PACEM Preparing for Upcoming Winter Season

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -The Charlottesville grassroots organization People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM) is gearing up for shelter season. PACEM is comprised of more than 80 congregations and 3,000 volunteers who serve the homeless during the coldest of days. PACEM provides thermal shelter for people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets during … Continue reading “PACEM Preparing for Upcoming Winter Season”

Sept 2016 E-News: An Open Letter to Our Friends

With less than two months until the start of the PACEM season, we are busy in the office preparing for the 13th year of providing emergency shelter to the area’s homeless. Of course, PACEM could not operate without your support and that of Charlottesville and the greater community. To keep our supporters connected, we are launching … Continue reading “Sept 2016 E-News: An Open Letter to Our Friends”

Stories of Success

Although our shelters are dormant during the warmer months, we continue to work on behalf of our guests. Many of them—especially those who are unable to find an apartment or fall back on family and friends—continue to weave through our lives during the spring and summer. PACEM Case Manager, Adriana Nicholson, shares the story of … Continue reading “Stories of Success”

Charlottesville Charity Celebrates End of a Busy Season

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A Charlottesville charity is celebrating the end of another busy season of helping homeless people find shelter. Thursday evening, PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry), held a thank you bash to show all its volunteers just how much the group appreciates the help. The shelter for the homeless served 219 … Continue reading “Charlottesville Charity Celebrates End of a Busy Season”

A cappella concert benefits PACEM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — Music filled the air at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church and it wasn’t just for Sunday service. It was actually a benefit concert for PACEM. The singers who performed are a Charlottesville-based women’s A Cappella group called FIRE. PACEM says FIRE is one of its biggest supporters, because the organization does … Continue reading “A cappella concert benefits PACEM”

Local Scouts provide meals for homeless men

Greene County Girl Scouts helped to feed 50 homeless men at Spring Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, Jan. 19, as part of the People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry program. Each winter, PACEM brings together more than 80 faith organizations and community groups and more than 3,000 volunteers in the Charlottesville area to provide shelter, … Continue reading “Local Scouts provide meals for homeless men”

PACEM Works to Keep Homeless Safe from Frigid Weather

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – Frigid temperatures mean more work for some people in Charlottesville, hoping to keep others safe from the cold. The wintry weather also means more need for coats, hats, and boots to help keep the homeless warm. Below freezing temperatures made for packed houses at shelters around central Virginia. People and Congregations Engaged … Continue reading “PACEM Works to Keep Homeless Safe from Frigid Weather”

Batten class awards $35,000 in grants to local nonprofits

A class in the Batten school gave away $35,000 in grants to five different local nonprofit organizations last week. “NGOs in the Policy Arena,” co-taught by Batten Prof. Paul Martin and Grey McLean of the Adiuvans Foundation, is designed to teach students how nonprofits operate in the context of public policy. The class has been … Continue reading “Batten class awards $35,000 in grants to local nonprofits”

Albemarle Co. Church Providing Safe Space for Homeless

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) –A network of churches in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are again providing space for the homeless to lay their heads. People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM) is the nonprofit organization that coordinates this community effort. The Church of the Incarnation has been hosting the homeless for the last two weeks. … Continue reading “Albemarle Co. Church Providing Safe Space for Homeless”