Surviving Summer: Valley Services Providing Heat Relief

Pouring glass of water from a plastic bottle isolated on white backgroundBy Kathryn M. Miller ~ After record high temperatures in June, many residents may be ready to call “uncle” and head out of town for cooler climes. But for many of the Valley’s most vulnerable (homeless people, seniors, disabled and other residents) escape from the heat can be a challenge.

There is, however, some relief available – and ways that residents can lend a hand to those in need.

The City of Phoenix kicked off its annual Summer Respite Program to assist the homeless population. The public is asked to donate unopened water bottles, sunscreen, new underwear, white socks, white T-shirts, insect repellent and prepackaged snack items to be collected at the city’s family services centers. Residents can bring their tax-deductible donations to any of the City’s three family services centers from 8am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. The city also participates in the Heat Relief Network, a Valley-wide program to ensure the safety of homeless people, seniors, disabled and other residents in need during the hot summer months. Information on both programs is available at For more information, call 602.256.4302.

Central Arizona Shelter Services ( is also working to provide the shelter beds, bottled water and medical care needed to keep the homeless safe this summer. Through its Code:Red Summer Heat Relief program, Phoenix Rescue Mission ( assists homeless men, women and children survive the summer heat. Both organizations seek donations throughout the year to accomplish their respective missions. |CST

The Scottsdale Fire Department urges residents to know the signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity during triple-digit temperatures. It is important to know the early warning signs of heat-related illness and to take action. If heat exhaustion is left untreated, it may progress to heat stroke, a severe form of heat illness.

 Heat-Related Illness: Know The Signs

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Rapid but weakened pulse rate


  1. Guys, let’s help those in need. Water and basic clothing costs next to nothing, but can make a huge difference!!! Have donated previous years and plan to do it this summer, too.

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