On May 27, 2012, Audrey D. Free, a long-time friend and supporter of Pathway Homes, and mother of former resident, Karen Free, passed away. Audrey was born in Lampasas, TX in 1922. She married Col. Lou Free, an active duty USAF officer, and with her husband traveled to many postings including Hawaii, Paris and Germany. In time, they were traveling with their three children: Karen, Brenda, and Lucius “Rusty”.Audrey accomplished much throughout her life. In 1943, Audrey earned a degree in business from Baylor University. While in Paris, Audrey studied at the Cordon Bleu School of Cooking, and while in Wiesbaden, Germany she was named president of the Wiesbaden Area Officer’s Wives Club. Returning to the United States in 1965, Audrey worked as Executive Assistant to the Dean of George Washington Law School, and joined the Chesapeake branch of Civitan International.
Audrey’s respect and support for Pathway Homes continued throughout her life and will continue long after. Following the death of her daughter Karen Free in 2011, Audrey established the Karen Free Art and Recreation Recovery Fund with a $20,000 donation. The fund was established to give adults like Karen, served by Pathway Homes, the opportunity to discover and explore the use of art in recovery.
"Every time we spoke she asked how Karen's fund was growing," says Vice President for Operations, Eleanor Vincent. "Her dearest wish was to see the funding increase so that countless others can experience the joy and healing that her daughter Karen found in the arts." Donations to the Karen Free Art and Recreation Fund may be made online through the Pathway Homes secure server or sent directly to Pathway Homes’ Administrative Office.