Phoenix, AZ — The state of Arizona lost 494 men and women last summer due to record-breaking temperatures, and this year, the temperature is projected to surpass 117°F.
As a community, it is crucial to rise to the occasion and reach out to those who may be unaware of the potentially lethal nature of our summer, especially those who live on the street without a home.
According to the religious outreach team of Phoenix Rescue Mission (PRM), four straightforward suggestions can have a significant influence and maybe improve the life homeless people.
The first thing is to prepare. It's scorching, and you're bound to come across someone in need of assistance. So prepare yourself this summer, keep a Summer Hope Tote or two in your car to give away. Yours can be made at phxmission.org/hopetote.
The second point is to communicate with them. Say hello and inquire about whether they have a place or a plan to stay the night. This can be an excellent technique to strike up a quick chat at a stoplight.
The third is to direct them to an outreach group, like PRM. This is the window of opportunity for change. Distribute one of the enclosed Rescue Referrals or create your own at phxmission.org/referral.
The final one is always to pray. This is critical as only God has the power to alter hearts. Remember to pray for people who live on the streets and those who are battling addiction. Pray for their bodily and emotional needs to be filled, as well as their spiritual hunger.
PRM believes that the community can make a difference by connecting people in harm's way with the resources that keep them safe and transform lives together.