May FREE Blast

June 2, 2017 | Featured, FREE Blast

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National Foster Care Month
Stop the Bounce celebrated National Foster Care Month by spreading awareness across social media.  They even shared a heartfelt article written by FREE’s very own President, Dr. Christopher D. Long.  Value of Responsiveness
Latinas De Éxito
Congratulations to Olga El Sehamy, Director of Adelante who was honored by Latinus Magazine and TVwith the “Latinas De Éxito” Award for her commitment and dedication in helping and empowering the community she serves.  Values of Diversity & Quality
Adelante Gala
Adelante celebrated a successful Gala by honoring prominent immigrants who have made important contributions to their communities.  Value of Stewardship
Saddle Rock Ranch Paint Day
Saddle Rock Ranch hosted its very first Paint Day.  Keep an eye out for more fun events at the ranch in the future!  Value of Innovation
PWW Gives Back
PWW volunteered to help seniors with Alzheimer’s complete craft projects.  This project was very important for the seniors as its purpose was to help them maintain hand-eye coordination and stimulate their brains!  Value of Stewardship
Wedding Bells at Saddle Rock Ranch
Did you know that Saddle Rock Ranch hosted its very first barn-style wedding?  The venue was totally transformed for the big day, and the happy couple and their guests could not have been more delighted with how it turned out!  Maybe you can have your next big event at the ranch?  Values of Innovation
A Garden for our Nation’s Heroes
We are so excited to announce that FREE’s Eat Smart LINY Team has opened a Veterans Garden at Skills Unlimited!  This will allow our Nation’s Heroes the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of growing their own veggies and flowers.  Values of Innovation, Quality, & Stewardship
A Partnership with the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County
FREE is so excited to see all of the amazing accomplishments we can achieve with our newest community partners, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County!  Click HERE to read more!  Values of Diversity & Innovation
NYSADSP Star Awards
FREE prides itself on having top of the line Valued Team Members who are capable of providing the utmost care for the people we support.
We would like to make special recognition of two of these incredible team members whose excellence has been recognized by the New York State Association of Day Service Providers (NYSADSP).
Congratulations to Valencia Dunn, Habilitation Specialist at Day Services East, who received the NYSADSP Star Awards for Direct Support Professionals for the LI/NYC region and Maureen Roache, Program Coordinator at Day-Hab Bethpage, who received the NYSADSP Star Awards for Frontline Supervisor for the LI/NYC region.  Value of Quality
An Inspirational Performance at Fancy FREE
We’d like to send out a big “Thank you” to singer/songwriter “Tabi” and her for coming out from NYC to perform for us. Tabi doesn’t let her Muscular Dystrophy get in the way of her performance, and her songs are masterful as well as inspirational to everyone who hears them. Click HERE to read more.  Value of Innovation
NAMI Fundraiser and Walk for #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
Thank you to all who made this year’s NAMI Fundraiser a great success!  The guest-bartending event at Monaghans Irish Restaurant in Rockville Centre raised $1860 for the cause!  The walk at Jones Beach was also a huge success, and the weather could not have been better!  Values of Quality, Stewardship, & Interdependence
Long Island Imagine Awards
We are so proud of our Network Partner, Pronto, for winning the Long Island Imagine Award for Social Impact!  This award is a testament to the men and women who work on the front lines at Pronto to make their community a better place.  Click HERE to read more.  Value of Quality
Call for “Champions”
Say hello to Rebeccah, our very first #moments4smiles Champion! She will act as an ambassador for the movement, so please join us in welcoming her to the team!  If you would like to join our team of “Champions”, please contact  Values of Innovation & Diversity
Businesses Learning from FREE
FREE’s very own Mike Minasi was asked by the Melville Chamber of Commerce to teach a workshop on Digital Marketing at their Business Roundtable Meeting at the Long Island Airpower Museum.  Values of Quality, Interdependence, & Stewardship
Recovery Rising
We are so excited to announce that the second edition of our Behavioral Health Newsletter, Recovery Rising, has been published!  Big thank you to Valued Team Member Michele S. for making all of this possible!  Click HERE to view the newsletter.  Values of Quality
Stony Brook Leadership Program
FREE is committed to the professional development and education of its Valued Team Members.  In partnership with Stony Brook University, FREE offers a program that teaches Leadership Skills that are aimed at helping all Valued Team Members learn how to effectively model the way for those around them.  Congratulations to all who have completed the program, and we look forward to seeing you in class in the future!  Values of Quality & Innovation
Day Services East Kicks off Summer
Day Services East had a blast at their Annual Summer Kickoff Barbecue!  Our men and women and their staff enjoyed a wide array of outdoor activities, and even took the time to participate in the #moments4smiles campaign to show everyone how much fun they were having!  Values of Quality, Interdependence, & Innovation
Congratulations Letty!
Fancy FREE threw a surprise Baby Shower for their Program Coordinator, Letty Francis, on her last day before going on maternity leave.  We are so thrilled to announce that baby Ethan and Letty are doing just great, and we look forward to her return in a few months!
Amityville on Safari
Community outings are always a blast for our residents, and Amityville had the opportunity to take a special trip to the Bronx Zoo!  The men and women enjoyed a fun day learning about all of the animals and taking advantage of all of the other fun activities that the zoo has to offer!  Values of Quality