Envisioning a Virginia where every need for mobility-related rehabilitation equipment is fulfilled.

The fight to regain physical mobility and independence after a serious illness or injury can be the most challenging experience of a lifetime. For many, partial recovery means reliance on special equipment to help them achieve their fullest potential.

 

This equipment can make the difference between living independently and productively or living a life of dependence and immobility. Imagine the frustration of knowing equipment is available that would give freedom and independence, but not having access to it because of inadequate insurance or the inability to pay. For many citizens throughout Virginia this is a harsh reality. Our services help adults regain their mobility and independence and saves Virginians millions of dollars annually.

 

WHAT WE DO: The Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment (F.R.E.E.) is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) non-profit based in the state of Virginia. We collect, sanitize, and gift donated mobility equipment to low-come uninsured or under-insured adults in Virginia.

OUR MISSION: We acquire and provide mobility-related rehabilitation equipment to maximize functional independence and improve quality of life.

OUR VISION: We envision a Virginia where every need for mobility- related rehabilitation equipment is fulfilled.

OUR OVERARCHING GOALS:

  • Assist individuals to whom equipment is not otherwise available;

  • Be a model program for other communities;

  • Develop partnerships with others; and

  • Combine resources to maximize our ability to recycle equipment.

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Our services significantly impact both the lives of the individuals we serve and their communities.

​​F.R.E.E. service outcomes translate into more than $27 million in cost savings to the state of Virginia due to avoided hospital re-admissions, avoided ER visits with ambulance services due to injuries from falls, avoided doctor visits related to falls and immobility, avoided premature skilled nursing home and assisted living admissions, and avoided caregiver job loss.

ICON: indiviuals

18,479

individuals served.

ICON: house

99%

individuals served in 2020 that reported being able to remain in their homes.

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28,440

pieces of equipment gifted.

ICON: stethoscope

96%

individuals served that reported fewer falls, ER visits, and hospitalizations in 2020.

ICON: coins

$9.1 million

value of equipment given.

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$88

savings to Virginia taxpayers for every $1 invested in F.R.E.E.

Meet the F.R.E.E. Leadership and Staff

F.R.E.E. is led by the Virginia Board of Directors headed by its President, Rich Ellis. Day-to-day management is led by our Executive Director, Robin Ramsey. For general inquiries, please contact our Roanoke office at roanoke@free-foundation.org.

Board of Directors: Rich Ellis (President); Bryan Gregory (President Elect); Mike McGuire (Treasurer); Catherine Kilbane (Secretary); Sara Ruhlman; Jim Haines; Leah Savelyev; and Sheila Peters. F.R.E.E.’s founder is Dr. Bruce Stelmack.

Robin Ramsey

Executive Director

F.R.E.E. of Virginia

Diane Harrah
Program Assistant
F.R.E.E. of

Williamsburg

Lisa Soto
Program Assistant
F.R.E.E. of Richmond

Tracy Meador
Manager of Programs
F.R.E.E. of Virginia

Karen Kidwell
Program Assistant
F.R.E.E. of Northern Shenandoah Valley

Sophie Berkel
Program Assistant
F.R.E.E. of Roanoke

Debbie Menadier
Program Assistant
F.R.E.E. of

South Hampton Roads

Robin Turner
Program Assistant
F.R.E.E. of Lynchburg

A F.R.E.E. volunteer helps with new equipment donations.

We greatly appreciate our partners, donors, and volunteers.

American Woodmark Foundation
Carilion Clinic Community Outreach
Centra Health Foundation
First Friday’s at 5 Charities
Goodwill of Central Virginia
Goodwill of the Valleys
Goodwill of Virginia
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Sam and Marion Golden - Helping Hands Foundation
Sentara Foundation
Sheltering Arms Fund
The Community Foundation of Richmond
The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Virginia
The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
The Roanoke Women’s Foundation
Virginia Assistive Technology System
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Reuse Network
Williamsburg Community Foundation
Williamsburg Health Foundation

Individual Donors
Rehab Equipment Donors
F.R.E.E. Volunteers