Upcoming record heat could prove dangerous for those without a way to keep cool.
Churches, social service providers and public agencies are coordinating to provide cooling shelters for the next week.
When mirages appear on city streets, heat stroke and heat exhaustion become real threats to human health.
“In the midst of this heat wave we’ve decided to open some cooling stations in collaboration with the Homeless Leadership Coalition, First Presbyterian Church, Shepherd’s House Shelter, the City of Bend and the county,” said Morgan Schmidt, Pastor, Bend Presbyterian Church
The cooling shelters will be open 12 to 5 starting Saturday, June 26 through July 4, to offer people a place to get out of the heat, receive care and case management from service providers if needed.
“The ability to access these cooling shelters is vital to those experiencing homelessness across our region,” said Colleen Thomas, Chair of the Homeless Leadership Coalition. “But it’s also open to anybody who needs extra support and access to a cool place. We know that impacts everybody. Not only those experiencing homelessness but individuals who may not have access to A/C or cool water or fans or things like that.”
Bend Church of the Nazarene on 27th Street is opening up its air conditioned facility to children and families from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday
“Honestly, I saw people living in campers around the corner and I just thought Monday is going to be a tough one. People that don’t have air conditioning and just need a place to go and we want them to have that,” said Ariel Karuser, Children’s Pastor, Bend Church of Nazarene
The winter shelter at Mt. View Fellowship Church in Redmond will open as a cooling shelter.
Anybody can visit a public library to escape the heat, though there’s a 2 hour time limit for staying inside libraries due to COVID safety protocols.
Bend Cooling Centers
From 12-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 26, 27 and July 3, 4 at the First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th Street, Bend, OR. Pets are welcome.
From 12-5pm Monday through Friday, June 28- July 2 at Shepherd’s House, 275 NE 2d Street, Bend, OR. Pets are welcome.
Helpers and Street Kitchen Collective will provide support to those residing at Hunnell Road beginning Saturday.
Redmond Cooling Centers
From 11am-6pm on Sunday, June 27 and from 2-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at NE 17th and Greenwood, Redmond, OR. Organized by Redmond Collective Action.
From 12-5pm Monday through Friday, June 28-July 2nd at Mountain View Fellowship, 1475 Southwest 35th Street, Redmond, OR. Organized by Redmond Service Providers. Transportation available via Dial-a-Ride. Pets are welcome.
Madras Cooling Center
The Jefferson County Cooling Center will operate at the Madras Free Methodist Church, 976 S. Adams, Madras, from 12-5pm daily, beginning this Saturday, June 26th through July 4th. Transportation will be available at the corner of 4th and Maple (behind Sonic) at 11:45 am daily. Pets are welcome.
Deschutes County Homeless Outreach, Central Oregon’s Veteran’s Outreach, Jericho Road, Cascades Youth and Family Services Street Outreach and Mosaic Medical will maintain outreach schedules with a focus on providing access to water and other basic needs in response to the extreme heat.
Want to help?
Donations of water, electrolytes and sunscreen will be accepted at the cooling center locations during open hours.
Redmond Collective Action is seeking volunteers and donations through this sign up form: https://signup.com/go/nJrjXGn.
Helpers and Street Kitchens Collective are organizing here: https://signup.com/go/RzoGYDK
Additional information regarding locations, volunteers, and donation needs will be shared via the Homeless Leadership Coalition and Pandemic-Partners social media channels.