Project Vida
Project Vida celebrates 30 years of beginning its services based on the needs of the community and continues to devotedly work on reaching and serving communities in El Paso for the next 30 years. We always want to know what the neighborhoods feel they need and what our resources can do to help them improve their lives. For 30 years Project Vida has been able to address necessities such as Healthcare, Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention, Childcare, and raising the creativity of our youth through our Best Buy Teen Tech Center. Through our donations this year we will be supporting programs like Homelessness Prevention, provide our kids from childcare with puzzles, and computers to support the development of their skills. We can also support chronic care patients with various doctor visits, laboratory exams, and medicines attending our Project Vida Health Centers. The money donated will also be supporting the maintenance of various technology offered to afterschool kids through our Best Buy Teen Tech Center. We invite our donors to learn more about Project Vida by visiting and reflect upon different ways Project Vida impacts the El Paso community. Our goal is to continue supporting El Pasoans through all stages of life.

Causes: Education, Health and Mental Well-being, Homelessness and Housing

Project Vida began in 1991 in a small adobe home in the Chamizal neighborhood of south-central El Paso. We wanted to know what people in the neighborhood felt they needed in order to improve their overall quality of life. We have been able to build strong relationships with our community through Community Congresses. These are meetings citizen- driven where participants determine what they need as a community and how they believe that can be achieved. From those events, it was determined that the community wanted to address education; healthcare; affordable housing; gang prevention; homelessness; and later, the needs of small business owners. Project Vida has addressed all of these issues by building affordable low-income rental housing; building clinics and providing high quality, low cost healthcare; creating a homelessness prevention and recovery program; developing a best practice, curriculum-based early childhood education program; offering dynamic after-school enrichment; and providing microenterprise technical assistance and support.