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To guide low-income youth in Corpus Christi, Texas toward pathways of success.  Our development programs embrace the dignity of the person through focusing on academics, character development, sports, individual attention and parental engagement.

WSHH is an Educational and Recreational Youth Center that serves 1-6 grade students who are from low income families in the Corpus Christi area. The Center provides academic enhancement, character formation, career opportunities, extra-curricular activities, and organized sports





Our Vision

West Side Helping Hand’s future will continue to advance new ideas and services that profoundly improve life for the youth on the West Side of Corpus Christi.            

We envision a community where at-risk children are hopeful and excited about their futures, and confident and capable of realizing their full potential in school and later in life. They build healthy and respectful interpersonal relationships with family and friends.

Our Future

As West Side Helping Hand continues to grow as a service to Corpus Christi’s youth and families, the Benefactors, Board of Directors and staff believe the time is right to develop and share a forward-looking vision with the community at large.  WSHH’s vision is rooted in practical, real-life wants and needs. It reflects high ideal of love and hope – the hope for a highly desirable future for our youth that will bring out the best in themselves, their families and our community.

Board of Directors


Tom W. Pauken


Tom Pauken is a former member and chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. During his time as TWC chairman, which ended in May 2012, Pauken oversaw the development of the Texas Back to Work program and the Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP). Mr. Pauken is a businessman, lawyer, and

the author of two books. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from which he received his BA in political science in 1965. From 1967 to 1970, he served in the army, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Pauken obtained his Juris Doctor degree from SMU in Dallas in 1973. He served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Pauken also served on President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff.

Sean Hutzler

Sean Hutzler, MD is an Emergency Medicine physician in Corpus Christi. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he received his BA in History from Texas A&M University in College Station in 2010 and his medical degree from The university of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2015. He moved to Corpus Christi in 2015 for residency training in Emergency Medicine at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial and Shoreline, which he completed in 2018. Shortly after moving to Corpus Christi in 2015 he met his wonderful Betsy with whom he has two beautiful children.

Martin Schoonover

Martin Schoonover retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service.  Presently he is the CEO of Oak Tree Wealth Management.  Prior to his creation of the Oak Tree Wealth Management firm, he was the principle of Most Precious Blood Catholic Elementary School.  He has a master’s degree of Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Jorge Mendizabal


Dr. Jorge Mendizabal, MD, is a Neurology Specialist in Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended and graduated with honors from medical school in 1991. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial, and Corpus Christi Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquin Faculty of Medicine, interned at the University of South Alabama (neurology) and the Baptist Medical Center South (internal medicine). Dr. Mendizabal has been in practice for more than 25 years. He has written numerous publications in his field of specialty.