Area Shelters Offer Respite From The Heat

Jun 5, 2019

For those without a place to cool off during the day, the City Rescue Mission in Downtown Jacksonville is offering homeless residents respite from the afternoon sun, heat and humidity. 

Emergency Shelter Services Manager Jamie Davis said men, women and children can check in at the New Life Inn at 234 W. State Street as early as 1:30 p.m.

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“They have a warm meal. They’re able to take showers and we also wash their clothes so the following morning when they leave they will have clean clothing. And the whole purpose of doing the earlier check-in is so they will not be out in the heat,” said Davis.

The City Rescue Mission’s Extreme Heat Shelter is available seven days a week now through the end of September, according to Davis.

The homeless can also go to the Urban Rest Stop at the Downtown Sulzbacher Center at 611 E. Adams Street, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The facility, which opened this year, includes case management services, showers, health care, meals and job assistance.

At the Beaches, the Mission House in Jacksonville Beach provides meals for the homeless from 10 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  It’s located at 800 Shetter Avenue.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.