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     United Outreach of El Dorado County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the leadership of its Board of Directors. All members of the board are volunteers who are dedicated to providing food and a safe, secure shelter for the homeless people in our area.
Our Board is staffed by volunteers who come from different backgrounds, some with technical and corporate experience, some with non-profit corporation backgrounds, and others who are clergy. All are dedicated to providing the help that homeless people need to survive and become a contributing members of society. We work with the County Human Services Department to identify homeless families and individuals in Placerville and the county who need our help.
Surveys done by the county, and records kept by United Outreach since 2006, reveal that the homeless population of El Dorado County is growing significantly. When we began in 2005 with our nighttime shelter, around six clients would join us for one or two evenings a week. The winter of 2007-2008 ended with a maximum of 45 clients in each of the five evenings each week we were open. During the six months of 2007-2008 operation, United Outreach saw around 3500 check-ins come into their shelter. However, there are many more homeless in the county than choose to ask for our help.
According to the survey conducted in the spring of 2008, El Dorado County found that in our county alone an estimated 344 people experience homelessness sometime during the year. On any given night, an average of 231 people are homeless or without stable housing. Our records indicate that nearly one third of these are women and one tenth are children with approximately 15% being veterans. Recently, local school districts have noted a significant increase in homeless children attending schools in El Dorado County, identifying over 650 in the 2011-2012 school year, a 35% increase in the last 3 years.
Homelessness affects our entire community. Businesses, schools, churches, and individuals all feel the results of a population without jobs, training or homes to live in. It is our intention to do something about this situation, and hope that you will join us in the effort.

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