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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Organization Mission

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

In the last three years PVSS served an average of 218 individuals annually. 81% of PVSS families exited to permanent housing, 48% exited with savings for housing; and 63% of adults exited successfully with employment. We operate a structured, drug- and alcohol-free program within a warm, secure environment.

The Big Idea 2023:
Sustaining Emotional Stability

We are a small passionate team dedicated to our mission of providing children and their parents with a path and guidance to stable self-sufficient futures. We employ a three-pillar model: Emotional Stability, Financial Stability, and Housing Stability.

Our focus now is to strengthen and refine the Emotional Stability pillar programming to allow families the space and time to build resiliency through classes and one-to-one counseling. We use research on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and Resilience Theory to inform programming. Individuals use a self-assessment tool upon entering and exiting the program — the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS).

We have already seen a 21% increase BRS scores for participating adults, and expect more increases as the program matures. You can be the difference!

In 2018 I exited an emotionally abusive and co-dependent relationship. Arriving at PVSS, I did not have a job, savings, credit or a driver’s license. I felt displaced and, to a certain degree, hopeless. However, I participated in the ACEs and Family Strengthening program, resilience building workshops and one-on-one counseling. I could not have done it without the support of PVSS. One of the most valuable lessons I take with me is that codependency is unhealthy, and counseling is beneficial to gain the tools to move forward in a family crisis. Patricia Ibarra, Watsonville, after exiting an abusive relationship w/out a job, savings, or driver’s license.


Patricia Ibarra, Watsonville