News & Updates


Announcing our new branding and logo

April 12, 2022

We are excited to announce the new logo and branding for the Rockwood Community Development Corporation! We have been serving the Rockwood Community since 2013 by partnering with our neighbors and listening to what they need to provide pathways for the residents of Rockwood to move from poverty to prosperity. We are excited about the progress…

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The Sunrise Center is a Portland Area Warming Shelter

December 24, 2021

According to the latest forecasts, our region is facing an extended period of snow and frigid temperatures, starting this weekend and worsening next week. Those are conditions that bring a high risk of danger to our neighbors who are surviving outside without a home. The Sunrise Center will be a warming shelter ( If you…

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A Conversation about Rockwood

September 16, 2021

By: Brad Ketch What started out as a conversation to kill time while my nurse checked my vitals, turned into a riveting 15-minute conversation about the complexity of poverty in urban America, specifically the Rockwood community. We weren’t far from my office, but I wasn’t surprised when he told me he had no idea where…

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Multnomah County Holds Press Event about Vaccinations at The People’s Market at Rockwood

July 23, 2021

On Thursday, July 22 Multnomah County held a press event encouraging vaccinations, especially in the BIPOC community.  This event took place alongside The People’s Market at Rockwood at the Sunrise Center. Health officials say 29% of adults in Oregon are still not vaccinated against COVID-19. Ebony Clarke, the director of the Multnomah County Health Department,…

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What in the world is community development?

July 8, 2021

Here at the Rockwood Community Development Corporation, we often hear the question: “What in the world is community development?” To answer this question, we think it’s best to start with a basic definition: “Community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.” For us,…

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The People’s Market at Rockwood

July 8, 2021

The Rockwood Food Systems Collaborative and Play, Grow, Learn have launched the The People’s Market at Rockwood. This market, located at the Sunrise Center, is an incubator market centering Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. It supports BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. Nearly 40 vendors of all…

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Article: Rockwood CDC to open family shelter with $7 million state grant (Gresham Outlook)

June 2, 2021

From the Gresham Outlook “East Multnomah County is receiving a Project Turnkey grant of nearly $7 million to acquire and convert a 75-room motel into a COVID-respite shelter for anyone needing a roof over their head. The funds were awarded by the Oregon Community Foundation to Rockwood Community Development Corporation, which will helm the new…

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Oregon Community Foundation Awards Nearly $7 Million to Rockwood CDC to Bring Critical Help to One of the Most Underserved Areas of Multnomah County 

May 28, 2021

Gresham, Ore. – May 28, 2021 Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) today announced that Rockwood Community Development Corporation (Rockwood CDC) will receive a Project Turnkey grant of nearly $7 million for the acquisition and conversion of a 75-room motel in Gresham, Oregon. The property will serve as a COVID-respite shelter for vulnerable community members needing safe…

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Initiative Spotlight: Grandma’s Hands warm tummies and souls

March 9, 2021

Rockwood cooking and food program celebrates Black cuisine and family tradition. Our Grandma’s Hands initiative was highlighted in The Gresham Outlook. Willie Chambers’ heart was touched as he watched his wife Vanessa tenderly teaching some of her grandchildren how to cook, passing down traditions, culture and love with food. That picture of caring grandmothers in…

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Once again, no relief for Rockwood

November 22, 2020

The Oregonian’s article on OHA Relief funding: By his calculations, a total of $177 million has been distributed statewide. (That does not include the $62 million for Black Oregonians in the Oregon Cares Fund, which faces a legal challenge.) Portland-based nonprofits have received $107.5 million. The nonprofits in Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview and the…

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Black Grandmothers Feed their Communities, and Pass on Food Traditions

November 20, 2020

On a recent Saturday night in September, Mildred Braxton did something she never thought she’d do: she taught 20 or so others how to make succotash and steamed collard greens over Zoom. With the confidence of a Food Network chef, Braxton, a parent of five and grandmother of three, put a skillet on the burner,…

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NAACP hosts rally in Rockwood to share stories of life as a black man

June 6, 2020

GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) – Saturday afternoon leaders from the black community met in the Rockwood Neighborhood in Gresham. They held a rally to share stories and the perspective of a black man living in these times. The NAACP and several other groups met to share stories of struggle, racism and life. The rally was called…

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