Our vision is of a community where those with and without disabilities learn to share and enrich each other’s lives through meaningful interactions that cultivate mutual respect and unconditional love.
Our mission is to offer highly compassionate, capable care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may experience a life of abundant possibilities.
Cedar Lake is a private nonprofit 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 and developmental 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 more than 250 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We believe in the God-given worth of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and commit to advocate for their full rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We believe our nonprofit, faith-based agency can operate efficiently and effectively through public, community and corporate partnerships.
Through the Years
The Civitan Building was an all-purpose structure housing offices, gathering space and dining facilities.
The dream is of a place, a home, an extended family
where their children are loved and can experience a life of great and growing possibilities.
Rev. Lubben comes to Cedar Lake from Bethesda Lutheran Homes of Wisconsin, with whom Cedar Lake had a strong partnership. The Auxiliary, in the early years, was essential to the fundraising success of Cedar Lake and provided a strong financial start for the Cedar Lake Foundation.
A venture of faith is dedicated to God’s service with the receiving of the keys to the Maples building, housing 28 individuals.
“Your Change Changes Things” was the slogan seen at restaurant check outs throughout the USA with the Civitan “Candy Box Project.” The proceeds directly benefit Cedar Lake. Reverend Lubben retires after laying the necessary groundwork for the future of Cedar Lake. His leadership was catalytic for the early days of the organization.
Mr. Richardson led Cedar Lake from a fledgling to robust organization during his 34 year career. The Oaks building is constructed, expanding capacity to 60 beds.
Through the years, Cedar Lake individuals will compete in Special Olympics on a national and international level.
Pastor Brockhoff works closely with families, the individuals we support, and board members to foster a strong Christian faith within the organization.
The “Jericho Friend” award, Cedar Lake’s highest honor, is given to those who exemplify and further the mission, philosophy and goals of Cedar Lake through their time of service. Jim Richardson is posing with Sina Rogers, Direct Support Professional, who recently celebrated 42 years of service.
The expansion is possible by the re-purposing of space in the Maples Building and the construction of the Evergreen Building.
The distinctive framework of the Chapel form the focus for the Evergeen Building and the Lodge campus.
Cedar Lake opens its first community residence that becomes home to six individuals providing more independence and community inclusion. This is the beginning of expansive growth in the community.
The incorporation of Cedar Lake Residences gives strong focus to the expansion of residential options for people with IDD in the community. Abigail is the first of many HUD projects over several years, and allows Cedar Lake Residences to grow exponentially.
Purchase of Walnut Apartments in LaGrange
and Princeton apartments the Highlands. Each residence offers a private apartment for four individuals.
Purchase of Birchwood in Louisville. Expanding residential housing in the East End, these two apartment buildings become home to eight individuals.
Purchase of Riedling apartments. “Growth Campaign” 2001, a $3 million, 4-year endeavor, is launched, allowing for growth of properties and expansion of services between 1997-2001
Business operations move from LaGrange to Louisville and provide offices for Cedar Lake Residences, Cedar Lake Foundation, and the business offices.
The purchase of Sherrin and Grandview apartments in St. Matthews; the Lodge Pavilion is built to provide day programming on the campus of Cedar Lake Lodge.
Orchard Manor and Nanz properties open in Louisville providing services to four people at each property who can live semi-independently.
Two “staffed residences,” a 24-hour residential setting, allows for three individuals to live in a regular home in
The Magnolia Building, a cutting-edge medical facility, is built to meet the intense needs of a population that is both aging and has greater medical complexities.
Dedication of Falmouth, a 24-hour
“staffed residence” in Louisville.
The Cedar Lake Enrichment Center (CLEC), an adult day health program opens in LaGrange. The addition of 11 beds to the Lodge brings it to an 87-bed capacity. Pastor Bob Brockhoff retires after 28 years.
Three homes are opened in the Keeling neighborhood in Fern Creek. Pastor Mark Whitsett joins Cedar Lake as the second “called” Lutheran Pastor. The “Advancing the Vision” Campaign, a $10 Million, 4-year endeavor is launched to construct Park Place (a two 8-bed intermediate care facility), the construction of the enrichment center in LaGrange, and growth of the endowment.
Three homes open in Monticello Parke in J-town, all 24-hour “staffed residences,” to serve nine people.
Jim Richardson retires after 34 years; Chris Stevenson assumes new role as President & CEO of Cedar Lake, Inc. The Enrichment Center moves to its newly constructed building in LaGrange.
The Washburn property becomes home to eight ladies. This residential setting is the first of its kind for Cedar Lake, giving each individual their own efficiency apartment and offering shared common spaces for gatherings.
Corporate offices move from Lyndon to Hurstbourne in Louisville. “Circle of Friends,” a $10 million, 5-year endeavor is launched. This comprehensive campaign is the largest initiative in Cedar Lake’s 50-year history.
Cedar Lake launches a rebranding campaign with a new mission, vision, logo. An internal and external branding campaign is launched to re-engage all stakeholders of Cedar Lake to further facilitate “family-feel,” promote retention of staff, and re-ignite the involvement of families and board––as well as engage members of the community to become more involved in the mission of Cedar Lake.
Two “intermediate care facility” homes open in the Sycamore Run neighborhood in LaGrange. These community-based, licensed Intermediate care homes, the first of their kind in the state, are home to eight people.
The renovation of the Maples building, Cedar Lake’s first residential building on the campus of Cedar Lake Lodge. Pick-up service closes. Historic $3 increase
to improve direct support wages. Leadership addresses workforce crisis with a bold $3 per hour increase in direct support staff wages, resulting in increased retention of staff and decreased turnover.