Cedar Ridge Childrens Home and School

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Located near Williamsport, Maryland, we are a non-denominational, non-profit Christian outreach program. Through our residential services, special education school and radio station, we seek to empower people to reach their full potential through the sharing of God's love.

We are three distinct ministries...

Cedar Ridge Children's Home

Our facilities provide quality residential care for abused, abandoned, neglected and emotionally disturbed boys between the ages of 6 and 14. We strive to meet the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of each child entrusted to us in an environment which is consistent, loving and encouraging, and where traditional Judeo-Christian values and beliefs are promoted.

Cedar Ridge School

Our special education facility provides for the academic, emotional and spiritual needs of emotionally disturbed boys, whether in residence or from the surrounding community. Using a holistic approach that encompasses mind, spirit and body, we provide a wide range of services including individual and group therapy, specialized education services, psychiatric services and full medical care. In addition, our boys enjoy many extracurricular activities such as art, music and athletics, an extensive summer recreation program and many other recreational activities.

WCRH 90.5, The Compass

WCRH, The compass at 90.5FM, is our listener-supported, non-commercial Christian radio station which brings the best in Christian programs and music to the surrounding four-state area serving Hagerstown, Frederick (91.1), Cumberland, MD (103.5); Newville (102.5), Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Shippensburg, PA; Martinsburg, WV; and Winchester, VA.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Cedar Ridge Childrens Home and School
12146 Cedar Ridge Rd
Williamsport, MD 21795

Website: cedarridgeministries.org

Phone: (301) 582-0282

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 520809957

CEO/President: Paula Shatzer

Chairman: Darrin Coon

Board size: 15


Ruling year: 1965

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1984


Our vision of "Making a Difference... One Life at a Time" is exhibited in our everyday activities and interaction with the youth we serve. Every one of us has been given the privilege to make a positive impact on these young men and provide direction that they might not otherwise experience.

Mission statement

Our mission is to reflect Christ's love as we serve others by changing lives, providing direction and offering hope.

Statement of faith

In gratitude to Almighty God for the gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ and believing further that there is a definite need among the body, the church as a whole, to work together in unity so as to engage in the effective implementation of the principles as set forth in the Holy Word of God; we therefore, declaring our unqualified belief in the entire written Word of God and humbly invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, do covenant together for the adoption of the following as the Statement of Faith for Cedar Ridge:

We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative written Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for salvation of the the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling power and fullness the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life in this present fallen world.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the Spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating182 of 111220 of 121
Fund acquisition rating407 of 111437 of 121
Resource allocation rating390 of 111454 of 121
Asset utilization rating197 of 111221 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$380,279$386,302$212,574$222,371$271,942
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,487,332$1,470,159$1,926,529$1,957,453$1,327,071
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,278,886$2,278,374$2,195,116$2,290,237$2,275,499
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$6,917
Total long-term assets$2,278,886$2,278,374$2,195,116$2,290,237$2,282,416
Total assets$4,766,218$3,748,533$4,121,645$4,247,690$3,609,487
Payables and accrued expenses$453,618$58,190$129,799$83,976$165,278
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$453,618$58,190$129,799$83,976$165,278
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$29,155$121,296$898,430$1,013,085$308,041
Total liabilities$482,773$179,486$1,028,229$1,097,061$473,319
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$4,144,320$3,456,294$3,093,416$3,142,773$3,063,849
With donor restrictions$139,125$112,753$0$7,856$72,319
Net assets$4,283,445$3,569,047$3,093,416$3,150,629$3,136,168
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,546,672$2,010,190$1,408,435$1,185,991$1,335,244
Program service revenue$6,237,397$3,585,639$3,393,299$3,925,879$3,554,420
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$22,640$12,640$14,809$68,057$44,071
Other revenue$15,907$12,940$20,678$14,926$27,890
Total other revenue$6,275,944$3,611,219$3,428,786$4,008,862$3,626,381
Total revenue$7,822,616$5,621,409$4,837,221$5,194,853$4,961,625
Program services$5,978,690$4,436,673$4,157,273$4,504,834$4,429,229
Management and general$1,105,069$687,899$715,997$658,062$612,725
Total expenses$7,108,218$5,145,778$4,894,432$5,180,391$5,062,376
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$714,398$475,631($57,211)$14,462($100,751)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$714,398$475,631($57,211)$14,462($100,751)


Paula ShatzerExecutive Director$133,576

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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