Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment
P.O. Box 8873
Roanoke VA 24014
Mission Statement

To acquire and provide mobility related rehabilitation equipment to maximize functional independence and improve quality of life.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sonja Kay Schaible
Board Chair Jim Haines
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Health Care
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 8873
Roanoke, VA 24014
Telephone 540 777-4929
Fax 540 777-1030
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $600,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00

To acquire and provide mobility related rehabilitation equipment to maximize functional independence and improve quality of life.

Past Year:
  1. Gifts of medical mobility equipment reduced falls, emergency room visits and hospital admissions by over 80%.
  2. Gifts of medical mobility equipment increased independence and ability to stay at home by over 80%.
  3. FREE received the 21st annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award for providing mobility-related rehab equipment to the uninsured and under insured.  The award was presented by the Premier healthcare alliance.  Sponsored by Premier and its member hospitals, the Cares Award recognizes exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations in need.
  4. Partnership initiated with James River Rotary Club which has led to the donation of a van and Rotarian volunteers delivering and picking up equipment for FREE in Richmond and surrounding areas. 
  5. FREE awarded first place for the Commonwealth Council on Aging "Best Practices" Award for its creative and effective approach to serving Older Virginians.  
Current year
  1. Continue to reduce falls, emergency room visits and hospital admissions by over 80%. 
  2. Continue to increase independence and ability to stay at home by over 80%.
  3. Successfully expand service to reach more individuals in need in the Richmond area via "equipment closets" in medical facilities.
  1. Increase volunteers in all chapters, and statewide by more than 30 new volunteers.
  2. Develop a sustainable funding program.
  3. Find sources of equipment for tub transfer benches and bariatric (over 300 lb.) equipment.
  4. Continued increases in donations of gently used mobility equipment from the citizens of the communities we serve.
F.R.E.E. was founded in Roanoke, VA in 1999 by a group of dedicated medical and rehabilitation therapy specialists led by Dr. Bruce Stelmack. F.R.E.E. initially purchased new medical mobility equipment and gifted it to those in need in the Roanoke community. As it grew, the cost of buying new equipment became prohibitive and F.R.E.E.could not serve all those in need. Through a created partnership with Goodwill of the Valleys, F.R.E.E. began collecting and recycling gently used equipment. This reuse model allowed F.R.E.E. to dramatically extend its reach by adding chapters in Lynchburg and Winchester to serve those areas.
In late 2009, Goodwill of Central Virginia, faced with a significant budget shortfall, was forced to close a long running program that provided free medical equipment to citizens in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. That year, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and its Commissioner, Jim Rothrock, approached F.R.E.E. and encouraged the foundation to consider filling this void by expanding to serve both South Hampton Roads and Richmond. DARS and Commissioner Rothrock have been long-time supporters of F.R.E.E. and managed a grant to the foundation from the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative. 
F.R.E.E. conducted a detailed expansion study and concluded that it would seek to open new chapters in both areas. The new F.R.E.E. of Richmond chapter opened in mid-December 2010 with secured donated space via Goodwill of Central Virginia and a startup grant from the Occupational Therapy Department of VCU and additional financial support from the F.R.E.E. Foundation parent organization. These funds were sufficient to launch the chapter but not to sustain operations for the first year. The South Hampton Roads Chapter opened in 2012 in secured donated space in Virginia Beach via Sentara and  serves Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth and surrounding areas south of the James. This chapter received startup grants from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the Sentara Hospital Foundation.  In March, 2015 FREE of Williamsburg officially opened for operation recieving secured space from Sentara and start up grant from Williamsburg Health Foundation and a portion of the Virginia Reuse Network statewide grant. 
Expansion to Richmond and South Hampton Roads is an integral part of F.R.E.E.'s plan to eventually serve all of Virginia and to achieve its current vision, a Virginia where every need for mobility related rehabilitation equipment is fulfilled.
CEO Statement
 A Virginia where every need for mobility related rehabilitative
equipment is fulfilled. 

Over Arching Goals
  To assist individuals to whom equipment is not otherwise available
  •  To be a model program for other communities
  •  To develop partnership with others
  •  To combine resources to maximize our ability to recycle equipment
Positioning Statement
FREE, helping adults achieve independence through mobility
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Charles City County
Hampton Roads
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
F.R.E.E. serves a broad area of Virginia through six current chapters located in Roanoke; Richmond; Norfolk; Lynchburg; Williamsburg: and Winchester.  F.R.E.E. serves metropolitan Richmond and surrounding counties down to Petersburg; South Hampton Roads including Norfolk; Chesapeake; Virginia Beach; and Suffolk; Lynchburg and surrounding counties in Central Virginia; Roanoke and surrounding counties in Southwest and Southside Virginia; Williamsburg and surrounding counties; and Winchester and the Northern Shenandoah Valley area. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Jim Haines
Company Affiliation American Health Care
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Richard Elllis Architectural Salvage News
Linda Franklin Carilion
Bryan Gregory Advance Auto
James Haines American HealthCare, LLC
George McAleer Community Volunteer
Greg Micheal Carter Machinery Company, Inc
Sheila Peters Lewis Gale Medical Center
Matthew Soukup Carilion Clinic
Dr. Bruce Stelmack Rehabilitation and Neurology Consultants, PC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Sonja Kay Schaible
Senior Staff
Ms. Tracy Lynn Meador Manager of Operations
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 6
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
F.R.E.E. offers a single program -- F.R.E.E.serves uninsured and underinsured adults who suffer from physical or cognitive impairments and who are at risk of losing or who have already lost part of their mobility and personal independence.
F.R.E.E. offers this program through five community-based chapters located in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Richmond, South Hampton Roads and Winchester.
Budget $566,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

In 2009, The F.R.E.E. Foundation received a National Award called the“Pioneer Award” for being a leader in Assistive Technology (AT) Reuse Programs.   The F.R.E.E. Foundation program was recognized for proving continuous success and for being an exemplary role model and mentor for other AT reuse programs throughout the nation. 

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $600,000.00
Projected Expenses $600,000.00
Endowment Value $80,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$156,000$156,000$156,000
Individual Contributions$12,420$15,110$14,061
Investment Income, Net of Losses($860)$3,361$5,906
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$605,910$568,128$502,860
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$800,166$776,863$710,694
Administration Expense$60,323$55,295$49,382
Fundraising Expense$13,980$19,690$28,078
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.941.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%91%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%9%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$518,032$512,505$558,679
Current Assets$461,472$447,479$487,882
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$19,893$8,024$973
Total Net Assets$498,139$504,481$557,706
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.2055.77501.42
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 5/2016View