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.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Robin Marie Ramsey
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
E-mail robin@free-foundation.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,100,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,100,000.00
Statements
Mission

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

Impact
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. Increased program staff to manage increased community donations of rehab equipment to prepare them for clients in need.  
  4. Increased program services by 11% statewide. 
Needs
  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.
Background
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, South Hampton Roads, and Williamsburg have been 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
Vision
 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
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Ashland
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:  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 2017
Email jleehaines@aol.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Richard Elllis Architectural Salvage News
Bryan Gregory Advance Auto
James Haines American HealthCare, LLC
Catherine Kilbane Gentiva Home Health
Sheila Peters Lewis Gale Medical Center
Sara Ruhlman Gentiva Home Health
Dr. Bruce Stelmack Rehabilitation and Neurology Consultants, PC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
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. Robin Marie Ramsey
Experience
Robin Ramsey has worked with F.R.E.E. in many capacities since 2000. Ms. Ramsey began working for F.R.E.E. as a volunteer in 2000, just after F.R.E.E.'s start up.  As a clinical therapist, she was focused on community re-integration on the subacute rehab team at Carilion Clinic. Ramsey saw first hand the role rehabiltative equipment plays in helping our loved ones, who have suffered illnesses or injuries, return home independently. Ramsey served as F.R.E.E.'s first hired staff as the Roanoke program cordinator providing direct client services and follow-up surveys.  Ramsey developed the initial research and plan for recycling and reusing rehabiltative equipment after clients, who no longer needed their rehab equipment, returned it to the program to pass on to others.  New communities desired to replicate these services in their area.  Ramsey became the Executive Director in 2003-2008 and co-authored F.R.E.E.'s replication manual to assist other communities in starting localized F.R.E.E. chapters. Ramsey stepped down from her position to start her family.  She returned in 2010 to serve as the Board of Directors President.  In 2015, Ramsey returned as a part-time staff member to provide development support to Ms. Schaible (Executive Director at the time).  Ramsey has now returned as the current Executive Director (2016), when Ms. Schaible was offered a position with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.  Robin is committed to supporting the growing needs of adults with disabilities by helping them maintain independence through mobility.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Sonja Kay Schaible May 2008 - July 2016
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Tracy Lynn Meador Manager of Operations
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 50
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2016
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
F.R.E.E. collaborations include but are not limited to the following organizations:
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Assistive Technology System 
Goodwill Industries
Bonscor Health System
Carilion Clinic
Centra Health System 
Chippenham Hospital
Sentara Health System
Riverside Health System
Valley Health System 
Blue Ridge Hospice 
James River Rotary Club
Liberty University
Carilion Jefferson College and Health Sciences
Virginia Commonwealth University
numerous home health agencies across the Commonwealth 
 
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Pioneer AwardNational Pass It On Center2009
Premier Cares AwardMonroe E. Trout Premier Cares2012
Small Business of the Year AwardRoanoke Chamber of Commerce2013
Best Practices AwardCommonwealth Council on Aging2014
Programs
Description
F.R.E.E. offers a single focus through six grographic programs-- F.R.E.E.serves 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. provides re-used rehabilitative equipment including: wheelchairs, walkers, bathroom aides, and the like.  Our clients have both a medical and financial need for our service.  Many need rehabiltative equipment that is not provided by their insurance or their insurance limitations prohibit their ability to acquire it on their own.  
 
F.R.E.E. offers this program through five community-based chapters located in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Richmond, South Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, and Winchester.
 
 
Budget $900,000.00
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 $1,100,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,100,000.00
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$93,362$94,540$56,000
Government Contributions$156,000$156,000$156,000
Federal------
State----$156,000
Local------
Unspecified$156,000$156,000--
Individual Contributions$10,956$12,420$15,110
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$990($860)$3,361
Membership Dues------
Special Events$275----
Revenue In-Kind$772,315$605,910$568,128
Other$1,815$117$24
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$904,922$800,166$776,863
Administration Expense$48,119$60,323$55,295
Fundraising Expense$15,439$13,980$19,690
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.990.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%5%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$571,010$518,032$512,505
Current Assets$448,406$461,472$447,479
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$5,638$19,893$8,024
Total Net Assets$565,372$498,139$504,481
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities79.5323.2055.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitation Permit Application 5/2017View