Mission Is Refuge During Extreme Heat

Cooling Station Helps Save Lives

As Tulsa roasts under a persistent heatwave, the triple digit temperatures have endangered its homeless citizens. Already, many have suffered the effects of extreme heat -- dehydration, heat exhaustion -- and required medical attention. There have been fatalities also that may be heat related.

To help, John 3:16 Mission has been serving as city Cooling Station. All homeless folks are welcome to come to the Mission to escape the heat, get hydrated and use restrooms. The Mission's air conditioned reception/lobby at 503 N. Cheyenne Ave. is open throughout the day.

For weeks, the Mission lobby has welcomed hundreds of guests as the heatwave shows little sign of ending. As a treat, the Mission often provides flavored popsicles to guests.
"It's just a little something to help raise spirits and provide some hydration and cooling," says Mission hospitality coordinator, Louie Baca.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and donations. When the weather gets extreme, they save lives! Don't hesitate to direct somone in need to the Mission to cool off during this heatwave.
Here is a story about the Mission's Cooling Station from KOTV-6.
John 3 helps during heat

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

According to the Cleveland Clinic, heat exhaustion "happens when your body overheats (gets too hot) and can’t cool itself down. Your body can overheat during exercise or any physical activity, especially in hot, humid weather.

During physical activity, your body loses fluids through sweat. If you don’t replace those fluids by drinking water or other liquids, you can become dehydrated. Dehydration can also put you at risk for heat exhaustion.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include: dizziness, headache, nausea, muscle cramps and others. Treatment includes removal from the heat, rest and fluids. Untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, which can be a life-threatening condition.