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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Another day of triple digits temperatures and everyone in Tucson is familiar with the heat.

Several organizations across the city are working to make sure everyone, especially those without a steady place to escape the scorching sun, can stay hydrated and healthy.

The Salvation Army has begun Operation Chill Out and supplies are in demand. Lip balm, sun block, hats and unopened bottle of water are all needed, according to volunteer Victor Hightower.

The group hands out the supplies around the city, and Hightower said a pallet of nearly 1,000 water bottles will typically last just two weeks. He said giving someone a cold bottle of water is just as important as cooking a meal for someone at the organization's Hospitality House.

"The more I can put into a good meal for somebody, it might just give them the impetus, the motivation to go out and look for a job tomorrow," Hightower said.

Supplies can be dropped off at any Naughton's store location or The Salvation Army Hospitality House at 1021 N. 11th  Ave in Tucson.

Shade from the Sun

If someone doesn't have the essentials to stay safe in the summer sun, Summer Relief Sites are open around the city.

Several organizations have partnered with the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness to provide free, accessible areas to get out of the heat for a while.

Veronica Soto with COPE Lifestyle Improvement Center said it's important for everyone to know they have somewhere to go when the temperatures surpass 100 degrees.

"A week like this week where we're looking at scorching temperatures, you want everyone to have a place to be cool," she said.

Because the various organizations are already open and operating, the Summer Relief Sites do not cost anything to taxpayers. If anything, Soto said joining the program has helped CORE to reach more people. Someone stopping by to cool off could likely return for other provided services.

"You can advertise, but you know if they need something and you're opening your doors to them already, they're tending to come back," Soto said.

The following is a list of locations, their hours and other details about them:

  • COPE Lifestyle Improvement Center - 732 N. Stone Ave. M-F 10 am – 7 pm. Water and some games available.

  • COPE Women's Center - 101 S. Stone Ave. M-F 8 am – 5 pm. Water, computer, phones available.

  • Eon Youth Lounge - 430 E. 7th St. M-F 3pm – 8 pm. LGBTQyouth/allies only. Ages 23 and under.

  • LFC/RAPP - 1101 E. Broadway Blvd, Suite 130. M-F 8 am – 4 pm. Snacks provided.

  • Primavera HIP - 702 S. 6th Ave. M, W, Th, F 9 am –12:30 pm. Mail service, phone toiletries and case management available.

  • St. Francis Cooling Center - 939 S. 10th Ave. M-Sat noon – 4:30 pm starting June 16. Water, juice, cots, games and small library available. Bag lunch provided at noon.

  • Sonora House - 1367 W. Miracle Mile. 9 am – 3 pm. RAPP referrals only.

  • Casa Paloma - Phone for directions – (520) 882-0820. M-F 8 am – noon. Laundry and showers available. Women only.

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