Bastrop Pastor Creates Small Homeless Shelters For Families in Need

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Pastor Roland Nava of Bastrop County, who leads the In the Streets-Hands Up High Ministry and the Open Door Soup Kitchen, knows that a crisis can strike families quickly and leave them without a place to comfortably stay. His new mini shelters can provide families with temporary housing to aid them in getting back on their feet and allow them to stick together during their time of need.“They’re going to be their temporary home, and we want them to feel comfortable… I have seen two families that actually split up, that got divorced, that broke up because of their emergency,” Nava told KXAN.

As seen on KXAN, the shelters look like sheds, but they’re fully furnished for up to five family members. Each has electricity, bunk beds, and even nice decorations. Nava has three shelters so far that are each sponsored, and he hopes to add seven more.

According to the In the Streets-Hands Up High Ministry website, the emergency family shelters are referred to as S.A.F.E. (Secure Acre Family Environment), and families can stay from one to three months while they’re provided three meals each day, church services, transportation into town, and free health screenings. Donations can be made here.