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.
Little seven-year-old Kara will spend her holidays with us at CEDARS this year instead of at home. When neighbors reported concerns of abuse in her home, she came to stay with us. She told us she slept on the floor and hadn’t had anything to eat that day. Her face lit up at the sight of the bed she could call her own.
It may be difficult for many of us to imagine being away from family during this special time. But for Kara, this holiday will be the first one she has spent in a place where she feels truly safe.
Here at CEDARS, Kara has safe shelter and her basic needs met. But we know that her needs go beyond the basics.
Abused And Neglected Children Need You This Holiday
Receiving the 4-star rating again this year validates the trust our supporters have placed in us to carry out this important work of caring for the most vulnerable children in our community.
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.