The Harlingen Outreach Center was created by Tommy Ramirez, the Chief of the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department, and was supported by the Mayor, City Commissioners, District Director for US House Representative, Ruben Hinojosa, and numerous other civic leaders.
The community outreach center is housed in a former police station, and is a collaborative effort to help improve the lives of the at-risk youth of the area of Cameron County and beyond. Programs include: The Gulf Coast Program to aid in GED certification, general counseling, family services and Texas Workforce Solutions for possible job placement. Recreational programs including boxing and of course, the Fresh Start Drug Prevention and Life Skills programs.
The free Fresh Start program offered here is helping youth understand the dangers of drug use, offering them study skills, communication skills, moral guidance and ultimately giving them an understanding of how ethical living is a key component to creating a happy, successful life.