User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


26° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

 Winter Storm for March 2-3, 2015

Snow Outlook

Severe Weather

State Radar


Click here for local closings & delays

Send photos to ushare@keloland.com

Storm Center Update

 

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Heat Relief For The Homeless

June 19, 2012, 5:00 PM by Peggy Moyer

Heat Relief For The Homeless
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

When temperatures reach into the 90s, most of us turn to our air conditioners to keep cool. But not everyone can do that.  There are a few groups in Sioux Falls that provide relief from the heat to the city’s homeless population.

90 degree -plus- days take their toll on everyone. Many people spend as little time in direct sunlight as possible when the mercury rises this high. However, if you're homeless like 56-year-old Kibble of Sioux Falls, your options are limited.

"Cool. Move around and go sit some place where it's cool and sit down there," Kibble said.

On average, 125 people come through the doors of the Good Shepherd Center in downtown Sioux Falls each day. When the weather turns hot, Executive Director Maria Krell says more men tend to come in to cool down.

"When the hot weather comes in, we notice the women and children numbers kind of tend to go down because the women try to keep the kids indoors more," Krell said.

Krell believes men are more likely to camp outside overnight and need a place to cool off.  When we stopped by, there was just one towel left in the closet and it wasn't even noon.  Krell says the supply of clean towels usually lasts all day.

The St. Francis House provides sack lunches for anyone needing a meal. A recent donation allows the house to hand out a bottle of water with lunches on such hot days.

"I think it's worse in the summer because in the winter you can layer as much as you need to stay warm, but in the summer, you can't do anything to cool off.  You can only take off so many clothing items," Krell said.

The Union Gospel Mission is another place where people can go.  It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone needing to get out of the elements.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Two New Members Join The KELOLAND Family

2/23/2015 4:41 PM

The KELOLAND family grew by two over the weekend.

Full Story
Minnesota Man Catches Walleye Whopper

2/27/2015 10:21 AM

Paul Ell of Big Lake, MN snagged a 11.6-pound, 29.5-inch walleye after 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Full Story
3 Teens In Custody After Driving Stolen Vehicle

2/24/2015 11:04 AM

Early Tuesday morning, a Sioux Falls woman reported her 2001 Land Rover Discovery was stolen. A set of keys were left in the vehicle's center cons...

Full Story
Woman Admits To Having Sexual Contact With A Teenager

2/27/2015 10:44 AM

A former Sioux Falls teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact charges for a relationship she had with a student. 

Full Story
Canadian Man Tunnels Through Snow To Reach Car

2/25/2015 7:50 AM

Prince Edward Island in Canada is one of many provinces and states along the East Coast dealing with record snowfall.

Full Story


Events