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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services


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

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