We cannot address systemic issues surrounding poverty without also creating opportunities for economic empowerment. At Mission Waco, we leverage our public facilities and our retail spaces to develop the North Waco community’s financial well-being, therefore bettering residents’ quality of life.
Jubilee Food Market
Founded in 2017, Jubilee Food Market was dreamed up to provide healthy and affordable food to residents living in and near the food desert of North Waco. Residents had to walk over two miles to the closest grocery store, and we had to change that. Thanks to the help of professionals, generous donations and plenty of prayer, Mission Waco made this dream a reality. However, if we want to keep our doors open, we must have shoppers who have higher income levels frequent our little grocery store. The more you shop here, the more we can provide neighbors a way to receive food with dignity.
In 1994, the Jubilee Center owner signed over its deed to Mission Waco at no cost, as the corner where it was located was controlled by drug dealers and worked by prostitutes. This condemned old shopping center just happened to be home to one of the oldest theatres in Waco: the Texas Theatre.
The Clothesline and Voucher Center
Comfortable, clean clothing is among the four foundational physiological needs for human survival. By providing a resource through which local women can shop for affordable clothing, Mission Waco empowers them to find confidence in what they wear and feel good about their purchases.
Founded in 2003, the Clothesline offers gently-worn womens’ clothing and accessories. Since its founding, Mission Waco has seen the Clothesline’s sales double while our retail customer base has tripled. All proceeds benefit the Mission Waco’s Manna House and Substance Abuse and Recovery Program.
Education is a pillar of Mission Waco’s Urban REAP (Renewable Energy & Agricultural Project). This is where you’ll find all of the educational content produced by our expert staff. We want our community to understand how to best care for the earth we’ve been given.
The Chapel at the Meyer Center
Waco’s Most Cost-effective Wedding Venue
Located in the former Central Presbyterian Church, the Chapel at Meyer Center is available as event space—weddings, funerals, meetings, you name it. Seating over 200 guests, the Chapel features unique bronze doors on the front entrance and has beautiful natural light and interior woodwork. This is the ideal venue for engaged couples on a budget. For more information or to book an event, call 254-753-4900 or email [email protected].
Jubilee Park is a “pocket park” available at no cost to residents, nonprofits or churches in North Waco. Perfect for birthday parties, family events and other community gatherings, Mission Waco hopes to maintain Jubilee Park as a safe, comfortable space for friends and family to gather, celebrate and enjoy each others’ company.*
The park has the following features:
- Lighted pavilion
- Covered picnic tables
- Sand volleyball court (net provided — bring your own volleyball)
- Water spigot
- Access to basketball goals
- Parking lot across the street at Jubilee Center
*Jubilee Park is nestled into a residential area, so noise levels of music and people must be regulated. There are currently no restroom facilities. However, plans are being developed to add restrooms and additional equipment.
Have an event in mind?
Proof of residence required.
Ready to reach new heights?
Mission Waco is thrilled to offer a climbing wall as a fun addition for group and event rental!
The Colcord Center
Something Sweet in Our Neighborhood
Empowering local business owners is what the Colcord Center is all about. Our shopping center is home to Helados La Azteca #2, a dulceria, and Lalo’s Coffee & Pastries. Eddy, the owner of both, says this about his new coffee shop, “As a young Hispanic entrepreneur, I strive to bring Waco every ounce of my Hispanic culture. Lalo’s is not your ordinary American coffee shop. We want you to feel a small slice of Mexico when you drink your cafecito de olla.” Follow Helados La Azteca #2 and Lalo’s Coffee & Pastries on Facebook to see all the goodness they bring to North Waco!