Shelter to Home

1st Annual Fall Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction

Thank You for Joining Us!

Thank you for joining us at PVSS’ Shelter to Home First Annual Fall Benefit Dinner!
More than shelter, each one of our properties becomes home for our client families. This year on November 2nd, we celebrated the transition from shelter to home at our inaugural Shelter to Home in the presence of a full house.
We cannot wait to celebrate with you again next year!
We have exciting news! Please call our Executive Director Kimberly Ferm at 831.728.5649 and she will give you all the updates!
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Keynote Speaker: George Ow, Jr.


I see PVSS’ history of transforming people, not just giving them housing for the moment, as vital. It is amazing to me that PVSS owns 20 units. The planning, follow-through, community support, leadership, and teamwork that takes is rare and commendable.

George Ow, Jr., Real Estate Developer & Philanthropist

Biography: George Ow, Jr., is the son of George Ow and Emily Lee Ow, and the grandson of Sung Si Lee and Gue Shee Lee, and of Lam Pon and Lam Ow High. He was both in Santa Cruz, California, January 3, 1943, and lived his early years in the Santa Cruz Chinatown with his grandmother Lee’s family and the last of the old Chinese bachelor pioneers. A graduate of Monterey High School, Monterey Peninsula College and San Francisco State College, Ow received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as an officer in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. He candidly describes himself as “patriarch of the Ow Family of 50+/- people, real estate developer, philanthropist, and a person with a great love of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley.” He says, “I was born at the right time and was able to reach high because I could stand on the ready shoulders of those who came before me.”

Chinatown Dreams: The Life and Photographs of George Lee, Ed. Geoffrey Dunn, 2002

Shelter to Home in Pictures

Thank you, Nick Traulsen, for capturing the event!

Thank You, Sponsors!


Silent & Live Auction

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the evening’s Auction packages…

“Become a Tamaler@!” Tamale-Making Workshop & Private Dinner for 6: Learn the Mexican tradition of making tamales with hands-on training from Celia Organista. Enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner.

4 Tickets to See the San Jose Sharks: Bring home four tickets for a regular season game with the San Jose Sharks.

“Paint, Socialize, and Express Yourself” at Process Not Perfection for 2: Set your inner artist free as Jessica guides you in making your own masterpiece at one her Studio Paint Parties in Pacific Grove.

All Aboard with Roaring Camp Railroads: Discover the California Redwoods aboard the Roaring Camp Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain or the Santa Cruz Beach Train to the beaches of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 3 roundtrip tickets!

Pamper Yourself at Vanity Salon and Blow Dry Bar in Monterey: Enjoy this package of shampoo, haircut and styling.

Imura Japanese Restaurant – Sushi Anyone?: Enjoy a delicious night out in a relaxed, wood-dominant dining room.

ShopSnapdragon Ceramic Artwork: Enjoy a handcrafted piece of ceramic artwork inspired by concepts of “family” and “home.”

Handcrafted Earrings: Judy Sambrailo’s handcrafted earrings are sure to add that special touch to any outfit…day or night. Buy them for yourself…or someone else you love.

Gift Baskets and More…

Thank You, Silent Auction Donors!


Sylvia Sanchez, Accounting Manager at Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, announces Shelter to Home on Santa Cruz Community TV!