The Guadalupe Economic Services Corporation (GESC) headquartered in Lubbock, Texas is a nonprofit corporation that has been assisting low and very-low income families in need of housing, social and community services since 1949. We have since expanded our services to families throughout the Panhandle region of Texas. Please use the form below to contact us for more information.
GESC is focused on growing, educating and support communities to positively influence the economic, educational, and social outcomes for families and individuals who are below federal poverty income levels.
As a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization GESC has focus began originally as a neighborhood association. GESC was launched into helping families with critical needs after the Guadalupe neighborhood was levelled and 23 of the Guadalupe neighborhood residents lost their lives during the unforgettable Lubbock 1970 tornado. Again, in 1987 GESC was present in Saragosa, Texas with emergency supplies and volunteers to help with the rebuilding efforts after the tornado levelled their community.
From these experiences we have seen how unmet needs worsen when resources are strained beyond their reasonable ability to be effective. This situation describes the community of Cactus, Texas. In April 2007 Cactus was destroyed after a tornado ripped through the agricultural rural community of 2500 people. In the wake of tornados path it was evident that many families would not recover from their losses.
As a result many families moved to nearby communities like Dalhart where the relocation of dairy farmers from California created a unique pocket of economy. The growth has exposed an increased need for the development of safe, decent and sanitary housing which can remain affordable on a long-term basis for the agricultural workers of the area. In response to this growing issue GESC proposed to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build Vista Rita Blanca Apartments a 28-unit complex to bring affordable housing for an agricultural labor force and their families in Dalhart, Texas.
In 2009 GESC applied and USDA approved funding to provide housing for farming families whose income is less than 60% of the poverty level.