Pathways to Employment

Comprehensive, seamless services providing a transition to work.

FREE partners with the community to deliver new pathways to employment.

Community-Based Work Readiness Services

FREE fosters a community-based learning model through collaborations with community partners, hospitals, museums, chambers of commerce, local businesses and valued network providers. FREE and its affiliates have relationships with over 40 employers.

FREE assigns participants to worksites after assessing their career plans and interests, to ensure they are best positioned for success. Work readiness groups enhance skills needed for community-based employment, which may include interviewing, resume writing, workplace communication, transportation, self-advocacy, attendance, punctuality and professional appearance. These instructional groups also provide a good vantage point to assess individuals nearing work readiness.

Evaluation, Coaching and Job Development

Level II/Level III Comprehensive Vocational Assessments in accordance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) and the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.”

Diagnostic Vocational Evaluations. Individuals are trained and assessed for various skills such as car and laundry services, office/reception assistance, data entry, retail store/customer service, food service, construction, and many more. In collaboration with school districts, vocational evaluators directly observe students and conduct assessments.

Coaching and Job Development. We provide coaching and supports, placing individuals into supported employment in the community based on their previous work performance and experience.

Employment Services

FREE’s dedicated professionals assist applicants with different abilities to secure community-based employment. Our Supported Employment Program provides a complete resource for employers, such as recruitment and on-site training in a variety of job environments.

As an Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) provider, FREE offers diagnostic vocational evaluations as well as situational assessments to provide individualized training to achieve successful employment for participants.

A FREE Employment Specialist will remain at the job site until the worker masters all job-related skills and tasks. However, only the worker will be on the employer’s payroll. The Specialist is paid and insured by FREE.

Our services also include:

  • Consultation regarding employees with different abilities, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), support and education.
  • Employment Specialists available to supervisors if job tasks change or an obstacle should arise.
Affirmative Businesses

FREE is aligned with the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and fully embraces its Employment First initiatives. The initiative allows the individuals we support to experience the natural therapy inherent in meaningful, purposeful and gainful employment opportunities. We provide opportunities through these and other businesses:

Fancy FREE

This unique retail environment provides training opportunities in customer service, marketing, money management, inventory and e-commerce development.

Swept FREE

Provides training and/or gainful employment for veterans and other individuals we support who are proficient in janitorial services.

Bubbles Car Wash

Operated by FREE’s transportation company, Rides Unlimited, Inc., Bubbles provides employment and cost-effective vehicle washing and cleaning services to FREE and other providers.

The Farm at St. Joseph

Provides a unique employment opportunity that includes land cultivation, harvesting produce and delivering the produce to the farm’s shareholders.

Terry’s Cafe

A full-service cafe providing breakfast and lunch at FREE’s Bethpage location.

TRI Go-Green

TRI Go-Green cleaning products are bottled and labeled by individuals supported at TRI. This line of cost-effective products are comparable to brand name products and produce equal, if not better, cleaning results. Products include a degreaser, glass cleaner, all purpose cleaner and sanitizer to satisfy all cleaning needs. TRI Go-Green products can be purchased by visiting www.triworks.org

TRI-Us Catering

Provides hands-on culinary services training for individuals pursuing a career in this rewarding field. Catering is provided on or off premises, with a full menu available to meet all needs. Training is provided in all aspects of menu planning and food preparation.

Saddle Rock Ranch

This 15-acre site offers therapeutic riding and horseback riding lessons to the general public. The Ranch also operates a fully functional greenhouse and vegetable garden, providing rich vocational experiences for individuals choosing to receive training in horticulture. Training is also provided in small and large animal care as well as land management.

Through our Transition to Work services, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is committed to creating ongoing supports to students and families through direct collaboration with local school districts and community partners.

By ensuring comprehensive work experience before, during and after a student transitions from high school, we increase the potential for future employability. FREE’s Transition to Work specializes in onsite and community based internships which include:

  • Food Service/Culinary
  • Retail
  • Hotel/Hospitality Services
  • Stock Inventory
  • Custodial/Maintenance
  • Library Assistant
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Computer Skills/Data Entry
  • Reception/Office Clerical
  • Pet Care
  • Janitorial Services
  • Graphic Design
Our Continuum Offers: