by Stephanie Crosby
Louisville area social service agencies are opening their doors to help residents escape dangerous summer heat this week. The Louisville Area Command of the Salvation Army has opened two cooling centers, in addition to its Center of Hope homeless shelter on Brook Street.
The Center of Hope is operating under a ‘white flag’, meaning that for weather reasons, they won’t turn anyone away. Major Keath Biggers says the other cooling centers are open during the most dangerous part of the day.
“We’ll be open from one to three throughout the week for individuals and families that need to cool off and come inside an air conditioned environment and have something cool to drink,” says Biggers.
The afternoon cooling centers are located at the Salvation Army’s Portland Corps on North 28th Street and the South Louisville Corps on Beecher Street. Biggers says they’ll both be open every day this week, and could be open next week as well.