In 1987, at the invitation of Sister Anne Brooks, SNJM, D.O., Sister Maureen Delaney SNJM started an outreach part of the Tutwiler Clinic. It was housed in a small room in the back of the Clinic. Because of the many activities and people who wanted to participate, the space very quickly became too small.

It was decided that a "spin off" project from the Tutwiler Clinic be formed. In December of 1989 the Tutwiler Community Education Center was officially incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Mississippi.

In September of 1990, with help from a Kellogg Grant and the publicity that emerged when the Tutwiler Clinic and all its activities were featured on 60 Minutes, enough money was raised to buy and rehab an old abandoned building in downtown Tutwiler. In June of 1992 the outreach part of the Tutwiler Clinic officially moved into the 10,000 sq. foot, renovated building that became known as the Tutwiler Community Education Center (TCEC).