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Southwinds, Inc.

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Causes: Group Homes, Human Services

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. 

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother, David, has been a resident in one of Southwinds group homes since 1986. David moved in to his home when he was 24 years old. I was 21 and just transferred to a University. I had difficulties adjusting to being away from home and David and I spoke often. I will never forget his words of encouragement, "Barbie, if I can do it so can you!" AMEN TO THAT! David has THRIVED in his group home. He was given the opportunity of independence, pride and dignity. He met many new friends in the staff and client base. As the years have past, David has endured some major health restrictions. Southwinds and their extraordinary staff have met his needs with so much love and support. I, and my family, are so grateful to Southwinds, Inc. They have given David quality of life and my family a great peace of mind! They are priceless!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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