Special Needs Caterer Receives Certificate From Nassau County Department of Health

November 1, 2016 | Press

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is proud to announce that their affirmative business, Terry’s Café, has received its certification from the Nassau County Department of Health and passed inspection with a perfect score. Terry’s Café is a full-service catering outfit that operates out of FREE’s Old Bethpage location. Most of the employees are individuals with special needs who are interested in a career in the food service industry, and are trained on how a commercial kitchen operates. Participants have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the business. This certification will now allow them to provide “take-out” orders to the outside community. To obtain a copy of its menu or to place an order, Terry’s Café can be reached at 516-970-1789.

Terry’s Café’s Staff Takes Pride in Running a Clean and Efficient Kitchen

“We are thrilled that Terry’s Café can now operate in the same fashion as any other catering service. With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we think it’s an important time to highlight the opportunities this certification will provide to the individuals we support and employ,” said Robert S. Budd, CEO of FREE. Mr. Budd continued, “The community needs to realize that #InclusionWorks is not just a slogan but a way for individuals with special needs to become independent, productive members of society.”


Terry’s Café serves breakfast and lunch daily to FREE’s Bethpage headquarters. In preparation for their expansion in service they have upgraded their facilities accordingly by purchasing a new and larger range to increase their efficiency and accommodate larger orders, installed a commercial high temperature dish washer, expanded their menu and have hired more staff.


Terry’s Café was also asked to take part in the grand opening of the new “Taste of Long Island” Welcome Center on the Long Island Expressway. It is a state of the art facility that will be visited by an estimated 8,000 people a year. Terry’s Café prepared turkey, lettuce, tomato, and Sigit Cheese (made fresh by a Long Island dairy farm, Mecox Bay Dairy, Bridgehampton) wraps and their famous chocolate chip cookies. They are currently available for sale at the Welcome Center.


About Terry’s Café

Terry’s Café is one of FREE’s Affirmative Businesses providing full service catering. Individuals served within the FREE Network are provided with the unique opportunity to work and train in actual business settings.


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