All who are in need are Welcome.
We are a No Smoking/ No Vaping Facility and Zero Tolerance for Drugs and Alcohol/ No Pets.
We will be open during the cold weather, when temperatures drop to 34° and below, for those in need of warm shelter, until temperatures rise to 40°
Please if you have blankets and pillows to donate feel free to contact Pastor Roland A Nava at 512-317-7503.
We at In The Streets Hands Up High Ministry, would love to say Thank you so much to, Doug's Plumbing Company in Smithville, TX for your Faithfulness to Our Lord Jesus Christ Amen. Thank you so much for your Support and Donations to, The A.D.S.V. Shelters,American Disabled Single Veterans Shelters. God Bless you all at Doug's Plumbing in Smithville for all y'all do for our Great County of Bastrop.
ITS HUH Ministry serving in Austin with CUTB - Mission Possible. Austin Church Under The Bridge serves the Austin homeless population by bringing church to them.
The ITS HUH Ministry Prayer Walk 2020 was a huge success. There was worship played and prayer at each rest stop. The Bastrop community was invited to join virtually (Facebook) or pray in-person. God delivered BIG. Enjoy the pictures.
The following story is written by a former family living at the SAFE Shelter:
"When we came to the SAFE Shelter, we were facing multiple crisis.
Our marriage was in question, our children were hurting, we were hurting, we'd lost almost everything, and had been cut from our immediate family. I think it's obvious to say that our relationships with God needed tending to, too.
Though we had met Pastor Roland and Sister Rosie a few years beforehand, we hadn't stayed in touch and I especially was very skeptical. When Pastor said that we'd have to attend church a set amount of times, I was more skeptical. Even though I considered myself a Christian, at the time I felt like church was uncomfortable. But we were facing hard choices, and it was a light commitment for a short period of time.
We were shown to our cabin the same day we called for help. I was surprised. It was plenty of room for our large family of 5. Meals were offered and provided, but there was also a small dinette area if you were in the mood for something else. The kitchen was always full of friendly, caring people. Including Sister Rosie - who would sometimes sing along with the radio.
It didn't take long for the folks at the church, the shelter, and the kitchen to feel like family. Pastor Roland didn't just provide us with a safe place to start over, or great advice with our problems. He also gave me the fortitude to get right with God.
Our time at the SAFE Shelter is something that we still cherish, even though we have our own place now. A part of me wishes we could have stayed there forever!
We are currently living in a nice apartment, but already planning out an even bigger and brighter future in both our lives and our business.
Though life has been busy, the Church for Whosoever is still our church. We still very much love our church family and can't wait for everything to get back to normal so we can enjoy things like movie nights and Bible study again!!! I firmly believe that God brought us to the SAFE Shelter so that we could start our lives over with a great church and loving family in Christ. " -RKC (Name revoked for privacy reasons)
A local soup kitchen has adapted its approach to help more people throughout Bastrop County, including in Elgin, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In The Streets - Hands Up High Ministry is a soup kitchen and a shelter for families located at 987 North State Highway 95 between Elgin and Bastrop.
The ministry began offering bagged lunches in mid-March at their soup kitchen when the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic began to reach Bastrop County. When they could no longer let people come in to eat, they offered these meals through a drive-through on Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They also began distributing meals throughout the county, such as at the Bastrop Housing Authority on Wednesdays and at the Bastrop Public Library on Wednesdays and Fridays. Another of their weekly spots is the parking lot of D2, formerly Regulator’s, in Elgin, on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.; they will begin serving there on Fridays as well. Then, starting on April 17, the ministry began offering hamburgers at Greater Galilee Baptist Church in Elgin on Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m.
According to Roland Nava, the founder and CEO of In The Streets - Hands Up High Ministry, they make 500 bagged lunches for people throughout Bastrop County; on Tuesdays, he added, they give out between 125 and 150 lunches at the Elgin location. During their first time stationed at Greater Galilee Baptist Church in Elgin on Friday, April 17, they gave out about 20 hamburgers, but Nava said they expect to see more people in future weeks since that first day was rainy.
BASTROP COUNTY, Texas — Driving up Highway 95 just north of Bastrop, you'll pass by three tall standing crosses that sit in front of In The Streets, Hands Up High Ministry. The ministry is known for having a family homeless shelter, a soup kitchen that feeds 100 people every day, and hosting prayer services. Due to the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry has shifted its soup kitchen operations to a drive-thru for safely handing out lunches to people who need it.
The drive-thru runs Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 987 N SH 95 in Bastrop.
"It's very important. There are a lot of people who depend on a meal from the soup kitchen. I mean, from children up to senior adults. I mean, it's very important to keep this going," said Roland Nava, the pastor and co-founder of the ministry. Nava also said they'll be planning on delivering meals around Bastrop County in addition to the drive-thru soup kitchen.
“Communicating with the school in Bastrop, BISD (Bastrop ISD) and there are actually over 50% of the children who depend, maybe it might be 60% of the kids that go to BISD depend on breakfast and lunch from the schools and even the lunch program they have for the weekends where they have to bring food home," said Nava. “We’re going to continue doing this until everything returns to our regular operations.”
The ministry is asking for donations to keep their operations going. They specifically need materials like plates and plastic ware, among other things.
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — The Bastrop pastor who’s been for families experiencing homelessness is preparing again this year to pass out hundreds of gifts to families in need.
Roland Nava, founder of the Open Door Soup Kitchen, will again don the moniker “Vato Claus” to deliver donated toys and groceries this holiday season, drawing the name from the Spanish slang for “guy” or “dude.”
Now in his seventh year as Vato Claus, the pastor expects to serve about 1,000 families, up from 600 last year.
Written by the ITS HUH Ministry located in the city of Bastrop, Texas.