Rescue Mission helps those in need during extreme heat
The images of men and women, young and old, even pets, were difficult to see as they looked for shade under an overpass in Las Vegas.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The images of men and women, young and old, even pets, were difficult to see as they looked for shade under an overpass in Las Vegas.
They are homeless and said the heat isn't making their situation any better.
Tim McTiernan recently arrived here from Chicago. He said he has no home and no work, "Work is hard to find for everybody; the reason we're here is to stay cool."
Another man, Cesar Aguirre, has been homeless and without work for four months. He said it's a difficult way to live but he doesn't have any other choices right now.
Fortunately, cooling stations around the Valley offer some relief and people randomly drive by and stop to give them water, like Janeeah Girma, who is concerned for their safety because of the excessive heat.
Right around the corner from the overpass at 1-15 and D Street, is the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. It works around the clock. A line often starts early in the heat for those in need.
The mission's Director of Development John Fogal said, "We hope we can do everything we can to provide for them and make it a place for everyone to get a break."
The mission provides shelter, a daily dinner meal and a place to sleep. Fogal said over 100 beds will be filled Sunday night.
The most important thing the mission does is to hydrate the homeless. They have thousands of donated bottles of water and are expecting 30,000 more this week.
It won't solve the homeless problem but it does offer a place to temporarily call home.