History

Help, Hope, and Healing – Serving At-Risk Youth and Their Families                                              

Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc. was established in 1985 as a private, non-profit long-term residential care program by a local businessman, Joseph L. Tamsberg, Jr. Since he made his initial donation of this property, previously his family’s home, the Windwood Family of Services continues to be utilized as a valued resource in our community.

Governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, Windwood Farm serves children and their families through our residential, out-patient, and community based prevention programs throughout the tri-county area.

Mr. Tamsberg continues to assist Windwood Farm in the delivery of our mission: to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this mission we are building foundations to influence futures.

Since 1985 when the home opened it’s doors to six children, Windwood Farm’s residential programs  have continued to grow at a steady pace serving over 500 young boys and adolescents in its twenty nine year history.  Currently Windwood Farm’s residential programs are licensed to serve 27 children at a time, 15 in our group home, and 12 in our psychiatric residential therapeutic facility.

In 1991 a second home was constructed and our school house followed shortly there after in 1997. More construction was initiated to meet the needs of vulnerable children with two more major projects being completed on the property in 2005; the addition of another residential home for 12 children, which now houses our PRTF program and administrative offices, and the outpost cabin for our Environmental Education Center, located at the back side of the property on Causey Pond.

In 2000, Mr. Tamsberg purchased the neighboring 60 acres, including a 30 acre lake. The acquisition of this property has allowed us to develop an environmental education program.  As part of the ENRICH Health and Wellness project administered through The University of South Carolina, we constructed a fitness trail and obstacle course.  Staff provides education and skill training to our children in an attempt to instill healthy lifestyle choices in exercise and in developing proper eating habits.

In March 2010, we opened our out-patient clinic which is located at 900 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.,Suite 110 in Mount Pleasant.  This clinic provides individual, group, and family therapy services including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) which is evidence based program for children ages two through seven and their parents. Our independently licensed therapists are also trained in TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).

In May 2012, Windwood Family Services started providing Community-Based Prevention Services to families in Charleston and Dorchester counties who have come to the attention of the SC Department of Social Services for being at-risk to abuse or neglect the children living their home.