PACEM Keeping Residents Warm

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

December 10, 2005

The potential for another winter storm could cause problems for the homeless community in our area, but help is available to those who need it from one local organization.

The organization reaching out to help the homeless is People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry. PACEM is an interfaith collaboration of congregations in Charlottesville that helps people find shelter at night especially during the cold winter months.

The temperature around Charlottesville has been dropping lower in lower over the past few nights while the number of people who sleep on the streets wanting to rest their head on a pillow is going up.

PACEM is there to help. Since October 15th, the group has rotated its use of local churches, to give people a nice play to sleep. Aside from receiving shelter, the homeless can receive a hot meal, and get the opportunity to practice their individual faith. PACEM makes it easy for anyone to get help.

"All they need to do is come to the in-take site, which is at First Presbyterian on Park Street, and they do an in-take form asking basic questions-- that's it," said Billy Hoy, with People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry.

The in-take form is not to invade the privacy of those asking for assistance, but to learn more about the background of the person asking. While helping others, it is very important to PACEM to keep its staff and volunteers safe.

The number to get assistance from the PACEM in-take shelter is 434-465-1392 which can be answered anytime.

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