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
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.
Scary....that is how a family feels in letting their loved one move on to a different place in their life. My sister was raised at home in a loving family and we didn't consider how life would play a part in where she would end up. When our Mom died and my sister needed more than we could give her, I was so blessed to have found Southwinds. My sister was in her fifties when she was moved to a beautiful home in Carnegie with people who loved and cared for her till she passed. She had a full life at this home and I will ever be thankful for all the love and caring she received. At her funeral the staff of Southwinds was there with our family and greived with us...what a wonderful group. They give their clients respect and their is much to be said for that!
Southwinds was a blessing for my family, my sister was taken care of by our mother who passed away few years ago. Our family members worked which meant we need to find a place for our sister who can be taken care of with an organization that would take care of her with love, support and a healthy environment. Southwinds has offered all of that and more. Linda Foster