Job Opening: Director of Health and Wellness

 

The Director of Health and Wellness is a professional staff person with a clinical and grantmaking background who serves as primary support for a 2-million-dollar grant portfolio. As part of the Program Team, the Director of Health and Wellness facilitates strategies to strengthen integration of advanced primary and behavioral care for vulnerable populations, including the chronically ill, older adults, and those living in poverty. This position works closely with community partners to identify and develop strategies to address the needs of the older adult population and integrate services to allow older adults to age successfully and safely in community. Additionally, the Director of Health and Wellness provides research into healthcare needs, trends in service delivery, and public policy as part of his/her organizational leadership.  For more information on the position, download the full job posting. 

Wheelchairs, Canes, Lifts and More: F.R.E.E. of Williamsburg Gives Area Residents the Gift ofIndependence and Safety All Year Long

Tucked away in a bright, clean building in York County next to the Sentara Williamsburg Hospital, is a full storehouse that rivals any North Pole workshop. There one finds a special organization, F.R.E.E., which all year long gives area residents the gift of the equipment they need to stay safe and be mobile and independent at the same time.

F.R.E.E. stands for the Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment. The organization is a nonprofit organization based in Virginia. F.R.E.E. collects, sanitizes, and gives away a range of mobility-related rehabilitation equipment to low-income uninsured or under-insured adults in Virginia.

​Eligible individuals can apply for the following types of equipment:

​Manual and power wheelchairs

Walkers and wheeled walkers

Canes and crutches

Bath and toilet aids

Hoyer lifts and

Other specialty equipment.

According to a medical professional who supports F.R.E.E., “The equipment provided makes the client more independent in their home and safer by decreasing their fall risk.”

 “F.R.E.E. is a program were neighbors help neighbors. We collect medical equipment from the community that is abandoned or no longer needed. We utilize these unused resources to meet the needs of others. It’s incredibly practical and the right thing to do. It just makes sense,” says Robin Ramsey, Executive Director of F.R.E.E.

 “The Williamsburg Health Foundation has been proud to support F.R.E.E. since they first came to Williamsburg. In fact, we have seen the whole community support F.R.E.E. Sentara Williamsburg has given it a home since the beginning,” says Carol Sale, President and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation.

 A recipient of a FREE walker shared his experience. “I needed a walker that could support me because of my height and frozen shoulder. I needed a walker with forearm extension, and my insurance would not cover it. After completing my application, I had my walker in no time. Now I can walk in comfort without having to worry about losing my balance.”

 F.R.E.E. has six Virginia locations: Roanoke, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Lynchburg, and Winchester. To contact the Williamsburg location, call (757) 707-4741; fax (757) 337-5032; or email williamsburg@free-foundation.org. To learn more about their programs, including their Williamsburg location, visit www.free-foundation.org.