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.

About Grassroots Community Development

Our Mission

Committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors and communities.

Organization Overview

As an organization, Grassroots originally served Waco through building and remodeling homes. Over time, the organization has come to understand that cultivating healthy neighborhoods is more than just building attractive and affordable homes. Grassroots utilizes an asset-based community development approach to serve neighbors, children, and communities. Neighbors are served through leadership development training classes, free financial literacy and homebuyer education, and counseling to prepare families to become homeowners. Children are served academically through fostering family engagement efforts and school-community partnerships. Communities are served through roof and exterior home repair programs, building new homes and community enhancement projects.

Racial Equity Statement

Grassroots Community Development is committed to a brighter future for children, neighbors, and communities. We believe this requires a commitment to racial diversity, inclusion, and equity. To Grassroots, equity and inclusion means creating environmental conditions where all people are valued and have the ability to thrive within our community, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

In order to support the advancement of our community, Grassroots provides:

  • Family engagement support at community schools
  • Grassroots Leadership Training with neighborhood leaders
  • Support to community driven projects
  • Financial literacy courses
  • New home construction for low to moderate income families

Building intentional and authentic relationships with neighbors through these programs is at the heart of what Grassroots Community Development does.

Annual Reports

To see a listing of our annual reports click here

Rooted in the Community

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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