Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Mission

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS) empowers women and families with children to end the cycles of homelessness and move into permanent housing and self-sufficiency. We provide temporary shelter, transitional housing, and long-term affordable housing as a first step in achieving safety and stability. Our strength-based, bilingual, and culturally sensitive case management services are proven to empower families to build self-sufficiency skills and overcome the personal obstacles that led to their homelessness. Our comprehensive and individualized plan to end homelessness in our communities defines us as a fundamental site of community empowerment. PVSS serves single mothers with children, single fathers with children, and two-parent households with children.

The Big Idea

With YOUR partnership, we will build on our work from last year. We will mobilize and develop the leadership and capacity of five trusted messengers from Pajaro to provide accurate information and referrals. We will develop a myth-busting flyer.

Because of you, last year we conducted outreach via 30 channels in Pajaro, Northern Monterey Co. Since January 2018, 11 families from Monterey Co. sought help and joined PVSS’ waiting list for Emergency Shelter.

Family homelessness is often connected to a perceived sense of failure and a distrust and fear of service providers. Some parents avoid shelters out of fear that they will be separated from their children. Fact: PVSS brings families together. Last year, 14 households were reunited with their children because the parents were in our programs. Some families fear that PVSS’ Shelter is a mass shelter. Fact: Our Shelter is a typical house with shared rooms. Instead of fostering insecurity and lack of ownership, our Shelter has built-in personal spaces for each family.

Take a virtual tour to experience our home for families: https://bit.ly/2OvyNUl.

Together, we can continue to empower families to act on their paths to self-sufficiency.

I grew up in Las Lomas in a one-bedroom apartment with six of us. Now, I would consider it a place not fit for habitation. When I was 4, we were evicted and moved to a Yellow House in Watsonville for one year. 24 years later, on a tour of PVSS in 2018, I realized that the house was a PVSS Transitional Housing unit. I asked my mom, ‘How come you never told me that we were in Transitional Housing?’ My parents felt like they failed us. They didn’t want us to know that we were living in a program because they couldn’t provide without assistance. ‘I’m grateful that you accepted that help and didn’t allow us to be on the streets or sleep in our car or a motel. You taught me to swallow my pride and seek help.’ Thanks to PVSS, we were not homeless. There are so many families that don’t have a place to go. It’s good that our community has a shelter. There’s always light at the end of a tunnel.

- Angie Moreno