Pastor Don Clark will be leaving the Friendsville Charge at the end of June to accept a position as Executive Director of The Houchen Community Center in El Paso TX. 

The Houchen Community Center is a non-profit multi-services organization and has been a beacon of hope for residents of South El Paso for 115 years.  The Center is ‘owned’ by the United Methodist Women and is under the umbrella of the General Board of Global Ministries. Located just a few miles from the US-Mexico border, Houchen Community Center first opened its doors in 1893.  Houchen is designated as a Texas Historical Site and serves as a United Way Agency. 

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 Community Center, a non-profit multi-services organization, has been a beacon of hope for residents of South El Paso for 115 years. Located just a few miles from the US-Mexico border, Houchen Community Center first opened its dooes in 1893. Houchen Community Center is locate in the heart of the Second Ward or El Segundo Barrio. El Segundo Barrio is the lowest income area in the City of El Paso and the fourth lowest in the United States. Houchen helps give the families from El Segundo Barrio a sense of belonging, the safety and security of a close-knit community, a good environment to work, and an opportunity to participate in creating a caring community. In addition to childcare services, Houchen Community Center provides social  service programs for teenagers, tutoring for-at-risk students from 2nd to 7th grade, senior citizens program providing information on life improvement issues, and a food pantry assisting 350 needy families once a month. The child development program offers high quality childcare for low to very low-income families that work, to go to school, or are enrolled in vocational training opportunities. We provide daily approximately 300 units of services.

Houchen Community Center operates a Food Pantry on the fourth Friday of every month.  The pantry is provided in cooperation with the West Texas Food Bank.  Approximately  350 families are provided groceries each month.

Young Adults

  •    Weight -lifting
  •    Kick-Boxing
  •    Aerobics
  •    Camps
  •    Youth Conferences
  •    Basketball
  •    Volleyball
  •    Weekly ESL Classes

 Houchen provides youth activities for Los Duros (the Tough Ones) and Las Mujeres Fuertes (the Strong Women).  Our youth may participate in learning karate, boxing and weight training.  Tutoring and mentoring programs are also available.  It is our belief that keeping young people safe and in a healthy environment will reap great rewards in their future and the future of the world.


  •    Sewing Room
  •    Seasonal Outings
  •    Weekly Bible Studies
  •    Weekly ESL Classes

 The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday mornings.  Seniors are provided a place to connect with each other, take educational and fun trips.  Houchen monitors the health concerns of each senior citizen. 

 Thrift Shop

Clothing, household goods and furniture are sold at reasonable prices.  The Thrift Shop is open Monday through Thursday mornings.  We accept donations from individuals, churches and civic organizations. 

Here is a copy of a brochure for the center.