Opening of cooling centers in Bend, Redmond and Madras for homeless residents
BEND, Oregon (KTVZ) – With the National Weather Service issuing excessive heat watch for central Oregon, members of the Homeless Leadership Coalition are organizing cooling centers in Bend, Redmond and Madras for the homeless and other people in need.
The cooling centers will operate during the heat of the day, when homeless people are most at risk of suffering from the heat. These pitches will provide shade, water and connection to services.
Coalition members including Shepherd’s House, Jefferson County Faith-Based Network, and churches like First Presbyterian of Bend, Mountain View Fellowship of Redmond, and Madras Free Methodist Church provide space, staff and resources to operate indoor cooling centers while service providers and self-help groups organize to support camps in the area with a focus on supplies to withstand the heat.
“For those who do not have a place to shelter during the day, the option of a cooling center will hopefully bring a sense of relief and security,” said Colleen Thomas, President of the Homeless Leadership Coalition. “We are monitoring the weather and working closely with partners and community agencies to develop a plan to provide safe and cool places for those suffering from the impending excessive heat. The opportunity to open these cooling centers is a step in the right direction, and we will continue to advocate for long-term and long-term options for our vulnerable neighbors. ”
According to Diana M Burden, DNP, FNP-BC, medical director of Mosaic Medical’s Prineville and Madras clinics, “Heat-related illnesses can be prevented if people have access to appropriate light clothing, adequate water and to cool interior spaces. .
: However, for our homeless populations, it is much more difficult. With limited possibilities of being in a cool indoor environment and in some cases minimal access to water, they are much more likely to have heat-related illnesses. To help our homeless people, encourage them to take refuge in a local cold shelter, provide them with extra fresh water, allow them to sit in the shaded areas of local businesses. If people are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, they should be encouraged (or assisted) to go to the nearest emergency / emergency room, or call 911 for assistance.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two of the most worrying heat-related illnesses.
Symptoms of heat stroke can include hot, dry red skin, a rapid and strong pulse, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include profuse sweating, cold pale skin, rapid weak heartbeat, muscle cramps, fatigue, and headaches.
“No one person or service provider can do this job alone,” said Lindsey Stailing, vice president of the Homeless Leadership Coalition. “The HLC thanks partners across the region for their collaboration in providing these vital resources to our homeless neighbors. ”
Curvature cooling centers
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays June 26, 27 and July 3 and 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th Street, Bend, OR. Animals are welcome.
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, June 28 to July 2 at Shepherd’s House, 275 NE 2nd Street, Bend, OR. Animals are welcome.
Helpers and Street Kitchen Collective will provide support to people residing in Hunnell Road from Saturday.
Redmond cooling centers
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27 and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at NE 17th and Greenwood, Redmond, OR. Organized by Redmond Action Collective.
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, June 28 to July 2 at Mountain View Fellowship, 1475 Southwest 35th Street, Redmond, OR. Organized by Redmond Service Providers. Transportation available via Dial-a-Ride. Animals are welcome.
Madras Cooling Center
The Jefferson County Cooling Center will operate at Madras Free Methodist Church, 976 S. Adams, Madras, from noon to 5 p.m. daily, starting this Saturday, June 26 through July 4. Transportation will be available at the corner of 4th and Maple (behind Sonic) at 11:45 am daily. Animals are welcome.
Deschutes County Homeless Outreach, Central Oregon’s Veteran’s Outreach, Jericho Road, Cascades Youth and Family Services Street Outreach and Mosaic Medical will maintain outreach hours with an emphasis on access to water and other basic needs in response to extreme heat.
Want to help?
Donations of water, electrolytes and sunscreen will be accepted at cooling center locations during opening hours.
Redmond Collective Action is looking for volunteers and donations through this registration form: https://signup.com/go/nJrjXGn.
Helpers and Street Kitchens Collective are organized here: https://signup.com/go/RzoGYDK
Additional information regarding locations, volunteers and donation needs will be shared through the social media channels of the Homeless Leadership Coalition and Pandemic-Partners.
About the Coalition for Homeless Leadership: The Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) is a collaboration of community partners from the counties of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson and the Confederate tribes of Warm Springs. Coalition members include non-profit homeless providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health care providers, affordable housing developers, health care providers, law enforcement, people with lived experience of homelessness, and others who care about the problems facing our homeless neighbors.