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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Organization Mission

More than a roof, families need a strong foundation to rebuild a happy home. Pajaro Valley Shelter Services provides the roof and the foundation for a happy home!

PVSS provides families with a path to stable, self-sufficient futures through short-term and longer-term housing and supportive services.

The Big Idea:
Trauma Recovery for Families Affected by Homelessness

PVSS is the only organization in the Pajaro Valley to offer emergency shelter and transitional housing for both unsheltered families with children and families in substandard housing, which is why 220 families were on our waiting list last year. PVSS is successful at helping 70% of client families move into stable housing.

Join us in moving families with children from homelessness to residential stability! Self-sufficiency begins with emotional stability. The experience of homelessness makes families vulnerable to additional traumatic experiences. Our Case Managers ensure that families are not traumatized again after entry into our programs and provide access to support, including counseling and support groups.

Funds raised through Santa Cruz Gives will cover the cost of outpatient counseling for clients, as well as staff training in trauma-informed case management. Outpatient counseling will complement in-house case management, helping families build a better future for themselves.

Your support provides the roof and the foundation for a happy home! Please donate.

Our first goal at PVSS was emotional stability. My husband and I were in one-on-one and couples therapy. Our other goals were education, effective parenting, and saving money. Because of PVSS, we were allowed to have a future and hope — to see what we couldn’t see: our potential — and to empower those behind us.


Annette, Watsonville, 50