Probably no one cheered as hard for the underdog New Orleans Saints on Sunday than the more than 60 homeless men and women who gathered at The Salvation Army in Modesto to watch the Super Bowl.
"We're rooting for the Saints. They are the underdogs," said one homeless man at halftime who would give only his first name, Rich. "We're for the underdog because we're underdogs."
This was the second straight year that The Salvation Army's downtown facility has put on a Super Bowl party for the homeless.
Snacks included veggies with dip, sliced oranges, nachos, chili dogs, potato salad, cake and all the orange juice, water and milk they could drink.
Maj. Betty Carpenter said the idea was to give the homeless a clean and sober place to go where they didn't feel judged. "It's just a place where they can be and it feels like home," she said.
Bill Whisenhunt, 48, who said he's been homeless for three years, added that it was a great place to stay warm.
"It gets me out of the cold," he said as he watched the halftime show on one of several televisions in the room.
— Kevin Valine