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

Jean Roepke Baseball Dream 7

Jean Roepke

September 18, 2015

They say, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but for 88-year-old Jean Roepke, the diamond she is most interested in is the diamond covered in dirt and turf. Jean always played softball growing up, staking her claim in right field. When her playing career was over, she did what many former players do and moved…

Dorothy Reghetti

September 9, 2015

The Dream Team at Shepherd of the Valley – Niles is hitting the deck, the pool deck that is.  When most kids sneak out of the house it generally means, “They are up to no good.” When Dorothy Reghetti snuck out of the house, it was to go swimming.  Dorothy has always loved the water,…

John Benson & Ann Penman

August 17, 2015

Shepherd Residents “Taking Off” After Their Dream Flight 93 Ann Penman & John Benson, both 93 years young, spread their wings and took flight on August 17, 2015 at 7:00pm at Ernie Hall Aviation Museum. Ann Penman, an avid often speaks of one of her favorite books, Amelia & Eleanor Go for a Ride. The…

Margaret Voytko

July 1, 2015

Margaret Voytko was an avid gambler with dreams of visiting Las Vegas. Unable to travel across the country, the staff of Shepherd have planned for her to win big on a trip to Cleveland’s Horseshow Casino on July 1, 2015. Voytko is an 83 year-old Shepherd of the Valley – Boardman resident and gambled for…

Gail Godfrey Rides Again

May 18, 2015

The Dream Team at Shepherd of the Valley – Niles is at it again, this time with an equestrian flair. Gail Godfrey, an independent living resident at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles has always had a fondness for horses and a dream to go horseback riding but has never been able to mount up…

Rosemary Blicher

May 4, 2015

Rosemary Blicher is a 30-year cancer survivor who loves to be part of the Relay for Life in Warren, Ohio. At the Warren Relay, on May 8, 2015, Rosemary was crowned their queen and led the survivor lap around downtown.