FREED presents Reflections, featuring the photography of John Hollis

December 30, 2013

FREED is pleased to announce a fundraising event which will take place on February 21st (6-8 pm) in Marysville at the Brick Coffee House Cafe (316 D Street).  The show, Reflections, will feature the photography of John Hollis.  John has been a photographer for more than 40 years. His recent work and activities include providing wall art for the Rideout Cancer Center and Sutter County One Stop.  His images can also be seen on the Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce website, the Yuba County website and Sutter Medical website as well as many homes and businesses.  John says of his photography, “I give you images that can make your soul soar.”  He is the owner of John Hollis digital photography.

Reflections will feature more than ten of John’s photographs of scenes of nature and reality around the Sacramento Valley.  Tickets are $20 per person, and include admission, one free raffle ticket, appetizers and coffee/ice tea.  There will be a No Host Espresso Bar.  The grand raffle prize will be a photo of winner’s choice from the show. All proceeds benefit FREED Center for Independent Living.

For further information and to purchase tickets, call the FREED office in Marysville, 742-4474 .


FREED has moved!

October 15, 2013

The Nevada City office of FREED has moved to a new location.  We are now centrally located in the Brunswick Basin at 2059 Nevada City Highway, (Grass Valley), in Suite 102.  (We are near commercial neighbors Lumberjack Restaurant, across side street from us, and Fowler Shopping Center, home of B & C True Value Home and Garden Center and SaveMart supermarket, across the highway.)

Please note our new phone number: 530-477-3333 (voice), and 530-477-8194 (TTY).  New fax # is 530-477-8184.

Come visit us soon!


This is the main entrance:

Accessible Parking:


FREED’s new meeting room:


We look forward to seeing you at the new office.

Benefit Dance Concert with AXIS Dance Company and Air Aligned aerial dance group

August 21, 2013

FREED is excited to announce a Benefit Dance Concert to take place on Sunday, September 15th, 2013.  The show will feature the renowned AXIS Dance Company  in performance with Air Aligned aerial dance group featuring Tresa Honaker.  FREED is proud to participate along with other community sponsors in bringing this significant event to fruition.  The goal of this project is to harness the power of dance as a performing art form to empower individuals of all ages including youth and individuals with and without disabilities to realize their own potential. Through the magic of dance, we want to enlighten, educate and entertain our audience and inspire new awareness of and respect for our differences.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit FREED Center for Independent Living, Tresa Honaker Special Needs Trust, and Center Stage Dance Studio Scholarship Fund.  We hope you will be able to join us at one of the two performances at Miners Foundry on Sunday, September 15th.  See details below:

Free Workshop with AXIS Dance Company

August 21, 2013

FREED is pleased to announce a free Dance Workshop in physically integrated dance for dancers and non-dancers with and without disabilities.  The workshop will be presented by the renowned AXIS Dance Company, which has appeared on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” See details below.



Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser

June 10, 2013

A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for FREED will be held on Friday, June 28 between 5:00 pm to 8:00 PM,at Paulette’s Country Kitchen,  875 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 2 – 13 and can be purchased in advance at FREED and Paulettes, or at the door.

There will be great raffle prizes including tickets to a Giant’s game and to the Nevada County Fair, and gift certificates from B&C True Value, Moule Paint and Glass, Wooden Spoon, Weiss Brothers Nursery, Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, and more.

Call 265-4444 for further information.  Please come join us on the 28th, and support FREED.

Sam Dardick featured on Department of Rehabilitation website as “Notable Person”

May 20, 2013

The California Department of  Rehabilitation is featuring 50 Notable People in celebration of their 50th Anniversary.  Sam Dardick- (1933 – 2011) – “The Sit Down Farmer” is featured for Week 17: May 15 – May 21, 2013

Sam Dardick, disability rights activist, urban planner, County Supervisor and artist, contacted polio when he was 13. By the end of high school, he was adept enough in his wheelchair to become an All-American wheelchair basketball star. He graduated from Washington University with a degree in architecture, and continued on to earn a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.

He returned home to St Louis, settled down, started a family, and began to practice his trade, but the tumultuous late 1960′s stirred in him a yearning to travel. In the early 1970′s, Sam and his wife, Geeta, left America and took their kids on an 8,000 mile 3-year overland adventure across Europe and India in a VW Microbus, named Brunhilda.

Upon returning to the States, the Dardick family moved onto 37 undeveloped acres in rural Nevada County. Sam started sketching to document the years he cleared the land at Sai Lake, built the family’s cabin, raised animals, gardened, strove for self sufficiency and learned the art of interdependence.

In the early 1980′s, Sam met Ed Roberts who inspired him to open FREED, the first independent living center for people with disabilities in the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills. An ardent activist, Sam fought for disability rights in Sacramento and in Washington, DC, where he was active in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a wheelchair athlete with a passion for basketball and tennis, he helped start the Nevada County’s wheelchair sports program as well. Sam’s political activism on environmental and social justice issues helped him to be twice elected to Nevada County Board of Supervisors where he left a lasting mark on water, environmental and land use issues.

FREED Folks go to jail!

March 5, 2013

Here are the details:  Look in The Union on Thursday, March 14th to see the Mug Shots of our jailees.  On that day, you can listen to KNCO and call-in between 7 and 9 am or 3 and 5 pm to pledge “bail” – and support FREED.  Or if you prefer to use the FREED website:

  • click the “DONATE” button to use PayPal, and then use the “CONTACT” page to say who you are sending bail for, or
  • use the “CONTACT” page to make your pledge – in the message box tell us who your bail is for, how much, your mailing address and we will bill you
  • or donate by mail using the form on the “DONATE” page.

Bail these people out of jail, and help FREED!

Ed Roberts Day – January 23, 2014

January 23, 2013

This year Ed Roberts Day will be celebrated with Device Lending Library Open Houses at both of the FREED offices, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 23rd.  Drop in to obtain information on Assistive Technology and see devices which are available for loan.

For more information about the open houses, contact Mike Scott (Marysville Open House) 742-4474, or Jeff Samco (Grass Valley Open House) 477-3333.

Watch this excellent video to learn more about Ed Roberts and his instrumental role in the founding of the Independent Living Movement.  Free Wheeling

Managed Care and Nevada County: What does it mean for you?

December 5, 2012


Please join us, if you are interested!  Call Becca at FREED for more information or to RSVP.

FREED Announces New Executive Director

November 2, 2012

FREED is excited to announce that Ana Acton has accepted an offer to be the Executive Director (ED) at FREED Center for Independent Living in Nevada City. Ana’s start-date at FREED will be December 3rd 2012.

Many of you know Ana and have had direct experience with her Independent Living  knowledge, skills and passion.  You will remember that she served as Executive Director of FREED from 2007 to 2010 before moving to the position of Chief for the Independent Living, Assistive Technology, and Traumatic Brain Injury Unit of the California Department of Rehabilitation in Sacramento where she has served for the past two years.  Her knowledge and experience gained at the Department of Rehabilitation, having previously held the FREED Executive Director position, her experience with the Independent Living and Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Models and being a long-time member of the Nevada County community, make Ana the perfect leader to guide FREED into a very dynamic future.

Welcome back Ana!