May 23, 2015 Our Stories Tags: 0 Comments

BFL-Pam-HallPam Hall, a former resident of Barrier Free Livings Transitional Shelter in 2009, didn’t want to just move on in her life, she wanted to give back.

“For me, Barrier Free Living’s Transitional Housing program was a saving grace. I came to believe that whatever I want to achieve I can if I work for it. If people say you can’t, I say don’t believe them,” says Pam.

Pam gained the confidence and support she needed at our Transitional housing shelter to get her life on track.  Working with our housing specialist, she found her own home then went on to enter and win the Miss Wheelchair NY 2012 pageant (and subsequently became Ms. New York American Nation). She returns to our shelter to inspire and encourage current residents to reach for their dreams as a participant in our Project Give Back 2015.

Pam will run a 6-week Give Back course (thanks to support from the Assurant New Growth Fund) teaching residents to use a loom and make hand knitted hats and scarves.  The course will finish with a presentation of the participant’s creations. “Nobody can take from you what you earned. I learned to be an independent person at Barrier Free Living and to reach for my dreams,” says Pam.


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