Mission responds to rising temps
Soaring temperatures are a signal for many of us to head to the beach, the park, the playground or our favourite golf course.
As temperatures reach the low to mid 30s a different set of problems surface for the homeless and those at risk.
For people who spend most of the day outside, hot weather increases the risk of exposure-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, cramping and more seriously hyperthermia, when the body's core temperature rises too high. Heat related illnesses result when a person cannot cool off properly.
When the temperature reaches 30'C or more Kelowna's Gospel Mission (air conditioned) will be open extended hours to make sure there is a safe, cool place for clients to go. Front Line and Outreach Staff are keeping a close eye on our patrons to make sure everyone is healthy and well hydrated.
“The Mission always strives to be a beacon of hope, whether that is helping to find permanent housing for the homeless, provide food and shelter to those displaced or in this case open our doors all day to keep people safe from the extreme heat," says Executive Director, Randy Benson.
"I have directed our Outreach Team to be extra diligent this week as they go out into the community looking for those who are in need, as these temperatures can have dire consequences.”
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Kelowna News
- Rutland park vote reduxKelowna
- Did a terrorist run over soldiers?Canada - 5:39 am
- Family condemns RCMP BC
- Wrap it up, shrink it upKelowna - 7:30 am
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Tourism Kelowna Central Okanagan
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library