"We're here for people in our community without access to air conditioning, who are within walking distance and who might need a break from the hot weather." Brazil Nazarene Church Community Outreach Ministry Director Erin Hood told The Brazil Times on the first day the church started a new program entitled "The Cool Spot."
On days when the temperatures soar to 90 degrees or above, Hood said the church's Family Center, 1002 E. National Ave, Brazil, would be open from 2-6 p.m. so people of all ages could relax in the air conditioned facility. Signs will be placed outside to let people know it's open for the day.
"We welcome people of all ages. There will be free cold drinks, family-friendly movies and board games available. We're also working on having information available for other services in our community when people come in," she said. "It will be a great way to cool off and maybe make some new friends."
It also could be very helpful to parents of young children, according to Hood, who said there are playpens available for mothers to bring babies in for a cool place to take a nap.
"The heat sometimes makes them fussy," she said.
The idea came to Hood last summer, but the church wasn't able to get it off the ground until now. She hopes the program will be able in the future to help locate fans for those who need them.
"This was a relatively easy way to give back to our community. Although this idea is new, we're learning what the needs of our community are," Hood said. "It would be great if the community became involved. This is exciting and I'm sure we will learn and be able to do more when people start coming in."
For more information about "The Cool Spot," contact Erin Hood at 448-3188.
How to help
The Brazil Nazarene Church's "The Cool Spot" hopes to offer people of all ages a respite from the heat on days when the temperatures top 90 degrees or above.
Located in the Family Center, 1002 E. National Ave, Brazil, signs will be posted out front to let people know the facility will be open from 2-6 p.m. on those days.
If you would like to volunteer to work a two-hour shift or make a donation of supplies to support "The Cool Spot," contact Erin Hood (and leave message) at 448-3188.