literature & Performance HOSTED by Scott Hess & Amanda Miller FEATURING: JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL John co-created Hedwig and the Angry Inch (two Tony Awards, Best Director at Sundance, Golden Globe nomination). He directed Shortbus (2006); Rabbit Hole (2010) (Oscar nom for Nicole Kidman) and How to Talk to Girls… read more