Community Needs

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 2016 in Ozaukee County there were:

579 reports of possible child abuse.

162 reports of possible elder abuse, including: neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and self-neglect.

4,991 households received food share.

6,417 people qualified for medical assistance.

67 youth were placed in group homes, foster homes, correction facilities or other living arrangements.

608 clients received help at Advocates. 2,898 nights of shelter for adults and children. 6,642 adult counseling & advocacy contacts; 429 child counseling & advocacy contacts.

147 divorces that involved children.

30,791 calls to the COPE Hotlines.

6,580 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.

Thanks to our Partners at Ozaukee Family Services for compiling the data.