As temperatures rise through the end of this week and into the weekend, Mel Trotter Ministries is partnering with other agencies that are serving people experiencing homelessness to make sure anyone who is ready to accept help has a safe place to get out of the heat.

Mel Trotter's partners include Pine Rest Street Reach, GRPD, the Heartside Neighborhood Collaboration Project and others.

When the heat and humidity rise to dangerous levels, Mel Trotter Ministries goes into a “Code Red” policy which extends extra grace and support to individuals and families who are in crisis. This policy includes:

• 24 hours of cooling center options inside the building
• Cold water at every entrance
• On-site medical staff to assess for heat related illness
• Lifted curfew times, access to evening shelter earlier than the normal schedule
• Removing previous restrictions to enter shelter for people who have violated rules
• A team conducting outreach to people who are living in camps, bridges, and other areas of the city and offering them food, water and cold towels and transportation back to the Mission.

Various cooling centers have been identified throughout the city, including at Mel Trotter Ministries HERE IS THE COMPLETE COOLING CENTER LIST