Mission Helps Homeless Beat the Heat

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

The Shenandoah Valley is in the middle of yet another heat wave, which has many people seeking relief inside their air conditioned homes.

However, not everyone has a home where they can go to cool down, so shelters like the Valley Mission are helping the homeless beat the heat.

The mission has long been known as a place for people to sleep, but some might not be aware that it is also a great place to cool off.

As the temperature continues to rise, the mission has seen many of its residents more often during daytime hours.

The mission decided to keep the dining area open in order to give people a place to grab some water and cool down in the air conditioning.

Valley Mission director David Reed says, this time of year, the mission is very concerned about heat-related injuries and those who don't have someplace to go.

"I would encourage anyone, if you see someone who appears to be homeless, please ask them to come to the shelter. They'll be cared for, housed, kept cool at night at least, well fed and safe," says Reed.

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