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Our History

Cedars is one of California’s original programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Celebrating More than 100 years of Cedars.

At a time when the only option for many families was to place their loved one in a state-run institution, Cedars was one of the first residential schools in the western United States to offer individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to build a life in a community-based home.


Founded in 1919 by two fearless women, Cora Myers and Gabrielle Renshaw, Cedars changed the landscape forever for individuals with developmental disabilities, redefining their quality of life and creating an entirely new model of support.


Over the past century, the organization has continued to grow and thrive. Today, Cedars is stronger than ever — with an unwavering dedication to inspiring creative, productive, and joyous lives for the next 100 years and beyond.

Cedars Milestones

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