WACO, TX. — A shooting that left a man dead and an 11-year-old boy critically injured is the most recent act of violence in East Waco. In the midst of this violence, community leaders are working to improve the lives of those who live in these neighborhoods.
Pastor Thompson serves in the community and says the mission of Mosaic Waco Church is to unite everyone.
"What we want Mosaic to do is to bridge East Waco and the rest of the city to be able to say that we need all hands all deck. So we want to bridge the city and that bridge is a huge divider in the history of Waco," said Pastor Thompson.
Community leader Jennete Bell is also working hard with many community organizations to shed a positive light on the community.
"We are constantly planning so we can make this a more sustainable community than it has been in the past. Everyone is excited about the progress we are having over here and maybe that will eliminate some of the feelings about being neglected," said Bell.
Bell is also the president of the North East Riverside Neighborhood Association. She says there are more projects underway to help the eastside of Waco.