Investing in the potential of individuals and creating opportunities to strengthen families and build neighborhoods.

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History and Mission

Wesley Community Center - Hope and Change


Our History

Women of nearby First United Methodist Church of Houston helped found the center in 1904. They saw that many of the women across the bayou were widows with children whose husbands had been killed working the rail yards. Locked into poverty by more than geographical boundaries, the idea of their families having more than food and shelter seemed like a dream. 

Our Mission is to invest in the potential of individuals and to create opportunities that strengthen families and build neighborhoods.




  • 1904 Near Northside mission established by Methodist women
  • 1942 Methodist Women's Houston Board of Missions incorporated as a nonprofit
  • 1960 Wesley House dedicated at 1410 Lee Street
  • 1974 Barbara Jordan Day Care Built - Wesley selected to manage Day Care Center
  • 1976 Wesley becomes a United Way agency
  • 1984 After School "Latch Key" program begins
  • 1988 Wesley serves homeless population through a grant from Campaign for the Homeless 
  • 1991 Reba Veal Henderson Food Cooperative opened
  • 2004 Wesley Celebrates 100 years
  • 2012 Wesley opens Kurtz Education and Recreation center
  • 2015 Wesley brings Early Head Start back to the neighborhood welcoming children starting at 6 weeks of age.