Waco Community Development

A Look Back at Our First Eleven Years.

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It began in 2001.

4 Business men and one minister got together to try and find a way to channel their gifts into service to the community. The decided to form a community development corporation.

The five founders – Bily Davis, Tim Holtkamp, Jon Spelman, Walt Keeler and Jimmy Dorrell formed a board of directors. They spent a year studying other successful organizations in the United States that had undertaken community development programs. One of these organizations was FCS Urban Ministries out of Atlanta Georgia. Bob Lupton the executive director of FCS consulted to help organize Waco Community Development. Lupton came and toured Waco. The board of directors toured the communities that FCS had been a part of in Atlanta. A target area for Waco Community Development was selected. The area of North Waco bounded by W.Waco Drive and Colcord and the Brazos River and N. 17th Street

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Target Area

From these efforts a master plan was developed. The master plan identified these goals for the target area.

  • To bring neighbors back together into a healthy, mixed income community
  • To promote home ownership in depressed neighborhoods, and encourage decent rental and multi-family housing
  • To form coalition and working relationships with other community agencies and organizations
  • To improve the infrastructure of the designated areas
  • To develop guidelines for improving existing housing and new housing development
  • To promote economic development, including retail and industrial business
  • To create a feeling of community and re-neighboring
  • To promote social services and opportunity for the area

2002

February – Waco Community Development undertook its first house construction project by taking an older home and completely rehabbing the home.

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April – Waco Community Development become recognized by the city as a Community Housing Development Organization(CHDO). One of three in Waco.

September – The Waco City Council reviewed and endorsed the Master Plan.

October – The Waco City Council awarded a contract with Waco Community Development for the lots in North Waco. Waco Community Development maintains lots and can buy them for construction of homes.

November – Mike Stone came on board as the Executive Director.

December – ground was broke for Waco Community Development’s first new home in north Waco.

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2003

2003 started off with the first new construction CHDO homes for north Waco. A local builder, EDC homes was awarded the contract to build two new 1350 sq ft, 3 bedroom/2 bath homes. Two great homes were constructed.

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2004

2004 started off with the construction of chdo #3.

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Waco Community Development was officially recognized as a Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Counseling agency. February – Waco Community Development began providing free homebuyer counseling and credit counseling.

April – M.L. Dickey was contracted to be the construction manager for Waco Community Development.

chdo #4 construction was started

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chdo #5 construction was started

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2005

2005 was kick started with a luncheon raising funds for the Waco’s Community Development first large middle income home, the Sullivan house. Over 104 people contributed $90,000 for the construction of the home.

April – The Heart of Texas Builders association joined in the support of the Sullivan House with a very successful fundraiser.

Abby Sobel joined Waco Community Development as a part-time administration assistant.
CHDO #6 was constructed

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CHDO #7 was constructed

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CHDO #8 was constructed

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July – The Sullivan House construction began.

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Sullivan House

August – Rehab #3 began

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2006

January – We started on CHDO #9

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February – we moved into our new office at 1624 Colcord on the 28th.

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We closed on the Sullivan House and the family moved in.
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Sullivan House Completed

March – CHDO #5 family bought their house and moved in.
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April – CHDO #8 family bought their house and moved in.
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REHAB #4 family bought their house and moved in.
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May – CHDO #9 family bought their house and moved in.
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June – CHDO #7 family bought their house and moved in.
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Summer Projects:

October – REHAB #5 family bought their house and moved in.
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December – Another Middle income family purchase a house that we built for them.
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2007

January – Another new house on Street of Dreams and Party
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Americorp: Adrian started working with us.

March – Another great home and party.
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April – Double party with Sullivan 2 and a Rehab house.
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May – Milestone House Completed.
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June – Walker Moore came on staff as our fulltime community Organizer

August – We moved in another great couple to a rehabbed house.
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September – Dori Messarra joined our staff as an intern.
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October – Claudia Olivas-Meza joined our staff as a Housing Counselor.

We Started on our Street of Dreams II

2008

February – Another new house
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First Learning Walk at Brook Ave. Elementary
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April – New Homeowner on Street of Dreams 2.

