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Mission Statement

The mission of Houchen Community Center is to make God's love a reality in El Segundo Barrio and nearby neighborhoods through working to meet the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of children, youth and adults.


Houchen's purpose and focus has always been to provide programs that in some way alleviate the effects of, as well as, the circumstances associated with social and demographic isolation, poverty, hunger, neglect,and abuse.

A non-profit multi service organization located in South El Paso since 1893. It originally started by Mary Tripp who helped young girls to learn English, better ways of sanitation, health and cooking. The young girls were recent arrivals in the United States. Rose Gregory Houchen, a Michigan School Teacher, visited Mary Tripp and saw the need for a settlement house. She donated a $1,000 dollars toward building the house which was completed in 1912 and named for her.

Houchen launched the first bilingual kindergarten program to help students to transition into first grade. Effie Stolz ran a first aid clinic from the Settlement House . She later enlisted the service of a physician who entered reached out to other physicians. The need for such services increased and she moved to a building adjacent to the Settlement House and became known as the Freeman Clinic. In the early 1930's, the Newark Maternity Hospital was added to the Freeman Clinic. It continued to provide low cost maternity care to the community until 1986.

Starting in 1949, this area was known as Friendship Square. It included the Settlement House, Newark and El Buen Pastor Methodist Church . El Buen Pastor was located where the present Activity Center is located today.

Houchen strives to build self-esteem and encourages education among South El Paso's disadvantage population. Houchen is located in the heart of the Segundo Barrio which is the lowest income are in the city of El Paso and one of the poorest zip codes in the United States.

Houchen has a strong history and commitment to providing assistance through education and training. it is Houchen's belief that we serve the world by serving our brothers and sisters in the community.



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