Opportunity Center helps those in need



Opportunity Center helps those in need

From El Paso Times Opinion Section
Heroes live among the community of El Paso providing opportunities for those who are in need.
The Opportunity Center for the Homeless is a shelter that serves the community of El Paso 24 hours a day for 365 days of the year.
The shelter was established on Jan. 3, 1994, and has made a difference since then. It’s not just considered a shelter but a safe house that provides mental, medical, and transportation services.
The Opportunity Center serves nearly 124,000 meals and provide close to 102,000 nights of sleep over the year.
As a current volunteer of this program I’ve noticed the difference we’ve made in the lives of those we had the privilege to serve. When I first got involved I began by bringing a few things to the office that I no longer had a use for.
I encourage everyone to get involved. Volunteering a few hours of your time or making monthly donations to the shelter can change someone’s world.
Thank you to all of the organizations who sponsor and volunteers that make this happen serving our community.
Juan Espinoza
Lower Valley

Homeless FoodShare Committee

Join our FoodShare Committee.  We provide three meals a day, seven days a week and it’s only possible because of the kindest of our volunteers in our FoodShare Committee.  Please visit our website and see our events calendar to see the wonderful groups that help feed the homeless.

The committee helps groups of people to come together to either provide food, and / or serve meals.  These are usually work groups and church groups.  These groups contact our FoodShare Commttee to schedule a day time to come in.

Please click on the below links for more information:

FoodShare Committee

Events calendar

Walker with seat needed; In-Kind donation

The Opportunity Center is grateful to our many donors and supporters who help us care for the homeless. In addition to monetary donations, we are always in need of a variety of in-kind donations for our men’s and women’s emergency shelters.

We are in need for couple walkers, preferably with seats. Some of the homeless we care for are elderly and fragile. If you happen to have a used walker that is not being used, please consider donating it to the homeless. Come visit us at 1208 Myrtle Avenue. Thank you so much!



Have a Happy and Safe Weekend

Everyone have a safe and great Memorial Day weekend.  Please know that we will be open if you would like to donate any In-kind donation.

We are located at 1208 Myrtle Avenue and best way is to deliver in the entry located in the back where the alley is at.

Happiness… consists in giving, and in serving others.
~Henry Drummond


Thank you!


‎Thank You All‬ to our supporters and friends that has helped us out through the years! We deeply appreciate your generosity. You have helped us keep 350+ homeless men, women, and children from the streets.

With the loss on federal funding, your generosity is still needed.


Homeless Women

We have nearly 60 homeless women that live here in our emergency and transitional living center shelters. A lot of them are fragile who suffer from some disabling condition. Some of the women are elderly. All the women have nowhere to go and depend on shelter and meals from us. They have made a home in our shelter and we help those that can get their own place. It takes some of the women months to get there and it may take years for the one most fragile.

One of our homeless women recently turned 85 years old. She has no family and was brought in 8 years ago released from the hospital. She had an injured hip. Thankfully she recovered from that. Getting her to be on her own is not likely to happen. And for this reason, our emergency shelter does not have a time limit.

With federal funding going away, we need the help to raise funds. Would you consider a monthly contribution of $15? How about $25 or $50? Which one fits your budget best in order to give monthly? If you give $15, that breaks down to 49 cents a day. We are looking for partners to donate monthly. Please visit our website and when you make a donation, consider making it a monthly donation. Our website is set up to make donating easy.

We are interested in partnering with you.  We feel you need to know more about our operation and how you can help.  Please feel free to contact us at contact@homelessopportunitycenter.org and ask us any questions.  Please donate as much as you can to help us.  Click Here To Donate

Elderly Homeless

Donations to help the elderly homeless — we urgently need your help.  The homeless population varies at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, but there is an increase of elderly homeless.  Our mission is to help those who can move forward, and protect those that cannot.  Our elderly are those that need the most protection and help.  We truly appreciate if you can visit our website and donate.

The change in federal dollars has caused us to lose funding for our small transitional shelter for single women, putting 16 elderly and fragile women at risk that they would be on the streets if we had to close.  So we have begun an internal reorganization to combine two of our shelters and unite these fragile women with women who are younger and stronger and able to offer support services as necessary. What we hope this will do is create a large “family unit” of 29 single women that will eat and live together.  To support this concept, we have received a number of churches and groups that are jumping in to bring in the needed supplies and resources.  There is no way that we can let these fragile women return to the streets.


Our Values and our Mission Statement

Our 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 members of the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless can 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.


What We Believe In

In the crossroads of life, sometimes people stumble and may lose their way. The Opportunity Center for the Homeless believes that we are here to help those in need. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. ~ Matthew 25:35

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless believes in protecting those in our community that are fragile and homeless due to their disability. No generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish and protect. ~ Anne Bronte (novelist and poet)

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless believes that through direct contact we can help the homeless move forward beyond their condition if possible. The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. ~ Albert Schweitzer

We appreciate support.  Please visit our website and please donate to help us continue to help.

Click Here To Donate

The HomeRun for the Homeless 5k race to benefit the homeless in El Paso

The HomeRun for the Homeless 5k race to benefit the homeless in El Paso
By Kristopher Rivera / El Paso Times
POSTED: 07/20/2014 07:20:50 PM MDT



A 5K run will be held at Southwest University Park on July 26 to benefit the homeless in El Paso.

The HomeRun for the Homeless race was organized by the El Paso Class 36 Project, a community service group that was started by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. All profits from the event will go toward the Opportunity Center for the Homeless located at 1208 Myrtle Ave.

“The group picked this organization and immediately we started processing ideas,” said Stephen DuPlessis, a member of the El Paso Class 36 project.

“It was very embraced and so it was done,” he added.

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless helps homeless people who are elderly, mentally ill, immigrants, addicted to drugs or in other circumstances. Social services provided include employment, housing, clinics, transportation services and services for homeless veterans.

Ray Tullius, the executive director of the program, was a homeless veteran with a master’s degree. Eventually got his life together after falling on hard times and went into social work. He was instrumental in putting together the Reynolds Home, a shelter for women and kids, then he put together the Opportunity Center, which initially offered homeless people coffee and a place to sleep, Rosales said.

“It all started with a coffee pot,” said Hector Rosales, grants monitor at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

The shelter houses about 120 men and 40 women, but during the winter that number can increase to 160 men and 60 women, Rosales said.

An event like HomeRun for the Homeless will help the organization right now because of funding shifts at the center, said Daniel Vasquez, director of fund development at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

“We are facing some challenges right now as a result of some grant losses which will have a tremendous impact on the El Paso community; we have lost over $400,000.00 in funding since June,” Vasquez said.

Organizers of HomeRun for the Homeless hope to raise $60,000 for the shelter.

“It was a very ambitious goal,” DuPlessis said. “We are very much on track, but we may fall a bit short.”

Minus the cost of the event, they should raise $50,000, DuPlessis said.

Organizers raised $20,000 after contributions from its four biggest sponsors, Edward’s Homes, ERA Sellers Buyers & Associates, Western Refinery and Imaging Advantage.

Currently, between 300 and 350 people have signed up for the race.

The HomeRun for the Homeless race is the first in the El Paso Marathon’s More Than a Marathon series.

The race starts at 8 a.m. at the clock tower on Durango Street in front of Southwest University Park, proceeds through Downtown El Paso and finishes at first base inside the ballpark.

Registration fees from July 13-25 for the 5K competitive run/fun run/walk is $35. The Kids Dash — 12 and under — is $20. There will be no race day registration available for the 5K competitive run. However, race day registration for the fun run/walk will be $25.

For more information call 575-408-8786.