PACEM shelter opens for 14th season

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — PACEM, a shelter at the Haven in downtown Charlottesville, opened its doors Saturday night just in time for the colder weather.

Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. and people were waiting to sign in and be admitted to the shelter.

PACEM took in around 30 to 40 men and about 10 women on its first night of the season.

The shelter opens on the last Saturday of October every year and closes in mid-April.

Those who stay in PACEM overnight can expect a bed and a free meal. Because it is considered a low-barrier shelter, for many, it’s a helpful last resort.

“A lot of these folks have been sleeping outside, and it’s been getting colder at night,” said PACEM Executive Director Jayson Whitehead. “Some of our folks are even working one and two jobs, so imagine not having an actual home to sleep in and you’re still going to work the next day. It ends up being a very important resource for folks.”

Whitehead also said that any community support helps. It costs about $30 to house and feed each visitor, and he says any food or monetary donations to the shelter are welcome.

Source: CBS19 NEWS