Houchen Community Center, a nonprofit, 501(c)3, organization, is located in one of the nation’s poorest and socially impoverished neighborhoods, HCC provides comprehensive community development services to children, youth and adults of the Segundo Barrio and adjacent neighborhoods.  Since its beginnings in 1893, as a settlement house for immigrant women and children, HCC has emphasized personal, social, academic and life skills development for hundreds of El Paso families it serves.  The original settlement House evolved into a maternity clinic, where reports show that over 32,000 babies were born.  HCC, housed in three buildings, Child Daycare Center, Thrift Shop and Activity Center, stands at a crossroads where growth opportunities and neighborhood needs intersect with the possibility of new programing and staff.


Our challenges are as unique as the Segundo Barrio community which we serve, HCC service area has continued to experience the severe and chronic hardship of poverty, low education level, high academic drop-out rates, chronic unemployment and lack of opportunities for youth and adults.


HCC goals include addressing these issues at a direct level, using personal contact between community members and staff:  Literally rebuilding our community at a grassroots level, assisting each family and each child one at a time.  These community activities are central to who we are and are under girded by our commitment to the community with new and innovative programs.  Our organizational philosophy has been to place particular emphasis on the healthy and positive development of community members.



Currently, HCC is expanding its programming to meet the increased needs of our community with a food market that will provide organic nutritional food items, employment opportunities and nutritional cooking classes.  This concept is the first of its kind in the nation for a non-profit, community center.  We are developing this endeavor to be a regenerative, community based effort.  Yet, funding for the initial start up is holding this project back.  A donation of $10,000 from you would make this concept a reality.  You would be in on the ground floor of a concept that will be setting the standard for all food markets at community centers to follow.  A concept that does not hand a fish but offers a fishing pole.  A concept that does not give a hand out but, a hand up.  A concept that encourages and expects a standard of excellence for everyone.




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Be Kinder

We all get frustrated and upset on occasion, but the energy that we put out into the universe tends to have a domino effect: the person you yelled at in traffic might take their frustrations out on a barista, who’ll then go home and yell at her kids because she’s had a bad day, and the kids will fight with one another because they don’t know how to handle the negativity that’s been forced upon them. On and on it goes, with the web of hostility growing larger and larger as it sweeps through the population.

If you find yourself irritated or frustrated by a situation, take a step back and really consider what’s going on. Is this an opportunity for you to be more patient? What can you learn from this situation? If you change your tone and be more compassionate with the others involved, can you achieve a more positive outcome?


In addition to reacting positively to upsetting circumstances, we can also take the initiative to pour some good into the world. Practicing random acts of kindness also creates a domino effect, as others appreciate what was done for them and then decide to do good in turn. Paying for someone else’s coffee in a drive-through will instantly brighten their day, and there’s more than a 90% chance that they’ll pay for the person behind them in turn, and so on.



There are many different ways to donate your time to others, so don’t feel that you have to put yourself in a position you’re uncomfortable with in order to make a difference. Some people might be happy working in soup kitchens or helping street youth, while others may not, and that’s totally okay! There are volunteer opportunitiesfor people of every age, profession, and physical ability.

Open your eyes


Just like food, clothing has to come from somewhere, but few people take the time to really researchthe origins of their clothes. Does the company that makes your shirt source pesticide-laden cotton from a developing country? Have your jeans been sewn by children’s hands in Thailand or India? Were any animals harmed to source real fur trim for your jacket or boots? Was any water polluted to create the PVC in your bag or shoes? Educate yourself so that you can educate others, and speak out against mistreatment when you come across it.

Our Address:

315 S. El Paso st.,
El Paso, TX 79901

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