Committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors and communities.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

A Rich History and An Exciting Future

It has been almost two years since our family relocated to Waco. What began as a surprise birthday getaway for our design-loving daughter turned into more than we could have ever imagined. I am thoroughly convinced that our first Waco road-trip was divinely orchestrated.

In June of 2021, we attended our first Juneteenth celebration in Texas. We watched the parade and then took a self-guided walking tour of Elm Street. It was a hot day. Thankfully, there were two women on the street handing out drinks and snacks. They asked where we were from and then proceeded to tell us about the community we were exploring. It was very clear we had stumbled upon a font of historical knowledge—someone who really knew East Waco. Though I didn’t know who she was at the time, my intro to East Waco 101 lesson was taught by Jeanette Bell.

I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time in East Waco since that first Juneteenth celebration. At the ribbon cutting for Bridge Street Plaza, there were many unfamiliar faces that are not so unfamiliar anymore. I see them almost daily—East Waco business owners, pastors, civic leaders—all working together to strengthen the community.

My primary remit at Grassroots is to listen. Connect and collaborate, yes—but listen first. Like many communities, East Waco is not a monolith. Different people feel differently about different things. It has been a pleasure listening to a plurality of voices and I’m thankful for all of the people who have so graciously given me their time.

East Waco has a rich history and an exciting future. There is a lot happening. The new Bridge Street Farmer’s Market will increase access to nutritious food. The Levitt AMP music series will bring quality concert performances.  Many Waco residents look forward to enjoying these new community assets. I know I do. As we enjoy the wonderful newness, however, I am reminded that we must also be intentional about appreciating and respecting the historical richness of the East Waco community that has always been.

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NEW HOUSE FOR SALE 🎉

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"A partnership between Transformation Waco and Grassroots has helped us advance in our mission of commitment to a brighter future for children, neighbors, and communities.

Parent University got its official start in January at Alta Vista Elementary School. This program is focused on providing the parents and caregivers of students in TW campuses an opportunity to learn more about ideas, topics, or themes they’re interested in at no cost to the family."

To learn more about this program and continue reading about its impact on the community, read out latest blog post!
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We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the support we received from our community + friends at Rooted 2024! We could not do what we do here at Grassroots without you 💚
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Final Free Food Distribution coming up on May 13!

Join Calvary Baptist Church on May 13th from 5:30-7:30pm in their church parking lot to receive free food. All of your information is confidential, and if you have an ID please bring it with you to the pick-up. You can still receive food without an ID. No sign-up is necessary!
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Thank you for supporting us with our Rooted Banquet!
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A fun time with good food!

We had a wonderful turnout for the April PACTT meeting at Brook Avenue Elementary Thank you to Waco Family Medicine staff who came and shared how to sign up for telehealth and how parents can access their services. We are grateful for the access WFM provides in the Waco community. Another big thank you to Nurse Stacey from Alta Vista Elementary School who took some time to share with families what the role of the nurse is on campus and how parents can take advantage of their great care. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and care with us Nurse Stacey. We are grateful to Pastor Fu & Son BBQ -Relief Kitchen and their delicious new brisket burger recipe that they cooked for us. Their purpose is to serve families affected by natural disasters and we are grateful for the work they do across the country. Lastly, we want to thank all of the wonderful families who joined us that day. We are grateful for their presence and participation throughout the evening.

We invite all Brook Avenue families to the final PACTT meeting in the cafeteria on May 16th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. We will celebrate the year and make some fun family summer plans. There will be games and a raffle for some gift cards; you do not want to miss it! On May 16th, we will also enjoy a delicious meal provided by Greater Christian Tabernacle Church - Waco. For more information or to register, please reach out to Sarai at sarai@grassrootswaco.org or Mrs. Michael at holly.michael@wacoisd.org.

¡Un rato divertido con comida rica!
¡Tuvimos una participación maravillosa en la reunión de PACTT de abril en Brook Avenue Elementary! Gracias al personal de Waco Familty Medicine que vino y compartió cómo inscribirse en la salud via telecomunicación y cómo los padres pueden acceder a sus servicios. Estamos agradecidos por el acceso que WFM brinda en la comunidad de Waco. Otro gran agradecimiento a la enfermera Stacey de Alta Vista Elementary que se tomó un tiempo para compartir con las familias cuál es el papel de la enfermera en el campus y cómo los padres pueden aprovechar su gran atención. Gracias por compartir su conocimiento y cuidado con nosotros, enfermera Stacey. Estamos agradecidos con Pastor Fu & Son BBQ - Relief Kitchen y su nueva y deliciosa receta de hamburguesa de brisket para nosotros. Su propósito es servir a las familias afectadas por desastres naturales y estamos agradecidos por el trabajo que realizan en todo el país.
Por último, queremos agradecer a todas las maravillosas familias que nos acompañaron ese día. Agradecemos su presencia y participación durante todas la presentaciones.

Invitamos a todas las familias de Brook Avenue a la reunión final de PACTT en la cafetería el 16 de mayo de 5 a 6:30 p.m. Celebraremos el año y haremos algunos planes divertidos de verano en familia. Habrá juegos y una rifa de algunas tarjetas de regalo; ¡No querrás perdértelo! El 16 de mayo, también disfrutaremos de una deliciosa comida proporcionada por la Iglesia Greater Christian Tabernacle Church - Waco. Para obtener más información o para registrarse, comuníquese con Sarai en sarai@grassrootswaco.org o con Mrs. Michael en holly.michael@wacoisd.org