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Welcome To Opportunity Center for the Homeless 

1208 Myrtle Ave, El Paso, TX - 79901



2015 Paso del Norte Region State of Homeless Conference Series
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Advancing Recovery in Texas
Tomas Rivera Conference Center
Union Building East - 3rd Floor, Room 308
University of Texas at El Paso

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless, in conjunction with Centro San Vicente and Aliviane, is working with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Advancing Recovery and Wellness in Texas. This session will provide an overall view of how homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness interact to hinder recovery and rehabilitation, and why it often occurs in conjunction with other social and health problems -- thus the need for the community to work together and not in isolation.

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The Opportunity Center for the Homeless
Presents the 2nd Annual
Edward’s Homes / ERA Sellers, Buyers & Associates
HomeRun for the Homeless
5K and Kids Dash
A 2015 Paso Del Norte Foundation Challenge Fund Event



Click here to register at

All profits from this event will benefit El Paso’s Opportunity Center for
the Homeless.

- 5K Competitive Run (Part of the El Paso Marathon More Than A Marathon series)
- 5K Fun Run and Walk
- Kids Dash

What: HomeRun for the Homeless
When: September 13, 2015 at 8:00am
Fun Run / Walk – 8:05am / Kids Dash – approx. 9:00am
Where: Downtown at Southwest University Park
(Home of the El Paso Chihuahuas)






It was 21 years ago on January 3rd, 1994 that Ray and Lily Tullius open the doors of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

The purpose of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless (OC for the Homeless) is to help those that can to move forward and for those who can't, to protect them.


Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
~ Mother Teresa

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~ Francis of Assisi

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
~ Dalai Lama














 If you are interested in partnering with us to help our community, please contact:
Daniel F. Vasquez
Director, Fund Development
Tel. (915) 577-0069 ext 239













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The Opportunity Center for the Homeless (OC) consists of two homeless shelters, one for single adult men and one for single adult women, and seven residential centers for the elderly, single women (2), mentally ill, veterans, and men and women in school/work programs. 

Homeless persons coming to the OC receive services by walk-in or referral 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. We receive the least among the homeless including addicted, elderly, mentally ill, and immigrant; police even drop of homeless at our shelter.

Over the year we served nearly 124,000 meals and provided over 102,000 nights of sleep. We counseled over 2000 men, women, and youth, and transitioned over 1000 into work, training, and school programs. 

 On average our homeless population is 88% male and 12% female; 57% are Hispanic, 28% Anglo, 12% Black, and 3% Other. In particular, we are seeing an increase in homeless single women.



OC Programs operate within three categories of Services:

Intake Services

OC Homeless Shelter staff complete an intake assessment to determine the client’s homeless status, sub-population status, and key needs. Basic intake services include three meals/day, individual bedding, bathroom and shower facilities, laundry facilities, backpack storage, mailing address, and clothes closet (new and used clean clothes). 

Support/Skill/Recovery Services 

Beyond the required food, shelter, and clothing needs, homeless clients may choose services that help return them to the path of a home-based or self-sufficient lifestyle. OC case workers counsel clients on the OC system of client services so that clients may be placed within the programs that best suit their current ability to return to a supportive home lifestyle. The OC system of individual and support services includes: individual assessment and case management, substance abuse services, mental health services, medical services, veterans services, employment services, educational counseling, on-site educational classes, housing services, legal services, youth services, transportation, and referrals to other support agencies. All of these services are currently housed within the OC Shelter building. All services are also available by referral to members of the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless. 

Living Centers 

The living centers are either transitional or permanent living facilities for homeless clients who have qualified for housing through individual circumstances (e.g., elderly), program focus (e.g., veterans) or self-sufficiency goals (e.g., school/work programs). Please visit our OC Living Centers page for more information on each facility!

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