News & Updates

Live

Help us Go Farther in Rockwood

July 7, 2022

As you might know, we have been serving the Rockwood community for nine years. With our community supporting us, we have seen so much progress! Since 2013 we have been facilitating collaborative solutions with our Rockwood neighbors and local leaders that provide pathways for Rockwood residents to thrive educationally, economically, and relationally. Support from people…

Read More

New Computers for our RELI students

May 31, 2022

Many people do not have the English language skills needed to succeed in our neighborhood. The Rockwood English Language Institute is the RCDC initiative that offers free English classes in our community.   Currently operating in partnership with Mt Hood Head Start, our students are mostly young mothers with preschool-aged (and older) children. Their lives are…

Read More

Celebrating recent growth at Rockwood CDC

May 31, 2022

We have grown significantly over the past two years. COVID has made it painfully obvious that the multicultural and multilingual population of East Multnomah County was not reached with government social services programs. The community was impacted by COVID more than other parts of the county and was underserved by medical outreach. The normal social…

Read More

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…

Read More

Our Impact: 2020-2021

January 28, 2022

We have been living in exceptionally tumultuous times. The past two years have been especially challenging for communities like Rockwood. During this difficult season, the Rockwood CDC team has worked diligently to walk alongside the community to listen to their needs and respond accordingly. Since January 1, 2020, we have served over 11,086 individuals through…

Read More

About our Core Strategy and our Work

January 19, 2022

East Multnomah County sits outside of Portland. The income disparities are stark. Median Household Income is less than half of what it is in Portland. In just the past eight years, this gap has more than doubled. We have the worst health outcomes, the youngest population, the worst educational attainment, and the lowest incomes of…

Read More

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 (https://www.multco.us/care-when-its-cold). If you…

Read More

Low Barrier Farmers Markets

October 20, 2021

Most farmers markets in the Portland metro area are considered “high-barrier.” This means that for farmers to sell their produce, it must be well packaged and, as a result, high priced. The consumers at these markets in Portland are looking for produce with packaging standards that they might see at high end grocery stores such…

Read More

Introducing Rev. Dr. Valerie Holmes

October 20, 2021

We are excited to introduce Rev. Dr. Valerie Holmes as of our senior leadership team. As our new Director of Development, she is leading our fund development and corporate development teams. Dr. Holmes brings over 25 years of experience in grant writing and management, nonprofit management, event management, and community outreach. She worked extensively with…

Read More

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…

Read More

Bringing Vaccinations to the people of East Multnomah County

September 3, 2021

The 24-hour news cycle has been incredibly sad and exhausting recently. And frankly, we are all in need of some good news. We are so proud of how our team has been present in the midst of what feels like a never-ending health crisis. Would you like a little good news? In communities like Rockwood,…

Read More

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,…

Read More