It is the mission of CEDARS to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships.
For over 70 years, thousands of vulnerable children and youth have found safe refuge and a new beginning at CEDARS. One of Nebraska’s most trusted child-service organizations, CEDARS makes sure that children feel safe and secure. At the same time, we’re giving parents, foster families, and partnering agencies the support they need to care effectively for children.
Every day is different for Shelly, Travis, and Julia. They wake up, not knowing if they will eat breakfast or go to school like other kids their age. They don’t even know if they’ll wake up to a parent at home or be completely alone.
Shelly, Julia and Travis are close in age, the youngest in kindergarten and the oldest in fifth grade. And for the last two years the children’s parents have been battling addiction.
This means days when there is no food to be found in the children’s home; when for hours each day they may be left alone to care for themselves and with dreadful feelings of uncertainty about the days and weeks ahead of them.
Lifeline To A Child In Need.
At the Youth Opportunity Center, homeless and at-risk youth can “drop-in” to receive a hot meal, do laundry, follow hygiene routines, complete job and housing applications, receive education support, and simply sit and relax in a safe environment.
We first met Olivia when she was in need of a safe place to sleep. She had recently run away from her living situation, which was unsafe for her.
As part of a state-wide effort, CEDARS is participating in Nebraska Thursdays, a project which connects local farmers and ranchers with schools and youth organizations to create locally sourced lunches for children and youth.