When temperatures in Texoma stay in the triple digits it puts a strain on those who do not have a regular place to lay their head at night.
Administrators at Faith Mission say more people are using their open dayroom to try and beat the heat.
Randy Baird is a regular client at Faith Mission and is especially grateful to have a place to get indoors during summer months.
“I know in here I don’t have to worry about heat stroke and all that stuff,” Baird said. “I had a friend yesterday that had to go to the hospital because he wasn’t getting fluids. So, they had to take care of him. This way I can stay cool and stay hydrated.”
Faith Mission changes the rules for how long people can stay at the mission during extreme weather conditions.
“We have weather-related exceptions that we make to our stay policies,” Faith Mission CEO Steve Sparks said. “If it gets like it is right now for an extended period of time, then we extend those stay rules and allow people to stay longer. We don’t want anyone staying out in this kind of extreme weather.”
Faith Mission is even taking extra steps to help people beat the heat.
“We’ve got water bottles that we are passing out to them and encouraging them to hang onto them and refill them anytime they need to,” Sparks said. “We are passing out popsicles. Our staff is doing the best they can to go outside every now and then to check around and make sure there is nobody in distress. We try to make sure they have clothing that is appropriate for being out in this. Socks and underclothes are real important for them to have plenty of.”
Sparks said in times with extreme weather conditions he receives a more gratifying feeling after helping the less fortunate.
“They know we are looking out for them and they try to look out for each other, so it really is gratifying to know that you might even save a life just by being here and having our doors open,” Sparks said.
With Faith Mission and other places like it in Texoma, those who do not have much will have a place to escape the heat.