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

Cultivating Hope

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

Joseph Forcinito, of Floral Park, with his son
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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
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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
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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)

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Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, a Therapeutic horse riding
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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Joseph Forcinito, of Floral Park, helps plant a
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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Shannon Bozzuto Chant, 38, instructor for Therapeutic Horse
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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