News & Updates


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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Rockwood CDC receives support from Oregon Department of Human Services

May 10, 2021

We are honored to have received the following letter of support from the Oregon Department of Human Services Supplemental Nutrition Program. This support is in direct relation to our work in food systems via the Rockwood Food Systems Collaborative and the soon to be launched Sunrise Farmers Market. This market will provide new systems and…

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COVID-19 Update and Vaccination Clinic

April 15, 2021

  COVID-19 has been hard for all of us. Here in Rockwood, this has been an especially challenging time for our community. Compared to all Oregonians, our neighbors have been three times more likely to be infected by the virus which has not been the only challenge our community has faced. On average, Rockwood resident…

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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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Rockwood: Staying active, healthy in quarantine

May 8, 2020

Nonprofit Play Grow Learn distributes family boxes to support homeless, foster kids in region. Read the article at Pamplin Media Group

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