PACEM in the News

Area nonprofits resort to buying a hotel to address local housing and homelessness crisis

Charlottesville Tomorrow: Every year, a roaming homeless shelter opens for the winter months in the Charlottesville area More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no need to restate the havoc it has wrought so far on billions of lives all over the world. We’ve been living it daily: the isolation, the fear, the … Continue reading “Area nonprofits resort to buying a hotel to address local housing and homelessness crisis”

With less shelter space and more hotel rooms, PACEM adapts to COVID while planning winter homeless shelter

Charlottesville Tomorrow: Every year, a roaming homeless shelter opens for the winter months in the Charlottesville area. The local group PACEM sets up temporary lodgings for a week or two at a time in various churches around the city and Albemarle County. In normal years, the shelter hosts dozens of people every night between November … Continue reading “With less shelter space and more hotel rooms, PACEM adapts to COVID while planning winter homeless shelter”

ORDER PACEM’S 12-month 2021 CALENDAR, featuring native birds of Albemarle County, Virginia

ORDER PACEM’s 12-month 2021 CALENDAR, featuring native birds of Albemarle County, Virginia, photographed by Henry Strauss. TO PURCHASE, please follow this link: https://pacemshelter.square.site/. All proceeds benefit PACEM Women’s Shelter! “As Women’s Case Manager, it has been an honor to work with the homeless women at PACEM. The courage, vulnerability and resilience of these women on … Continue reading “ORDER PACEM’S 12-month 2021 CALENDAR, featuring native birds of Albemarle County, Virginia”

Solutions sought for homelessness challenges posed by pandemic

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Charlottesville Tomorrow) – For Jim Bourn, a man from Brighton, Michigan, experiencing homelessness, Charlottesville is something of a mystery. “I’m lost here,” he said. Every night from March 23 to June 3, though, Bourn had a familiar place to rest his head. He and about 20 others slept in Key Recreation Center, which … Continue reading “Solutions sought for homelessness challenges posed by pandemic”

Charlottesville shelter looks to extend female services for spring and summer months

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – An organization providing shelter for people in the greater Charlottesville area is trying to expand its services for women with no place to go in the spring and summer months. People and Congregations Engaged in Ministries (PACEM) works with more than 30 congregations and other community sites to provide shelter for men … Continue reading “Charlottesville shelter looks to extend female services for spring and summer months”

Answering the call: PACEM seeks to create a permanent women’s shelter

C-VILLE Weekly: Last August, Chinikqua Joseph’s Buckingham County home burned down. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed by the fire, but she, along with her mother and godmother, lost everything. They were homeless. While looking for housing, Joseph stayed with friends, and later with a boyfriend. When that relationship became abusive, she had to … Continue reading “Answering the call: PACEM seeks to create a permanent women’s shelter”

Secure Seniors Program is a success for the homeless

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — Two local homeless advocacy nonprofits are seeing some success housing homeless seniors. PACEM is working with the group AIM and the two have developed a program to help seniors get into an affordable housing situation. It’s called the Secure Seniors Program. As the population in Central Virginia and across the nation … Continue reading “Secure Seniors Program is a success for the homeless”