Our Mission

Fostering independence, defending dignity, and realizing each person's full potential.

Cedars has been supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1919.


Our success stems from how we work together with the people we serve — as individuals deserving of respect, personal choice, and the chance to develop interests, skills, and independence.​

We are known for creating a life affirming, loving environment in which personal accomplishments are celebrated, individual skills are recognized and participants are able to live creative, productive and joyous lives.

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It feels like family.

There’s a feeling of family among the approximately 100 people served at Cedars community based residences, including the Generoso Pope, Jr. Residences in Ross and our ten group homes in Novato and San Rafael. Our unique and innovative day programs serve over 200 individuals each weekday.  Off-hours are spent enjoying music, art, sports, nature and, above all, friendship.

Individuals here are people with capabilities, not disabilities.


  • ​Cedars was the first residential school facility in the western United States for people with developmental disabilities

  • Cedars was the first non-profit in California to pioneer a network of community group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental 


  • Cedars is the oldest and largest organization of its kind in Marin County

  • Over 200 participants are involved in our award winning day programs across four locations and within the community

  • Cedars offers housing to over 100 residents at our Generoso Pope, Jr Residences and in 10 group homes throughout Marin County


  • Almost all Cedars residents have single rooms

Since 1919, Cedars has been inspiring individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead creative, productive, and joyous lives.

Cheryl White

Associate Executive Director

Tel: (415) 526-1352

email: cheryl@cedarslife.org

(415) 454-5310



PO Box 947

Ross, CA  94957

Jeanne Lipson

Director of Development

Tel: (415) 526-1354

email: jeanne@cedarslife.org

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