By Chris Qualls

Fall of 2018 marked our 25th anniversary. We have loved serving Central Texas, building stronger neighborhoods, and helping families achieve their dreams of homeownership. For a quarter of a century, we have built our foundation, developed numerous facets of business, and fine-tuned our abilities to serve clients and develop communities. Much of these 25 years have represented exponential growth for NeighborWorks Waco, and our partners, and we believe this is just the beginning. We are still creating new and innovative approaches to achieving our mission.

We are proud to have achieved some notable growth statistics over the years.

  • Increased homeownership rate in Waco by 3%, compared to 0% state-wide and nationally
  • Counseled/Educated 5000+ families
  • Assisted 3000+ families achieve their goals of homeownership
  • Constructed 189 new homes in McLennan County
  • Acquired and rehabilitated 122 distressed propertieis in McLennan County
  • Operate 85 “Homeownership Incubators”
  • Developed 4 new subdivisions in inner-city Waco
  • Created and maintained 2 community fesitvals
  • Generated $450,000+ tax dollars for area taxing districts
  • Invested $25,000,000+ directly into the Waco area

While we are very honored to have served our communities in these ways, we believe our greatest assets are the people with whom we partner.

At October’s annual meeting, we were able to recognize a few individuals with whom we work. These folks are outstanding not only for their passion they demonstrate, but also the way they strive to serve the community. NeighborWorks Waco is privileged to announce the winners of our 2018 awards.

Stacey Steger, PATH Program and ACE Team Supervisor at Waco’s MHMR, was this year’s recipient of The Wilbert Austin Good Neighbor Award for demonstrating excellence and inspiring others’ involvement in the community.

Left to Right: Stacey Steger, Ed Uber, Marilyn Bates

For years, Ed Uber has led the AARP’s free Tax Preparation service, which offices out of the NeighborWorks Waco building. In recognition of the countless hours he has given to our community and to demonstrate our appreciation for his contributions, Uber received the Volunteer of the Year award.

Our Board Member of the Year award was accepted on behalf of the late Willie Stanley by his sister, Marilyn Banks, for the significant impact he made to improve the community and lives that we serve.

NeighborWorks Waco would like to extend a special thank you to all of our community partners. We could not have accomplished all that we have over these 25 years without your participation. This is just the beginning.