As we seek to get to know East Waco, we are meeting with members of the community to ask them about what is beautiful in East Waco, what is broken in East Waco, and to finish the phrase “East Waco is ____.”
I got to meet with Shirley Langston, the founder of Restoration Haven, a community development nonprofit in East Waco, not too long ago. Besides sharing her wisdom, insight, and knowledge about the neighborhood Mosaic Waco calls home, she also answered these three questions about East Waco.
The Beautiful: Shirley noted the community and the culture of East Waco, and gave a lot of credit for its vitality to the elderly population of the neighborhood. Because of the elderly, East Waco has its own neighborhood association that maintains the history of this amazing community.
The Broken: Shirley said that the brokenness of the families in East Waco really struck her. “I know families are broken all over the United States, but I think in our culture that is the thing that really has hindered us so much, the broken family,” she said.
East Waco is a gold mine. Shirley says it is the history of the neighborhood combined with its potential for growth that makes East Waco so worthy of being known and explored.