The Red Flag Program

Homelessness knows no season, and that certainly includes the summertime. Since relocating our main campus to 500 East Walnut Street in downtown Evansville, our nightly census of homeless men seeking shelter has remained steady with an average of 140 men calling your Evansville Rescue Mission their temporary home on a given evening.

Your ERM Direct Care team is constantly monitoring weather conditions; particularly, during the summer and winter.

As part of a city-wide initiative, your Evansville Rescue Mission raises a red flag on the southwest corner of our main campus off of Walnut Street in Evansville anytime the “real feel” temperature is 90 degrees or hotter. And with all the humidity the Tri-State faces during the summertime, it is not uncommon for your ERM to hang up the red flag for a summer day in the early to mid-eighties temperature-wise.

Here, any homeless male, who is at least eighteen years-old can seek refuge inside your ERM Residence Center’s Atrium where they can enjoy air conditioning and a cold bottle of water. Women and children can visit your Residence Center a little bit before our breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal times to escape the heat outside, as well.

During Red Flag days, your Evansville Rescue Mission always ensures our pantry is filled with bottled water.

That being said, your local Mission could always use bottled water donations.

Would you consider having your business, church, civic club, neighborhood, or family consider organizing a bottled water drive for your ERM? Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Bottled water donations can be delivered to your ERM’s main campus (500 East Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713) at any time. Just follow the “food donation” signage to the east side of our facility for your bottled water deliveries, ring our buzzer, and someone will gladly assist you to unload.

Your ERM also gladly accepts monetary donations to purchase bottled water. Please click here to give online.

If you have any questions concerning The Red Flag program, please contact your ERM at 812.421.3800 or at

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