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We CARE for teens with special needs

Teens gaining independence by learning vocational skills.

About us

We are here to create a caring community

Our Place After School Care encourages teenagers with special needs, ages 13-20, to practice academic, social, and life skills and enable them to be involved in community service and enriching experiences.

In August 2018, Our Place After School Care started an after-school program for teens with disabilities, the first of its kind in Nebraska. In November of 2022, our program wanted our teens to experience a level of independence gained by productive work that gives a monetary return. We opened a store called Freedom Factory where our teens can sell the items they create on commission.

I created Our Place because my daughter has disabilities. As a mother, I wanted my daughter to experience socializing with other teens, earning money, and learning independent living skills. 

We continue to blaze a trail for other communities to provide this needed service for their families who care for teens with disabilities.

Addie Johnson

Founder & Executive Director


Care Options

Our Place After School Care

This program provides after school care for teens (ages 13-20) with disabilities. Teens are involved in making snacks and crafts, playing games, and building friendships.


Our Place After School Care- Summer Program

Teens receive full day programming. We extend the activities from the after school programming and include gardening, field trips and academic enrichment.

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Freedom Factory

Our store provides a place to find unique gifts. We have a variety of local artist commission pieces and pieces made by teens from Our Place After School Care.

After School Care

Schedule and tuition


After School Program

The goal of our program is to allow caregivers a safe place for your teen at an affordable cost. To reach this goal we have a sliding fee scale based on your taxable income. For more information contact the Executive Director.


Summer or School Vacation Days

When school is not in session, finding a place where your teen wants to spend the day can be challenging. We are the place! We have a sliding fee scale based on your taxable income. For more information contact the Executive Director.

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Why us

Serving Rural Nebraska

We provide a caring community.
We provide attention to individual needs.
We provide a place of respect and responsibility.
We provide a place of vocational employment training.
We provide services found no where else in rural Nebraska!

Daily activities

Designed to help teens realize their potential

Meet the teachers

Our People Who Care

Karen Edmisten


Laura Morris


Terry Siebrass


What A Parent Says
My daughter with special needs looks forward to going to Our Place After School Care every day and enjoys going there. That is all you can ask for if you are not the one taking care of your child. That the person who does provides a safe and enjoyable space. Our Place After School Care does that for our family; we are so blessed to have found them.
Sandi Burns

More than after school care

This much needed program is not found anywhere in western Nebraska.
The majority of our funds come from generous donations.