Homeless look for ways to beat summer heat

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News 12 This Morning/Wednesday, July 2, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)--Mercy Ministries Executive Director Fran Oliver says that to most people, the homeless are invisible. Especially this time of year.

"In the winter we had someone with frozen toes come in...but in the summer no one thinks about how they're getting dehydrated...it's affecting their health," Oliver said.

Mercy Ministries is the only shelter in Augusta that offers the homeless refuge from the heat throughout the day.

One homeless man said the homeless that aren't near Mercy Ministries or a city designated "cooling station," may simply be out of luck.

"If they can't find someone who can find them a lift here...they'll either go to a friends house...or they'll go to the public library downtown. Just anywhere that's public that you can think of where they can stay cool," he said.