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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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: https://grassrootswaco.org/.../Phase-VIII-Full-Roof...
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. https://www.epa.gov/.../lead_in_your_home_brochure_land_b...
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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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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, https://grassrootswaco.org/blog/tfnb-charity-champions/