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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services


Self sufficiency

The Big Idea

Pajaro Valley Shelter Service (PVSS) is a program that is dedicated to self sufficiency. For the last 38 years they have worked with low-income families to help them work their way out of homelessness and financial vulnerability. PVSS uses a three-pillar program to ensure financial, emotional and housing stability. This allows families to gain opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t know are even available to them, as well as find (and keep) healthy housing as they get reestablished. PVSS believes that all families deserve the chance to have stable housing, regardless of their circumstances.

Nelly and I exited PVSS’ Transitional Housing Program in 2012 - into our own home! 8 years later, we maintain our stability and dream of purchasing a bigger home for our family. Our case manager at PVSS believed in us and pushed us to save, awakening our financial consciousness. PVSS prepared us for the unexpected. In 2019, my father tragically passed away and my mom was severely injured. My mom and dad had been the ones watching our kids while Nelly and I both worked. As Nelly transitioned into being a stay-at-home mom, we trusted ourselves and our capacity to make ends meet with one income. We have even been able to save!

- Saul, PVSS

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 $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 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 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.