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.

Welcome, Saraí Muñiz!


My name is Saraí Muñiz, and I am excited to be joining the Grassroots community as the North Waco Community Organizer this summer. I was born and raised in The Rio Grande Valley in South Texas and have been in Waco for four years. During these last four years, I attended Baylor University and received a Master of Divinity from Truett Seminary and a Master in Social Work from the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. In these last four years, I was able to get connected to the Spanish-speaking community and had the privilege of serving in various spaces. The deep connections and meaningful relationships I made with those around me led me to fall in love with Waco and stay and serve the community. 

Growing up on the southern border gave me a love for the immigrant community, and through the school of social work, I could be in internships that served this population. In the first year of my master’s, I interned with Greater Waco Legal Services, working alongside the attorneys to support the clients in their immigration journey. I was exposed to the legal realities that immigrants face and the excellent work that spaces like Greater Waco engage in. During my time there, I learned about the power of someone’s story and the importance of being culturally humble in engagement. Greater Waco opened my eyes to the power of someone’s voice, and I became curious about how I could be a part of supporting those around me. 

In my final year of school, I had the tremendous privilege of supporting DaySpring Baptist Church with the launching of a new ministry called Naomi House through my internship. At the Naomi House, I supported the ministry through case management for the residents, organizational support, and advocacy. While at the Naomi House, I was exposed more in-depth to the reality refugees and asylum seekers experience on their journey to the USA. I also learned to listen more intently, the power of advocacy, and what happens when communities come together to make a change. As I wrapped up my internship, I knew I wanted to continue the work of supporting community members and was looking for ways to engage in the Waco community more deeply. 

I have learned and engaged with such wonderful people in North Waco and look forward to continuing to be present and supporting community members in their work.

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Read more about National Good Neighbor Day in our latest blog post.
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Our Annual Charity Golf Scramble is just 4 weeks away. Join us for a day of golfing, good food, and fun at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course!

Thursday, October 19th
Check-in & Lunch at 11:30am
Tee off at 1:00pm

For more information call Mike Stone at (254) 235-7358 ext. 206 or get the registration form at
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The services provided are supported through a grant from the City of Waco. This program is at no cost to low-income families who live in the City of Waco limits and meet the application qualifications.

You can learn more and download an application at

You may also stop by our office to pick up an application at 1624 Colcord Ave, Monday- Friday 8-5pm

For more information, please call Project Manager Brian at 254-235-7358 ext 210.
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“Always look at the opportunities and possibilities in a situation,” Daysi, founder and owner of 25th Street Furniture Store, shared. Daysi started in 2013 with a dream of serving the North Waco community and providing a service that betters the lives of her neighbors. With a laptop and an innovative mind, Daysi started a money transfer business that served the community and brought ease to many of her customers. Ten years later, Daysi was able to lean into that innovative spirit, grow her knowledge about running a business, and ultimately build her business into a furniture store that is for the community. “I never turn down a request,” Daysi shared, “I may need to think creatively with the customer, and we brainstorm how to make their request a reality, but I always work to say yes to an opportunity to do something new.”

Today, 25th Street Furniture provides affordable furniture with unique designs and capabilities. 25th Street Furniture prides itself on being a place for the community. When you walk into the store and engage with Daysi and her team, they get to know your preferences and needs so that every conversation and purchase is tailored to the individual customer. Daysi gives back to the community through 25th Street Furniture and her involvement with the Hispanic Chamber. She is a big advocate for business owners being connected and learning from each other.

25th Street Furniture is located at 1108 N. 25th St. and open at 10 am on weekdays. Daysi and her team are available and ready to support the Waco community with their furniture needs. Daysi shares with the community, “It is important to see situations as learning experiences. Strive to look towards the solution and learn something from the situation.”

Take the time to get to know the local businesses in North Waco and visit Daysi and her team on 25th street!