Pajaro Valley Shelter Services provides
families with a path to stable, self-sufficient futures through short- and
longer-term housing and supportive services.
The Big Idea
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS)
recognizes that the solution to family homelessness lies beyond just the
provision of a shelter. Financial empowerment is at the heart of
self-sufficiency and therefore is integrated seamlessly into the supportive
services for families in PVSS’ Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing.
The nonprofit hopes to continue financial consultations and workshops, plus
one-on-one financial consciousness training and budget reconciliation
meetings with individual families. While in PVSS’ program, families save up
to 90 percent of their income. Savings turn into rental deposits or down
payments on a new home, as well as prepare families for unexpected expenses.
I am a mother of six beautiful kids whom
I love very much. Because of my addiction, I hit rock bottom. I lost
everything: my family, my job, my place that I called home. I was told how
great PVSS’ services are and how helpful, caring, and supportive the staff
are. I didn’t think twice about calling to join the waiting list. Since
moving into the emergency shelter, I get to see my kids, have a good job, and
PVSS’ case managers help me save my earnings. I’m doing something that was
very difficult for me in the past. I’ve had time to work on myself, to make a
better person of myself, be a better mother for my children and a better
daughter for my parents, and also a better person for society. I make better
choices today in life. I enjoy giving back what was freely given to me. I
live by paying it forward.
- Elizabeth Estrada