ProjectFREE provides services in an environment filled with creativity, performing arts, academics, music, fitness, care and respect.
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 Trolley!!
April 2021 – ABC Action News Tampa Bay
by James Tully –
Project-Free, the gem of Gulfport.
“Disabilities are really….not disabling!” explains Sharon Vanderline.
Vanderline quit her day job to start this non-profit, all for her daughter Lauren.
“She would go to different auditions, but the kid with Down syndrome would never be allowed to be with the regular band, they just would not allow her,” says Vanderline.
Funny, because that same kid has performed with “regular bands” all over. She even shared the stage with an American Idol contestant.
“Never nervous. How are you never nervous? Because I take it to the next level,” says Lauren.
The next level is where a lot of these adults have taken it. Theater, art, and music.
November 20, 2019 – The Gulfport Gabber
“There’s a small, one-level building with a wide-open door tucked away behind a shopping center off 49th Street South, and it was rocking on Sunday, November 17, to celebrate the achievements of local non-profit ProjectFREE. The nonprofit’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and the house band was just one way to highlight the work being done by program participants. Family, friends and members of the wider community who packed the multipurpose creative space at 2026 51st St. S. in Gulfport for the organization’s open house had the opportunity to hear music, look at and interact with art, treat themselves to food – all created by ProjectFREE students – as well as to learn more about the work being done by differently abled adults in and around Gulfport”
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