A history of faith and community since 1970

Cedar Lake is a private not-for-profit organization that originally incorporated out of common concern for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the lack of adequate residential facilities within our geographic area.

Cedar Lake was founded in 1970 by Louisville-area parents of people with intellectual disabilities. Cedar Lake Lodge began providing intensive supports in 1974, and added “community-based” support options, Cedar Lake Residences, in 1989. Cedar Lake is a faith-based organization, and is formally affiliated with the Lutheran Church.

Collectively, Cedar Lake operations employ nearly 500 staff members and have an annual operating budget in excess of $30 million, providing supports to approximately 200 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Value Statements

Cedar Lake operates in such a way as to express the love of Jesus Christ, who said “When you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40, The Message)

  1. We believe in the God-given worth of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and commit to advocate for their full rights;

  2. We believe our nonprofit, faith-based agency can operate efficiently and effectively through public, community and corporate partnerships;

  3. We believe that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have as much control over their lives as possible and be offered opportunities to express personal choices;

  4. We believe in offering residential and community services with excellence, to maximize the unique abilities, safety, health, welfare and self-esteem of each person we serve;

  5. We believe a joint commitment with families/guardians is essential in order to act responsibly in addressing the current and future needs of those we serve;

  6. We believe that a well-trained staff, committed to the mission and vision of Cedar Lake, will successfully offer a high level of compassionate, capable care, responsive to the needs of the mind, body, and spirit of the people we serve.


Cedar Lake is formally recognized by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and has a long and proud affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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