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.

Alta Vista Grassroots Leadership Training


One of my favorite parts of our work with schools is getting to meet and work alongside parents who are committed to their children’s schools. Over the past three years, I have gotten to meet several parents, like Cynthia and Nelissa, who are deeply engaged with their kids’ schools.

Both Cynthia and Nelissa have participated in Core Groups at their children’s school. The purpose of these groups is to bring the many stakeholders in the school’s success together to think critically and reflect on activating the strengths they all have to improve students’ learning experiences while enhancing parent and teacher relationships. For Nelissa, part of activating her strengths is “showing up” for her kid. She remembers how “there was a certain feeling” she got when her parents were able to come watch her. Nelissa shared how “I want my child to grow up with the feeling and confidence knowing that I am there every step of the way along with him.” Cynthia knows that her involvement will pay off as she and her daughter “prepare for the future.” Cynthia shared that “as a first-time parent I want to be able to understand my kid’s environment in school.” She has found that this familiarity is a “powerful tool” when advocacy is needed.

These women have continued their investment in their own leadership skills by participating in the Grassroots Leadership Training program, designed to give participants tools to utilize their leadership abilities in their neighborhood and community. Nelissa and Cynthia both said that their participation in GLT and in Core Groups have helped them recognize that this “extra step” they are taking in their kids’ school has “opened them up to more options” when considering how to relate to their children and the teachers at school. They both have gained a deeper understanding of what school staff do for their kids every day and have loved “knowing that there is a team behind them that can help guide them in their role as parents.”

That both Nelissa and Cynthia are seeing fruit from their work to take that next step in their children’s school reminds me how valuable commitment is. We hope that their commitment serves as an inspiration for you. What will be your next step in your school or neighborhood?

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Are you a homeowner in the City of Waco and have some leaks in your roof? Well, Grassroots may be able to help. We are in Phase VIII of the Grassroots Community Development Roof Repair Program for City of Waco Residents. These services are supported through a grant from the City of Waco. This program is at no cost to low-income families who meet the application qualifications. The Open Enrollment and Application process deadline is November 2nd. So fill out your form NOW.
Please click on the link below to print our application or stop by Grassroots office to pick up an application. Our office address is: 1624 Colcord Ave, Monday- Friday 8-5pm
For more information, please call Project Manager Brian at 254-235-7358 ext 210.
Roof Repair Application:
We also want families to be aware of the dangers of lead-based paint. Please read the following handout about the issues with lead-based paint in your home. Check out this link for more detailed information.
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Crystal Diaz Espinoza is the Director of Enrollment, Career & Alumni Services at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. She has a master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Baylor University and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. She comes to Grassroots with 12 years of experience working in areas of enrollment management, leadership and professional development, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Crystal also serves as a race equity consultant for Waco Foundation which helps to bring together community leaders to engage in race equity efforts within their organizations and the greater Waco community. More importantly, she is married to a native Wacoan and is the mother to a beautiful 2-year-old. In her spare time, Crystal is a BIG sports fan and of course loves to cheer on and support all Baylor Bears sports. She and her family also enjoy going to the Waco Farmers Market every weekend and supporting the continued growing number of local businesses as much as possible.
Jud Griffis is a 4th generation Waco resident. He was born at the old Hillcrest hospital and graduated high school from Reicher. Jud received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Baylor. His father has also served on the Grassroots board. He has been a full time real estate investor for over 20 years. Jud is married and he and his wife have 2 daughters and a son. His experience and expertise is in financial analysis and general business acumen. He has served on and chaired many boards; Compassion Ministries Board, Waco Building Standards Commission, Waco Historical Preservation Commission, and was the Waco Montessori School Treasurer. When Jud is not analyzing numbers or researching investments, he enjoys mountain biking in Cameron Park with his son and horseback riding with his daughters.
Grassroots is delighted to have Crystal and Jud become members of the board and look forward to working with them.
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