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… Health Fair at Freedom House Emergency Shelter on September 28. The group  also donated a new baby stroller to a consumer at BFL's Secret Garden Domestic Violence program this month (picture above). The Freedom House event, CARE FOR YOU…
… to the kids of Freedom House Emergency Shelter. "The children each received a backpack with supplies, a new pair of sneakers, an outfit, and gift card to Children's Place," said Cynthia Amodeo, Director of Family Services at Freedom House…
Russell Schmid from the MTA Para-Transit division held a city bus demo for residents of BFL's Transitional Housing program this month. Highlights included travel rights of people with disabilities and tips and guidance in how to maneuver …
…e, the country's only domestic violence shelter for disabled residents. The Carnival featured face-painting, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, basketball, live music, cotton-candy and even an appearance by Elmo.  The event hosted nearly 135…
…rnival at BFL's Freedom House Emergency Shelter on April 13, bringing hope and laughter to survivors of domestic violence and their families.   The Carnival featured face-painting, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, basketball, live music, …
…s this month at Freedom House Emergency Shelter. The EASE Program (Economic and Social Empowerment) presented by Dr.  Robert Hawkins and Alisha Ali of New York University helps shelter residents to understand the importance of of becoming…
…and I now reside in a domestic-violence shelter in an area filled with crumbling tenements and public-housing towers. Oddly enough, our two months here have been a godsend for both of us. Read full article here.…
The New York Cares 24th Annual Coat Drive delivered over 40 warm coats to residents of BFL's Transitional Housing program for people with disabilities.  Thus far, over 60 thousand coats have been distributed in the NY area.  To find out…
…h survivors of domestic violence at its shelter and programs. Read The Villager Story.  Read Governor's press release. …
…ps (Indepower.org) to domestic violence shelters doing impactful work, like Barrier Free Living, to help survivors disproportionately affected by economic & societal systems build proficiencies for self-reliance. How did you develop th…
…estic violence with disabilities at its shelter and programs. National Crime Victims' Services Award Video   …
… at Barrier Free Living's Freedom House shelter Handprints of the Heart event. Barrier Free Living Founder, President/CEO Paul Feuerstein, 2022. Watch our Video https://www.bflnyc.org/core/wp-content/uploads/2018/03…
…or survivors for the past decade at our shelter and programs, offering counseling and workshops on everything from cyber safety to understanding consent. Many of us have heard the word consent, especially when it comes to sex. We learn t…
…eaf by offering: * access to safe shelter when lives are in danger * counseling domestic violence and sexual assault survivors to obtain much needed mental health care and case management in their times of need, and * support …
…or survivors for the past decade at our shelter and programs, offering counseling and workshops on everything from cyber safety to understanding consent. Many of us have heard the word consent, especially when it comes to sex. We learn t…
…ving's Freedom House domestic violence shelter. “My children lived with me, and when I lost my sight they took advantage of the situation,” says Diane whose husband passed away in 2009. “They mentally, emotionally, financially and…
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $17.3 million in state funding was awarded to six projects in four counties that will provide emergency and permanent supportive housing to New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. Barrier Free Living, …
…estic violence with disabilities at our shelter and programs and celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2021. Part time and full time opportunities. People with disabilities encouraged to apply. Hybrid home/site work model for many positions. …
…arious agencies including "residents of shelters for people fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking." Emily Valentine Sottile shares how the project came to be: "The Valentine Community Project is a community response – I never would…
…es about the services BFL offers at its shelter and programs. This year the drive raised $2700. "I have always been moved and impressed by the spirit of BFL. The staff are truly dedicated to the work of helping people in crisis (survivor…
…d donate the items to organizations and shelters around the city. I stumbled upon your (Barrier Free Living's) website and I found the mission of your shelter to be very impactful and meaningful," says Bella, the leader of the club. Dur…
…a hundred children live at the agency's shelter and supportive housing program. The students organized a drive, under the guidance of Nelson Arroyo (English Department, MS Community of Learning Coordinator) which culminated October 26 i…
…ncy’s Freedom House domestic violence shelter have entered the shelter when pregnant and gave birth during their stay. I saw a great fit between my own life experience and goals, and the work Barrier Free Living is doing. I am able to use…
…d BFL's Freedom House domestic violence shelter and dropped a huge donation of product. (photo below). The donation is the first step in an ongoing collaboration. …
…livering nearly 600 bags to 5 different shelters. This year, Barrier Free Living is the latest recipient of beautiful, bountiful gifts (photo above) prepared by the Valentine Community Project, bringing joy to the residents and tenants a…
…and their kids at our domestic violence shelter and programs! It truly offers a ray of light." Participants in Bryant Park’s knitting classes, along with the general public, create the scarves throughout the year. The program is coordi…
…iving's Freedom House domestic violence shelter. Now settled in a home of her own, she curates a successful blog #thehalpernproject whose mission is community empowerment. Big fans of Mels, we caught up with her to talk about her journey. …
…ving's Freedom House domestic violence shelter? (Virtual tour film of Freedom House) Jessica: I was always drawn to the helping profession with a passion for helping women and families. In June 2007, I was fortunate to begin my work as …
… parent living in our domestic violence shelter. $100 provides a start-up home kit for a domestic violence survivor. $500 provides a plane ticket for a survivor fleeing abuse. $1000 supports a survivor moving to permanent housing with t…

Helping People with Disabilities Help Themselves

Our agency continues to provide services and support for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis. Read More »