(LINCOLN, NE) Excessive heat warnings continue today, putting already vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness at increased risk of heat-related illnesses.
“This extended stretch of dangerously high temperatures is especially tough for our guests experiencing homelessness who already struggle with other challenges such as addiction, mental illness, and food insecurity,” said Alynn Sampson, Executive Director of Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach. “Matt Talbot is here to provide a safe respite from the elements, and we encourage anyone in need to come inside during these hot days.”
Matt Talbot is open as a day shelter Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The facility usually closes on Thursday afternoons so staff can attend meetings and do street outreach, but will remain open today due to the extreme weather. Water and meals are provided, as well as shower and laundry services for those who are homeless.
In addition to services provided at the facility, Matt Talbot staff will partner with Clinic with a Heart to provide street medicine on Thursday afternoon. The street medicine team will start at Matt Talbot and then head out to connect with individuals living outside – in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, or sidewalks – to offer medical assistance, personal care items, and water.
“Sometimes street outreach is as simple as offering a caring smile and handing out cold bottles of water,” said Sampson. “Other times the assistance is more complex. In all cases, the goal is to meet immediate needs, build trust, and prevent serious illness during this extreme weather.”
To help meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness, Matt Talbot is asking the community for donations of bug spray, sunscreen, and tents.