I'm kind of the worst type of Boisean. You could say that after growing up here, maybe I take our seasons for grated. I've always loved that while yes, I hate the snow, living in a place that has four seasons is such a luxury. For the last several weeks, I've been wishing summer would just show up already. Now, it's here, it's hot, and I'm wishing it was back to the eighties.

At the end of the day, I come home to my heated or air conditioned apartment every day without fail. It makes complaining about the weather a real irrelevant issue to have. For many in our area, however, the weather effect their lives because they have no choice. With limited assets and for some, no home, the heat makes for unsafe living conditions, at no fault of their own.

The City of Boise, who runs a cooling shelter during the hot temperatures, has announced that it is now open to those who need a cool place to be. It is located at 500 S. Ash Street in Boise and is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. -- this spans the window of peak heat temperatures in Boise.

It is important to note that on weekdays, the Interfaith Sanctuary has a cooling shelter open, as well.

Enjoy the summer, have fun, and be safe out there.


If you would like to donate towards these efforts, you may do so by calling: 208-608-7688.  Summer clothes, cash, toys for children, etc are all accepted.

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