I’m Nataly Sanchez and I am more than thrilled to be joining Grassroots as a Community Organizer in the South Waco area. I am originally from Eagle Pass, Tx but have called Waco home for the past 5 years. In those 5 years, I attended Baylor University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and my Master’s Degree in Social Work. During that time, I connected with a local church, participated in community events, and volunteered at Mission Waco’s “The Clothesline.” Creating relationships throughout these groups really allowed me to fall in love with Waco and stay.
During my final undergraduate year, I had the opportunity to intern at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital. A lot of the work involved getting to know people in the rehab unit and work with them to develop mutually-agreed upon goals to make sure patients were discharging home safely. This gave me the opportunity to interact with people, hear their stories, and see the strengths that people already have. This experience is what started cultivating my love for working alongside community members.
This past year, I interned at Grassroots, not knowing I would soon be the South Waco Community Organizer. My internship allowed me to continue building relationships with people in the community at a larger level. I enjoyed getting to know how people started their businesses, what made them proud of their neighborhood, and how we could reach the vision that community members had for their community. This role helped continue growing that love of working alongside the community members that make Waco home.
I have already met so many wonderful people and hope to continue meeting more. I currently live in South Waco and am excited to be part of the community I serve.