Second Wind Dreams

We know that each and every chapter in the lives of our residents has deep meaning.

Our organization, Second Wind Dreams, is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of our residents. And 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. We are 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, Shepherd's staff tries to make sure that these dreams come true. Shepherd of the Valley grants several wishes throughout the year at all of our communities. Wishes are also granted for our home health care clients.

Second Wind Stories

Helen Taipale

July 11, 2018

Howland resident Helen Taipale had simple dream of going for a ride in the country and meeting the people. She felt a ride in the country represented freedom. Helen looked out the window during the entire ride! She kept saying everything “looks calm & quiet” and shared stories how she lived on a farm when she…

Mary Mazzocca

June 16, 2018

Mary Mazzocca’s dream of a fun-filled summer family reunion came true at Shepherd of the Valley-Poland with the help of our Second Wind Dream Team. Mary was all smiles when over 20 of her family members arrived to spend the day with her! Mary was even more surprised when her son and daughter-in-law set up…

Eugene Brungardt

June 14, 2018

Poland Shepherd of the Valley resident Gene Brungardt enjoyed a beautiful day at Mill Creek Park as part of a Second Wind Dream. Gene loves fishing and often enjoyed sitting on the shores of both Mosquito and Pymatuning Lakes with his wife as they waited for their day’s catches! The Mill Creek Park Police Department…

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Ken Foltz

February 23, 2018

  The Price is Right was in town last week and no one is a bigger fan than Poland resident Ken Foltz which made it a perfect event for a Second Wind Dream! Now we all know that wearing fun t-shirts is an important part of being in this game show’s audience, so our Shepherd of…

Laura Clark

December 31, 2017

  Long Time Steelers Fan Attends First Ever Football Game with Second Wind Dream On Sunday, December 31 Shepherd of the Valley – Niles resident and life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Laura Clark, finally made her way to Heinz Field to witness one of the sporting world’s greatest rivalries – Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh. Laura, who turned…

Clara Evans

December 15, 2017

Poland’s final Dream for 2017 did not go as planned. Clara Evans, a skilled nursing resident who started in our assisted living, was upset along with her daughter because this would be the first year Clara would not be able to attend the family Christmas dinner at her daughter’s home due to her physical limitations.…