Help for homeless people battling heatwave

BISMARCK, N.D. - Beating the scorching temperatures is on everyone's mind, but for homeless people it’s their top priority.

Homeless people in the Bismarck-Mandan area stand outside looking for donations no matter what the weather is like.

But times like these are tough on them.

"If they're feeling any signs of heat stroke or exhaustion, get help, call 911, things like that. We just ask them to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water, don't over exert themselves,” said Officer Clint Fuller.

Temperatures are rising, and homeless people in the Bismarck-Mandan area have many options on where to go during this heat wave.

"We're a public place, we're open to everyone in the community. Whether you're homeless or not, what your background is or social economic level doesn't matter. It's open to everyone," said Christine Kujawa, library director.

"We just came together as volunteers and said, we're going to open up, be a place for refreshments. We're going to have cool drinks, we will have snacks. We will have activities, but most of all we will have a safe place with cool air," said Sister Kathleen Atkinson, director of Ministry on the Margins.

The Ministry on the Margins expects to have more than 100 people seek shelter from the heat wave this weekend.

A few other places homeless people can go to find relief from the heat is Ruth Meier’s Hospitality House.