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Barrier Free Living Holding Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Human Services, Mental Health, Spouse Abuse Prevention

Mission: Barrier Free Living supports individuals with disabilities to live dignified lives free of all forms of abuse and bias.

Target demographics: survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families, homeless people with disabilities

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: shelter, permanent housing, counseling, advocacy

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been honored to work with BFL for 5 years now, producing their mission/vision/value films.

The organization does incredible work, and is a cornerstone of the NY community. They are helping so many people find housing, whether disabled or victims of domestic violence - BFL is there for the underserved.

So proud to be a small part of the life-changing work they are doing every day.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned about Barrier Free Living as a social worker doing anger workshops at different agencies. Barrier Free Living serves people with disabilities by providing shelter, resources, complex services and emotional support to encourage greater self-reliance and self-esteem. I have worked as a consultant for BFL and many other organizations, and I have found the staff at BFL to have extraordinary integrity, creativity and compassion--often love--for their clients. I have seen families escaping domestic violence helped to better self-images while the child in the family gets services for a special need. I have seen seniors confined to wheelchairs stimulated to treat themselves better and take new interest in life. Over and over, I have seen staff people going above and beyond their job requirements to help clients because they are committed to easing suffering and helping people become self-sufficient. The staff at BFL, from the security staff at the front desks to the maintenance crew to the social workers and adminstrators, are simply outstanding in their commitment to and execution of their mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am working as a consultant at Barrier Free Living and I am incredibly impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the staff at all three sites. The Barrier Free Living domestic violence shelter is state of the art, an incredibly high-functioning agency that serves families in traumatic transitions with superior clinical therapy, superb child care and many other services. The shelter for homeless people with disabilities copes daily with clients under enormous stress, and provides services with grace and thoughtfulness. I have worked in many similar agencies, and I have not found any as well run or high functioning as BFL.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a consultant for a nonprofit organization associated with BFL for almost five years. I have come to the conclusion that not only is BFL at the forefront of what they do, the members, starting with the CEO, have a zeal to improve and build on the foundation of assisting a vulnerable population that has been overlooked in many areas of life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working at Barrier Free Living as an OT intern. The staff is super warm and friendly. The director, housing manager, case workers, secretaries and other staff are dedicated to helping each resident to the best of their abilities. There is a feeling of friendship and closeness. There is a magic of rising above societal prejudices and viewing people with disabilities as meaningful members of society. The staff is a team that is ready to pitch in and perform various activities to help the other staff and to help the residents. This is a very special place, and I'm very proud to work here. BFL is giving people with disabilities a second chance to live life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at Barrier Free as a student social work intern from the UK for two months in 2010. The organisation looks at helping those individuals with disabilties to help themselves. The staff are helpful, and is managed by a great team who are good at what they do. The overall feeling at Barrier free is welcoming and accepting, and it really wants to try and make a difference to the lives of people with disabilties.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great facility, and staff who are dedicated to helping people with disabilities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently interned at BFL, it was the best thing that I ever did. I was welcomed with open arms. I meet every department head and they explained what they do, how dedicated they are to each client, how they help everyone regardless of their disability. That really meant alot to me because I am disable, and it can be a challenge just doing basic daily activities. BFL is a wonderful place, very clean, and organized. In addition, the staff are a bunch of very special people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a non-profit which works with Barrier Free Living, and I can definitely attest to the professionalism, commitment, and genuine concern that they exude on a daily basis when trying to serve people with disabilities. They constantly are trying to utilize new ways to provide engaging and rewarding activities for residents while at the same time mentoring volunteers that share a common passion for they work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story is about an Agency that has grown and addapted to the needs of the disabled people society has discarded onto the streets. This Agency is called Barrier Free Living there are 24 womens and 24 men that are all physically disabled and they all have different needs and it is our staff that work very hard to meet those needs. While in the process to meet the residents needs we learn and grow to better help the next person that comes to us. Barrier Free Living has been a net to many people catching them changing them to see that barriers can be taken down and that we as a community have the power to make the changes needed to show the world we can be great and live independantly. Keep strong and pursue your dreams you can do it. TRW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to recently attend a Disability Mentee Day session over at barrier free living on Tuesday October 12, 2010. The experience in meeting staff members and keynote speakers over at barrier free living open my eyes to possibilities of what career path on would like to pursue. What I found inspirational were the personal stories of the men and women who overcame their limitations due to their own disabilities, and work towards being successful into mainstream society not only doing what they love, but being able to make a difference in someone else life. I would say to anyone who has a disability or has suffered some personal challenge in their life. Organizations like barrrier free living who is making a moumental difference in lives of community. What is even more special is the caring dedicated individuals who want to see the success of its consumers strive and grow to become productive citizens of society. Chris W

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on several not-for-profit boards and I hold special admiration for the dedication and professionalism of the staff at BFL. They manage an enourmous number of programs with extremely limited funds and each staff is devoted to getting the most in terms of results for the resources available and when that is not enough, finding imaginative ways to increase those resources. If that were not enough there is a constant effort to expend the services offered so that the disabled community in New York can be better served. They operate what I believe to be the only fully accessible homelss shelter in New York City. A few years ago they determined a need for an accessible domestic violence shelter. They found the location, built a fantastic physical facility and now operate a number of programs with great imagination and devotion. They are not looking at ways to provide transitional housing for those leaving the shelter who need social services. There is nothing on their agenda except how to serve the disabled community in the best way possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience volunteering with Barrier Free Living has been very informative; Barrier Free Living is a non-profit campaign that helps others in many different ways. They work with people with disabilities as well as people going through domestic violence situations. Barrier Free Living helps residents with disabilities become more independent (ex: living on there own, getting them ready for the work world etc.) to some people with disabilities or going through domestic violence situations they may feel they have no one to turn to or no where to go. Barrier Free Living is a non-judge mental living environment an no one is here to judge one another we are here to help each other. My time volunteering at Barrier free living was amazing I look at a lot of things and people situations differently now; seeing all the wonderful residents becoming more an more independent it put life in a different perspective for me. Thank You Barrier Free Living for this amazing opportunity!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with a non-profit wish-granting organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. My company works in conjunction with Barrier Free Living. It is amazing how they give back to the community. My personal experience is with a program we have where we donate various things to their children shelter. Every month they give us nominations of young boys and girls who are deserving of these gifts. I appreciate their swift response every month and the fact that they take time to put in nomination for special children. I appreciate all they do for the community. It’s wonderful how they provide transitional living, shelters, domestic violence intervention, and an outreach program. My organization works with children and their focus on the youth at their facility is phenomenal. The staff is always extremely helpful and friendly too.