Cold Weather Taxing Homeless Shelters
The blast of cold air moving through northern California is creating a challenge for an established homeless shelter in Modesto
Friday, January 12, 2007
Founded in 1948 the Modesto Gospel Mission is open year round. With a homeless population estimated at eight thousand in the city, the shelter’s services are always in demand.
When temperatures drop below freezing, the population of the facility usually exceeds the capacity of 250.
Mission Administrator Barbara Deatherage says with temperatures expected in the 20’s this weekend, no one will be turned away.
Just take everybody and anybody even if we don’t have a bed we’ll make a pallet on the floor. And also during the cold months we don’t have a limit on stay.
To accommodate the needy, cities and counties throughout the central Valley have opened so-called warming centers.
Those facilities are expected to remain open as long as the cold wave lingers in the region.