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May – 3rd New Homeowner

July – New Homeowner

August – 1st Annual Back to School Bash

Beth Kilpatrick started her Master of Social Work Internship
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September – New Homeowner.

December – Gabriela Gatlin started working
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2009

January – Karmeshia started her internship with us.
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February – Another new house and happy homeowner
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New Homeowner on Street of Dreams 2.

March – Wesley United Methodist Church – McKinney Service Project
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April – New Homeowner
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Cub Pack 893 – Spring Hike in Cameron Park
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Beth Kilpatrick received the Outstanding Field Intern
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May – Jeff Gravens graduated Truett Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity

Beth Kilpatrick graduated Baylor Univesity with a Master’s of Social Work
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Cub Pack 893 – Rock Climbing Adventure
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June – Dan Ritter started as a Volunteer Coordinator
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Lance Terrell started as a Volunteer Coordinator

August – 2nd Annual Back to School Bash

September – Another New Homeowner
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Anastasia started her Master of Social work internship with us.
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October – Another New Homeowner
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West Ave had its first learning walk with 16 parents attending.

November – We started new houses on North 12th Street
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2010

New HomeOwners: 22

May – Another new homeowner on north 12th street

West Ave. Elementary received a “Recognized” Rating the states 2nd highest from TEA
Brook Ave. Elementary received a “Recognized” Rating the states 2nd highest from TEA

Our community Organizer Walker moore received the “Outstanding Volunteer award” for the 2009-2010 school year from Waco’s Adopt a School program

June – 12th street new homeowner

July – hUD cancelled its contract with the owners of parkside and issues housing Vouchers to the tenants and the apartments are vacated.

237 volunteers with world changers reroofed twelve houses, painted four houses and built two ramps.

August – 3rd Annual back to school bash

Another new homeowner on north 15th

JoEllen Baiza joined our office team.

September – Bethany molinar and Diamanate maya joined our team as Baylor School of Social Work interns.

Another new homeowner on north 15th

The community started working on a mster plan for commercial development along colcord Avenue with Gideotoal out of Fort Worth.

October – Another new homeowner on north 12th

May – Another new homeowner on north 12th street

West Ave. Elementary received a “Recognized” Rating the states 2nd highest from TEA
Brook Ave. Elementary received a “Recognized” Rating the states 2nd highest from TEA

Our community Organizer Walker moore received the “Outstanding Volunteer award” for the 2009-2010 school year from Waco’s Adopt a School program

June – 12th street new homeowner

July – hUD cancelled its contract with the owners of parkside and issues housing Vouchers to the tenants and the apartments are vacated.

237 volunteers with world changers reroofed twelve houses, painted four houses and built two ramps.

August – 3rd Annual back to school bash

Another new homeowner on north 15th

Jo Ellen Baiza joined our office team.

September – Bethany molinar and Diamanate maya joined our team as Baylor School of Social Work interns.

Another new homeowner on north 15th

The community started working on a mster plan for commercial development along colcord Avenue with Gideotoal out of Fort Worth.

October – Another new homeowner on north 12th

2011

New HomeOwners: 30

Dinah Bolton joined our team as the North Waco Community Organizer
Walker Moore started our community organizing efforts in East Waco.

March – Another great family for North 14th Street

April – Another great family for North 13th street

May – Another Great Family for North 12th street

Bethany and Diamante finished up their internships with us.

June – House on 14th Sold

July – A great family for North 12th Street

World Changers came and worked on 20 different houses in East Waco.
268 hard working volunteers re-roofed homes, painted homes and built ramps.

Dinah hosted an amazing race with the teachers from Brook Ave. to educate them about different groups in the community.

Habitat for Humanity begins its work with the Carver Neighborhood for its Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

September – We sold a great house on North 17th street to a long time renter.

Taylor McKinney starts her internship with us.

Neighborworks Waco published a report written by Michael Schubert about ways to strenthen the neighborhoods of East Waco.

October – The City of Waco selects D Squared (Pinnacle) to be the developer to redevelop Parkside Villages apartment complex. The new proposed project name is Barrons Branch.