Our mission is to build a sense of community and provide empowerment for adults with special needs through connection, meaningful experiences, spiritual growth, and fulfilling work.
The Southwind Fields programs are based on the Community Strong concept that provides adults with learning differences the opportunity to lead meaningful, impactful lives.
Working alongside one another in Community Impact Teams, our Locals (program members) can enter the mission field in a way that not only helps them find fulfillment but also works towards the greater good, benefiting non-profits working to make a difference in our city.
In both the Southwind Day Program and the Southwind Fields Tiny House program, Locals are offered the opportunity to be contracted Southwind Fields employees, being hired onto Local Work Teams, earning a steady paycheck while being active participants in an employment setting of their choosing within our organization.
The SWF Podcast is not only fun to listen to, but it’ll touch your heart, and you might learn something, too!
Listen to our Local Leaders interview community leaders on a variety of topics, focused around friendship, business, community engagement and leadership.
Click here to see a test run.
Click here if you would like to be interviewed.
Hosted by Southwind Fields, this member-led group meets each month to socialize, celebrate their wins, build friendships, and have great conversations.
We visit a topic relevant to the group which often includes guest speakers or service groups who share their expertise and lead the discussion.
No need to register. Just show up! You’re welcome to join us for dinner afterward, as well.
We believe in learning from one another and sharing our unique gifts, talents.
At Southwind Fields, we encourage each of our Locals to have a mentor.
For our City Locals, it may look like checking in once a week, maybe grabbing a burger or a cup of coffee, touching base, and doing life together.
At our Local Hub, mentors might lead a life group, teach a class, or simply join us for lunch.
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Call or email to find out how you can become a mentor.
The Southwind City Locals program is designed for men and women of a wide variety of abilities who desire to live independently within the community and have the necessary skill set to do so with minor assistance.
City Locals live in our partnered, affordably priced apartment complex located on the Northwest side of San Antonio. Here, they maintain their own lease agreements, while enjoying the fellowship and community of living alongside other Southwind City Locals.
City Locals have the opportunity to attend the Southwind Day Program, should they so desire, where they may participate in community impact team mission work and attend Life Groups and Worship Gatherings.
Other aspects of the City Locals program include:
- Roommate match (Locals choose their roommate from a pool of potential life-long friends)
- Community Apartment based living centered around the community strong concept
- Personal Local Advisor (case management/advocacy/State & Medicaid provider supervision)
- 24/7 on-call support
- 24/7 on-call wellness advisor
- Minimum of twice-weekly check-ins
- Weekly environmental checks
- Bi-weekly support from an Occupational Therapy Intern
- Independent living guidance
- Bus/transportation training
- Optional financial management with bi-weekly budget meetings
- Weekly Local Family group events
- Bi-Weekly support group meetings
- Employment search and retention assistance
- Access to the Southwind Social Club
Click here to learn more about the Southwind Fields lifestyle.
Click here to apply to become a Local.
- Non-refundable program application fee: $50 (helps us cover the cost of background checks and state/government-related fees)
- City Local Program Fee: $300/month (organic, locally sourced, meals will be available for purchase at the Southwind Social Club Monday-Friday for $5.00/meal). Your monthly fee covers all of the services listed above.
- Rent: Apartment application fees and deposits are typically around $150). Monthly rent is approximately $445 per person for a two-bedroom apartment and $690/per person for a one-bedroom (Locals opting to live in a one-bedroom must pass a screening for living alone before applying).
- Utility Cost: Approximate cost of electricity for a two-bedroom apartment ranges from $40-$50 per person each month, based on the Local’s combined use. Internet is approximately $60/month. Trash and water are included with rent.
- Groceries and Entertainment: Most locals budget $80/week, on average for groceries and fun. Locals opting to use ride-hail services rather than riding the bus or utilizing VIA Trans to get to work or go out should budget an additional $30/week.
The upcoming Southwind Fields Tiny House Community is Phase 3 of the overall vision for Southwind Fields.
It will provide a residential situation where our Locals (Southwind members) will experience an all-inclusive community of acceptance, growth, independence, and support in a therapeutic and supportive atmosphere.
Each resident will be provided a comfortable, manageably-sized rental home (or a room in The Inn for residents needing more individualized supervision) to call their own. We encourage residents to bring furniture and items to decorate as they please.
Each home will be fitted with A/C and a wet space for a sink and small refrigerator, but shared kitchens will be available also. These will create a sense of community and provide a higher level of safety.
In these moderately supervised spaces, our Locals may enjoy cooking and breaking bread alongside their neighbors and friends. Residents who have passed a simple cooking and food-handling course can prepare their own meals.
The Southwind Social Club is the second step in the Southwind Fields overall vision. This multi-use space hosts:
- Fun, purposeful and engaging classes focused on growing and refining social skills, appropriate peer relationships, strengthening independent living skills, and enhancing job readiness.
- A Monday through Friday program providing an empowering environment where adults with differing abilities may work towards holistic wellness (mind, body, and soul) and find meaningful experiences each week, surrounded by their peers, while serving as missionary pathfinders in the San Antonio community.
- A space for Local artisans to create freely and grow their skills in a supportive environment.
- A space for Locals to gather, hang out with friends, have some healthy snacks, play games, and build healthy relationships in their free time in a safe, encouraging, and fun environment.
- A space for budding non-profits and church plants to comfortably work, serve, or hold meetings from time to time, free of charge, until they have a place of their own.
- A space for evening gatherings, Local group events, and fun, positive events, open to the community.
Independence Pursuit is a collaborative effort, providing space, education and opportunity for adults with learning differences to create, learn, grow, and pursue a path to their personal independence, whatever that may look like. We believe that everyone deserves to have a life they love...everyone. We believe in dreaming big, chasing joy, and looking forward.
Pre-employment Classes (TWC Contract Pending):
- Work-Adjustment Training (WAT)
- Personal Social-Adjustment Training (PSAT)
- Vocational-Adjustment Training (VAT)
- Job Placement
Click here for more information on Independence Pursuit and its programs.
Southwind Sports is meant to fill the space in sporting leagues for people with learning differences, who haven't yet found their fit elsewhere.
Click here for the most current information on this season's sport, registration, and fees.
No experience in any sport is necessary to participate. While we do keep score during games, we're mainly focused on having fun and making friends! We'll practice for a little while and then divide into our teams for games!