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Rockwood might be Oregon’s most challenged large community, but we are building an exciting new future together.
Rockwood has about 40,000 people, and sits immediately outside the Portland border, in Gresham.
We are in East Multnomah County, which has a huge income gap between the rich and poor.
If Multnomah County were a state, the West side would be the second richest state in the US, and the East side would be the second poorest state in the US.
This includes: education, government, health, business, justice, financial, and community.
As a result, life expectancy in Rockwood is 10 years shorter than it is on the West side.
For more information and detailed analysis, go to Speaks, Knocks, Listens.
Our neighbors in Rockwood speak more than 88 languages at home, are the youngest population, and are hungry for change.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments are pouring into Rockwood, entrepreneurs are building businesses, violence is way down, neighbors are running for office, and large systems are starting to engage in meaningful change.
Everything we do is built on an ethic of inclusion, diversity, and justice. Reconciliation is hard work and we are committed to building diverse relational bridges that lead to true justice.
We pursue the disconnected and bring them into relationship through what is often hard relational work that is rooted in listening, humility, and learning.