• 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.

For more information about PACEM, give us a call at 434-973-1234 ex. 121 (Executive Director Dawn Grzegorczyk), ex. 114 (Program Director Jesse Boeckerman), and ex. 119 (Case Manager/Advocate Adriana Nicholson).

Email Dawn at dawn@pacemshelter.org, Jesse at jesse@pacemshelter.org, and Adriana at adriana@pacemshelter.org.

Check out our newsletter (PACEM Spring 2015 Newsletter) and sign up to receive this twice-a-year newsletter with the link on the right.


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