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Valley Shelters Brace for Triple-Digit Temperatures

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Thursday, June 22 2017 Jun 22, 2017 June 22, 2017 9:07 PM June 22, 2017 in News

WESLACO – Rio Grande Valley shelters are opening their doors so people can find relief from the high temperatures.

The Ozanam Center, located on 656 North Minnesota Avenue, is open 24 hours a day in Brownsville.

Loaves and Fishes, located on 514 East Street in Harlingen, is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

In McAllen, the Salvation Army is offering an emergency cooling shelter 7 days a week. Registration for the shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30.

Salvation Army spokesperson Sadi Macias said men, women and families with children are welcome as long as everyone over 18 has a form of identification.

"It's going to help people stay out of the heat and any health hazards, especially with this hot temperature,” she said.

Macias told CHANNEL 5 NEWS with the temperatures and school being out for summer vacation, they’re seeing an influx of visitors. She said they welcome families who need more than just a place to stay.

"We are inviting families to come into the shelter and dine in during lunch. We also offer free showers for anyone out there who just wants to freshen up and doesn't have a place,” she said.

Aside from a shelter, Macias said the center is offering itself as a cooling station Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. People can stop into the lobby for a break from the heat and a glass of water.

The McAllen Salvation Army is located on 1600 North 23rd Street. 

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