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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 2013 Catholic Charities provided shelter and housing for over 1800 homeless men, women and children
  • The average age of residents in our family shelter is 12 years old
  • Over 500 children and youth under the age of 24 called Catholic Charities home last year
  • For every child we housed, 4 more were on our shelter waiting list
  • 1 in 50 children in the US are homeless (~1.5 million children total)
  • In California, less than 25% of homeless children graduate high school

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.
  • 6% of Sonoma County's seniors live below the federal poverty line.

Immigrants

  • 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.