Salvation Army Tyler battles heat after women's dorm A/C goes out

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Salvation Army in Tyler has been a source of relief from extreme weather conditions for thousands of people in Tyler over the years. Whether freezing temperatures or sweltering heat, people without adequate housing for protection from the extremes have turned to the shelter for help.

Unfortunately, the Salvation Army reports that the air conditioning system for a wing inside their women's dormitory has broken. A professional assessment indicated that the unit, which sits atop the building, is not repairable, and will need to be replaced. 

Because of the loss of this cooled space for women, The Salvation Army's Cindy Bell says that some women have been referred to the Hwy 80 Rescue Mission for a cool place to stay, since they can't let them stay in the hot rooms.

Haley Hoar, Community and Public Relations Coordinator for the Salvation Army, said that there are currently 155 people in the combined dorms in the shelter; this consists of men's, women's, and family dorms. Total capacity is 200, but even then, Hoar said, they work to find overflow space for more people who need to come in from the heat.

Hoar also said that they have cooling stations inside for anyone to come in to enjoy water and air conditioning, as well, even if those people are not staying in the dorms. 

Also available are fans for people who have no air conditioning inside their homes. A recent fan drive resulted in 693 fans donated to the Salvation Army, and only 142 of those have been given away as of Monday. People are encouraged to come meet with a social service worker to let them know of your need of fans for your home.

The Salvation Army is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. If you need to cool off, they encourage you to stop by. 

If you'd like to donate money toward a new air conditioning unit for the women's dorm, drop by the shelter at 633 N. Broadway in Tyler, or call Director of Development Cindy Bell at 903-592-4361. 

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