PACEM (Sheltering the Homeless)
One of our Health Ministry members offers footcare to a PACEM guest
PACEM (People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry) is an interfaith group of area congregations who provide shelter to homeless men and women around the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. Charlottesville does not have an emergency overnight shelter, so men and women who in need of a place to stay from October through March are able to find shelter with the many congregations that take turns hosting PACEM. While using the homeless shelters sponsored by various faith congregations, PACEM guests receive shelter, meals, compassionate support, and access to needed services.
Since PACEM’s inception in 2004 to address the need for warm and secure shelter and “a pillow for every head,” Incarnation has been fortunate enough to be able to participate in this work, which allows us to see Christ in the men we host and to be the hands and feet of Christ as we open our Incarnation home to them. We hope that, one day, help is no longer needed and homelessness will have become a problem of the past, but until that time, we continue to be involved in this important ministry.
Upcoming Dates 2016:
PACEM Training & Potluck:, Thursday Nov. 10 , 2016 6:30pm, Activities Center
November 12-25 – PACEM Hosting at Incarnation
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We host PACEM guests in the Parish Activities Center for 1-3 weeks each year, typically the two weeks surrounding Thanksgiving. When we host this fall, we will, once again, need hundreds of parishioners volunteer to provide food, do laundry, spend time with the men, set up and take down the area, and assist with a variety of other tasks. If you would like to be involved in one of the many jobs that are necessary while we are hosting, please stay tuned in October for the announcements that direct you how to get involved. As sign-ups are taking place, the spreadsheets and duties will be posted to this page, too.
We want to turn the PAC into a comfortable, safe and caring place for our guests. PACEM is a great opportunity to serve in so many different ways. We need daily lead
volunteers, cooks, meal servers, overnight volunteers, setup and take down folks, sandwich makers, hard boiled egg cookers, orange juice, milk, and fresh fruit providers,
haircutters, and laundry volunteers. We need volunteers for evening activities and spending time with our guests. There are lots of ways to pitch in and help.
If you would like to get involved with our PACEM committee, please contact Tom Eckman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sheila Herlihy, Coordinator of Justice & Charity in the office (email@example.com). If you would like to become more involved with the organization of PACEM, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Activity Center set-up for PACEM hosting
PACEM: It doesn’t seem possible but cold evenings are fast approaching. We will host our PACEM homeless guests from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26. We want to turn the PAC into a comfortable, safe and caring place for our guests. PACEM is a great opportunity to serve in so many different ways. We need daily lead volunteers, cooks, meal servers, overnight volunteers, setup and take down folks, sandwich makers, hard boiled egg cookers, orange juice, and laundry volunteers. We need volunteers for evening activities and spending time with our guests. There are lots of ways to pitch in and help, consider having your family run Bingo in the evening! Sign ups begin next weekend, October 22 will continue through Nov 6. We would like to offer the men haircuts again this year. If there are any barbers or hair stylists in our parish who could serve these men contact Tom Eckman 295- 3015 or Sheila Herlihy 973-4381 x119 We are also looking for people to share their talents to make this the best experience for these men. Consider offering a Stretching Class, Nutrition Workshop, Art project, Resume Building session or any other ideas you may have.
PACEM Documents (pdf)
PACEM Schedule (xls file)