Who are we?
Co-founder & Managing Director
"I’ve been working in the refugee space for many years and I’ve supported hundreds of people seeking asylum, and what I’ve found is, for the great majority, the process of finding meaningful employment in Australia can be both challenging and disheartening." - Loretta Bolotin
Loretta has supported asylum seekers and developed community programs both in Australia and internationally. She's worked in numerous roles within the humanitarian sector over the last 8 years, including as a board director for a Kenyan NGO, a case worker with the Red Cross, has run community-based advocacy campaigns, and developed a refugee integration project. Loretta is passionate about embracing cultural diversity, and has been visiting and making connections with refugees and asylum seekers held in detention for many years. She founded free to alongside her husband Daniel Bolotin in late 2015.
Co-founder & Program Manager
Daniel is inspired by his parents’ journey to Australia as refugees from Uzbekistan in the late 70’s and the challenges they faced, and overcame, in making a life for themselves and their family. He has been working with children and families for over 10 years to improve their educational outcomes. Before all that, Daniel completed a Masters in International Development and worked to advance global youth participation for Plan Australia. Daniel is currently completing a PhD in the education field and is crazily busy with many life projects including raising his gorgeous 15 month-old son. After many years of chatting with Loretta about the financial hardship and challenges gaining meaningful employment that refugees in Melbourne are experiencing, Daniel worked with her to come up with the free to feed concept.