It might be summer but homelessness doesn’t take a vacation.
So where does a homeless person go to escape the extreme temperatures that can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke?
While there are many places like libraries, shopping centers and other public facilities; most are not welcoming to the homeless.
With your help, the homeless men, women and children of Middle Tennessee have a place to go, a shelter from the storm or an oasis in the desert Nashville Rescue Mission.
When the temperature rises, so does the need for water and shelter. Nashville Rescue Mission’s Hot Patrol takes to the streets when the heat becomes unbearable, handing out much needed cold water to the homeless and offering them a chance to escape from the sweltering sun and receive shelter in a cool, safe place.
In addition to donating water, here are some suggestions for helping the homeless during the hot summer months:
• Instead of handing out money, consider donating to nonprofits that serve the homeless.
• Food is often in short supply at homeless shelters during this time of year, so consider a donation of canned goods or other non-perishable food items.
• Clean, light and loose clothing is helpful for those who have been on the streets and decide to come to the Mission or another shelter to clean up.
• Travel-sized toiletry items (alcohol-free) are always needed and usually in short supply.
• Pray. Prayer is one of the easiest and most positive ways you can help the homeless.
You can donate all these items to our Donation Center located at 616 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. It’s open Monday through Saturday 7-7.
Or you can give online here.
With your help, we can lead the homeless off the streets and into a better life.