Second Wind Dreams

We know that each and every chapter in the lives of our residents has deep meaning. Our organization is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of our residents. Providing financial support is key to this provision. Whether the dream is to visit a hometown, get front row seats to a Broadway show or gather family and friends for an ice cream social, no dream is too big or too small! Individual and corporate donations help to support these worthwhile events and make dreams come true for our residents.

Second Wind Dreams® was founded in 1997. Its name is derived from a novel of the same name by P.K. Beville, a geriatric specialist who wrote about the wonderful, colorful and sometimes hysterical people who live and work in nursing homes. Shepherd of the Valley participates in Second Wind Dreams, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams.

In 2014, Second Wind Dreams recognized Shepherd of the Valley as one of the top five organizations participating in the program. Shepherd’s residents are encouraged to share their lofty wishes and the staff tries to make sure that these dreams come true. Shepherd of the Valley grants several wishes throughout the year for residents at all of our communities as well as our home health care clients.

Second Wind Stories

The Adventures of Flat Grandpa

February 24, 2017

Inspired by the Second Wind Dreams Flat Elder Project, Shepherd of the Valley has decided to share the adventures of Flat Grandpa! Flat Grandpa wasn’t always flat; in fact Flat Grandpa was rather athletic. A prize fighter, born and raised in Youngstown, OH, he took his fair share of hits but always came out on top and…

Larry Fenn Brings Holiday Joy to Austintown Children

December 22, 2016

                        Pictured left to right: Howland resident Larry Fenn, Howland Activity Director Traci Luther and her daughter. Shepherd of the Valley Howland resident Larry Fenn had no idea that growing his beard out would lead to a new alter ego. Many years ago, Fenn…

Don Williams

December 19, 2016

For more than forty years, Don Williams spent his time behind the camera at WKBN. As a cameraman, he worked primarily on the morning news but also had an important role behind the scenes building and designing sets, props and working on special projects. Don had a stroke a few years ago. He was not…

Leorabella Rudloff

June 27, 2016

On June 25, 2015, Boardman resident Leorabelle “Lee” Rudloff had the chance to feel the wind in her hair as she sped around the track at the Sharon Speedway! Lee arrived at Sharon Speedway late in the afternoon and had a chance to meet the staff and some of the drivers. She had the honor…

Cleveland Indians give all-star treatment to Shepherd of the Valley resident Alba Rivera

May 7, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, The Cleveland Indians made Alba Rivera’s dream come true. Rivera not only attended a game, but had the opportunity to meet her favorite player, Sandy Alomar. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico in 1943 and later moved to the United States where she raised her four children, Nelson, Omar, Alba and…

Jo Woods

April 23, 2016

The Dream Team at Shepherd of the Valley – Niles bowled up a perfect day with assisted living resident, Josephine Woods. Jo, as she likes to be called, turned 101 on April 23 and all she wanted for her birthday was to go bowling with her family. Jo was captain of her bowling team in…