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Rust Street Ministries runs several programs in order to achieve our goal of helping those in need in the San Angelo and Concho Valley area. Year after year, starting with our humble beginnings in 1995, we have either added to or expanded upon the services that we offer. Today, we continue to improve our efforts to bring neighbors together through the programs that we provide.

Clothe Your Neighbor

The Clothe Your Neighbor program allows us to take in new and gently used clothing and household essentials to give out to our neighbors who need them. We currently offer a wide selection of men’s, women’s, children’s, and infant clothing and shoes. Additionally, we offer household essentials such as blankets, beds, pillows, furniture, baby items, kitchen items, and more. The Clothe Your Neighbor program was the natural next step of the original Closet on wheels.

In 2005-2009, 16% of Tom Green county residents were in poverty. Twenty-three percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 11 percent of people 65 years old and over. Twelve percent of all families and 36 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.

Closet on Wheels (COW)

The Closet on Wheels or COW is our oldest program. The first iteration of Rust Street Ministries consisted of nothing more than an old school buss that was converted into the closet on wheels. We took the COW around to local schools and churches to help clothe the needy.

Today, the COW is a 30ft trailer that serves as a mobile Rust Street that continues to serve area schools. The COW trailer can also be used for immediate response with food and clothing to areas effected by natural disasters. Additionally, the COW can serve as a mobile respite unit for use by firefighters or emergency response teams.

Food for the Soul

Food for the Soul was the second major program to be added to Rust Street Ministries. Through partnerships with the local Food Bank (and more recently the San Antonio Food Bank as well), local grocery stores, as well as generous donations from citizens in our community, we are able to provide food to hungry families on a daily basis. Through the dedication of our volunteers and expansion of our ministry we have been able to expand our efforts to include a dedicated food pantry. The food pantry allows us to provide not only canned goods and dry staples, but also fruits, vegetables, meats, and other perishables.

Each day we strive to not let families go hungry in the Concho Valley. In a study conducted in 2009, it was found that nearly 18% of all households had times when there was not enough money to buy food - that’s 6,000 households in San Angelo. It also found that over 24% of families with children had times when there was not enough money to buy food - that’s 5,400 households in San Angelo, Texas. We hope that with the continued support of our neighbors and partners we can help to reduce these numbers in the years to come.

Garden of Eden

The Garden on Eden was a community garden that was established in order to help support our efforts with Food for the Soul to provide our neighbors with fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables. The land on Loop 306 was sold by the organization that had allowed us to use it, but there are dreams to find another place where the Garden might be restablished.

Concho Valley Turning Point

We work with various community service agencies and organizations in order to connect those in need with programs that will help to improve their quality of life. We have a special connection to Concho Valley Turning Point, which grew out of Rust Street Ministries. Some of the programs Turning Point offers include:

  • Anger Management Classes
  • Twelve - Step Programs
  • Substance Abuse Programs
  • Health screening & Diabetes Counseling
  • Financial Counseling
  • Nutrition Classes
  • Women’s Health

Disaster Relief

When natural disasters strike the Concho Valley it can often hit the hardest those who can least afford it. In an effort to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible, we deploy the COW trailer to disaster areas in need. The mobile COW trailer allows us to provide on-site food and clothing in addition to counseling and spiritual guidance. During the great freeze of February 2021, for example, Rust Street was able to supply blankets to public warming shelters and we opened our doors to distribute more than four tons of food when many local grocery store shelves were still empty.

Hours of Operation

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.

Donation Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am to Noon, and Wednesday 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Please see our Donation page for guidelines about donations.
Unloading assistance is available at our facilities. We are unable to do pick-ups of furniture or other items.

Rust Street Ministries

803 Rust Street
San Angelo, TX 76903

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