It seems hard to believe it has been thirty years since Jody and Anne Tamsberg created a living legacy on their home in Awendaw, SC that has grown to be a valued resource for children in our community.
Through the ongoing support of local business partners and civic organizations, places of worship, and caring individuals in our community, Windwood Family Services has been privileged to provide healing resources so children may recover from abuse and neglect. Your help and support has allowed families to remove roadblocks that were once 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 speak volumes.
• South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation for the overall well-being of children
• There are over 18,000 reports of abuse called in to DSS each year
• South Carolina has the 16th Highest Drug Overdose Mortality Rate in the United States
1985 - Opened our doors serving six boys in the home where Jody and Anne started their family
1991 - A second home was constructed and 16 boys were able to call Windwood their home.
1996 - A new building was constructed and the Windwood Farm School opened its doors
2001 - An additional 60 acres was purchased and The Windwood Farm Environmental Center was created.
2004 - The agency became accredited for maintaining best practice standards in residential treatment through a national organization, The Council on Accreditation.
2005 - Celebrated their 20th anniversary. The cabin on the back property was renovated and a new residential treatment home was erected.
2010 - Celebrated their 25th anniversary. Our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) opened for twelve boys; awarded a contract to provide Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services (RBHS) to children living in the community and Founder, Joseph L. Tamsberg, Jr. was presented with The Order of the Palmetto for the contributions he has made to the State of South Carolina.
2011 - Opened out-patient clinic in Mount Peasant
2012 - Began providing Community-Based Prevention Services in Charleston and Dorchester Counties.
2015 - The Council on Accreditation recognized them for maintaining best practice standards in Residential Treatment, Community Mental Health Services, and Family Preservation Services
• 93.3% of their clients were discharged to a lower level of care or to a family living arrangement
• 93 % of the children maintained ongoing contact with at least one family member or prior foster parent through visitation, phone calls, and/or social media outlets allowing for an easier transition home
• 100% of the children received a full day of education by attending a CCSD school on a daily basis
• 94% of the boys served were promoted at the end of the school year
• Since May 2012 Windwood has received 2,000 referrals to our Community Based Prevention Program and less than 5% of these families lost custody of their children