Shelter for the Homeless

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

The cold is settling in, and while many people don't give their warm bed a second thought, hundreds of others in Charlottesville are sometimes left out in the cold.

Living behind the door of room number six at the Salvation Army is Sonya. Like many others staying at their shelter, Sonya, who declined to give use her last name, is homeless.

Especially during the cold winter months, Sonya and about 50 others have come here to escape the sometimes harsh realities of life.

This shelter gives them what's needed to jumpstart their transition.

Shelters like the Salvation Army aren't the only places in Charlottesville people can go. A new program called Pacem recently opened its doors to homeless people seeking shelter.

Pacem, which stands for peace in Latin, includes a network of churches that weekly rotate and provide somewhat of an umbrella coverage to men with no place else to go. The church this week is First Presbyterian.

Pacem runs from November through April. Currently, they house about 20 individuals a night, and for people like Sonya and Chris, these shelters give them the extra boost they need.

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