Southwinds, Inc. was founded in 1983 by a group of parents who offered one another support in their mutual challenges of providing care at home for their adult children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The group determined that a community based residential program would provide them with much needed relief, and would also grant their sons and daughters the opportunity to develop their abilities and live more independently in the community.
Southwinds, Inc. was formed with goals and objectives identified as:
- A 24-hour residential program that would protect each individual’s dignity and health
- A base from which individuals could develop the skills necessary to lead productive lives in the least restrictive environment
- Supportive staff who would enhance each individual’s self-worth, self-care capabilities, interpersonal skills, and understanding of the responsibilities of community living
- Trained staff who would maximize each individual’s integration into the community and use of generic services.