• PACEM's rotating shelter set up at a church


PACEM is a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless. Our name, PACEM, is an acronym for People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry. Pacem is also a Latin word meaning peace.

More than 80 faith congregations and community groups and 3,000 volunteers in the Charlottesville area come together each winter to address the need for shelter by opening their doors, serving evening meals, giving financially, and/or providing companionship. The PACEM Family continues to expand since the shelters opened in 2004.

What is PACEM?
Watch this three minute video to learn more.

For more information about PACEM, give us a call at 434-973-1234. Extension 121 is Executive Director Dawn Grzegorczyk.
Extension 114 is Program Director Jayson Whitehead.
Extension 119 is Case Manager/Advocate Adriana Nicholson.
You can also mail Dawn at dawn@pacemshelter.org,
Jayson at jayson@pacemshelter.org, and Adriana at adriana@pacemshelter.org.

Check out our newsletter (PACEM Spring 2016 Newsletter) and sign up to receive our newsletter with the link on the right.

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