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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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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…

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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…

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

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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…

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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…

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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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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,…

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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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