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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 expectency 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.
An ethic of inclusion
In-person interaction that is content to live in the tension of a distressed community
Pursue the disconnected
Fidelity to the process of neighborhood involvement