FREE 40th Anniversary

Historical Timeline


Morty Posner named Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. was founded in April 1977 by a group of parents and advocates in response to the need for community residential alternatives to institutionalization.

Family Care program opens

Family Care provides community-based residential housing in certified private homes for individuals with developmental disabilities.


Old South Path, our first Community Residence (CR) opens.

A Community Residence (CR) is a residential program that provides both supervised and supportive living environments.


Maplewood, our first Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) opens.

Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) are designed for those individuals whose disabilities limit them from living independently.

Eleanor ICF

Abbott ICF

Pineway ICF


Martha Murphy named Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Babylon CR


Barbara L. Townsend named Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Coram, our first Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) opens.

An Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) is a type of community residence that provides room, board, and individualized service options.


Pinelawn CR

Lindenhurst ICF

First Residential Respite program opens


Anita Smith, our first Day Program, opens

Syosset CR


Ridge ICF

Rockland ICF

Respite II program opens

First Mental Health Apartments open


Uniondale CR

Supportive Apartments open

First After-School Respite program opens

Supported Employment program opens


Middle Island ICF

Smithtown ICF

Westbury IRA

Evergreen CR

West Islip ICF

Supportive Apartments open


Eddie C. Moore Day Program opens

Rides Unlimited of Nassau and Suffolk Transportation launches

Hempstead ICF


Mental Health Apartments/Supported Apartments open


Meeks IRA

Park IRA


Grundy IRA

Cartwright CR

Terry’s Place Continuing Day Treatment program opens


Day Habilitation program in Islandia opens


Sipp IRA

Hospital Road IRA

Penn IRA

Richbourne IRA


NU2U Thrift Shop opens

New Directions, our first Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program opens

FREE obtains CARF Accreditation


Bonnie Gate IRA

12th Street ICF

Jefferson IRA

Prospect IRA

Stoothoff IRA

Nichols IRA

Lincoln House CR

Assessment Residence opens

Career Builders program opens


Henry Street IRA

Jamaica IRA

South Howell IRA

Broadway IRA

Homeless Housing program opens

Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) launches

The Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) joins the FREE Network

National Foundation for Human Potential (NFHP) joins the FREE Network

Homes Anew I, Inc. joins the FREE Network


Woodlot I IRA

Parsonage ICF/IRA

Family Wellness Center opens

Homes Anew II, Inc. joins the FREE Network


Taber IRA

Penelope IRA

Individualized Support Services (ISS) launches


Turnpike IRA

Kathy Johnson IRA

Mt. Sinai IRA

Southold IRA

Community-Based Integrated Day Habilitation program opens


Val Court IRA

Hudson IRA

Woodlot II IRA

Theatre Day Habilitation program opens

Saddle Rock Ranch opens


River Heights IRA

Fancy FREE retail business partner opens


Helping Hands joins the FREE Network


Robert S. Budd named Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Crescent IRA

Smith Road IRA

Park House, Inc. joins the FREE Network

Crisis Respite program opens


Beach Plum IRA

Day Habilitation program in Farmingdale opens


Child Development Center of the Hamptons (CDCH) joins the FREE Network

SJK Listening Therapy joins the FREE Network

Community Rehabilitation Services launches

Community Habilitation Services launches


Terryville IRA

Free Standing Respite IRA


Locust Valley IRA

In Home Crisis Respite Services launches

Contemporary Guidance Services (CGS) joins the FREE Network


Mastic Beach IRA

Queens Village IRA

Springfield Gardens IRA

Nassau and Suffolk Mobile Crisis Services launches

Adelante of Suffolk County, Inc. joins the FREE Network


Island Boulevard IRA

Jamaica IRA

Skills Unlimited, Inc. joins the FREE Network


Robert S. Budd, CEO and Dr. Christopher D. Long Co-Leadership Model announced

Koren Lane IRA

Shared Living Opportunities launches


Hauser IRA

Amityville IRA

Melville Estates

White Pine Way IRA

Stop the Bounce launches

Hospital Diversion Program launches

Pronto of Long Island, Inc. joins the FREE Network

FREE awarded CQL Accreditation

Masters Degree Cohorts for Valued Team Members launched in partnership with Stony Brook University

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