About Us

Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers was founded in 1962 by Barbara Sommerville and the Lubbock Area United Way to address the needs of the families living in the Guadalupe neighborhood. After the 1970 tornado destroyed and damaged much of downtown and east Lubbock, Ms. Sommerville perceived the need for a similar center in the Parkway-Cherry Point neighborhood. Over the years, the Centers have served thousands of children and their families, providing literacy training, language skills, family living training and academic support.

Today, the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers provide multiple opportunities for children to grow and learn. Instruction in computers, literacy, competitive sports and fine arts are offered. Enrichment classes provide opportunities for children to develop self-presentation, character, confidence, leadership and discipline.

Our Facilities

We are located in the North and East Lubbock neighborhoods:

Parkway Sommerville Center, 405 N MLK Jr. Blvd, Lubbock, TX 79403
Guadalupe Sommerville Center, 123 N Avenue N, Lubbock, TX 79401
Our Staff
Dela Esqueda, Executive Director
Melanie Davis, CPA
Jasmine Salazar, Administrative Assistant
Elvia Ramirez, Administrative Assistant
Jazz Williams, Community Youth Development Coordinator
Joe Shaw, Transportation Specialist        

Erin Kennard, Transportation Specialist

Billy Stewart, Transportation Specialist
Sarah Conn, Guadalupe Site Supervisor

Hannah Nyman, Guadalupe Program Facilitator
Tracy Jackson, Parkway Program Facilitator

Kevin Jackson, Guadalupe Program Facilitator

Aqueela Clay, Parkway Program Facilitator
Roderick Hall, Making a Difference Sports Program Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

Brad Croom
Drew Gray
Ryan Henry
LeeAnn Huddleston
Brandie Ivey
Julie Jay
Roger Karr
Marie Meyer
Diane Qubty
Henry Ramos
Lyle Scovell
Christopher Tirey
Betty Wheeter
Emie Young