It is the mission of CEDARS to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships.
CEDARS is here to ensure that all kids have a safe environment where they can grow and thrive. We walk alongside them, using a holistic approach that provides support from infancy through young adulthood, with a variety of services to meet individual needs.
We’re also here to walk with families, offering them resources, opportunities and education to keep their family connections strong. Our approach is trauma-informed and honors the experiences of those we serve, so families can become stronger and kids can preserve those connections as a central part of their support system.
These needs can’t be met by one person, entity or organization alone. That’s why we join together with organizations and individuals across the community to support kids and families. From policymakers to child welfare advocates, trauma specialists to local and state agencies, and community donors to partner nonprofits, we embrace the kind of togetherness that changes lives.
Helping all kids receive the best possible care builds a strong foundation and empowers them to develop skills and work toward independence. Providing this security and the opportunities that come with it is at the heart of our mission, and at the heart of the people who carry it out.
He’s an intelligent teen – enjoys rollerblading and reading!
Oscar came to CEDARS at the beginning of April. His neighborhood was overflowing with crime, and he was no longer safe at home.
When Oscar first arrived at CEDARS Emergency Shelter, he was very guarded. His home environment made him feel like he always had to fight for himself. However, he soon realized CEDARS was here to fight for him too.
To help Oscar reach his full potential, staff members worked with him on his social skills and provided him with strategies to reduce his verbal aggression. On top of that, CEDARS helped prepare Oscar for his future career by assisting him with job applications and holding mock interviews.
After a few weeks had passed, Oscar was showing a lot of improvement and left CEDARS Shelter to live in a more permanent home. With the help of CEDARS, he was able to see the potential he had and how to take the necessary steps to reach it.
CEDARS is here for kids, here for families, and was here for Oscar when he needed it most.
Meet Oscar, a teen who reached his full potential with the help of CEDARS Emergency Shelter staff.
As a Youth Specialist in CEDARS Emergency Shelter, LeAundria helps provide a safe environment for teens to grow and thrive while they work to be reunited with their families.
As the Program Director for CEDARS Community Learning Center at Hartley Elementary, Katie spends her days engaging with kids, families and Hartley staff members to ensure each kid has a safe place to grow!
Meet Mandy, the Program Director for CEDARS CLC at Clinton Elementary who spends her days working with students, families and neighbors to ensure all kids have a safe environment to grow and thrive!