News & Updates


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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Sunrise Center serves as a homeless warming shelter

November 28, 2019

Read more about how the Sunrise Center serves as one of the locations serving as a homeless warming shelter during inclement weather. Read More

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Will ‘opportunity zones’ help or hurt low-income neighborhoods?

April 4, 2019

Brad Ketch’s office is a community center that almost became a strip club instead. That narrowly averted future shows the kind of investment Rockwood has drawn in recent years. Desperately needed rental housing and community services? Not so much. But now, much of Rockwood — a neighborhood on the fringe of both Portland and Gresham…

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Sunrise Center Kitchen Expansion

February 18, 2019

Sunrise Commercial Kitchen celebrates important expansion that will support Rockwood food makers. Read the article on the Pamplin Media website

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