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.
Before eleven-year-old Amelia came to CEDARS, she was living in a car with her mom. The car was out of gas and the battery was running low. Despite having gone without bathing for over a week and eating only minimal food for longer, Amelia was willing to give a small smile—whenever she would look up from her dog-eared book.
The truth is, neglect and homelessness are real. And children are living with these realities every day.
The first evening Amelia came to us, she was already asking when she could go home. You see, even though the conditions of the car were terrible, that was what she’d always known.
The Truth Is, Neglect And Homelessness Are Real
Here are just a few ways we can nurture good mental health in the children in our lives.
Kieran is a Street Outreach Specialist helping youth facing homelessness find safety, stability and support.
At the YOC, 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.