The Rockwood CDC is an initiative of the Community Development Corporation of Oregon
Key Brand Messaging
We work our neighbors to make Rockwood a place where everyone can learn, earn and belong.
We dream of a Rockwood where everyone has an opportunity to learn, earn, and belong.
We work in Oregon’s poorest community to help provide pathways for Rockwood residents to move from poverty to prosperity.
Expanded Mission Statement
We work in Oregon’s poorest community to help provide pathways for Rockwood residents to move from poverty to prosperity by:
- Expanding the supply of affordable housing
- Stimulating and supporting economic development
- Increasing access to healthcare and encouraging healthy behavior
- Creating and sustaining public-private partnerships
- Aligning the strategies and resources of the educational, faith-based, governmental, capital, social service, business, and healthcare sectors
We are personally invested in the community.
Everyone involved in our work either lives in the community or is in relationship with our low-income neighbors.
We will never leave the table.
We are here for the long term, even when things are difficult.
We are committed to reconciliation.
We pursue people who are disconnected and invite them into relationships rooted in humility, listening, and learning.
We build bridges, not armies.
Everything we do is built on an ethic of inclusion, diversity, and justice.
Problem / Solution Statement
Rockwood is Oregon’s poorest community. We work alongside our neighbors to co-create a new future together.
As a historically neglected and under-invested community, Rockwood’s 40,000 residents have a life expectancy that is 10-years shorter than other parts of the Portland Metro area. We facilitate collaborative solutions with neighbors and local leaders that provide pathways for Rockwood residents to thrive educationally, economically, and relationally.
Core Rockwood Messaging
When you mention the neighborhood to others in the Portland Metro Area, you will be met with a variety of strong opinions. Yet few people know the true story of the community.
Rockwood was historically a white, middle-class commuter suburb in unincorporated Multnomah County. The Rockwood that exists today is the result of the gentrification that has taken place over the past 25 years.
Everything changed in 1987 when the Oregon Supreme Court forced Gresham to annex its land into the city, even though the citizens were strongly against it. This coincided with the opening of a Max stop that linked Rockwood to Portland and gave mobility to newcomers.
At the same time, Portland was intentionally displacing African-Americans from its North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods while refugee and immigration agencies placed thousands of clients in the cheap apartments of the area.
Rejected by both Portland and Gresham, Rockwood is a community that has never been embraced. Years of neglect and underinvestment have led Rockwood to be Oregon's largest, under-resourced, and challenged community.
Rockwood is the result of a system designed to oppress those on the margins. This system has achieved its goals: the result is a long history of racist and oppressive policies and practices.
"When Rockwood was separated into two cities it was on the outer edge of both cities and didn't receive the attention that the rest of these cities received. When Rockwood was incorporated, neither city took a proactive approach to welcome the residents, plan for infrastructure and work on livability issues. It was like a forgotten appendage and did not receive equal capital funds for improvements etc. ... Neither 'old' Gresham residents nor 'old' Portland residents have been willing to accept Rockwood as being part of their city, and [the neighborhood] has always been negatively portrayed by both areas."
- Dina DiNucci, activist and owner, Park Place Coffee, Rockwood.
The income disparities are stark. Median household income in Rockwood is less than half of what it is in Portland. In just the past eight years, this gap has more than doubled. Home to over 40,000 people, Rockwood is part of East Multnomah County which is known for a considerable gap between the rich and poor.
If the east and west sides of Multnomah County were states, the west side would be one of the wealthiest, and the east side would be one of the poorest states in the United States.
The Rockwood community has the worst health outcomes, the youngest population, the worst educational attainment, and the lowest incomes of any other large community in Oregon. It is also the most rent-burdened neighborhood in Multnomah County. The cumulative impact of these challenges has caused the people of the community to face many hardships — one of the most distressing is a life expectancy that is a full ten to 15 years less than it is in Portland.
Despite its challenges, the people of Rockwood have proven to be tough, resilient, and hopeful. The community is home to an incredibly diverse population. Our neighbors speak more than 88 languages at home and represent the youngest demographic in the metro area. The community is hungry for change, and residents are leading the way.
