Residents of Special Needs Home Learn How to Prepare Thanksgiving Feast

December 14, 2017 | Press

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a nonprofit agency that supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury, recently held a Thanksgiving cooking class for residents in Medford, hosted and led by Kathleen Attanasio, Branch Manager at People’s United Bank in Huntington.

During the class, Attanasio volunteered her time to help prep, cook and serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and most importantly, connected with residents teaching them important life and social skills.

“For many of our residents, it’s these life skills like cooking that are invaluable as they aim to gain greater independence and expand their horizons with new experiences,” said Robert S. Budd, CEO of FREE. “It’s through volunteers like Attanasio and organizations like People’s United Bank who strive to give back to the communities where they live and work, that we can further FREE’s mission to enhance the lives of our residents and we could not be more thankful.”

FREE hosts other similar events throughout the year for residents, including a holiday cookie baking class in December which will also be led by Attanasio.

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