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Area Churches and Organizations Prep to Provide Shelter During Winter

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PACEM is preparing for the cold winter months PACEM is preparing for the cold winter months
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville area churches and other organizations are gearing up for the cold winter months ahead.

PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) will soon open its doors to shelters in order to provide homeless people with a meal, a place to sleep, and good company.

Organizers say they're getting ready to distribute supplies to the 33 churches and organizations that will be providing shelter.

"It really melts any of the divides between, ‘oh, I'm a volunteer with the church,’ ‘oh, I'm homeless’ and it’s often kind of this people coming together to make sure there’s a safe, warm place to sleep for the night," Jayson Whitehead, the executive director of PACEM, said.

Starting Saturday, October 27, PACEM will open its doors to the homeless every night at The Haven.