Our organization is focused on working alongside our neighbors to bring about lasting systems-level change to the local community. Our core strategy is to coordinate and build the capacity of people, businesses, and groups to make Rockwood and East Multnomah County a place where everyone can earn, learn, and belong.
Our strategy is working. Since 2013 we have been listening, learning, and bridge-building. We have worked hard to lift up, sustain, and amplify local leaders as we build a coalition that provides pathways from poverty to prosperity.
Increasing health outcomes in Rockwood and East Multnomah County.
Engaging residents in learning and education to provide more opportunities.
Engaging the community to co-create a new future together.
Using food, nutritional education, business incubation, and agricultural development as tools to help Rockwood thrive.
Stimulating entrepreneurship in Rockwood and East Multnomah County.
Expanding the supply of housing for Rockwood and East Multnomah County residents.
- Tagline: Growing together; uplifting the community
- Description: Increasing health outcomes in Oregon’s most underserved communities.
- Tagline: Expanding the supply of available and affordable housing
- Description: Managing properties, coordinating services, and advocating for housing system change in East Multnomah County.
- Tagline: English as a second language
- Description: RELI offers high-quality, free English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who have immigrated or have refugee status.
- Tagline: Connecting entrepreneurs to mentors, money, and markets
- Description: Reaching and supporting underserved pre-entrepreneurs, and micro-businesses, with an emphasis on those owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
- Tagline: Working for the flourishing of all in East Multnomah County.
- Description: Food, nutritional education, business incubation, and agricultural development as tools to help our neighbors attain better health outcomes, equity, greater prosperity, a cleaner environment, and increased social capital.
- Tagline: Feeding the Community, passing on Food Traditions
- Description: A platform for Black grandmothers to share family recipes and food traditions with future generations.
- Tagline: Listening to our neighbors, building change together.
- Description: We facilitate community conversations following the models of civic engagement.
About Our Logo
We have created a look that represents the boldness of our mission, our context, and our community.
What our new logo represents:
The Rockwood community is diverse.
As we dream together about a brighter future, we are continuing to invite a full representation of our community to the table so that we can create that future together. The various colors found in the new logo paint a picture of the beauty and diversity of Rockwood, and the circle represents a table where there is a seat for every member of the community.
The work of Rockwood CDC is multifaceted.
As we create a brighter future together, the solutions to those problems will continue to take on various shapes and forms. Our new logo conveys the idea that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the problems in Rockwood.
Rockwood is invisible to the Portland Metro area.
Rockwood is a community that most people in the region do not see, recognize, or understand. Our new logo intentionally features the “R” in Rockwood in a way that conveys this fact — that Rockwood has been ignored by those who are outside the community. However, we believe that if you look close enough and adjust your perspective, you will begin to see it more clearly.
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Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The Community Development Corporation of Oregon dba Rockwood CDC envisions a future where the nonprofit community has the leadership to fulfill its purpose and create a just world where all can thrive. We believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity is essential to making this vision a reality.
We believe that embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion as a major tenant of our organizational values is our way to intentionally make space and give voice to those who have been and remain unheard. This must be done intentionally in order to create positive outcomes, whether indirect services or in the nonprofit capacity building or public policy spheres.
Definition of Cultural Equity
Cultural Equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented and given voice in the building and engagement of the Rockwood Community.
Rockwood CDC abides by the following principles to promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace:
- We lead with respect.
- All employees are expected to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
- We see diversity and inclusion as connected to our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being of our staff and the communities we serve.
- We acknowledge that a diverse workforce enables us to reach communities and families with greater impact.
- We recognize that systemic privilege and oppression exist in our society and are committed to advancing equity in the workplace.
- We are committed to advocating for change in our community and in the greater society by challenging systems and policies that create inequality, oppression, and disparity.
- We utilize advocacy and policy platforms to bring awareness of systemic injustice. These guiding principles are consistent with our organizational culture and core values.
- We are committed to continual assessment and lasting structural change that supports a diverse and inclusive workplace, empowered staff and families, and healthy communities.
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