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

Lee Rudloff Second Wind Dream 8

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…

Alba Rivera Indians Game 20

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…

Rose Benedetto

April 11, 2016

Rose Benedetto has always loved the Opera, but never thought she would see one again. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust treated Rose to some very amazing seats at the Benedum Theater for the perfomance of The Barber of Seville. Rose was able to bring along a very special guest, her cousin Diane, whom she is very close…

Louise Joachim

October 9, 2015

The one and only time 92 year-old Louise Joachim rode a motorcycle was 13 years ago during a visit to San Francisco. Joachim had the opportunity to go for a ride with a younger cousin while visiting California. She said it was beautiful and very exciting.  Ever since that ride she has wanted to take…

Gerri Banks

September 23, 2015

Geraldine Banks has always loved the circus. When she was younger, Gerri was a clown. She still loves to dress as a clown and entertain people! Shepherd of the Valley wanted to honor Gerri and celebrate with her very own circus! There was circus music and a circus themed dinner with corn dogs, curly fries…