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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I personally am impressed with Southwinds . The staff is great, my friend Barbie Ryan is engaged and happy. I have seen several nursing homes and group homes in my life and you can't compare them to southwinds.


Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to learn and contribute to Southwinds through my brother who has been an active volunteer to the organization for many years. I have been to their annual walk-a-thon several times and have had the pleasure of meeting the employees and individuals they serve. Everyone is so kind and generous, and I cant help to think that it takes special, loving people to do their jobs. It is to say the least, a humbling experience. I look forward to helping the organization in the future and wish them nothing but success.


Rating: 5

For the past 28 years Southwinds, Inc. has been providing residential home care services and developmental training for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As it has evolved, they have recognized the needs of an aging population and continue to enhance, expand and improve facilities. Southwinds current programs to build and modify tailored home-like specialized residences for challenged men and women, while remaining integrated into the community is a credit to their fore site. They currently manage fourteen such facilities and will expand to the extent that funding becomes available. The staff is dedicated to the elder care programs and conduct numerous fund raising activities each year to support existing programs and new facilities. In my experience with nonprofit's Southwinds ranks as one of the best. Jerry Smith, Upper St. Clair, PA


Rating: 5

Southwinds, Inc. is a tremendous asset to the Pittsburgh region. They do a wonderful job helping adults with developmental challenges develop life skills. The individuals at Southwinds and their families consider Southwinds their home – they are there on a very long-term basis. This is reflected in the fact that during Southwinds’ 25+ year history, the average age of the individuals they care for has increased from 36 to 60. Staff are professional, dedicated and truly caring. The fact that the Executive Director has been with Southwinds since 1984 also speaks volumes about the compassion prevalent throughout the organization.