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 2017 in Ozaukee County there were:

           701 reports of possible child abuse.
           144 reports of possible elder abuse, including: neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and self-neglect.
            4,655 households received food share.
            6,538 people qualified for medical assistance.
            1,893 households received help through Energy Services.
            84 youth were placed in group homes, foster homes, correction
            facilities or other living arrangements.
            570 clients received help at Advocates. 2,879 nights of shelter for adults & children; 6,757 adult counseling & advocacy contacts; 444 child counseling & advocacy contacts and 1,025 crisis & hotline calls.
            144 divorces that involved children.
            24,000 calls to the COPE Hotlines.
            6,309 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.