Officials estimate that in the Modesto area there are some two thousand people who usually sleep outside. Those people are in danger of serious health problems or even death when its cold and wet. Like most shelters in the region the Modesto gospel mission has been filled beyond normal capacity since the cold spell settled over the valley.
Administrator Barbara Deatherage says no one is turned away.
Non-profit social service agencies such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill say when the weather turns chilly its a challenge providing the needy with coats.