Shelter to Home

3rd Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

October 3rd, 2019

Pajaro Valley Historical Association, Watsonville

Thank You for Joining Us!

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

We envision a community where families have safe, secure, and stable housing with sufficient resources and space to plan for their futures and pursue happiness.

At PVSS, families move from shelter to home, from despair to security, from isolation to community, from separated to united, from financial instability to savings and consciousness, from “I can’t” to “I can!”

Join us in celebrating these transformations at our 3rd annual Shelter to Home Benefit Dinner.

NEW & EXCITING! In honor of PVSS’ 36-year history in the Pajaro Valley and an eye on a sustainable future, the event will be held at the Pajaro Valley Historical Association. The association preserves, interprets and promotes the history of the diverse cultures that have shaped the Pajaro Valley. Join us in exploring the many treasures on exhibit at the Bockius-Orr House.

MORE NEW & EXCITING! We will have a silent auction featuring work by PVSS family members – PVSS clients, alumni, volunteers, and donors – accompanied by great bottles of wine.



Thank you, Nick Traulsen, for capturing the event!

2018 Keynote Speaker: Patricia Hidalgo

When I was invited to speak to you all about the ‘exponential impact’ that PVSS makes, I couldn’t help but make a connection to a teaching strategy that is used in classrooms daily. It is a strategy called ‘scaffolding’. This is a process in which a teacher or a more competent peer supports and enables a learner to solve a task or achieve a goal that would be beyond her unassisted efforts. This specific and well-timed support moves students toward mastery and then independent application of a skill.

At the shelter, the amazing staff supports families when they can no longer go about certain aspects of life ‘unassisted’. They are given specific support to reach critical short-term goals and once those short-term goals are met, then different tools and strategies are offered so families can move closer to full independence. Eventually, just as it is in education, support is tapered-off as it becomes unnecessary, much as a scaffold is removed from a building during construction.

Children from families that are served by the “scaffolding” PVSS offers get to witness and be active participants in it’s outcomes. They see what it looks like to accept support in a time of dire need and move carefully toward stability. And because we know that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, children learn how to be resilient and seek help through the process just like their parents did. Once again, profound and powerful modeling that is good for families and our entire community. Everybody wins.

Patty Hidalgo

Watsonville Teacher & 2014 Latino Educator Champion of Change

Thank You, Sponsors!

Cory Ray & Craig Rowell

Michelle Gomez

Lin Colavin

Thank You, Wine Sponsors!