Foot traffic through the Women's Crisis Center has tripled and even quadrupled in some cases in what is the hottest week of the summer so far.
As part of its assistance program, the Rockford Rescue Mission's Women's Crisis Center is a designated cooling center as well.
According to Brenda Reddic of the center, an average day at the WCC brings in between three and five women and children. Since temperatures have climbed this week, between 15 and 18 people are coming in and out of the WCC in an effort to beat the heat.
"It means a lot to have a facility where people can come and sit and cool off and be in a quiet and a good atmosphere," said Reddic.
Valerie McClinton is one of those people, in need of shelter from the sun. She's spending her day sewing a sun dress.
"I did spend the summer outside before and it is not a pleasant thing to go through," said McClinton.
The WCC acts as a cooling center seven days a week from 8am-5pm.
For more information on the crisis services through the Rockford Rescue Mission you can check out it's web site: http://rockfordrescuemission.org/index.php?page=crisis-services.
You can also call the RRM for more information, that number is (815) 316-3060.
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