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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Check out our newest blog post about the power of connection within our community!

Follow the link: https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/when-we-spend-time-together
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"If the topic of housing comes up, our immediate response may not be to think of a congregation, faith group, or even our own church community. Yet, faith groups – whether that be your own church or small work group – can be a strength in our communities in so many ways. From spiritual care and guidance to practical assistance and resources, our faith communities can be one of the solutions to address housing in Waco."

Follow the link to our latest blog post called "Faith and Housing in the Same Conversation".

https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/faith-and-housing-in-the-same-conversation/

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Please join us on April 13th as we serve the North Waco Community. We invite you to register with the QR code and volunteer some time to support homeowners. This is a community-based minor repair and cleanup project that requires no expertise! For any questions about the event, please contact Sarai Muniz at sarai@grassrootswaco.org.
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Grassroots is looking to expand their team with another Community Organizer! The Grassroots Community Organizer is a dynamic, solution-oriented professional committed to engaging and developing neighborhood leadership. Using a consensus organizing model and assets based community organizing style the community organizer will be responsible for organizing and developing leaders in Waco in four major areas:

- Grassroots Leadership Training (GLT)
- Neighborhood-specific Organizing
- School Involvement
- Family Engagement

For more information, see the full job description at: https://grassrootswaco.org/wp-content/uploads/Grassroots-Community-Organizer-position-2024.pdf

The deadline for resumes and questions is Feb 16th. Please send resumes to Mike Stone at mike@grassrootswaco.org.