Here's a helpful Infographic for managing life during Covid-19. Understanding your own concerns and those of others, and managing anxiety are something that many may struggle with. Graphic provided courtesy of Mental Health America.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Last year there were more than 3,900 cases of child maltreatment in the tri-county area. With the coronavirus pandemic, children are out of school, forcing many families to choose between work and childcare. For many, incomes are gone; bills are piling up. HIgh, sustained levels of stress can lead to a surge in child neglect and abuse. Windwood staff will be working around the clock to serve children and families that need us during the coronavirus pandemic. Our long time business partner, Lennar Builders, will match your funds up to $7,500! Text BLUE2020 to 41444 to Be a Champion for a Child today!
The health and safety of our community is our top priority; we will continue taking steps to protect the many people we contact every week. In response to the state of emergency declared by Governor McMaster, Windwood Family Services is taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. We are in touch with state and city officials and are continually updating measures to protect our Windwood residents and community based services clients. Under our current virus protocol, everyone who enters a Windwood building is required to sign in and is asked about recent travel, whether they are experiencing flu-like symptoms, and whether anyone in their household has been quarantined. People who answer yes to any of these questions will be asked to leave as a precaution. How has Windwood Family Services handled school closing? Windwood staff will provide academic instruction and enrichment to the boys residing on our campus while Charleston County School [...]
By Zach Giroux - email@example.com The livelihood of 25 boys at a residential treatment facility was made a little bit better over the weekend. The boys’ happiness was a result of 25 bicycles donated by a single teenager. On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 16, Mount Pleasant 14-year-old Luke Payne and his family dropped off a trailer of used and refurbished bicycles to Windwood Farm Home for Children in Awendaw. The delivery was a surprise but both parties are still shocked with excitement and overjoyed. “We were just really tickled that somebody chose our charity,” said Debbie McKelvey, Windwood Farm’s executive director. “Especially somebody young stepping up and doing something like that; it’s very meaningful to us.” Since 1985, the private non-profit care program has been housing children 6 through 16-years-old to prevent abuse and neglect. Some children are homeless, the majority are in custody of the state after several previously failed placements. The program is [...]
Peper column: Making Christmas brighter for Windwood Farms youth By Warren Peper There are a number of generous civic clubs that go the extra mile this time of year to provide a better Christmas to less fortunate children. It was an eye-opening privilege last week to watch the members of the Charleston Metro Exchange Club literally wrap their arms around a group of boys from Windwood Farm. Windwood is designed to provide hope, help and healing for abused and neglected boys in Charleston and Dorchester counties. When the boys, generally aged 8 to 14, arrive at the facility, all of their possessions are contained in a black plastic bag. What isn’t quite as visible is the additional baggage of abuse and neglect. While at Windwood, the goal is to provide safety, in a nurturing environment, while the boys are also given structure and therapy. Every single boy who arrives with his plastic bag is [...]
Adverse Childhood Experiences South Carolina’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative Empowering communities to prevent childhood adversity Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life prior to the age of 18. This adversity can harm a child’s brain and its development, which can result in long-term negative health and social outcomes. ACEs include emotional, physical and sexual abuse; domestic violence; substance use and mental illness of someone in the household; being separated from parents, including incarceration and divorce; food insecurity; and homelessness. Through the empowerment of communities, the South Carolina ACE Initiative helps children and families overcome the effects of traumatic experiences, prevent poor health outcomes and promote well-being later in life. Children’s Trust is training to increase awareness of ACEs and their impact, collecting and disseminating data, building a prevention planning framework, and promoting sound legislative policy to address ACEs in our communities. More about the Original ACE Study Know [...]
Around lunchtime on a hot Wednesday late last month, Walter Nolan-Cohn took a break from the sun and chowed down on a chili dog. The lunch buddy beside him was one of 25 boys who live at Windwood Farm Home for Children in Awendaw, some 22 miles from Riley Park in downtown Charleston where Nolan-Cohn works. “We got to really talk to them and give them positive words of encouragement,” said Nolan-Cohn, the Community Relations Director for the Charleston RiverDogs baseball team. Lunch wasn’t the only reason he and several other RiverDogs staffers made the trip out to Windwood. The group partnered with Blackbaud and renovated Windwood’s baseball field. In one day, more than 30 members of the baseball team’s staff and a handful of Blackbaud employees cut the overrun grass, added new bases and reshaped the baseball diamond to bring it up to date. “It was essentially a backstop with high grass and [...]
Mark your calendar for November 8th and join us for "Havana Nights", the gala to support Windwood Family Services. Being held at The Cedar Room, the night will include Cuban influenced food and drinks, live auction, silent auction, raffles, live music, dancing, and of course cigars and fedoras! Join us as a sponsor!
103.5 WEZL and the Town of Mount Pleasant are kicking off summer with our 2018 Party in the Park presented by Southern Lumber and Millwork. The free summer concert series returns to Mount Pleasant's Memorial Waterfront Park every Tuesday in June! Windwood is the proud beneficiary of proceeds from the Dixie Vodka tent! Join us for free music and awesome adult libations as we raise money for our children and families. If you are over 21 and would like to volunteer to help us serve patrons please sign up! See the full lineup below!