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