Ozaukee County is one of the wealthiest counties in the entire nation. This simply means that we have people with some very high incomes. However, it does not mean that we are exempt from social problems. Here are the facts:
In 2018 in Ozaukee County there were:
679 reports of possible child abuse.
275 reports of possible elder abuse, including: neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and self-neglect.
4,418 households received food share.
6,497 people qualified for medical assistance.
1,914 households received help through Energy Services.
80 youth were placed in group homes, foster homes, correction
facilities or other living arrangements.
619 clients received help at Advocates. 3,448 nights of shelter for adults & children; 6,864 adult counseling & advocacy contacts; 430 child counseling & advocacy contacts and 999 crisis & hotline calls.
146 divorces that involved children.
19,760 calls to the COPE Hotlines.
7,478 people received help at Ozaukee Family Services
This is the proverbial “tip of the ice berg”. This does not take into consideration the families whose lives have been turned upside down by substance abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide, or those who have the additional challenge of a family member with disabilities or serious illness. Not to mention the everyday stress of relationship problems, violence or grief.