On Saturday August 25th, Pajaro Rescue Mission celebrated 50 years of serving the homeless and needy in the community. More than 100 residents and supporters attended the event, which included a barbecue, live music, testimonials and tours of the facility.
Pajaro Rescue Mission works closely with Teen Challenge of Monterey Bay and is housed in the same building. Both organizations are part of Second Harvest’s network of 200 agencies and programs distributing food to people in need.
Teen Challenge of Monterey Bay helps men and women with life-controlling issues to become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, spiritually alive and employment ready. Pajaro Rescue Mission offers emergency services 365 days a year including shelter for up to 35 homeless men, nourishing meals twice a day, showers, bilingual daily bible services and clean clothing.
When the Salvation Army in Watsonville closed some of their housing for economic reasons, Pajaro Rescue Mission stepped in help. The organization will shelter the displaced people, putting cots in its chapel and cafeteria if necessary. Mike Borden, Executive Director of Pajaro Rescue Mission said, “Our objective is to be able to provide whatever needs there are for the people leaving the Salvation Army. Whoever shows up, we serve. We don’t turn anyone away.” Organizations such as Pajaro Valley Shelter Services, the United Way, Church of the Nazarene in Watsonville and others have also said they will try to help.
Ana Melgoza, Agency Relations Coordinator for Second Harvest attended the celebration. “I am very impressed with how optimistic and hardworking the staff and residents of Pajaro Rescue Mission and Teen Challenge of Monterey Bay are despite the spare conditions they live within and the issues they deal with daily,” said Ana. “They are so dedicated and hard working and always put forth a positive face when volunteering at the food bank.”
There are many ways you can help these organizations continue to provide much needed services in our community. Hygiene supplies, food and clothing are always welcome as are donations. You may drop off donations at Pajaro Rescue Mission, 111 Railroad Avenue, Watsonville, donate online or mail a donation to Pajaro Rescue Mission, PO Box 1807, Watsonville, CA 95077.
Congratulations and thank you to Pajaro Rescue Mission for everything you do to help get people back on their feet.