Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Heat wave cooling station open for families experiencing homelessness

A temporary cooling station for parents and children experiencing homelessness is now open at the City of Boise’s Pioneer Community Center located at 500 S. Ash Street.

The center will be open from 1-5:30 p.m. to provide a respite from the forecasted heat for families without other options. Operations could be extended beyond the weekend, depending on the weather forecast. The cooling station will be available throughout the summer during severe heat waves, typically when highs hit 95 degrees or above.

Word about the cooling station’s availability to families experiencing homelessness will be shared through community homeless service providers like Corpus Christi House, Interfaith Sanctuary and City Lights.

Operated by the Boise Department of Parks and Recreation, Pioneer Community Center houses seven computers, books and games, art supplies, foosball and air hockey tables, television and a large collection of toys. 

Donations of diapers, baby wipes, socks, or cash for baby supplies and youth activities are welcome. Please contact Paul Schoenfelder, Recreation Coordinator, via email at pschoenfelder@cityofboise.org or (208) 608-7688.