Welcome to Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.

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

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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.

Olympic Medalists Inspire Individuals

The first annual Sports Day kicked off with The FREE Players Ensemble performing …

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Careers Open House

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. is hiring strong professionals who are devoted …

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FREE Blast: October 2017

Hello All, Again, this month’s FREE Blast contains a wide variety of accomplishments! …

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FREE Players Present The Wedding Singer

Buy your tickets today! The FREEPlayers special needs theater group will be performing …

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Mr. / Miss FREE Winter Beauty Pageant

  An Evening of Beauty, Talent and Fashion Spotlighting FREE’s Amazing Individuals!   Tickets: …

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FREE to Recognize September as Direct Support Prof …

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) will be recognizing the month of …

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A Day To Remember

This past Friday marked two significant milestones for FREE that are worthy of celebration. …

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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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