Inaugural Free Women’s Dance Class

Tracey led a fantastic dance class event on Thursday night. We learned steps and moves to great music and rhythms. The event was prepared for all dance levels. My favorite was the cha-cha!

Bottom Line? It was relaxing and fun.

from GNH board member Barbara Bridgewater

Every Thursday from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Good Neighbor Settlement House.

Vintage Dancing

Update on Using GNH for your party or event

The Good Neighbor House is available for use by community groups, classes, informal gatherings of friends, book clubs, prayer meetings – just about anything you can imagine!

Write us at or call 254-716-3079 with the date and time range of your need, approximately how many people you expect, and a description of the event. We’ll get back to you to discuss it further. If you haven’t heard back from us within 24 hours, please write or call again. Feel free to write or call with any questions.

If you have a preference on which room you’d like to use, please let us know that, too. WiFi is available throughout the house.

  • The Living Room – A large room at the front door that seats 20+ in couches and upholstered chairs, with end tables, coffee tables, a drop-leaf table and space for folding tables if needed. Consider this your large, comfortable “home away from home” for hanging out with friends, informal meetings, bible studies, and more.
  •  The Library – A meeting or study room with a large conference table that seats eight, a small side sofa, a side table and chairs, and bookshelves.
  • The Event Room – A  long rectangular room with open floor space. We have 40 chairs that can be arranged in any way you like, and folding tables available. This would be a great space for a lecture, concert, hands-on class, dance or exercise class, etc.
  • The Sunroom (available March 2018) – French doors lead from the event room to a porch with windows on all sides. The light is amazing. Note that the sunroom isn’t part of the house’s heating and air conditioning, so a portable heater and window unit air conditioner are available.
  • The Deck and Backyard – Our back deck is 15′ by 30′ with steps on two sides down to a  large, shaded yard which is open and suitable for most needs.

Donations to help cover the cost of making the space available to the community are welcomed.

We look forward to sharing our home with you!

Group Spotlight: The Heart of Texas Storyteller’s Guild

On Saturday, April 13th from 3:00pm-5:00 p.m., the Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild will present the inaugural Porch Tales: Backyard Neighborhood Story Telling event!

For this first event the Storytelling Guild is inviting Consuelo Samarippa, a master storyteller, will be the featured guest April 13. She’ll demonstrate ways to elevate story telling to performance art.

Neighbors are invited to share stories from their lives in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The guild values the oral tradition and enjoys encouraging friends in the practice.

The Storytelling Guild has received a grant which will provide refreshments and snacks, a speaker, and some lighting and audio visual equipment for the Good Neighbor House.

What’s the Storytelling Guild?

Gary Webb shares a story with the Story Tellers Guild, as Vivian Rutherford and the other members of the guild listen.

“We come together as individuals but leave bonded as a group.  Storytelling has that effect.”

That is how Vivian Rutherford, the leader of Waco’s Storyteller’s Guild, describes the power of story telling. In 2007, Rutherford launched the Waco Storytellers Guild, which has met at the Good Neighbor House for the past year. Since their founding, the Waco Story teller guild has grown and flourished.

“We love the philosophy of the Good Neighbor House,” Rutherford said, “to provide a space for the community to come together.”

Once monthly, on Saturdays, the guild gathers for food, for encouragement, community, and (of course) lots of stories.

Gary Webb, a member of the Storytelling Guild, has found storytelling at the Good Neighbor House an experience of continuous growth: “It really does not matter if the steps be small or large, the key is to continue and progress.  So get on the road, come take those steps with us, and keep walking down the road.  If you keep moving forward, then someday you will glance back and be surprised how far you have come — farther than you ever imagined possible.”

Vivian says, “The Guild is a tool for tellers to use.  If they need an audience to listen and help perfect a story destined for presentation, we are there. If they just enjoy sharing a story or simply listening to a story, we are there.  It’s a training ground for young aspiring tellers.  We are a resource that the community can rely on.”

The Storytellers Guild is excited for the whole community to be able to experience their upcoming “Porch Tales” event on April 13th, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. All are invited to learn and experience storytelling as a vibrant part of encouraging one another, growing closer as a community, and having a whole lot of fun!