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.

Renaissance on the Rise – Part 1

I am excited to announce that our Planned Unit Development (PUD) gained approval from the Waco City Council this past Tuesday, October 17th! With this considerable step forward, we now have an approved conceptual design plan we will use to begin the much-needed infrastructure for our pocket neighborhood. Knowing this process will take time, we would appreciate the continued support from our community in seeing this project through to completion.

There have been countless people congratulating me for breaking ground on the Renaissance pocket neighborhood, only to inform them that we have not yet started this project. The construction activity they have been noticing is from the 17th & 18th Street water and sewer project. Though we are not breaking ground for the housing project, this is a vital phase in the progression of our plan because it will provide water and sewer connections for the homes in our development. When we heard about the 17th & 18th Street project over a year ago, we collaborated with the City of Waco to include our development needs in the scope of their work to alleviate the need to conduct an additional infrastructure project for our development. This inclusion helped save money and time and minimized the traffic ramifications to the community.

We currently have a working 3D model of the Renaissance Pocket Neighborhood and will finalize the details and house designs soon. To ensure our homes are desirable, we have been circulating the plans within the community and asking for feedback. Our homes will range from 2 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms to 4 Bedroom/2.5 Bathrooms. The square footage range will be 1200 to 2000, with the larger homes having an upstairs.

Our immediate steps moving forward are to ensure the public utilities have access and capacity to supply and power our neighborhood. It will take much collaboration to ensure everyone is working towards the same goal and to prevent slowing down the construction process once we begin. In the near future, we will be disassembling the Sanger Avenue Elementary School archway and repurposing what we can in the design of our new neighborhood. It is our hope to reuse bricks from the archway for brick steps leading up to each of the homes.

Once we have the all-clear from the 17th & 18th Street project in the Fall of 2024, we will begin our preliminary site visit to lay out the design of our pocket neighborhood. This will be the moment all the planning and preparation finally turns into reality, and the Renaissance Pocket Neighborhood comes to life.

Thank you for joining us on this journey and stay tuned for future updates as they happen.

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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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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 or Mrs. Michael at

¬°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 √ļltimo, queremos agradecer a todas las maravillosas familias que nos acompa√Īaron ese d√≠a. Agradecemos su presencia y participaci√≥n durante todas la presentaciones.

Invitamos a todas las familias de Brook Avenue a la reuni√≥n final de PACTT en la cafeter√≠a el 16 de mayo de 5 a 6:30 p.m. Celebraremos el a√Īo y haremos algunos planes divertidos de verano en familia. Habr√° juegos y una rifa de algunas tarjetas de regalo; ¬°No querr√°s perd√©rtelo! El 16 de mayo, tambi√©n disfrutaremos de una deliciosa comida proporcionada por la Iglesia Greater Christian Tabernacle Church - Waco. Para obtener m√°s informaci√≥n o para registrarse, comun√≠quese con Sarai en o con Mrs. Michael en