Welcome to Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.

We are an organization whose philosophy is rooted in the realization of human potential.

Reach High…Achieve More

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) founded in 1977 and headquartered in Old Bethpage, benefits and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including: housing, recovery services, transition to work, employment, day, community and family services, respite, crisis services, education and after-school support, primary and specialty health care and advocacy.

Help Michelle Go For Gold at the 2018 Special Olym …

Meet Michelle… Hello Everyone! I’ve been selected to represent Special Olympics New York …

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Talent Connection: Uniting Long Island’s Top …

The “Talent Connection” Job Expo will offer job seekers an opportunity to discuss their skills …

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New York START’s Long Island Program Launch

April 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $75.00 Topic: START-ing Point: New …

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Lights, Community, Let’s Take Action! A Focu …

Lights, Community, Let’s Take Action! A Focus on Mental Health Details: May 18, …

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What’s Trending

FREE Players Drum and Bugle Corp to perform at The …

On Thursday, February 15th at approximately 7pm, the FREE Players Drum and Bugle …

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Supporting and Engaging Individuals with Dementia

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear “dementia” is usually …

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The Power of Determination

I am a 27-year-old man who has Cerebral Palsy. It affects my muscles …

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Anniversaries Celebrated

Lindenhurst ICF

Celebrating 30 Years!

Melville Crisis

Celebrating 30 Years!

Shirley CR

Celebrating 30 Years!

Hempstead ICF

Celebrating 25 Years!

Rides Unlimited of Nassau and Suffolk

Celebrating 25 Years!

Richbourne IRA

Celebrating 20 Years!

Penn IRA

Celebrating 20 Years!

Hospital Road IRA

Celebrating 20 Years!

Sipp IRA

Celebrating 20 Years!

Taber I IRA

Celebrating 15 Years!

Taber II IRA

Celebrating 15 Years!

Penelope Lane IRA

Celebrating 15 Years!

Our History

On April 20, 1977, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. was founded with a mission to serve one of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.
From our humble beginning, with one residence and a handful of employees, we have grown into an agency, with over 2,500 Valued Team Members, that supports over 4,000 men, women, and children to realize their full potential!
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