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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.

TFNB Charity Champions!


On September 3rd we at Grassroots had the honor of being highlighted as one of TNFB Banks Charity Champions at the Baylor vs University of Albany football game. The week of the first Baylor Football game we were excited to be recognized for our efforts with community engagement and homeownership.  We started off the week by being featured on the KWTX – Mid day with July Hays announcement of TFNB- Charity Champions.  Then we did an interview with John Morris, the voice of the Baylor Bears that featured us on ESPN Radio right before kickoff. The Baylor football game was filled with fun and PR.

TFNB provided tickets for us and our families to go watch the Bears start off the season with a great win. TFNB spoiled us rotten on the day of the football game but more than that the media and press that we received was incredibly powerful. First, we were invited to the TFNB tailgate tent and were the host non-profit.  TFNB had a great tailgate, with food, drinks, TV and games for the kids.

  It was really fun for the board and staff to attend and be recognized for all of their hard work in the community. Then a few of us went down on the field where they played a video featuring our efforts in serving Waco.  On the field they presented us with a fancy plaque and signed football.  We felt like Rock stars holding up the plaque and waving the Baylor fans.

We were the best kept secret in Waco. But thanks in part to the Charity Champions recognition from TFNB, we are now known out in the community for what we have been doing. Thank you TFNB for the recognition and spoiling us.

-Mike Stone

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Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development2 days ago
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.
Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development5 days ago
Grassroots is proud to introduce you to the new members of our board:
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.
Grassroots Community Development
Grassroots Community Development6 days ago
On September 3rd, we were honored to be highlighted as one of the TFNB Banks Charity Champions at the Baylor football game! Read more about the experience here,