Salvation Army Opens Pair Of 'Cooling Stations'

A Number Of Additional Services Are Offered Besides Just Beating The Heat

Mitch Kelly
July 14, 2020 - 5:44 am

Photo Courtesy: Salvation Army of Southern Nevada

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The Salvation Army Southern Nevada has reopened their Day Shelter and Cooling Station. The facility, located at 35 W. Owens Avenue, will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.

While in the shelter, clients will be able to come in, take showers, do laundry and stay hydrated.  The shelter will adhere to CDC and social distancing guidelines.  Up to 50 men and 20 women will be allowed into the space at one time.  There will be a rotating schedule so that everyone stays cool and, at the same time, there are not too many people in the confined space.

Juan Salinas, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army, explained that funding that usually supports this endeavor came later than usual this year, accounting for the later opening.  “Staffing had to be increased, which also takes time, in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests at all times,” Salinas offered.  “We are just happy that beginning on Monday, we will again be able to help our friends find some respite from the heat.”

In addition to the services available at the shelter – showers and laundry – it is vital to provide hydration for those coming out of the excessive desert heat.  Bottled water is again in very short supply and the community’s help is necessary to replenish the dwindling supplies.  Cases and pallets of water my be brought to the Owens Campus, west of Main Street, any day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A second Salvation Army center has been activated in Mesquite.

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