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.

Join Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) as advocates, providers, community leaders …

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FREE Blast: July 2017

Hi all:   It’s wonderful to see how diverse the Family of FREE …

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What Life Means To Me, by Angel from Hospital Dive …

Life is a gift. It’s pretty awesome if you ask me. I love …

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FREE Blast: June 2017

It is my pleasure to present to you the June FREE Blast!!!   …

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What’s Trending

A Day To Remember

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

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From the Parents’ Perspective: Joe

My journey with FREE began in late 2001 when I met Barbara Townsend, …

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Brand New TBI Advocacy Video!

The Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver Program serves as a vital and essential …

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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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