Due to extreme heat, The Salvation Army Tidewater Area Command’s Norfolk and Portsmouth Corps will serve as cooling stations when temperatures reach 95 degrees and above. The expansion in services will provide comfort and relief to the growing number of individuals without access to shelter by offering critical refuge from the summer heat.
Captain Meredith states, “The Salvation Army has always aimed to served those most vulnerable and this is an area we can assist those who are not fortunate enough to have air conditioning in the hottest part of the day.”
Cooling stations will be open during business hours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday when temperatures reach 95 degrees and beyond. These services are an extension to “Water Outreach” currently provided at The Salvation Army’s Men’s Hope Center Shelter near downtown Norfolk. The Salvation Army Portsmouth and Norfolk Corps provide daily social services including utility assistance and food supplements to families and individuals in need, as well as offering worship opportunities and youth programming throughout the week.
Volunteers are needed to assist in running the cooling stations. Please contact Shelby Moore at 543-8100 x106 or [email protected] for more information.