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Cultivating Hope

Caryn Caporicci, 35, of Holbrook, and Steven Cecchini,

Caryn Caporicci, 35, of Holbrook, and Steven Cecchini, a Family Residence farmer, transport a carton of garlic sprouts while volunteering at the Sisters of St. Joseph Farm in Brentwood. (June 21, 2013) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

In the FREE program, special-needs people get a let up.

Joseph Forcinito, of Floral Park, with his son
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Joseph Forcinito, of Floral Park, with his son Joey Forcinito, 31, pictured by the hydrangeas. Joseph created a front-yard garden by planting rosebushes, hydrangeas and flowers to improve the appearance of the Smithtown house his son shares with other underserved individuals. (Jun. 22, 2013)

Steven Decanio, 22, of Centereach, goes for a
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Steven Decanio, 22, of Centereach, goes for a horse ride with volunteers Kelly Fitzgerald, right, 22, and Julie Dell'Aira, coordinator of the Saddle Rock Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program run by Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) in Middle Island. (June 12, 2013)

Caryn Caporicci, 35, of Holbrook, is a volunteer
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Caryn Caporicci, 35, of Holbrook, is a volunteer who benefits from FREE’s residential housing services. For nearly two years, she has worked at FREE’s one-acre farm at the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood. (June 21, 2013)

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, a Therapeutic horse riding
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, a Therapeutic horse riding instructor with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, coaxes her horse "Showdown" to come to the fence to greet visitors while touring the grounds at Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island. (June 12, 2013) .

Caryn Caporicci, 35, of Holbrook, and Steven Cecchini,
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Caryn Caporicci, 35, of Holbrook, and Steven Cecchini, a Family Residence farmer, transport a carton of garlic sprouts while volunteering at the Sisters of St. Joseph Farm in Brentwood. (June 21, 2013)

Karen Bonne, second from right, assistant director of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Karen Bonne, second from right, assistant director of the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) day program at the Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island, tends to the garden with FREE clients who are harvesting fresh strawberries. (June 12, 2013)

Karen Bonne, assistant director of the Family Residences
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Karen Bonne, assistant director of the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) day program at the Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island, holds a handful of fresh picked strawberries. (June 12, 2013)

Julie Dell'Aira, a coordinator of community therapeutic riding
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Julie Dell'Aira, a coordinator of community therapeutic riding program at Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island, with Martina, at the ranch. (June 22, 2013)

Joseph Forcinito, of Floral Park, helps plant a
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Joseph Forcinito, of Floral Park, helps plant a garden in front of the home of his son's home that he shares with other underserved people in Smithtown. (Jun. 22, 2013)

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, an instructor with Therapeutic
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, an instructor with Therapeutic Horse Riding program with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), coaches Eric Farina, 43, a veteran's adviser at Farmingdale State College, during a horse ride at Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island. (June 12, 2013) .

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, and Lucy Behrens, Therapeutic
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, and Lucy Behrens, Therapeutic Horse Riding instructors with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), lead a young rider around the indoor arena at Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island. (June 12, 2013)

Julie Dell'Aira, a coordinator of community therapeutic riding
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Julie Dell'Aira, a coordinator of community therapeutic riding program at Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island, poses at the ranch. (June 22, 2013)

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, instructor for Therapeutic Horse
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, instructor for Therapeutic Horse Riding program with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), prepares Taylor Robert, 5, for her horse ride at Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island. (June 12, 2013)

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, instructor for Therapeutic Horse
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, instructor for Therapeutic Horse Riding program with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), prepares Taylor Robert, 5, for her horse ride at Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island. (June 12, 2013)

Denis Demers, 66, of the PFC J. Dwyer
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Denis Demers, 66, of the PFC J. Dwyer Veterans Peer to Peer Program, is gearing for a ride on "Ruby" by therapeutic horse riding instructors Shannon Bozzuto Chant, left, and Lucy Behrens at the Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island, part of the program run by Family Residences and Essential Enterprises. (June 12, 2013)

Steven Decanio, 22, of Centereach, rides
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Steven Decanio, 22, of Centereach, rides "Taylor" while stepping over obstacles with volunteer Kelly Fitzgerald, 22, and Julie Dell'Aira, right, coordinator of the Therapeutic Horse Riding program run by Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) at the Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island. (June 12, 2013)

Karen Bonne, third from right, assistant director of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Karen Bonne, third from right, assistant director of the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) day program at the Saddle Rock Ranch in Middle Island, tends to the garden with FREE clients who are harvesting fresh strawberries. (June 12, 2013)

Chris Long, chief operating officer of Family Residences
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Chris Long, chief operating officer of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. (FREE INC), in Old Bethpage, is among the largest and longest-established not-for-profit providers of innovative services for children and adults with developmental disabilities on Long Island. (June 13, 2013)

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