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

Virginia Wellendorf Holiday Dream 2

Virginia Wellendorf

December 5, 2014

96 year old Virginia Wellendorf, a resident of Shepherd of the Valley’s Assisted Living in Poland, participated in the Youngstown Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting on December 5, 2014. Wellendorf, who born in Youngstown and grew up in the city, wished she could go downtown and see all the changes that have been made.…

Mary Ulam second wind dreams

Mary Ulam

November 11, 2014

85-year-old Niles resident Mary Ulam went zip lining in Oberlin, Ohio at Common Ground Canopy Tours. Ulam wore a harness and climbed high into the trees before attaching to the cable and zip lining from platform to platform.  Ulam enjoyed zip lining and looks forward to her next adventure, possibly visiting Alaska. Media Coverage:…

Norma Hovanes

November 10, 2014

Norma Hovanes, a 90-year-old Boardman resident, is a huge Cavaliers fan and wanted to attend a game. The Cleveland Cavaliers gave Norma all-star treatment, allowing her to watch the players warm up before the game. Several players introduced themselves and spent some time with her. She is pictured here with Kevin Love. Hovanes was overwhelmed…