On Saturday, May 18th, NeighborWorks Waco held a very exciting Homebuyer Education Workshop (HBE). Usually, our HBEs take place within our offices at 922 Franklin Ave. In an effort to connect more with neighborhood communities within Waco, our recent HBE was held at the East Waco Multipurpose Facility. Not only was the venue a change, but we also collaborated with several community partners to pull off one of the best workshops yet!

We would like to extend a special thanks to the sponsors who made this event possible. Wells Fargo, Doris Miller Family YMCA, Waco ISD, and the City of Waco all helped make this event successful.

If you’ve never attended one of our HBE workshops, you’re in for a treat when you sign up here. They take place on Saturdays in either Waco or Temple for your convenience. Students invest about eight hours in the class, which is taught by industry professionals. In return, attendants receive breakfast, lunch, and snacks, along with a book detailing the home-buying process. All of this comes at no cost to the attendants, who will learn about all the various aspects involved in purchasing a home.

Esther Trejo, of Royal Insurance Agency, explains home insurance.

Our May 18th HBE was so special because we had such a great list of incredibly passionate professionals. Dexter Hall, the Vice President/Manager of Wells Fargo, taught the class how to prepare for home ownership. Home inspections were demystified by Sam Golden, owner of Golden Home Inspection. Cinthia Hernandez and Ericka Yannis, both of Extraco, explained the home mortgage process. Sherman Williams and Waldo Hernandez taught attendants every they needed to know concerning shopping for the perfect home. Galen Price, of the City of Waco, discussed ways to protect one’s home, which often represents the largest investment families ever make. Insurance was eloquently explained by Esther Trejo, owner of Royal Insurance Agency.

Doreen Ravenscroft is the Director at Cultural Arts of Waco, and another community partner with whom we could not have had such a successful event. Sinclair Chapman and Shirley Langston, both of G.W. Carver Middle School, and Principal Elijah Barefield, of J.H. Hines Elementary, all made incredible efforts to publicize our event and share it with families at their schools.

Melvin Carter, Branch Executive at the Doris Miller Family YMCA, made sure that attendants were entered into a raffle for kids’ bicycles, and two lucky guests left the Multipurpose facility with shiny new bikes and helmets to match!

We are so grateful for all of the many community partners we have. It is a honor to work in Waco, where so many people are passionate about the community, and putting families into safe, stable, and secure housing.

If you are interested in attending our next Homebuyer Education Workshop, sign up today!