Rescue Mission seeks support to help homeless get relief from summer heat

Hard days and hot nights. That is what the homeless face every day during the oppressive heat of summer. Their main concern is for survival — how to stay cool, safe and hydrated in the extreme heat.

“The summer heat — especially if it rises into the triple digits — can bring on a completely different set of challenges for those who need our help,” said Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox. “The homeless, especially those who are older and suffer with respiratory problems, risk dehydration and heat stroke and are likely to suffer from malnourishment, sunburn and foot problems. They spend their day searching for relief and respite from the heat.”

Wilcox also noted that families are evicted from their apartments more often when weather is warmer. “Landlords reluctant to evict families during the winter are less hesitant when summer arrives. Families are allowed to stay when school is in session but when school’s out, they are told to leave.”

Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides cool respite, nutritious meals and cold water to those in need during the summer through residential and outreach services and needs community support to keep up with the demand. The Mission is seeking financial gifts and donations of bottled water and box fans to care for homeless neighbors.

“The homeless and poor don’t get a summer break and neither does the Mission. We need the community’s help to make hard days easier and hot nights safer for those in need,” said Wilcox.

The Mission asks that summer urgent need items be delivered to their Donation Center, 1069 Connecticut Ave., Unit 2B, Bridgeport, Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Financial contributions are also requested to purchase needed items that aren’t received and can be made online at BridgeportRescueMission.org

For more information about the Mission’s programs and, services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, contact Donna Romano, assistant director of development, at the numbers listed above or visit BridgeportRescueMission.org

Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to hungry, homeless and addicted people throughout coastal Fairfield County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We fight poverty from the inside out by providing a place of hope and dignity through a yearlong educational program, biblical counseling and case management. We are funded by compassionate individuals, churches, businesses and organizations.

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