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About our Work

Get to know our community

Rockwood might be Oregon’s most challenged large community, but we are building an exciting new future together.

About Rockwood

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.

Every system is broken in Rockwood. 

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.

But there is hope. 

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. 

Our Values

Build Bridges, Not Armies

An ethic of inclusion

It’s personal

In-person interaction that is content to live in the tension of a distressed community

Reconciliation

Pursue the disconnected

Never leave the table

Fidelity to the process of neighborhood involvement

 

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