Church offers cooling station for homeless in Houston County
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — It’s no secret that Middle Georgia is incredibly hot right now.
First Christian Church of Warner Robins is creating a way to help the homeless defeat the heat. The church turned its fellowship hall into a “cooling station” for the homeless.
Pastor Bethany Aplequist says that she saw a need and wanted to lead the charge in helping out.
“There’s a need that’s not being met because of COVID now,” Apelquist said. “I realized that we have space, and we’re called to share our space. So I thought this would be a good idea.”
The cooling station allows people to come inside and enjoy air conditioning for as long as they want. The church will also pass out ice pops, cooling towels, bottled water, and several other items.
Daybreak Resource Center in Macon has been providing resources to help the homeless as well.
Health issue from hot weather exposure
Sister Theresa Sullivan, the director at Daybreak, says there are several health issues that can stem from hot weather exposure.
Sullivan stated, “The biggest thing is dehydration, but if you have diabetes that kicks it off if you have high blood pressure that makes it worse, if you have headaches they’ll get worse, the dehydration just makes it hard. If you have respiratory issues it just makes it more difficult to breathe.”
First Christian Church of Warner Robins is opening their cooling station every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. while allowing people to stay socially distanced inside.
Pastor Aplequist says that the community can help by spreading the word to those who could use the cooling station.
“If you could help get the word out that we’re opening up and let people know that this is a safe place for them to be I think that would be the biggest help, Aplequist said, “We could also use donations of water and snacks and things like that and water bottles.”
The cooling station is also giving out masks and hand sanitizer to those in need.
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