Housing and walking with people toward restored lives.




What is Second Wind Cottages?

Before there was a "what" there was a "who". Second Wind Cottage's journey began when it's 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 secondwindcottages@gmail.com.


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 secondwindcottages@gmail.com.​

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"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



The mission of Second Wind Cottages is to house and walk with people toward restored lives. We are a not-for-profit organization that provides homes and hope! 

Second Wind Cottages operates 18 cottages in Newfield, NY where formerly homeless men now call their home. We seek to restore dignity to homeless people by providing them friendship, and a safe place to reside, recover, and achieve a restored sense of community. 

We hope to help them find a path towards recovery and independence by "walking with them" as they gain their "second wind" and rebuild trust in people, relearn how to habitat peacefully with others, and pursue lives that are recovered from addiction, other forms of abuse, and trauma. Our work starts with building relationships with those who have become “invisible”, people for whom our community has given up hope.


This work is also accomplished through our 100% volunteer led Homeless Crisis Alleviation Team (HCAT). HCAT spends hours and days building relationships with people living the unsanctioned encampment site, also know as the jungle. Research shows that “poverty” comes not only from a lack of resources, but also a lack of relationships. Therefore we focuses on building relationships with those who most desperately need a friend. Over time, trust is built and we are able to assist those who desire a changed lifestyle. 

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For any other inquiries, please call 607-564-6087 , email secondwindcottages@gmail.com or complete the form below.

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