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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.

Welcome Jocelyn Williams

My name is Jocelyn Williams and I am the new Community Organizer for Grassroots Community Development East Waco Community. I am a native of Columbia, Maryland and came to live and love Waco by way of marriage to a native Wacoan in 2017! My educational background is in music performance and education. Flute is my primary instrument, but I have always had a passion and interest for all types of music. I have taught general music, instruments music and handbells for 20 years on the east coast, primarily in the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. My music experiences have afforded me the opportunity to share my talents with people from all across the country and the world. My other passion lies in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, especially within the school system. I grew up in a small community in Jessup, Maryland, and as a young girl, I watched my mother and father lead by example, being agents of change, by participating in their local neighborhood associations, school PTA’s and church outreach groups. They instilled in me the zeal to work in building community and getting to know those in my community to explore and celebrate the richness that we all bring to the table. That passion continued into my years in education, as I committed myself to doing that work within my school. That led me to become a Diversity and Inclusion Director. Through this role, I had the opportunity to engage students, parents and staff, as well as the greater community, in conversations, facilitating seminars and workshops, and developing activities that embody the true essence of Diversity and Inclusion. That passion and work is what drew me to the position of Community Organizer for Grassroots Community Development. From the Family Engagement meetings, to the Grassroots Leadership Training, to the Neighborhood Association Events, as well as other outreach and community efforts, Grassroots is helping to develop and secure a pathway for community building, participation and communication that lead to a stronger and welcoming environment for all. I look forward to meeting you and learning about East Waco and how I can be a part of continuing this work.

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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.
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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,