Welcome to ProjectFREE

The not for profit  whose mission is to enhance the quality of life  for individuals with intellectual or developmental  disabilities.

Project Free’s goal is to help our consumers lead independent and balanced lives through visual and performing arts,  academics, entrepreneurial training and aquatic skills.  

Project Free presents an amazing program for adults with diverse abilities. 

PF is rooted in  a program of music, visual and performing arts, and academics, along with culinary arts and aquatic (on the water) sports and navigation training.

Solar Flair, Project Free’s rock an roll band, is the core of our music curricula taught by dedicated professional and performing musicians.  Solar Flair performs at community events and local clubs to  ever-increasing  enthusiastic  audiences. Every performance exudes pride and joy.

Rising Starz is the musical comedy production company that  has  presented  adaptations of popular Broadway plays including Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Grease, Mama Mia  and Once Upon a Mattress. The Starz most recent performance was a new original musical called “Love the Hard Way” August 8th – 11th, 2019, at the Hickman Theater in Gulfport.

Culinary Arts – launched on July 1st, 2019 – provides hands on training in a local commercial  kitchen. Our products will be offered for sale to the public as we hone our baking skills.

Waterworks, our aquatic program, will be conducted on both land and sea.  Waterworks offers basics of  boat safety and navigation, along with recreational fishing and tubing. Water works kicked off on June 24,2019.

Project Free’s programs are open to both waiver and non waiver clients

Lights * Camera * Action
Four ProjectFREE Students were selected to participate in a commercial shoot for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority as a “Group of Friends” enjoying a night out on the town using public transportation. The theme for the shoot was Carless St. Pete, but also celebrating diversity of all citizens living here and using public transportation. Our students had a Blast and that wasn’t acting! Much Thanks to Bill Radtke & PSTA for providing ” A Little Hollywood Experience” to our students who Love the Trolly!!

ProjectFREE is the Premier Adult Day Training Program in the Suncoast Region providing an unparalleled person-centered educational experience rooted in the visual and performing arts, academics, entrepreneurial training, Culinary Arts, Boating, and physical health & fitness.

Our Mission and Inspiration

ProjectFREE Mission: ProjectFREE is a non-profit organization fueled by parents, educators, friends and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to implement a bold new concept for people with disabilities who have the ability, the desire, and the passion to live and work independently and become an integral part of the community.

Our Inspiration: Lauren’s Story – Lauren personifies what is possible when a person focuses on their abilities and breaks down barriers. From the day she was born, we recognized that her life would be about what she would achieve despite what the larger society might think is possible. Thirty years of challenges and successes—including being the first mainstreamed student in a public high school, a performing musician and holding down a job in the “real world”—still places Lauren in a world with very limited career and independent life options. Through living, learning, and working, every person can compete in, and contribute to their community and society at large.

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