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On October 15, 1985, Windwood Farm Home for Children opened its doors to six boys in state custody as a residential treatment facility. At the farm, the boys would receive the intense therapy and care they needed to recover from trauma most often caused by abuse or neglect. Thirty-five years later, over 700 boys have called Windwood Farm home. When Jody Tamsberg and his wife Anne decided to move their family from Windwood Farm to Georgetown, they fulfilled a dream by offering their beautiful property on the banks of the Wando River as a refuge and place of healing for boys. The Tamsbergs wanted the boys to have a home where they could fish, ride bikes, go for walks, and play ball like other kids while receiving treatment. The beauty and serenity of the 110-acre farm provides such a refuge. “I had wonderful parents who taught me the joy and obligation of giving [...]
Times are tough for all of us; they are particularly difficult for boys like 13-year-old Darnell. Will you help us show him that someone cares? Darnell never met his father. His mother committed suicide when he was just 5 years old, but for years he believed his mom was murdered by her boyfriend. You can imagine why he became angry and why that anger didn’t go away. When he was still in elementary school, Darnell’s anger turned into physical aggression and verbal abuse. He got into trouble with the law and was on his way to a life in jail. Fortunately, he found Windwood and a new path for his life. You can give Darnell the second chance he deserves. To continue providing residential treatment to children like Darnell, we need to raise more money than ever. This amount is more than in the past for two reasons: 1) our expenses have skyrocketed because [...]
“Recent events have again brought to light systemic racism in our law enforcement institutions, but we know it exists in other systems as well. We cannot pretend that these realities that our neighbors of color experience in their daily lives are based on individual choices but rather we must confront the reality that our systems have been set up to get exactly the results we are seeing. This is the time to talk about the root causes for the health inequities among contracting and dying from the disease at a much higher rate than whites. It is about the disparities that children of color face, being removed from their families and placed into foster care at a disproportionate rate and being sent to prison at higher rates as well. It is about the inequities in access to quality education among low-income and African American communities that leave too many children behind. Systemic racism [...]