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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alzheimers Disease, Geriatrics, Gerontology, Health, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: The mission of Second Wind Dreams is to fulfill the dreams of those living in eldercare communities thereby enhancing their quality of life and improving the perceptions of aging. This national nonprofit organization accomplishes its goals not only by making dreams come true for our elders, but through a national network of seminars, web courses, newsletters, in-services, and manuals, all with an eye for changing society''s perception of aging. Our research shows that dreams fall into five categories, the largest of which is "dreams for fun",--showing us that our seniors are not waiting to die, but wanting to live.

Programs: Second Wind Dreams focuses on those living in eldercare communities. These are our seniors who most need our assistance. Family support may be non-existent, and money can be at a premium, especially for our Medicaid-supported seniors. The program works within the eldercare community where a dreamweaver is identified. This person may be an employee of the eldercare community, or the dreamweaver could be a volunteer from the outside community. Armed with a manual that will include everything that the dreamweaver will need to get started, the resident's dreams are uncovered. Then the dreamweaver solicits help from the outside community to make the dreams come true. As each dream unfolds, the local community sees the wonder of older adults and understands that each stage of life is unique and bountiful. Often their new perception leads to long-lasting partnerships with facilities and special relationships with residents. In addition, Second Wind Dreams offers seminars, conventions, newsletters, phone consultations and a web site to assist in perpetuating our goals.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Second Wind Dreams has helped fulfill thousands of dreams for those living in elder care communities. This organization provides tremendous support and recognition to their members, volunteers, and donors. In addition to their Virtual Dementia Tour, created by P.K. Beville, and dreams program, their annual Gifts of Light 2014 provided Holiday gifts and visits to 1000+ nursing home elders. From my first hand experience, these elders were overwhelmed with surprise and joy. I continually heard, "Thank you so much!" and "How was I chosen?" These elders who normally receive no visits, felt truly blessed, loved, and remembered.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first came upon Second Wind Dreams when I was searching for sensitivity training programs to use in my own organization in Israel. The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) fit the bill exactly and I quickly made contact with Second Wind Dreams to arrange for personal training in conducting the VDT. I can only use superlatives to describe the fantastic work that Second Wind Dreams does to bring meaning to the lives of the elderly, through the organization's many volunteers around the world. Working with the founder of Second Wind Dreams was an exceptional experience for me and gave me the inspiration and initiative to push ahead with helping provide elders with the dignity and compassion they deserve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Second Wind Dreams, I have learned a lot about the elders living in nursing homes. I've learned that the things they desire most are often so simple to make happen. Every elder I have met has had their own story to tell and parts of every story have touched my heart in ways that can't be explained. Making sure an elder has their favorite candy or being a part of their dream to see a loved one when it finally happens is something you won't forget. From the smallest to the biggest dream, every one is important and adds to the fabric of the elder's life. Begin a part of this organization has give me a new mission and a reason to get up every morning. I head to the nursing home in anticipation of what is going to take place - every day is different - every day is exciting. It doesn't get any better than that!

Carrie Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been Volunteering with Second Wind Dreams for just over a year now and it has been the most fulfilling thing I have ever volunteered to do. I have experienced meeting some of the greatest Elders and seeing their dreams be fulfilled no matter how small. The Virtual Dementia Tour is one of the most enlightening and educating programs I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. If you are looking for a heart filling over flowing with love experience...this is the one for you whether it be as a volunteer or give a gift you can't go wrong! I have cried with, laughed with and enjoyed every elder I have had the pleasure to meet. As a Dream weaver you actually get to know the elder and find out about those things they wish they could have or would have done, or maybe that person they wish they could see again. My favorites are the dreams of having a new pair of slippers,warm socks, home cooked meal, simple things that most of us take for granted. The work that SWD does is beyond anything you will ever experience. Volunteer.....I do and will continue to do so as long as I am able!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Wind Dreams has helped us change the culture of our Eldercare Community. I cannot express enough thanks to this organization for their support, training and assistance in making the dreams of our elders come true! Staff morale has improved, family and staff connection is exceptional, and our elders are the happiest I have ever seen them. I highly reccomend this program to every eldercare community! If you are a potential donor to this organization, please know that your contribution goes directly to making the dreams of elders come true. Fantastic organization!!!