Our boys were exploring the coastline at Bulls Bay
My, how time flies by! It seems hard to believe it has been thirty years since Jody and Anne Tamsberg created a living legacy that has grown to be a valued resource for children and families in our community.
Through the ongoing support of local business partners and civic organizations,several local places of worship, and caring individuals in our community, Windwood Family Services has been privileged to pave the way for children to recover from abuse and neglect and for families to recover from roadblocks that are preventing them from maintaining safe, secure, and loving homes.
People often wonder why the programs that Windwood offers are needed in our community.
- These Statistics May Surprise You:
- South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation for the overall well-being of children
- There are over 18,000 reports of abuse called into DSS each year
- In South Carolina Child Abuse is: 6 times more common than Type 1 Diabetes, 9 times more common than Pediatric Cancer, and 11 times more common than Sickle Cell Anemia
- South Carolina has the 16th Highest Drug Overdose Mortality Rate in the United States
We follow state and national trends, research best practice interventions and evidence based therapies, and then develop a diverse array of services that target the service needs of our community.
Our Residential Care Program:
Help, Hope, Healing. That is what goes on every day on our beautiful 110-acre residential campus in Awendaw. The natural beauty and surroundings of our campus with its access to the Wando River offer a safe haven for every boy who comes to live with us. Fishing ponds, nature trails, a wide variety of animals, a fitness trail and obstacle course, along with our challenge course and an on-campus education center keep our boys’ lives busy from morning ‘til night. We offer our boys a well-rounded lifestyle. As time goes on and as trust levels build, the daily nightmares turn into dreams for the future, low self-esteem turns into confidence and self-worth, and the fear of failure turns into reaching for the stars. When boys graduate from our program they are ready to accept life’s challenges. Their spiritual life is firmly set, scholastic achievement becomes the norm, and positive loving family values are spread out among those who will be in the child’s circle of influence. With therapies geared to increase problem solving, anger management, and frustration tolerance, we offer a unique approach to the healing process. Each building block increases the child’s ability to achieve a successful completion of our program.
- Our 110-acre campus provides for a safe and secure location that is the ideal therapeutic setting
- Since 1985, Windwood has served more than 500 boys and their families at our 110 acre residential campus in Awendaw
- The children we serve are typically referred by the Department of Social Services, and have five or more failed living arrangements before they are placed in our care
- Windwood is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our doors never close!
- Our residential program serves boys, ages 6-16 in need of behavior modification and trauma focused interventions as a result of abuse and/or neglect.
- In addition to food, shelter, and clothing, the children receive 24-hour therapeutic supervision and intervention, recreational activities, spiritual programming, Medical and dental care.
- Because we now offer out-patient and in-home therapy, we were able to offer support services to the families who were waiting for an admission our residential program.
Our Outpatient and School-Based Services:
Individual and Family Therapy is provided in our out-patient clinic at 900 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 110 in Mount Pleasant and at Mitchell Elementary and Pepperhill Elementary schools in Charleston County. Family therapy sessions work to establish age-appropriate roles and develop family rituals, to decrease stress and increase communication, to establish boundaries and to set the standard for acceptable family behaviors. Children as young as two can benefit from our Parent Child Interaction Therapy or PCIT as it is commonly called; and children of all ages benefit from the individual sessions offered by our independently licensed therapists who specialize in helping children overcome depression, anxiety, school fears, social phobias, in anger management, and in developing positive social skills that will assist them in becoming well-adjusted children and teens.
Our Community-Based Prevention Services:
This in-home visitation and outreach program works with families in the privacy of their homes to increase parental capabilities and to decrease the risk of child abuse and neglect occurring during stressful times in the family’s life. Since May 2012 we have served close to 2000 families in Charleston and Dorchester counties.The goals of this program are to: Aid in securing a safe, healthy, nurturing environment where children are loved and respected by their primary caregivers. Provide in-home interventions that empower families with the resources they need to become self-sufficient in their daily lives! Educate families to navigate the social service system, and Connect them with medical care options, counseling, job training, child care, and parenting education classes that are available to them.
For anyone who questions whether or not miracles happen, I invite you to come visit us. At Windwood Farm, miracles happen every day! The smiles on the faces of children who have overcome exposure to horrific living situations, extreme abuse and neglect, substance abuse, or physical cruelty tell a compelling story. Our boys are living proof that lives can be changed, that character can be built, and that success lies at the feet of those who embrace the tools offered to them to move forward.