The Sioux Empire faces many different needs across our community:
- 84% of Sioux Falls school-aged children live in households where all parents work outside the home.
- One third of South Dakota third grade children have untreated dental issues. Poor oral health in children has been related to poor performance in school, poor social relationships and less success later in life.
- 13% of seniors in South Dakota are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that by 2025, 20,000 South Dakotans will be living with this disease.
- In South Dakota, 98,196 individuals have some sort of a disability.
- The count of homelessness in Minnehaha County found 374 homeless people including, 33 children.
- In South Dakota, 54% of adults with mental health issues do not receive treatment or counseling or other types of treatment. 61% of teens with major depressive episodes from 2011 to 2015 did not receive any treatment for their depression.
Sioux Empire United Way unites our community together to tackle these issues, head-on. Together, we're changing the lives of children, vulnerable adults, and people in crisis:
- 2,175 students participate in a variety of after school programs around the community. Programs include snacks or meals, homework help, and character building activities. Children who participate in quality after school programs show improved school attendance, engagement in learning, improved test scores, and grades.
- 444 children have access to free dental care: screenings, fillings, extractions, cleanings, and other necessary care. Tooth pain can affect a child’s ability to eat, sleep, speak, and socialize.
- 180 older adults, who are cared for by a loved one, have a safe place to be during the day. This allows them to remain in their homes longer and gives their caregivers time to work, run errands, or focus on taking care of their own mental and physical health. The average participant delays the need for a long-term care facility by 22 months.
- 245 individuals with disabilities are provided with social, recreational, and quality of life activities. Inclusive recreation allows for improvements in physical well-being, prevention of secondary conditions, and social growth.
- 312 households utilize transitional housing, case management, or one-on-one assistance to achieve independent housing stability. The work of these programs strengthens families and increases self-sufficiency and life skills.
- 558 professional mental health counseling sessions are provided to students each month in their school. This eliminates barriers to care, such as transportation, cost, and school and work schedules.