Relief from the heat at mission in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's a hot job, but somebody's got to do it.  Mike Mize works in an open-air breezeway sorting through donations for the thrift store at the Gulf Coast Rescue Mission in Biloxi.

"It's pretty hot out there," Mize said. "I try to drink a lot of water, go inside every now and then and get cooled off."

The assistant director of the mission, Jim Freson, said in these extreme conditions, the organization made some changes to protect workers from the heat.

"During hot days like this when the temperature does get up, we normally let them off early where they can get out of the hot air and into some cool air," Freson said.

The mission is a shelter for men.  From workers to men off the street looking for some relief from the heat, the mission is prepared and ready to meet their needs.

"Whoever's hot can come in here when the temperature gets where they can't stand it. We do provide beds and air-conditioning for them," Freson said.

As with cold weather, the mission opens a chapel on site for shelter.  They have not yet seen an increase in numbers from the heat. But with the heat wave expected to continue in the coming week, directors say the mission is ready and open for people to come in and cool off.

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