Who We Help

CEDARS is here to help children and youth achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships. Last year, CEDARS cared for 2,088 children and youth. Additionally, CEDARS provided 4,783 nights of care to children and youth in emergency shelter. CEDARS helped to reunify 162 families, keeping families in our community strong. Today, CEDARS will serve nearly 800 children and youth.

  • For those children and youth who are unable to live at home due to abuse, neglect, homelessness, running away or family crises, CEDARS provides an array of safe places to stay that offer structure and support while working to facilitate a successful transition to a more permanent living situation.

  • Family resources focus on maintaining healthy connections and helping families remain together with services designed to help the entire family. CEDARS also provides children with early and ongoing developmental opportunities in an inclusive, diverse environment to help them become better learners in nationally accredited classrooms.

  • For youth who are at risk for, or who have committed law violations, CEDARS provides positive development programs to prevent subsequent law violations and prepare them to live successfully in the community. Youth receive support in the areas of education, employment, basic living skills, crisis stabilization, and healthy relationships.

If you are experiencing a crisis situation, call the National Crisis Hotline at 800-448-3000.

It's open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by specially trained counselors representing more than 140 languages, along with a TDD line (800-448-1833). Parents, teens and families can find help with abuse, depression, chemical dependency, runaways, school issues, parenting troubles, and much more.

To learn more about any of CEDARS services, please call 402-434-5437 or email

Not long after we met the family, we discovered that Marisa and her children were near to facing homelessness.