Rust Street Ministries is a charity non-profit that seeks to help those in need with food, clothing, home essentials, furnishings, and appliances. Additionally, we connect people with support services that offer counseling and life skills to those seeking to make improvements in their lives.
We could not do what we do without the generous support of our community. We have formed partnerships with local businesses, organizations, churches, outreach programs, and agencies, that provide volunteers and other resources to help us fulfill our mission. While our partnerships are crucial to our cause, our true strength relies on neighbors helping neighbors. When we all pitch in and volunteer we lift up our entire community.
Providing for those in need.
Creating hope for the weary.
Encouraging others through Christ's Blessings
Rust Street Ministries begins! Teens from Johnson Street Church of Christ went on a mission trip to Atlanta, Georgia to serve the homeless and forgotten, and they were the ones most blessed and served. The mission team was so convicted they immediately began praying about how to continue this good work in San Angelo.
Warehouse space and basic offices were rented at 803 Rust Street. The ministry is named “The Christian Service Center.” Bryan Elliott was the first director.
Owners of the warehouse facility donated the entire property to the ministry! Services were expanded to both food and clothing.
“Turning Point” was established to minister to and provide spiritual counsel and life skills in partnership with the local parole board. Later it became a separate ministry from Rust Street. David Giddings served as Director/Counselor beginning in 2004.
Bob Knox took over as Director of Rust Street Ministries. Many new services, such as providing furniture and household items were instituted. Partnerships expanded with other institutions, organizations and churches under Bob’s leadership.
The warehouse on 801 Rust Street was purchased. An additional 30,574 square feet of ministry space was secured. New neighbor-interviewing cubicles, offices, clothing distribution area and furniture storage space opened up tremendous avenues to serve more people.
Rust Street began a partnership with Young Life Ministries in their mission to introduce college and high school students to Jesus, disciple them in faith, and minster to teen moms and their babies.
Bryan Jarvis became the Director of Rust Street Ministries. The mission focus of Rust Street Ministries became Mark 1:40-42 … Give our neighbors the “touch of Jesus.”
Several partners from local churches came to Rust Street with a dream to partner in a soup kitchen on Rust Street’s Campus. Neighbor’s Cafe was officially opened in March of 2018 and currently serves lunch to neighbors five days a week.
David Ingram became Director of Rust Street Ministries.
David began serving as Director of Rust Street in 2020. He comes from seven years on staff at the Northside Church of Christ in San Antonio, and before that was in metropolitan areas in Brazil for almost 30 years of cross-cultural ministry.
David and his wife Babi have been married for 34 years. Babi is a school teacher by vocation and passion, and is from São Paulo, Brazil. They have two daughters, both born in Fortaleza, Brazil. Rebeca is married to Hunter Milliner and lives in Ft. Worth. Rachel lives in San Antonio. David loves coffee, grilling for friends, and fishing, not necessarily in that order. Among other talents, Babi makes the best chocolate truffles in Texas! They worship with the Johnson Street Church of Christ.
Rhonda is the assistant director and volunteer coordinator at Rust Street Ministries. She has been in this role beginning in January 2022 after retiring from teaching elementary school for 32 years. She is originally from Ballinger, Texas, but has lived in San Angelo for 35 years. Rhonda has been married to her husband, Chris, for 30 years, and they share 2 children, and Garret. Outside of work, Rhonda enjoys being outdoors and gardening, as well as cooking and trying new recipes. She and her family are members and worship at Johnson Street Church of Christ.
Mark serves as Operations Manager for Rust Street. He has been with Rust Street since 2015. Mark is a San Angelo native.
Mark has been married to his sweet wife Jeanne for 28 years. They are blessed with 4 children; Joshua and his wife Megan, Jacob and his wife Brianna, Lucas and his wife Lauren, Allison and 4 grandchildren, Hudson, Harlyn, Brycen and Conner. They worship with the Johnson Street Church of Christ.
Jerry is the Assistant Operations Manager for Rust Street. He has served with this ministry since 2013. Jerry is a life-long resident of San Angelo.
Jerry has three sisters and two brothers, both who have gone to be with the Lord. Jerry’s favorite aspect of his service with Rust Street is talking to people and making sure they have all they need. He worships at Paul Ann Baptist Church.
Rust Street Ministries partners with the following agencies and businesses on specific programs:
Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m., Friday 9:00a.m. to noon if you need assistance with food, clothing or household items. If you need clothes, you must make an appointment by calling our office: 325.486.1004, 9:00am to 1:00p.m. weekdays.
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am to Noon. Please do not leave donations at our facilities outside of these times.
We are accepting donations of clothing, shoes and household items. We accept furniture that is in good condition, no pet hair, and that can be dropped off at our facilities. If you have appliances to drop off, we ask that it be in working order. We ask that you not bring garage sale knick-knacks, electronics, TVs, or any item you would not want to receive yourself.
Unloading assistance is available. We cannot do pickups of donations.