ST. CLAIR COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- The heat is giving a homeless advocate a reason to use another shopping mall as a cooling shelter.
Reverend Larry Rice shuttled a group of men and women to St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights.
Rice said there aren’t enough homeless shelters in St. Clair County and he says organizations are not moving quickly enough to help disadvantaged populations.
“They’re involved in a marathon, not a sprint,” Reverend Rice said. “But when you’re homeless, you need a sprint. You can’t talk about a shelter five years from now. That’s unthinkable. That might make you feel good at the time. But you’ve got a home to go home to.”
Rice says the homeless visitors will apply for jobs at the mall. During last month’s heat wave, Rice took homeless men and women to the St. Louis Galleria.