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Mission of Second Wind Cottages

The mission of Second Wind is to house and walk with people toward restored lives. We are a non-proffer organization that provides homes and home to the homeless.  

What is Second Wind Cottages?

Before there was a "what" there was a "who". Second Wind Cottage's journey began when its founder, Carmen Guidi, felt a calling to help homeless, unhoused and unsheltered people in Tompkins County. Not knowing exactly how to help, he offered what he could - friendship. It was only after one of his new friends committed suicide that Carmen knew he needed to do more. Carmen, and now with others in the community along side of him, felt inspired to help bring hope and homes to their new friends. Later, and with his own land and money, but also with a generous spirit in many of his fellow community members, Second Wind Cottages were built.

Today, Second Wind Cottages are 18 individual cottages located in Newfield where 18 now formerly homeless men live. For some of our "guys", this is a temporary landing spot, as they gather their second wind on life. Yet there are other guys who need a bit more than a landing spot and we'll often let them park a bit longer. That's the beauty within the community we built at Second Wind Cottages where more than housing, we offer our residents a community, friendships, and hope for a restored life with dignity and compassion.


How is Second Wind funded?

Our funding comes from private individuals, grants, businesses, other organizations, who have seen homeless, unhoused and unsheltered people in Tompkins County and know in their hearts that our community must do better. Our cottages are built with volunteers, using donated and/or discounted materials or services. In fact, most of what we do is by the grace of volunteers and every dollar we raise goes right back into supporting the work we do. 

Are there any future building plans? 

Does Second Wind also plan to build housing for women?

Yes and Yes! We are currently moving with clarity and purpose to build a four-unit house in Dryden that will house 4 homeless women, with additional rooms for children. We anticipate building this beginning in Fall 2022 and working through the winter. Like our Newfield Cottages, the community came together around this critical need and provided land and hundreds of thousands of dollars to support these new affordable units to be built for homeless women. If you want to find out more information on how you can get involved please email


Also - we here from more people all the time who are inspired by the generosity that our community has shown Second Wind Cottages, and are passionate about helping homeless people live with dignity. If you have land or resources and want to join our movement to help bring hope and homes to homeless people and families, please also let us know at​






Lives Changed
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty."  -Mother Theresa


To apply for housing, please click here.

To donate financially, please click here.

To donate goods, please click here.

To volunteer, please click here.

For any other inquiries, please call 607-269-8814, email or complete the form below.

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