Look around Albuquerque and many other cities nationwide, and you will soon see people trying to beat the summer heat, at the pool, sitting under a shade tree or sipping a glass of iced tea close to the air conditioner.
But where can a homeless person escape the extreme temperatures that occur at this time of year?
One place is Albuquerque’s Joy Junction, the largest homeless shelter in New Mexico. The shelter is currently housing as many as 300 people nightly. In addition, three full meals are served each day
Its director/founder DR. JEREMY REYNALDS is available to be your Talk Show interview guest to share with listeners what they can do to help the homeless and homeless shelters in their cities.
Said Jeremy, “Summer heat puts extra pressure on an already underserved population,” adding that he and his staff offer those with nowhere else to go a place out of the sun.
“We encourage our staff to look for any signs of heat related illness among people coming in off the streets. We hope that if people come to Joy Junction initially to escape the heat, that they will end up joining our life recovery program. That is the backbone of everything we do at Joy Junction,” said Reynalds.
Most people think nothing of putting a few coins in a soda machine, or stopping at the convenience store to pick up a fountain drink. But if you’re homeless and broke on Albuquerque’s streets you don’t have that luxury.
Here are some useful suggestions for helping homeless and near homeless during the hot weather.
Jeremy says not to as a rule give monetary handouts since money could be used to buy food or drugs, inhibiting person’s ability to sense the harmful effects of exposure to heat and sun.
Instead, consider giving bottled water or perhaps a fast food card, and refer the person to an agency such as Joy Junction that provides food, shelter and other assistance.
Food is often in short supply at homeless shelters during this time of year, so consider a donation of canned goods.
Clean, light and loose clothing is helpful for those who have been on the streets and decide to come to Joy Junction or another shelter to clean up.
Disposable diapers are always needed at Joy Junction. They help children cope with the heat. Diapers, of course, need to be changed more often to combat heat and diaper rash.
Travel sized toiletry items are always needed and usually in short supply at Joy Junction.
For more information on how to help the homeless, visit the Joy Junction website at: http://JoyJunction.org
ABOUT DR. JEREMY REYNALDS…
Dr. Jeremy Reynalds was born in England and immigrated to the US in 1978. In 1986, Dr. Reynalds founded Joy Junction, now New Mexico’s largest homeless shelter. He writes for the ASSIST News Service and has authored several books.
Recently Dr. Reynalds received national acclaim for challenging Donald Trump to help the homeless, in light of Trump’s remarks about homeless veterans driving down the value of his real estate by begging in front of the Trump properties.
Reynalds holds a master’s degree in communication and a Ph.D. in intercultural education.
CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Dr. Jeremy Reynalds call Samantha Mao or Rachel Wade at: 630-848-0750 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org