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.

The History of Grassroots Community Development

— Formally Waco Community Development Corporation

Grassroots began nearly 20 years ago when four businessmen and one pastor began gathering together over breakfast and lunch to discuss ways they could make a positive impact on their community. They began studying various models of community development across the country until they came across a model out of Atlanta, GA that they felt could be successfully replicated in Waco. After over a year of gathering and planning, they established Waco Community Development Corporation (now known as Grassroots Community Development).
The foundational focus of Waco Community Development Corporation was to bring neighbors back together into healthy, mixed income communities through the promotion and creation of home ownership. The founders chose to begin this work by focusing in the Brook Oaks and Sanger Heights neighborhoods in North Waco, which at the time had over 200 vacant lots within them and a homeownership rate of 38%. The organization began building and remodeling homes in these two neighborhoods, offering financial literacy and homebuyer education classes, and providing a housing counselor who walked with community members through the home buying process.
Over time, the organization has come to understand that cultivating healthy neighborhoods is more than just building attractive and affordable homes. For the past 13 years, Grassroots has implemented community organizing efforts to work with community members in neighborhood associations, schools, businesses, and churches. These organizing efforts began in these same two North Waco neighborhoods back in 2007, but over the years, have expanded to also include East Waco in 2011 and South Waco in 2018.
The team at Grassroots aims to bring neighbors together to work towards community driven change. Nearly 20 years after beginning as an organization, Grassroots has built over 65 new homes and assisted over 335 families in becoming new homeowners while providing financial literacy education to almost 2500 individuals. Building intentional and authentic relationships with neighbors is at the heart of what Grassroots does. Over the past 5 years, Grassroots has worked closely with 7 schools in 6 neighborhoods to facilitate 14 leadership development trainings and support over 50 community-led projects in neighborhoods and schools.
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Parents and Students of Waco ISD: Meet the Teacher Events are happening on campuses this Thursday and Saturday. Check out the flyer below for more details.
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Grassroots Community Development3 days ago
Grassroots is delighted that one of our Community Organizers, Deshauna Hollie received the first Henrietta Napier Changemaker Award in Education!!! Read more details below.

The winner of the Henrietta Napier Changemaker Award in Education is DeShauna Hollie.
Hollie works at Grassroots Community Development, and she spent 10 years teaching young children at Talitha Koum. She has promoted effective early childhood care and education by considering the traumatic stress experienced by many children. After a decade of addressing social and emotional needs while teaching, DeShauna made a move to community organizing in North Waco with Grassroots Community Development. Here she continues to advocate for children and families while building bridges across sectors. Hollie considers a supportive neighborhood as part of a healthy childhood experience.

Congratulations DeShauna!
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Grassroots Community Development3 days ago
Parent Connect is a group at Alta Vista Elementary who strongly believes that parents can support each other as their kids go to school together. Interested in learning more? Read about it and how to get involved here, https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/parent-connect