Commitment to Non-Discrimination Practices

Non-Discrimination Policy

Policy: Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc DBA Windwood Family Services does not discriminate against employees, clients, primary caregivers, or volunteers of their therapeutic, educational, residential, or community based programs  or in our organizational activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment , gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status,  genetic information,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  Retaliation is also prohibited. 

Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc. DBA Windwood Family Services takes workplace equality seriously and strives to provide an inclusive culture focused on our core tenets of serving patient and client needs, promoting safety, obtaining positive outcomes and long lasting results, and striving for open communication and integrity.

Windwood places a high value on promoting an inclusive and equitable workplace. By bringing diverse talent and perspectives together, we create an enriched workplace.

Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc. DBA Windwood Family Services complies with state and federal laws such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits any discrimination due to race, color or national origin (45 CFR part 80) • Title V, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap (45 CFR part 84) • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability (28 CFR parts 35 & 36) • The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age (45 CFR parts 90 and 91),

Purpose: To establish uniform guidelines in order to promote a work and therapeutically sound environment at all Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc, DBA Windwood Family Services’ physical locations and off campus locations where our programs are administered in the community that is free of discrimination and harassment, and to affirm the organization’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of board of director members, volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and members of our community.

 Scope: This policy applies to our board of directors and advisory board members, staff, volunteers, applicants for employment, and third parties including visitors and community members.

  • Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment, in its delivery of services to clients, and in its interactions with volunteers, vendors, supporters, and visitors to our programs.
  • Windwood prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any client, employee, applicant for employment, third party, or community member because of race; color; national or ethnic origin; age; religion; disability; sex; sexual orientation; gender; gender identity and expression; including a transgender identity; genetics; veteran status; and any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law, herein called “protected categories.” The organization expects all employees, clients, and community members to join with and uphold this commitment.
  • Windwood seeks to maintain an internal system of audit and reporting that shall facilitate the identification and removal of inequities and deficiencies in its employment and those policies and practices that could preclude the fair and equal treatment of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and all protected veterans.
  • Windwood also prohibits retaliation based on a protected activity, such as the filing of a complaint of discrimination or participation in the investigation of such a claim. Any witness, complainant or respondent involved in an investigation ought not to be retaliated against for their participation in the fact-finding process. All personnel at the exempt level who are responsible for hiring, promoting, and managing employees and/or organization wide programs are required to promptly escalate all potential violations of this policy to a member of the board of directors, their supervisor, or directly to our agency administrator Deborah D. McKelvey, MA at 843-991-0682 or through email to her at deborah.mckelvey@windwoodfarm.org
  • Unlawful discrimination has no place on our campus or at any location where Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc. DBA Windwood Family Services provides services. Discrimination offends the organization’s core values which include a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion. All Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc. DBA Windwood Family Services board of directors, employees, interns, clients, volunteers, and community members are expected to join with and uphold this commitment.
  • Any member of the Windwood community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination under this policy without fear of retaliation. Any and all inquiries regarding the application of this statement and related policies may be referred to:  Deborah D. McKelvey, MA Executive Director at 843-991-0681 at 4857 Windwood Farm Rd., Awendaw SC 29429 or through email at deborah.mckelvey@windwoodfarm.org