Get the Facts

Understanding the magnitude of poverty, disenfranchisement, and issues of aging in our community gives us the power to change.
Understanding the magnitude of poverty, disenfranchisement, and issues of aging in our community gives us the power to change.

Poverty

  • In 2016, 1,934 of our clients were children.
  • Homeless children get sick four times as often as other children.
  • Catholic Charities operates three emergency overnight shelters and a day center in Santa Rosa, which collectively serve 3,000 homeless children and adults each year.
  • 11 million U.S. families pay at least half of their income toward housing, putting them at risk of becoming homeless.
  • The length of time people spent in our shelters has decreased from 196 days to 57 days.

Seniors

  • 8,902 seniors in Sonoma County are living with Alzheimer's disease; Catholic Charities is the only center in the county that provides services to these clients regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Almost 400 caregivers received respite at Catholic Charities Respite Center from the demanding task of caring for a loved one with dementia.
  • 38% of Sonoma County's senior population lives with some form of a disability.

Immigrants

  • Our immigration department helps 2,000 people each year with legal pathways to work authorization, permanent residency and citizenship.
  • On July 31, 2007 the U.S. citizenship application fee rose from $400 to $675, a 300% increase from the 2002 fee rate of $225.  For many eligible, low-income legal permanent residents of Sonoma County, this high cost makes it nearly impossible to realize their dream of becoming U.S. citizens.
  • Catholic Charities has helped 1,200 youths apply for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).