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.
Ashley is on the Street Outreach Team at CEDARS. When youth drop in at the CEDARS Youth Opportunity Center, she helps meet their needs, including helping them find access to safe housing.
Penelope started dropping in at the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) earlier this year. At nineteen, she had been on her own for some time and was in a dangerous situation.
We asked youth at the Youth Opportunity Center what they wanted you to know about them. Here are their answers.