This week’s winter storm brought more than 3 inches of rain and near gale-force winds, washing away many homeless encampments and leaving the occupants exposed to brutal conditions.
Some people took advantage of a warming center at the Modesto Gospel Mission.
“We are open all day and all night for anyone to come in and get out of the weather,” said Zack Gentry, director of programs at the mission.
Gentry said that at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, the warming center had 35 new people who were not regular daily visitors, but the center has the capacity for at least 100 more, even with following COVID-19 precautions.
The Mission opens their warming center when temperatures drop to 40 degrees, it’s raining or otherwise unsafe for people to be out