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.

Gett-n-Go Business Spotlight

“This food is for everyone. It is called Soul Food because its food that feeds the soul.” This is what Gett-n-Go restaurant owner Cynthia Anne Jones wanted people in Waco to know about her business. Cynthia Jones has always loved cooking and food has been her passion. She enjoyed cooking big meals for family, friends and her co-workers for special occasions. When the Romark Logistics plant in Waco decided to shut down, Cynthia took early retirement and began her next adventure. In 2018, she started the carry out restaurant, Gett-n-Go, on Garrison. The menu changes daily, but the aroma and comfort of soul food is strong. On the day I visited for lunch, there were Smothered Pork Chops, Beef Tips, Chicken Sausage Pasta, Pigs Feet and plenty of sides on the menu, and the portions were generous. 

Current business hours are Thursdays-Sundays, 11am-5pm, or until they run out. When the restaurant first opened, the hours were Tuesday – Saturday and they also offered breakfast. However, the business has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the street repairs and construction on Elm Ave and Garrison.  Cynthia and her crew have not let that stop them from continuing to provide savory and hearty meals and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The name is just that, “Gett-n-Go”, because while there is limited seating, most customers just stop by, get what they want and go. Cynthia also has a food trailer that she hopes to get going soon. She hopes to use it to participate with other food truck businesses in local events around town.  “I have a passion and enthusiasm to continue, to go further with my business. This is a major achievement for me. I have a legacy that I would like to leave for my loved ones, my granddaughter.” So, make your way over to Gett-n-Go at 121 Garrison St, just off Elm Ave. Call ahead and see what’s on the menu and go ahead and place your order at 254-640-5470. 

You won’t be disappointed in what I think is one of East Waco’s best kept secrets! 

– Jocelyn Williams

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New Blog Post || Protecting Your Investment

“The weather the last several weeks in Central Texas has been touch and go. We’ve had record amounts of rain, high winds, tornadoes, fires and hail. All which have caused major damages to property and homes. Having Insurance does not stop the weather from destroying your property, but it can reduce the financial impact of a covered loss.”

Find the rest of our latest blog post by following the link below!

Https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/protecting-your-investment
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Hello! My name is Lee Scheffe, I am thrilled to join Grassroots as the East Waco Community Organizer! I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I moved to Waco in 2020 to attend Baylor for my undergraduate degree in economics and political science, which I earned in May 2024. While a student at Baylor, I was blessed to work with a number of community organizations and leaders in Waco's social sector. I served as a grant writer for a local nonprofit, completed an internship at the Community Development department at the City, and spent time volunteering at a number of local charities. These experiences introduced me to the wonderful, powerful, and loving community of Waco. Growing up in Austin, I witnessed firsthand the effects of fast-moving municipal growth. I saw that, sometimes, behind the image of economic vitality, displacement, disenfranchisement, and injustice occurred. I was blessed to be surrounded by a faith community and local organizers who understood the power of listening to local voices and empowering community members to enact the change they wanted to see in their city. These experiences instilled in me a love for community-based change and the value of active and patient listening.

I've long held a deep interest in housing. During the summer before my final undergraduate year, I studied vacant housing in Waco and presented my findings to local community leaders. The following semester, I studied the effects of the expansion of short-term rental properties on Waco's housing market. Through these encounters, I began to explore the intersection between attainable housing options and community flourishing. Most significantly, I learned that working alongside community members and connecting local resources results in loving, charitable, and thriving neighborhoods.

I'm delighted to serve the wonderful community of East Waco and support the powerful stories of its community members. I look forward to being present and supporting East Waco's community members in their work.
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Happening this week! With topics, such as "Vehicle Safety 101," "Cyber Security Awareness," and "Domestic Violence," this event will be hard to miss.
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New Blog Post 🎉

"Waco is truly blessed to have partnerships around the state that are willing to serve those in need and seek out opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. If you see groups of young people around Waco from June 19th-21st feel free to stop and say thank you for their generous service to the residents of Waco."

Read more about this program in our latest blog post!

https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/exterior-home-repair/
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UPDATE 🎉

We are getting even closer to starting on the actual construction of Renaissance at Sanger Heights. The City’s construction crew is making really good progress on their utility and street project. We are very thankful for all of their efforts.

Our plan is to start September 2024 with houses going up the Summer of 2025.

But before we start, we want to say thanks to three different groups that have been extremely important to this project; The City of Waco, Walker Partners and RBDR Architects.

First, the City of Waco, whose foresight in acquiring the site and dedication to community desires laid the foundation. This was the heavy lifting for the project. The effort to acquire the property and develop a plan for development has been very long process. But thanks to many different people at the City we are finally here today.

Second, Walker Partners, led by Jed Walker, invested countless hours and expertise in shaping this endeavor. When you want to build a house, you have to have a strong foundation, water and sewer connections. We reached out to the best engineering group in Waco to help us lay the ground work for building this procket neighborhood. We're grateful for their dedication and the contributions of a countless surveying and engineering hours.

Lastly, RBDR, led by Bernadette Hookham, lent their creative genius to visualize our plans, and the site plan , translating our ideas into tangible designs. All of these colorful pictures that you have seen for Renaissance were designed by the RBDR team. We thank them and their team for their invaluable contributions.

Stay tuned as we begin to change the site and bring a new homeownership concept to Waco.

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