It is well documented that vision problems disproportionately affect minority populations. Access to eye care for children is woefully inadequate thereby exacerbating a situation where one in four children cannot see well enough to read. Ultimately this situation fuels the cycle of poverty resulting in juvenile delinquency, crime, unemployment and staggering illiteracy rates. Angels for Sight intends to fill the coverage gap by providing preventive vision care services to uninsured and underserved members of the community they serve.
Southern California is a region not only rich in ethnic and racial diversity, but also has an increasing rate of poverty. The United States Census Bureau reports that residents of Compton, South Central, Willow-Brook, Watts and neighboring areas have an annual income of $24,965 per household and that 29.1% of families with children under the age of 18 have an average income below $15,000. Nearly 80% of the population is comprised of ethnic minorities, Hispanics and African-Americans.
Because of its high percentage of uninsured families, we have chosen Compton, California as our primary service area. As a vote of confidence in our program and commitment to the community, the Compton City Council has provided Angels for Sight with a permanent facility located at 920 North Alameda Street in the heart of Compton.