Old Bethpage, NY – Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) partnered with Turn of the Corkscrew, Books and Wine to provide individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities from their day programs with valuable retail employment experience during this busy Holiday Season. James Hausmann, a FREE program participant and member of the “Bethpage Wrappers” Gift Wrapping Club worked at Turn of the Corkscrew, in Rockville Centre, NY, as a gift wrapper.
“We at FREE are excited whenever a member of our community can get hands on work experience out in the community. These types of endeavors show people that our community has a great deal to offer,” said Robert S. Budd, CEO of FREE. “Providing hands-on training to members of FREE’s community is crucial in helping them find employment in a job market with an 11.2% unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities,” continued Budd.
About Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) founded in 1977 and headquartered in Old Bethpage, benefits and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including: housing, recovery services, transition to work, employment, day, community and family services, respite, crisis services, education and after-school support, primary and specialty health care and advocacy. For more information, please call 516-870-7000 or visit www.familyres.org
Photo Caption: ?Turn of the Corkscrew owner Carol Hoenig with James Hausmann, FREE program participant wrapping purchases.
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