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People First

By Chris Qualls, LMSW September 5, 2018 American history is something of a mixed bag. Like all great stories, there are ups and downs. Forming a representative democracy upon the idea of individual freedom is a particularly good moment in the arching trajectory of American history. The fact that representation and freedoms were designated only…

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Taking Root in Waco

While moving out of your parents house before the age of twenty is not uncommon, it proves to be a bit more challenging when trying to balance that new independence with a college degree, two jobs, and your first child. However, Gerika is a proud, 25-year-old college graduate, employee, mother, and homeowner who lives in…

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Hammers & Heels 2018

Four years ago, NeighborWorks Waco began offering “Hammers & Heels”, a post-purchase workshop in partnership with local Home Depot locations. NeighborWorks Waco is always looking for new and better ways to build stronger neighborhoods through homeownership, quality rental housing and community-building initiatives, and have worked hard to increase the success and reach of Hammers and…

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Saving For A Different Future

In November 2017, NeighborWorks Waco started a new limited run program- Project SAVER. Project SAVER was designed to help 30 participants rebuild credit and start a pattern of saving by offering a financial incentive for those who successfully followed program guidelines and completed on time! In July, we had our first three successful graduates of…

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Project Homeless Connect – Summer Edition 2018

Earlier this summer, NeighborWorks Waco partnered with the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition to bring the second annual Project Homeless Connect – Summer Edition to the homeless population of Waco! Despite falling on one of the hottest the days of the year, there was a great turnout of both vendors and participants, with over 15…

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Honoring a Legacy

  If you have found yourself driving around East Waco lately, you may have noticed quite a few changes going on! One change that we at NeighborWorks Waco are especially excited to announce is the renaming of East Waco Park, now known as the Wilbert Austin, Sr. Park. The name change honors the late Reverend…

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Staff Spotlight: Chris Qualls

Keep an eye out for our newest staff member, Chris Qualls!  Chris is joining NeighborWorks Waco as our new Homeownership Center Manager, and plans to focus on building relationships and branding NeighborWorks Waco’s message and goals in the community, all while making sure operations in house are able to run smoothly! Chris, a Louisiana native,…

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Impacting Futures

by: Alice Pollard, Project ASPIRE Coordinator Celebrating it’s fifth year, Project ASPIRE had an amazing camp! Under the umbrella of NeighborWorks Waco, Project ASPIRE is a financial literacy and mentoring program open to youth from all over McLennan County. This year, 25 students participated in Project ASPIRE’s summer camp! Out of the 25 participants, 15…

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Building Lasting Partnerships : American Bank

                                                                      The programs and services that NeighborWorks Waco offers could not occur without the support of a multitude of community partners,…

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