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