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Upstate homeless try to escape heat

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

This summer has been a scorcher, and electricity bills for all that air conditioning have shot through the roof.

Shelters and churches often welcome over-flow during the freezing winter weather, but for people in the Upstate without homes, this brutal heat wave can be just as dangerous. They're thankful for the places that open their temperature controlled doors.

Alek Jones, 10, and his friends volunteer at Triune Mercy Center, a church and soup kitchen, realizing that the people they help feed are extra thirsty this summer.

So many in Greenville know to show up at the center for a cool drink.

"It's been a big demand of just getting off the streets, having a place where they can come cool off and drink water and just get out of the elements for a minute," said Triune facilities manager, Donald Austin.

Without churches and shelters offering a break for the heat, many, like Kenneth Stroupe, who come for meals at Triune may sleep in a tent, and hang out where ever they find a spot. He says the library is one of the few air conditioned places that people like him can stay for much of a day.

Triune offers meals Saturdays at noon, Sundays after church and at 5 p.m., and Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Greenville County's Salvation Army says they have beds available to anyone needing to escape the heat, and they give donated fans to senior citizens, disabled people, or families with small children.

People can call 235-4803, for more information.

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