Pioneers Center Emergency Shelter
CEDARS Pioneers Center houses the only short-term emergency shelter for youth, ages 12-18, who do not have immediate access to a safe living arrangement in Southeast Nebraska. Youth may be referred to the Pioneers Center because of: family homelessness; hospitalization of a parent; history of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence; for interruption of a foster care placement; short-term respite care or as a detention alternative. This program has been in operation since 1947. A variety of levels of care are offered at the Pioneers Center. Crisis Stabilization is a more intensive level of care that involves the support of a CEDARS therapist. To prevent youth from being placed outside the home, CEDARS also offers Basic Center services to families in the community who are not involved in the Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice System.