Southwinds, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 2101 Greentree Road Suite A-201 Pittsburgh PA 15220 USA

Mission: Southwinds, Inc.
A Place to Call Home for Intellectually and Developmentally Challenged Adults Southwinds''mission is to provide residences for developmentally challenged persons in the community, while enhancing their quality of life and offering opportunities for specialized programs, social involvement, and independence.
 Our focus continues to be breaking down the isolation and segregation experienced by developmentally challenged persons by providing them with extensive services that promote their independence, dignity and equality.

Results: With 25 years of successful opertation, we currently serve 51 clients, aged 18 to 80, in 14 different residences
Target demographics: adults with developmental challenges throughout Allegheny County
Direct beneficiaries per year: With 51 clients, we are currently at capacity
Geographic areas served: Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area
Programs:

Southwinds has 14 homes and serves 50 individuals The following services assist each person in improving their skills for independent living. Southwinds' 24-hour residential program:

  • helps each person set and pursue goals for personal growth;
  • supervises training plans in daily living skills;
  • provides transportation to employment, workshops, therapeutic activity centers, recreation activities, and personal appointments;
  • develops programs for older adults;
  • offers specialized psychiatric and medical services;
  • coordinates medical care with physicians and health care providers;
  • oversees public education, community, and volunteer relations aimed at the integration of its individuals into the community. 

Achievement of these goals is evaluated internally as well as by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.The agency is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. 

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EIN 25-1460522
(412) 446-1080
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Rating: 5 stars  

Southwinds is an amazing organization that changes the lives of developmentally challenged adults who would not otherwise be able to enjoy the many services that Southwinds offers to enrich their lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband’s Aunt began having seizures at approximately 18 months old; this was the probable cause of the mental retardation. She was institutionalized at age 17 (in 1964) and spent nearly 30 years at Western Center State Facility before it was closed. Thankfully, other state agencies were encouraged to visit Western Center to interview the residents to see if any qualified for their program assistance. Aunt Kathy was one of those lucky residents. She went to live in one of Southwinds' group homes February 2, 1994. Aunt Kathy has lived with the same three housemates for many years and her caregivers are amazing women. They truly have become Aunt Kathy’s family. Aunt Kathy goes five days a week to a retirement day program. She makes Crafts to enhance her fine motor skills and participates in group activity sessions. Her program is run through Mercy Behavioral Health. As a family member of a current resident in Southwinds' care, I am happy to recommend Southwinds, Inc. Written with kind regards, Elizabeth M. Duhan

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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3 people found this review helpful

The feeling I get in all my contacts with Southwinds staff is that they truly care for their clients. It is wonderful that such a place exists.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuinely caring people

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-11-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Southwinds provides amazing service to the developmentally challenged individuals who they aim to serve. With incredible grace and compassion, the Southwinds staff works to provide the life-altering care that allows their clients to engage in productive service to the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the passion of their staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well-informed, good-hearted, and very kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide exemplary service to even more clients.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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