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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Mission

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services provides families with a path to stable, self-sufficient futures through short and longer-term housing and supportive services. We envision a community where families have safe, secure, and stable housing with sufficient resources and space to plan for their futures and pursue happiness.

The Big Idea

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS) provides families with a path to stable, self-sufficient futures through short- and longer-term housing and supportive services. At the onset of shelter-in-place, 50 percent of PVSS families experienced job loss or employment interruption. To help families mitigate negative impacts on their financial stability, PVSS is launching a comprehensive economic empowerment program, called Coordinated Economic Development. The program will provide families with financial literacy training, tuition assistance for job training resources, assistance with finding and retaining employment, and budget reconciliation meetings to follow their progress on their savings plan. Financial resilience makes the difference between maintaining progress toward permanent housing and returning to homelessness, both during and beyond the pandemic.

We arrived in Salinas from Mexico City, where we grew up and started our family, in 2001 in pursuit of the American Dream. The transition was hard, and we fell into a deep depression that led us into sleeping pill addiction. We entered PVSS' Transitional Housing program in 2016. At PVSS, we restored our sense of responsibility and self-confidence. We shed the layers of our addiction and depression, we rebuilt our support networks, learned how to manage our finances - united as a family. Our children regained the joy of being kids and living in a loving home. They graduated from high school and are pursuing higher education. Michelle is studying psychology at CSUMB and Saul is getting certified as a personal trainer at Cabrillo College. In our last year at PVSS, we were saving as much as we could. In January 2020, we bought the home of our dreams in Santa Nella. We are so thankful!

- Adan Roldan

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.