Helping Out in Extreme Heat

Aug 21, 2023

Extreme heat has arrived in Indiana, with conditions in many communities reaching dangerous levels for residents without access to air conditioning. The Salvation Army has activated its corps community centers across the state as cooling centers to offer shelter to those in need during the heat of the day.

Most Salvation Army corps community centers are open to the public during normal operating hours. Air-conditioned seating areas, restrooms, and drinking water are being provided to help residents stay safe from the dangers of heat exhaustion, exposure, and heat stroke.

To find a Salvation Army location near you, visit our locations search page. Street addresses and phone numbers are posted online.

In Shelbyville, The Salvation Army is taking an extra step to help households in the greatest need. Free fans are available for residents meeting certain criteria, including those living in households with seniors or young children, but without functioning air conditioners. There is a limit of one per household and additional details can be obtained by calling the corps at 317-398-7421.

In addition to daytime hours, several other Salvation Army locations will be open into the evening with additional opportunities to cool off. These include the South Bend Kroc Center, which is open until 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening. The Salvation Army of Henry County is hosting a free movie screening at its New Castle corps community center on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m.

During times of extreme heat, The Salvation Army encourages Hoosiers to check in on neighbors and family members who are elderly, very young, or have health issues. Extreme heat can be very dangerous for these individuals, so a simple check-in could be lifesaving.  Learn more about how to keep yourself and vulnerable individuals safe during periods of extreme heat by visiting

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army's responses to extreme heat across the U.S., visit


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