PAST TO PRESENT
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.
The goals and objectives envisioned by Southwinds’ founders continue to be implemented through the combined efforts of the Board of Directors and professional staff. As Southwinds’ service provision has expanded since its inception, it has remained committed to the belief that all individuals are capable of continued learning and development throughout their lifespan.
To this end, Southwinds offers the following services and supports:
- Assistance to each individual to set and pursue goals for personal growth
- Development of personalized support plans for daily living skills and integration into the community
- Support from 24-hour professional and trained staff at each home
- Transportation to employment and other day programs, recreational activities and personal appointments
- Volunteer programs designed to assist in integrating individuals into their communities
- Community relations and public education to enhance acceptance and support of persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.