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

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Ken Foltz

March 5, 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 the…

Laura Clark

January 3, 2018

  Long Time Steelers Fan Attends First Ever Football Game with Second Wind Dream On Sunday, December 31 Shepherd of the Valley – Niles (1500 McKinley Avenue) 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.…

YSU Softball Team Pumpkin Carving at Boardman

October 11, 2017

In 2015, Jean Roepke’s dream of being back on the softball field came true with the help of Brian Campbell and the YSU Softball team. Since then, the softball team has been visiting SOV Boardman for activities with Jean and the residents. Most recently, the team stopped by to visit the resident and carve pumpkins. Thank…

Richard Werner

July 21, 2017

Howland resident Richard Werner and his family ran a farmer’s market, Delightful Gardens. Business was good and Richard worked long hours to reap the benefits of his labor.  He would drive a box truck up to Cleveland leaving at three o’clock in the morning just to bring fresh produce to his stand by opening time. …

Long Time Poland Resident Surprised With Her Own Pep Rally

May 5, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley resident Sara Hill-Strock has lived in Poland all her life and she is proud of her hometown. On Monday, May 1, Poland students and staff joined Shepherd of the Valley in celebrating Hill-Strock’s Bulldog pride with a parade and pep rally. Hill-Strock was born and raised in Poland. She graduated from…

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…