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Feeling the Heat, Mableton Nonprofit steps in to assist community during hot days of summer with Cooling Center


As temperatures continue to rise with no relief in sight, a Mableton nonprofit is stepping up where Cobb County leaders have fallen short. The Family Life Restoration Center, under the leadership of Luther Washington and his wife Angela, recently opened a cooling center for the South Cobb community. This new facility provides a much-needed refuge for those suffering from the heat, offering a local alternative to citizens instead of having them travel to other areas of Cobb County for relief. Many in the community said the Washington’s have done what Cobb County elected leaders for this area have failed to do, concentrate on the needs of South Cobb, and deliver.

The cooling center, which opened just in time to help residents beat the July 4th heat, is designed to support individuals in need, which is what Luther, the Executive Director of the Family Life Restoration Center, has been doing for years. After witnessing a client nearly pass out due to the extreme temperatures, Luther developed the idea and said seeing that client in need was the final push he needed to act.

Washington, joined by volunteers, transformed a donation distribution center and warehouse into a temporary cooling center. In addition to offering a place to cool off in air-conditioned comfort, visitors to the center are provided with cold drinks and snacks. Clients will also receive lunch and a hot meal to go. Center co-founder and wife, Angela, said the facility can accommodate up to 20 clients at a time.

The Family Life Restoration Center’s cooling center is located at 6328 Mableton Parkway in Mableton and will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees.

This service provides a vital service to the South Cobb community, offering a more convenient option for those with immediate needs. The Hope House Cooling Center in Marietta is another cooling center option, but is not convenient to South Cobb

Luther and Angela Washington and the Family Life Restoration Center continues to demonstrate its commitment to the well-being of the community through this latest endeavor.


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