HomeFreeHome

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Economic Development

Location: 66 Hillview Avenue New York NY 11050 USA

Mission: HomeFreeHome is a group of volunteer Architects who design barrier-free home renovations that allow people with disabilities to live in greater safety, freedom and dignity. We connect people with disabilities to volunteer Architects to create designs for small construction projects, such as ramps, accessible bathrooms and kitchen remodeling. Founded in New York in 2006, we now have Architect volunteers in 19 states. To apply or volunteer please see our website.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HomeFreeHome is a group of amazing people who do great things for people that need assistance with mobility issues inside and outside their homes. After the home assessment is complete, a volunteer architect is matched up with the person or family. Other volunteers help by raising money, supplying labor, assisting in the purchase of materials, securing permits as well as the many little things that help complete the project. The whole process is so wonderful because the volunteers know at the end of the project, there will be many smiling faces, stories to share, photos to exchange and a home is a safer and better place for a person who didn't believe it could happen until HomeFreeHome showed up!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have known many of the people involved with this organization for a very long time, and well before they decided to commit themselves to the excellent and very needed work being done to assist people and families with disabilities. The level of commitment to make a positive difference in the world and the integrity of the people involved is of the highest caliber, and should be an inspiration to us all to take a look around and see what we could be doing to make things better in the world by one little task at a time. Think of what could be accomplished if we all thought that way. Wonderful group doing wonderful work.

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I have seen their completed projects and the difference it has made in the lives of those helped.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them to obtain greater visability to enhance support for all the projects they are requested to complete

Rating: 5 stars  

HomeFreeHome provides access to a better life by carefully analyzing the needs of each applicant and then working to fulfill them. It is an organization of highly trained professionals who give freely of their time and energy in a deeply caring way. I am very impressed by the commitment of the individuals involved in this organization.

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I've personally experienced all phases of many projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any specific changes that should be made.

Rating: 5 stars  

HomeFreeHome is a great organization to be a part of! There are so many ways to contribute to help people with disabilities become more self sufficient. In 2006 at the "Founders Dinner", Laura Montlor asked us to all "put on our thinking caps" to find ways to get the word out and raise money for our cause. Lightbulb moment- an annual garage sale at my house! My home has a big front porch, a carport, driveway and VISIBILITY from two well traveled roads! It takes a bunch of dedicated Garage Sale crew member volunteers to pull off the weekend sale. The Mother of Garage Sales/ aka The HomeFreeHome Annual Garage Sale is held on Mother's Day Weekend at 11 & 13 Mill Pond Road, Port Washington, NY. Donations are accepted beginning May 1. In 2008 at the 1st Annual HomeFreeHome Garage Sale raised just over $1,200. In 2009 we raised an amazing $2,800 and in 2010 $2,300 (it rained...). The money raised at this event helps to buy lumber and building supplies for our volunteer labor force. More importantly, it buys freedom for those who need our help in making their homes more accessible, making HomeFreeHome a great non-profit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making a difference for handicaped individuals and their familes. A new ramp to the front door allows a little girl in a wheelchair the freedom to go to the mailbox by herself for the first time. A young adult who was unable to fully partisipate in preparing the family meal, can now cook with ease with an updated kitchen. An adult who could not gain access to the only bathroom in the home, benefits from the Home Free Home team enlarging the doorway.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to have more money for building supplies & labor.

Rating: 5 stars  

HomeFreeHome does it all from outreach, education, consultation, fund raising, construction and wellness. As a volunteer I tabled at two conventions for independent living for local long island people with disabilities. There I met future clients interested in renovations on their homes for great accessibility and wellness as well as future volunteers. It was such an enriching experience to met with a person with a disability, listen to their stories of inaccessibility and barriers in their homes and then through an uplifting process see those barriers fall away. To help fund one project I donated a lot of my clothes and toys to the annual HomeFreeHome garage sale, where the proceeds go to buying construction materials for universal design projects. The other part of my job as a volunteer was to help build a ramp for Glorianna Jackson who was 5 years old at the time. We used heavy lumber and a whole team of local carpenters and friends to make it happen. I also got to watch after Glorianna as the team worked and I think that was the most fun. At completion Glorianna was flying down the ramp at record speeds in her wheelchair. HomeFreeHome does a great job at educating people on Long Island about the possibilities of accessible homes and universal design. With more and more support each year a lot more people will be able to change their living spaces to fit their needs. I am looking forward to the upcoming years.

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Seeing a client use the new ramp to her front door to get in and out of her house with out needed her parents to lift her up to the door. I've seen many Long Island people get the information they need to start working on accessibility in their homes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more volunteers in support of HomeFreeHome and more fund raisers like the garage sales and donations to see more projects for people with disabilities completed.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been voluteering with home free home for years and have seen how a little work by a lot of people can change someone's life. Home free home has changed my life simply by volunteering my time on behalf of another person(s) who has a disability and is in need of help. Believe me it will make you feel good to help others. People with disabilities often need the assistance of others before they can continue to live their lives - and they too give others. Let's hear it for home free home and support a great organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen ramps built for people with disabilities - lives have been changed, a simple roll in bathroom helped a family with a disabled child, parent.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Contribute my retirement fund.

Rating: 5 stars  

Aged 64, Paul was born with cerebral palsy and has limited use of one arm. He has "gotten by and made do" for many years, with gerri-rigged ramps and handles allowing him to push his wheelchair around his house. In the bathroom, the edge of the sink cabinet broke years ago from using it as a grab bar. The situation was an accident waiting to happen. He was truly one fall away from spending the rest of his life in a nursing home.

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I have seen that by getting the project started other volunteers join in. Friends, neighbors offer their labor and as well as experienced contractors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find more funds.

Rating: 5 stars  

I fully support HomeFreeHome. The services that these volunteers provide are valuable and increase the safety of people with disabilities and their families. I know that this growing organization will reach more people when they get some media attention.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how the designs changed lives

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is incredible how much they have done without funding. If I could change something it would be to get more media attention and funds to do more projects.

Rating: 4 stars  

HomeFreeHome is a wonderful grass-roots organization of dedicated architects who donate their knowledge and expertise to families in need of home renovations to accomodate physical disabilites. Although our final kitchen plans vary a little from the original design we were given, the ideas from our architect really helped us to maximize our space which will improve the functionality of the room. Now we can finally say that the cabinets and countertops are on order and we can't wait for construction to begin!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Provided plans in a timely manner

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity An excellent service to those in need of handicapped accessiblity. Very noble work these volunteers do, for people who already have a tough time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how it rallies the community to help those in need

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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