The Salvation Army to offer Cooling Station
Temple/Bell County, Texas (July 5, 2023) – As Texas braces for more record-breaking temperatures, The Salvation Army of Bell County McLane Center of Hope is ready to help those experiencing homelessness and provide a cool, safe place to get out of the heat.
The Salvation Army McLane Center of Hope in Temple, 419 West Avenue G, is always open and provides overnight shelter for men, women, and families all year-round. “On hot days with excessive humidity, we will open our building during the hottest part of the day so those in need can come in off the streets and stay cool, hydrated and safe,” said Capt. David Beckham of The Salvation Army in Temple/Bell County.
“The doors will open at 1 p.m. and people will be allowed to stay until 8 p.m. This is for anyone without air conditioning and needing a place to cool off. They will be able to have the evening meal in our dining area. There is no charge for any services at The Salvation Army. Only Registered Service Animals are allowed in the cooling station. We just want those in need to be safe during the heat of the summer and for them to know that The Salvation Army is here for them.”
The Salvation Army Officers, staff, and volunteers work hard all throughout the year to raise essential funds that make basic services including shelter, meals, and emergency financial assistance possible year-round here in Temple/Bell County. “The practical, financial support of our community makes it possible for us to help those in need every day of the year,” Beckham said. “Your support means that The Salvation Army is here to keep the lights on for a family struggling to pay the bills, provide a hot meal and cup of coffee to a first responder working during times of disaster, and provide a cool, safe place for someone experiencing homelessness when temperatures are excessively hot.”
To make a donation, or for more information about the cooling station, please call The Salvation Army at 254-774-9961, visit us online at salvationarmybellcounty.org or stop by 419 West Avenue G, Temple, Texas 76503.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.