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    ABOUT US

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless (OC) consists of four homeless shelters (men, women, families, and elderly female) and six residential centers for the elderly, single women, mentally ill, veterans, and men and women in school/work programs. Please visit our OC Living Centers page for more information about each program! 

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 serve over 120,000 meals and provide over 100,000 evenings of lodging. We counsel 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.


The Opportunity Center for the Homeless

Mission Statement


The Opportunity Center exists for all homeless without distinction of race, ethnic origin, language spoken, or, religious beliefs, and regardless of mental, drug and alcohol problems. Through direct contact with the homeless, the Center supports them to move beyond their condition if they are capable; or protects them if they cannot improve their condition in society because of emotional or psychological disorders.

To this end, the Opportunity Center operates a day resource center/emergency overflow night shelter where homeless people can gather and where some members of the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless provide on-site services. The Center also strives to create a system of care for the most needy among this population through the development of transitional and long-term supportive housing.



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