The Near Northside is a historic community located just north of downtown Houston. Like many other nearby neighborhoods, the Near Northside has begun to gentrify. Strong civic and community organizations, including Wesley, are working to help current residents stay in the neighborhood by offering financial education and developing affordable housing.
Wesley was founded in 1904, by a group of women from the nearby First United Methodist Church. Many of the families across the bayou were led by widows whose husbands had died working in the nearby rail yards. The women’s group was motivated to build a community center to help lift up those families. Today at Wesley Community Center, we’re building on that foundation of caring for those most vulnerable. Wesley’s mission is investing in the potential of individuals and creating opportunities to strengthen families and neighborhoods