Support PACEM

Bottom line? We need YOUR help to do our work.

The greater Charlottesville community that gathered in 2004 to address local homelessness believed that if we all work together we can provide the shelter needed by our neighbors in crisis.

There are many ways to help …

The core need to operate shelter is SPACE for either 35 men or 15 women to stay for two weeks at a time. Typically these are congregations located on bus routes or in the City. We’d love to be your guest!

Many hands make light the work of sheltering! If you cannot host, consider organizing your volunteers to serve dinner or perform other tasks in a host’s space. We’d love to have your help.

The act of sheltering requires mats, cots, and transportation – among other costs. All of it is cheaper than having homeless neighbors rely on emergency services just to sleep safely. Your sponsorship helps us make that happen!

Volunteer with PACEM

Our guests benefit from the rich social connections that our diverse community bring to our shelter settings. We also have individual and group service projects like laundry, landscaping, and room prep.

Current Needs

Check out our current volunteer needs:

New Ideas

To coordinate a special offering or discuss other needs we have, please email us

Donate to PACEM

A small gift of $30 can help a neighbor get off the streets for one night.

A large gift of $1,000 helps a guest get from shelter to home.

By Mail:

Make checks payable to “PACEM” and send to

P.O. Box 14
Charlottesville, Va 22902


Make a one-time or recurring credit/debit payment at Click and Pledge

Send us a donation Venmo (@PACEM)

State Employees:

Designate PACEM as your charity of choice in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign

PACEM’s CVC # is 200043

Where will the money go? PACEM provides trained shelter staff overnight at each shelter, and housing-focused case management during the daytime for all guests. We also provide advocacy and mentorship to help our guests leave homelessness behind.

Some other ways you can support us are:

  • Amazon wish-list: linked here. We’re hoping to get a few more pillows and pillow protectors, and welcome anything from our list you feel moved to donate.
  • Buy a 2024 Avifauna calendar to benefit our Women’s programming. $20 for a gorgeous set of monthly prints of native birds photographed by esteemed local artist Henry Strauss. They make great holiday gifts, too!

One more way to give…

Use Goodshop to make online purchases and a portion of each sale goes to us – at no cost to you!

Donate Goods to Community Partners

PACEM is a mobile shelter, so our storage options are extremely limited. We coordinate material needs with these critical partners. Anything you donate to them will be available to our guests free of charge!


Belmont Community Clothes Closet
Located at 750 Hinton Avenue at Church Street (at Hinton Avenue United Methodist), the Clothes Closet is open Mondays and Tuesdays, and provides clothing and basic household items to anyone who comes and signs in. Guests of PACEM can receive a voucher for no-cost clothing every 3 months.


LOVE Inc, a “gap ministry” located in Pantops that links volunteers and donors to individuals in need.

Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM), a “direct assistance” agency helping ensure clients have the basic necessities when moving into a new home

The Salvation Army Family Store, which offers vouchers for clients needing furniture

Other Items

Goodwill Industries, whose thrift store proceeds fund essential programs for seniors and disabled in our community