History

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 a nearby 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

  • 1904 - 1904

    Near Northside mission established by Methodist women

  • 1942 - 1942

    Methodist Women’s Houston Board of Missions incorporated as a nonprofit

  • 1960 - 1960

    Wesley House dedicated at 1410 Lee Street

  • 1974 - 1974

    Barbara Jordan Day Care Built – Wesley selected to manage Day Care Center

  • 1976 - 1976

    Wesley becomes a United Way agency

  • 1984 - 1984

    After School “Latch Key” program begins

  • 1988 - 1988

    Wesley serves homeless population through a grant from Campaign for the Homeless

  • 1991 - 1991

    Reba Veal Henderson Food Cooperative opened

  • 2004 - 2004

    Wesley Celebrates 100 years

  • 2012 - 2012

    Wesley opens Kurtz Education and Recreation Center

  • 2015 - 2015

    Wesley brings Early Head Start back to the neighborhood welcoming children starting at 6 weeks of age.

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