Hope Center in need of donations during hot weather

Organization also in between funding sources
Posted at 3:51 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 17:16:42-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Hope Center is in need of donations to help Lexington's homeless population stay safe in this hot weather.

The high temperatures increase the risk of heat illness for the homeless.

Hope Center resident George Carpenter says he is grateful for the Hope Center.

"If I didn't have this place, I don't know where I'd be. I'd be trying to seek shelter to get out of this heat, but this is really convenient. God blessed me with this place," he told LEX 18.

Not everyone has a roof over their head, so the Hope Mobile tries to reach those folks. They travel to local churches, passing out water, food, and other supplies. Unfortunately, part of the Hope Center's outreach is on hold right now. Their team would typically go to homeless camps to check on people in this hot weather, but their funding through a grant from the city ran out on June 30.

While they await approval of a new funding proposal, they are asking for donations of deodorant, sunscreen, and bottled water to keep people safe. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter on 260 West Loudon Avenue.

"It helps a great deal and we appreciate it, I know the clients appreciate it. If it wasn't for the community, we probably wouldn't be out here," said Hope Mobile Coordinator Mary Muth.

The Hope Center is keeping its doors open 24/7 for anyone who needs to cool off.