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Cedar Lake’s First Supported Individual To Celebrate 50 Years of Care

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When Cedar Lake Lodge opened its doors in 1974, the first person it welcomed was Billy B., recently honored as “Mr. Cedar Lake.” Billy was just 17 years old when he found his home at Cedar Lake, and for the past 50 years, he has shown that Cedar Lake is truly his sanctuary. This vision … Continue reading “Cedar Lake’s First Supported Individual To Celebrate 50 Years of Care”

Decades of Care at Cedar Lake

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Amy and Doug Nelson’s remarkable journey with Cedar Lake traces back to the late ‘80s and early ’90s, a testament to their enduring commitment to the organization and its mission. Doug’s introduction to Cedar Lake began in 1989 when he took on a part-time groundskeeper role at Cedar Lake Lodge during his high school years. … Continue reading “Decades of Care at Cedar Lake”

Beyond Boundaries: Jennie’s Inspiring Story

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Living a life beyond boundaries at Cedar Lake. Sometimes, in the course of our lives, we encounter individuals whose presence leaves an indelible mark. Jennie is one of those remarkable souls. Having called Cedar Lake home for the past 23 years, she has woven a tapestry of warmth, laughter, and kindness that envelops all who … Continue reading “Beyond Boundaries: Jennie’s Inspiring Story”

Journey to Care at Cedar Lake

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Alex’s Journey to Cedar Lake’s Park Place When Cedar Lake was established in 1970, it aimed to provide parents with an option for their children, echoing the concern: “What happens to my child as I grow older, and who will care for them?” Now, marking 50 years since Cedar Lake Lodge’s inception in 1974, parents … Continue reading “Journey to Care at Cedar Lake”

GE Appliances and Cedar Lake Unite for Meaningful Impact

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In Louisville, GE Appliances stands not only as a beacon of innovation in home appliances but also as a firm supporter of community engagement and volunteerism. At the forefront of this commitment is a longstanding partnership with Cedar Lake, an organization dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Central to this collaboration is … Continue reading “GE Appliances and Cedar Lake Unite for Meaningful Impact”

Nurturing Nature’s Bond: Creasey Mahan and Cedar Lake

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Amidst the verdant embrace of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Cedar Lake individuals find not just solace, but unbridled joy. For years, this enchanted haven has been their cherished retreat, a place where they’ve laughed, explored, and felt truly alive. But it’s not just the natural beauty that draws them—it’s the special bond between Cedar Lake … Continue reading “Nurturing Nature’s Bond: Creasey Mahan and Cedar Lake”

DSP Support at Cedar Lake, Tara’s Story

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Tara Thurman’s journey with Cedar Lake began eight years ago when she stepped into the role of a Direct Support Professional (DSP). Since then, her dedication has fostered profound connections with the individuals she serves. In Louisville and LaGrange, Tara’s unwavering commitment shines through as she dedicates 2-4 hours per session, for 2-3 sessions each … Continue reading “DSP Support at Cedar Lake, Tara’s Story”

Dakkota’s Commitment to Volunteering at Cedar Lake

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A commitment to the greater community and volunteering at Cedar Lake. Dakkota’s manufacturing and sequencing plant in Louisville not only serves as a vital supplier for the Ford Kentucky truck plant but also plays a significant role in uplifting the local community. Embodying a culture deeply rooted in community engagement, Dakkota empowers its employees to … Continue reading “Dakkota’s Commitment to Volunteering at Cedar Lake”

Ben Z.’s Making an Impact on Cedar Lake’s Safety

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Ben Zuchschwerdt, known to many as Cedar Lake’s weatherman, is a multifaceted individual whose contributions extend far beyond meteorology. Serving as the Director of Quality Assurance, Ben operates largely behind the scenes, dedicated to enhancing safety for both Cedar Lake’s individuals and staff. Over his nine-year tenure, Ben has assumed various roles aimed at reducing … Continue reading “Ben Z.’s Making an Impact on Cedar Lake’s Safety”

Ronnie’s Perfect Fit with a Family Home Provider

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A Family Home Provider Story Meeting Ronnie is like discovering a treasure trove of warmth and joy. His infectious smile and welcoming demeanor instantly make you feel like you’ve known him for ages. Sarah Hensley, a former Cedar Lake Direct Support Professional (DSP), experienced this firsthand. She vividly recalls Ronnie’s eager greetings, his willingness to … Continue reading “Ronnie’s Perfect Fit with a Family Home Provider”

Warren Lives a Life of Abundant Possibilities

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A life of abundant possibilities! Since coming to Cedar Lake almost 16 years ago, Warren’s life has turned around 180 degrees. He went from a life of constant physical and emotional risk to a home where he is safe, he is loved and he is happy. It is a tragic and shocking reality that people … Continue reading “Warren Lives a Life of Abundant Possibilities”

Family Home Provider – Nurturing Hope at Cedar Lake

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Power of the Family Home Provider Program At Cedar Lake, we know life has a knack for offering solace just when it’s needed most. Yolonda and Tony Fakir faced an overwhelming wave of grief when they lost their daughter, Kyra, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This profound loss prompted Yolonda to make the difficult decision to … Continue reading “Family Home Provider – Nurturing Hope at Cedar Lake”