Summer Needs

When summer hits, many of us look forward to vacations, trips, and hot days. Although summer may be great for many of us, it’s not great for those who live on the streets. Summer weather can be brutal to many. Portland experienced weather ranging from the 90s into 100s last summer. This summer will likely be no different.



For those living on the streets, summer can be punishing. Finding a cool place to rest for a homeless person is difficult. Exposure to the sun and heat for extended periods of time causes heat exhaustion. This can lead to minor symptoms to life-threatening effects especially for the elderly.

Heat exhaustion can lead to:

  • Nausea or irritability

  • Dizziness

  • Muscle cramps or weakness

  • Feeling faint

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Thirst

  • Heavy sweating

  • High body temperature

  • Sun burns

Union Gospel Mission helps minimize homeless neighbors’ discomfort. The mission provides emergency weather cooling and items necessary to help stay cool. If heat exhaustion is not addressed soon, it can lead to a heat stroke.

Heat stroke symptoms include:

  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating

  • Confusion

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Seizures

  • Very high body temperature

Help our homeless neighbors this summer by donating these items:

  • Bottled water

  • Sports drinks (any kind will do)

  • Light clothing such as T-shirts, shorts, and hats

  • Sunblock

Please drop off your donations at 3 NW Third Ave., Portland, OR 97209. For any questions, please call 503-274-4483 or email

Information about heat exhaustion and heat stroke provided by the Canadian Center for Occupational  Health and Safety.