ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Summer is in full swing and that means some hot days are in our future.

The Rockford Rescue Mission doubles as a cooling center for both men and women. It’s open to anyone during the day. However, to stay overnight, residents must check-in.

On Monday night, officials said the shelter hosted over 150 men, women, and children.

Guests can choose from these bunks to stay cool and dry. Women that have children are also not turned away and the kids will also have a safe spot like these little rooms that are provided.

The shelter also has a children’s play area.

With temperatures expected to hit high digits this weekend, one shelter official says they have an emergency plan in place.

“If our beds fill up in our Crisis Center we do have mats that we can put down on the floor until beds open up,” said the mission’s Director of Development Crystal Savage. “If our mats fill up we do work with the City of Rockford to open up our great room and get some extra staffing going in the event that we have tons of people that come in and need shelter.”


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