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SVSP donates to Pajaro Valley Shelter

Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) incarcerated purchased and donated several hygiene items to the Pajaro Valley Shelter Services in Watsonville.

“One of the Advisory Council member told me his wife had seen the Pajaro Valley Shelter on the television and how they were in need of hygiene supplies. We discussed a food sale, which we are coordinating in the next few months. However, they wanted to do something immediately. We came up with the idea of whoever wanted to purchase items from canteen we would donate those items to them,” said Lt. Erik Beam.

About Pajaro Valley Shelter

Pajaro Valley Shelter is located in Watsonville and has a shelter that houses up to 30 homeless women and children. The shelter includes over 15 units of transitional housing within the community and six long-term units. Shelter housing provides families with a home to stay in while preparing them to get back on their feet. Families are encouraged to save money, attend workshops, stay productive, and volunteer their time.

“This shelter is in great need of supplies. Earlier this year, the city of Watsonville endured heavy rain, which caused flooding throughout the city. That flooding displaced several families to include some of our staff that work here,” said Lenard Pennisi Jr., Captain.

Story submitted by Lt. Wesley Fonseca, AA/PIO
Salinas Valley State Prison

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