Building a safe, healthy and vibrant community where neighbors can thrive together.
ROSEWOOD IS A COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
The Rosewood Initiative is a nonprofit community based organization that has been implementing neighbor-led strategies since 2009. Our community center, Rosewood, provides space for people to gather, connect to resources, celebrate and work on projects that improve their lives and the community. As we grow our impact, we are making transformational change to the conditions in the community that make it possible for everyone to thrive.
Rosewood is a place that neighbors are proud to call home:
Neighbors want to feel accepted, welcome and safe in their community.
Neighbors want affordability, in housing and in life.
Neighbors want to see positive, healthy businesses and amenities that are easily accessible.
Neighbors want to celebrate their own cultures and learn about others.
Neighbors want a spectrum of services that will help them improve their lives.
Neighbors want a beautiful community.
Hope – We believe that together we can make positive change, in ourselves and in the community.
Equity – We respect the dignity of every person in our community; everyone belongs and everyone has something to offer.
Transformation – We open up opportunities and offer support for people to make change for themselves and the community.
Connection – We believe that people learn, grow and change through relationships over time.
Commitment – We don’t give up on people or on our community.
WHO IS ROSEWOOD?
Rosewood is a beautiful community and one of the most diverse places in the State of Oregon. It is home to more than 14,000 people from all over the world, people that are strong, resilient, talented, inspiring, and full of dreams and potential.
We also know that Rosewood neighbors are struggling. The area has a high concentration of poverty, high crime, unsafe streets and inadequate public transit, parks and other amenities. Schools in the Rosewood area are struggling with external factors they cannot control and early childhood services are lacking. Education and health outcomes fall below the regional averages. There are few local jobs and businesses to serve neighborhood needs. Many buildings, both commercial and residential, are neglected and in poor condition. Our neighbors generally have fewer opportunities to live a high quality of life compared with people in other areas of the Portland Metro region.
WHERE IS ROSEWOOD?
We consider the Rosewood neighborhood to be walking distance, or about a half mile radius, from the Max light rail station at 162nd Ave and Burnside on the border of Portland and Gresham, Oregon. The boundaries of the neighborhood are not formal, but rather recognize how Rosewood residents experience their lives.
The Rosewood Initiative is a place-based, people-first community organization. The organization began as an effort to address community concerns around the concentrated poverty and lack of services that have created barriers to opportunities for people living in the Rosewood neighborhood in East Multnomah County. These place-based inequities are disproportionately experienced by immigrants and refugees, Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Rosewood neighbors are dramatically impacted by systematic racism, wealth, and geographic injustices. We are an anti-racist organization dedicated to celebrating multiculturalism, providing a safe space for all in the Rosewood community and surrounding neighbors.
Our mission is to work alongside the community and respond to as many of those injustices as possible at the neighborhood level, and to create conditions in Rosewood where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We recognize that inequalities based on one's race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, class, immigration status, religion, and education have created different historical and current experiences based on one's identity(ies). We recognize that inequities are intersectional across different identities. We are committed to equity and ensuring that we are constantly improving our own work as individuals and as an organization to better serve the Rosewood community. Rosewood is dedicated to equity internally and externally and we know this work is a long process without immediate outcomes because this work is difficult. We have to open our hearts and minds, and engage in self reflection on our own roles in racism and white supremacy. We are committed to having hard conversations with each other even if that means it will be uncomfortable.