Helping the Homeless Avoid the Heat in Saskatoon
For the people staying in the Lighthouse Supported Living shelters it is often their first time with air conditioning.
Lighthouse representative DeeAnn Mercier said that they are truly appreciative.
“They are really thankful. We actually see them less because they are staying up in their air-conditioned room,” she said.
The clients still have to walk to appointments with doctors, social workers, and employers in the heat. Mercier said that can cause a danger.
“We are just trying to keep everyone hydrated,” she said.
“We are encouraging our staff to keep an eye on everybody, so that if we notice if anyone is looking like they are having heatstroke or sunstroke we can encourage them to lie down, drink some water, and stay hydrated.”
Mercier also encourages people to consider donating water to any of the shelters in the city.
“We can hand them out for people to carry with them … any of the shelters in town would really appreciate bottled water,” she said.
If you have bottled water, drop it off anytime at 304 2nd Avenue South.