Little League has made an incalculable difference in the lives of countless young people from our city, state, nation and beyond. Waco has long been a destination for Little-Leaguers on their way to championships. Our community has a robust baseball history, including Padgitt Park and the many famous athletes it attracted. NeighborWorks Waco recently donated…

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Friends for Life is a local charity providing services to help the elderly and people with disabilities live the fullest life possible. They offer myriad services to the community, one of which is an adult day care. Individuals who are elderly and/or experience disabilities are invited to enjoy the day at an outstanding facility in…

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The RL Smith elementary school on Turner Street was once filled with smiling student faces. It was named for the late Robert Lloyd Smith, an African American man who served in the Texas Legislature between 1895 and 1899. Smith was born free in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree…

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Perennially, one of the largest hurdles families face on their journey to homeownership is lack of adequate down payment. While NeighborWorks Waco does partner with several local organizations to provide Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance programs for those that qualify, we advise revisiting your budget to increase savings. Down payments can range from around…

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Our new construction is experiencing rising prices from our original estimates. This stems from the cost of building materials, which may be returning to lower valuations, and supplies availability. Still suffering from pandemic-related supply chain issues, much of the building industry endures production challenges and shortages. NeighborWorks Waco is committed to overcoming these obstacles and continuing…

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Karen Saucedo is celebrating 20 years with NeighborWorks Waco. As our Chief Financial Officer, Karen’s work is crucial to the success that the organization has seen over the years. She is an invaluable member of the team, and we are honored to have spent the past two decades with her. Karen’s passion for our clients…

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It was another successful year for the AARP Tax Aide program. Sal Tahiri, who leads the free tax preparation program, and his team of volunteers had to contend with the global COVID-19 pandemic and public health guidelines. “Despite the pandemic”, said Tahiri, “we’ve achieved quite a bit.” He went on to say that the free…

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Interest rates recently hit historic lows, making it more affordable than ever before to borrow money. For those who have yet to purchase a home, now is the time! Mortgage rates can hardly go lower, meaning less interest paid on the loan over time. Additionally, home appreciation marches higher year after year. The longer one…

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With the costs of getting into a home of your own increasing every day, we are continually searching for ways to assist our clients in making their first home purchase very successful.  Of course, finding that perfect home is always of utmost importance, and with fewer homes on the market to select from, the challenge…

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Laura Arocha joined the NeighborWorks Waco team in May and serves as a Loan Processor. She brings with her over 30 years of experience in the mortgage lending industry as well as loan portfolio management and consumer lending. In addition, she has obtained many certificates in financial lending. Laura is a native Wacoan who enjoys…

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