b'Technology also plays a key role in learninga dedicated learning center has a computer lab with 18 stateoftheart computers, and each can interface with the instructors monitor. that bedbugs adapt to chemical treatment fasterThis is also the case at Helping Up Missionthan any other bugs. Spray treatment only elimi- in Baltimore, Maryland, where construction is nates a certain number of the bugs; heat will kill allprogressing on a $43 million womens and chil-the bugs. When someone checks in who obviouslydrens facility. Our newest facility is being built has that problem, before they go back to a commu- as a green facility, said Steve Gudeman, chair of nal living space, we treat their belongings in the hotthe building committee. It has LED lighting and box. Thats significantly transformed those issuesautomated temperature controls, which means in our sleeping and living environment.that sensors throughout the building ensure that Technology even controls lighting, heating, andone part of the building isnt hotter or cooler cooling at the mission: If the computer doesntwhen the sun is shining on that part of the build-sense any movement for a specified amount ofing. Its like having a thermostat in each area. time, lights automatically shut off and the tempera- This ensures energy efficiency and also makes ture adjusts. Its a very green building. Were tryingthe building more comfortable. to be good stewards of our resources, and wevePart of being a green building is having smart tried to be as intentional as possible. We operateenergy. The utility company in Baltimore has a an 80,000-square-foot building for the cost thatprogram through which the mission can receive we were operating a 26,000-square-foot building.up to a $1 million rebate on installation costs if \x02 Photo courtesy of Denver Rescue MissionJULY/AUGUST 2021 WWW.CITYGATENETWORK.ORG 9'