During Code:Red months, when temperatures soar into the triple digits, life on the streets goes from unbearable to deadly. Homeless men, women, and children in our community urgently need your help to survive the blistering summer heat …

Extreme Heat Hurts Homeless Neighbors the Most

City officials refer to Code Red season as an "invisible, slow-moving crisis." In Arizona, an average of 118 people die every year from excessive heat. The danger disproportionately targets Phoenix's most vulnerable populations: seniors, those with disabilities, and homeless people.

“110-115 degrees. It gets that hot and even hotter. It’s too hot to sleep. Too hot to do anything. I’m surprised I’ve even survived.”

Killer Heat

An investigation conducted by the Arizona Republic revealed that an expanding urban heat island is creating blistering temperatures across Maricopa County. There are now six extra weeks of triple-digit days compared to a century ago.

During the height of summer, even nighttime temperatures can hover in the triple digits. Our homeless neighbors need cool, refreshing water to stabilize their core body temperature, and without someplace to escape from the blazing Phoenix summer heat, they are at risk of serious illness — even death!

How the body responds to extreme temperatures

code-red-icon-brainThe Brain and Nervous System

In Phoenix’s intense summer heat, one’s body temperature can rise in minutes. Anything above 104 degrees is dangerous for the brain and can cause:

  • dizziness
  • throbbing headache
  • fainting
  • confusion
  • unconsciousness
code-red-icon-footFeet and Other Extremities

Phoenix pavement can hit 200 degrees in the hottest time of day causing:

  • painful swelling of the feet
  • an unsafe rise in the body’s temperature
code-red-icon-heartThe Heart and Circulatory System

If a homeless neighbor already suffers from high blood pressure and heart disease, heat can be the death of them. Heat can send an already overworked heart into crisis, indicated by:

  • rapid pulse
  • shallow breathing
  • red, hot, dry skin
code-red-icon-stomachStomach and Intestines

In extreme heat our bodies need 4 liters of water a day, twice the normal amount. The combination of Phoenix heat and a lack of adequate water can cause:

  • cramps in the abdomen and legs
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Through your support of Phoenix Rescue Mission, you can rescue homeless men, women, and children from the sweltering streets this summer.

— Source: Arizona Department of Health Services

Our most vulnerable population

The elderly, especially those already suffering from illnesses, are the most vulnerable to excessive heat. They often don’t consume enough liquids and their bodies don’t regulate temperature as they should.

Last year more than 40 heat-related deaths were attributed to senior citizens, who expired in homes where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

Your support helps reach these most vulnerable neighbors with water, food, and the special attention they need during the hot summer months.

Give relief from deadly summer heat

Because we buy goods in bulk at reduced prices, your dollars are stretched to the limit to care for our homeless neighbors. Thank you for supporting Phoenix Rescue Mission and investing in lives!

“I didn't know what heat could do to you until I moved here from California. I've had a couple of heat strokes out there on the street. That's why I can honestly say that the Hope Coach saved my life.”
- Gilbert

Ride Along on the Hope Coach

Volunteer on our Hope Coach van to travel the streets of Phoenix and care for homeless men, women, and families. You can bring water, encouragement, and essential items to:

  • People who need help but don’t yet know about the Mission.
  • Those who cannot make it to the Mission on their own.
  • Struggling neighbors whose only source of help is the Hope Coach.

Water Drop-Off Locations

Your donations of life-giving water are welcome at these locations. Stop by today. Every drop helps!

Want to conduct a water drive?

Want to rally the troops and run a water drive of your own? Call (602) 346-3347 or click here to see how it works and what you need to know.