Rockwood English Language Institute

Offering high-quality, free English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who have immigrated or have refugee status.

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More than 90 languages are spoken at home in just a two-square-mile area in Rockwood. In our neighborhood, many people do not have the English language skills that they need to succeed. About 25% of our adults do not have high school diplomas. Almost all of our immigrant and refugee neighbors need some help. Some are not literate in their own language.


“When my little one needed help with her homework, I could not help. I could not read the instructions. But here I learned to read, and now I am learning right along with her!”

– Juanita


What We Do

RELI classes are perfect for people who are starting from scratch with English language and numbers.

We meet in person at the RCDC community room at 188445 E. Burnside in Gresham on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Contact us for more information.


of our students move on to the next level. Many enroll in the adult ESL classes at Mt. Hood Community College and experience their first formal classroom in their lives!

Support RELI and help keep classes free for immigrants and refugees.


Your investment in our school will dramatically affect our students who yearn to succeed in America. RELI’s adult learners learn English, reduce the isolation that leads to failure, and aspire to build a life for themselves and their children.

Our Work

We work intentionally with community members to solve systems-level issues with systems-level solutions.