More than 250 men and women received services Friday during Merced Homeless Connect.
Merced County Association of Governments spokeswoman Lori Flanders said the the official numbers won't be in until July, but volunteers ran out of the 250 care packages offered to comers.
Sixty people also garnered an ID, Flanders said, which many homeless people need to get a job or into a shelter.
Phil Schmauss, the Merced Rescue Mission director of marketing, called the day a success. The estimated 250 is up from last year's 177.
"Not seeing the numbers decrease just tells me it's a poor economy," he said.
Merced Homeless Connect is part of the Continuum of Care's 10-year plan to end homelessness.
The event offered quality-of-life services, including medical care, dentistry, haircuts, showers and clothing. Homeless Mercedians also had access to Merced County services.
Schmauss, who spent a year on the street, said society still carries a misconception that homeless people always are alcoholic men.
"In California, because of the fallout from the economy, there's entire functioning fam- ilies on the street," he said. "They're faced with coming to the rescue mission for food and shelter."
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