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.

Story of a Homeowner

Claude Harris is a mature African American man who works at our local VA.  He works hard each day to take care of his two children. He dreamed of becoming a homeowner for a long time but never thought it was possible.  One day, one of his co-workers heard about his dream and encouraged him to go talk to Darrell.  It took him 6 months to get up the courage to ask for help. Through a series of counseling sessions with Darrell, Claude made a plan to get his finances in order to become a homeowner. He started taking Financial Literacy and Homebuyer Education classes. Claude kept at his plan for over a year.   Along the way, he was making changes in his lifestyle that prepared him to become a homeowner.  He reduced his eating out.  He learned about budgeting and better managed his income.  But, Claude was still reserved about actually becoming a homeowner.  Claude didn’t tell his children what he was doing.  “I didn’t want to get their hopes up” said Claude.  He kept quiet about his plans all the way up to the day that he signed loan documents for the purchase of his house.  After signing, he said “Now I can go get my kids and take them and let them pick out their bedrooms. They are going to be so excited.  We have been living in a 2-bedroom apartment.  The kids slept in the bedrooms and I slept on the couch.  But not anymore.  I get my own room.”   Claude is one example of the many families that we get to help with our Financial Literacy/Homebuyer Education program.

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Grassroots Community Development6 days ago
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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Grassroots Community Development2 weeks ago
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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Grassroots Community Development2 weeks ago
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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Grassroots Community Development3 weeks ago
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.

#grassrootswaco #celebratingcommunity #wacotx #homeownership #homeownershipgoals #wacodevelopment #thrivingneighborhoods
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Grassroots Community Development1 month ago
Make a plan for the home you worked so hard for