COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The thermometers continue to rise in Northeast Mississippi and they aren't going down anytime soon.
So, groups in Columbus came together to provide a place for people to stay that are struggling during these hot days.
The Golden Triangle Regional Homeless Coalition, Columbus Community Outreach, Loaves and Fishes, and the city worked to open the old American Legion building in Propst Park to open the cooling shelter on Thursday.
Loaves and Fishes will provide one meal per day, and donations will allow for more, full meals during the hot weekend.
The shelter holds nearly 20 beds and will remain open until 8 AM on Sunday.
With temperatures nearing triple digits, Glenda Richardson, director of community outreach, said she hopes anyone without a cool place to stay will find their way to the building.
“We just want to make sure that people are not having heat strokes, that they’re not getting dehydrated, and that they know they have a place to come to," said Richardson.
If you don't have a way to get to the cooling center, Richardson said to call the Columbus Police. They'll give you a free ride to the shelter.