THE ROSEWOOD INITIATIVE HOLIDAY MARKET SET FOR DECEMBER 7th
PORTLAND, Ore., (November 11, 2013) – The Rosewood Initiative Holiday Market will be on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside The Rosewood Initiative building located at 16126 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon. The event is free and open to the public allowing shoppers the opportunity to choose from many different vendors offering a wide range of items. If you’re looking for something a little different than the traditional seasonal market The Rosewood Initiative Holiday Market is just the place.
Rosewood’s location on the border of East Portland and Gresham is one of the most diverse areas in the region. Vendors will be offering traditional crafts and art from areas in Russia, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. When asked about The Rosewood Initiative Holiday Market Executive Director Jenny Glass said, “This is going to be a great opportunity for the Rosewood community to showcase its many diverse and talented residents to the broader area. We really look forward to inviting everyone out to see and experience what the community has to offer.”
The idea for the market grew out of a need in the community for small home based and roadside businesses to have a location for operation during the winter. In addition to offering a space to sell their wares at a low cost, The Rosewood Initiative wants to do more for those who have the entrepreneurial spirit in the area. The organization is partnering with MercyCorps Northwest to offer those who are interested access to the range of services they provide in support of small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Rosewood Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the Rosewood area a desirable place to live, work and play. By partnering with residents, apartment managers and owners, businesses, churches, social services agencies, neighborhood associations, and public safety agencies to create space for the community to come together to meet their common goals. For more information about The Rosewood Initiative or The Rosewood Initiative Holiday Market you can contact them on the web at rosewoodinitiative.org or call (503) 208-2562
Lots of great news for outer East Portland and Gresham over the past few weeks. We are so grateful to our growing team of partners that are coming together to serve folks in our area:
Welcome to the neighborhood Friends of the Children and Boys and Girls Club!!!! Here’s an article on Oregonlive.com summing up the 2 organizations’ plans for moving East.
The new Rockwood Community Policing Station opened last week. Check out the coverage from KOIN 6.
Over 100 people attended the Housing Needs Assessment at Rosewood last week with City of Portland Housing Bureau, City of Gresham, Multnomah County, Home Forward and many others:
The information gathered will be used to inform the budget process and strategic planning for the bureaus to best serve East Portland and Gresham with housing services.
Rosewood! How do we want to spend a $25,000 grant from Portland Development Commission?
We need to spend it on a capital project like benches, garbage cans, lighting, storefront improvements, district signage, planters, or public art. The project needs to take place within our district boundaries with PDC, from SE 139th Ave to 162nd Ave on Stark.
Send us your ideas! We’ll be collecting them for the next couple of months and having a formal vote on our priorities in February.
Last night, Rosewood businesses met to discuss what we could be doing individually and collectively to improve the economic vitality of the neighborhood:
Here is Steve Spinnett, owner of Trafton’s VW, presenting on the changes they’ve made at the shop since taking over about 6 months ago:
We had a great time with MexicaTiahui as we celebrated Dia de los Muertos! Everything came into place with the decorations, food, candy skulls, flowers and most of all the community that came to support. This festivity was filled with a lot of singing, dancing , and people who revived the spirits of the dead with joy. There was a big impact as everyone came closer together to pay their respect to their loved ones that were no longer with them. Everyone had a great time, don’t miss out their next celebration coming up in December!
We are fortunate to have such a generous, supportive and ever expanding Rosewood community!
Last week we received donations of chairs, tables and office supplies from Allied Health Services:
…a beautiful sectional from Rosewood business Scan Design Furniture:
…a TV, conference table and large white board from Multnomah County:
Thanks, friends! We’re already putting these donations to good use!
Here we are at last week’s Home Forward Section 8 Training:
And in a planning session for the December 7th Rosewood Holiday Market:
We’re partnering with Home Forward to bring this short informational meeting to the Rosewood community:
Come find out how the Section 8 Program works, who it serves, and the obligations of Section 8 participants, landlords and Home Forward.
Wednesday, Oct. 16th from 4:30-6:30pm, refreshments provided!
At Rosewood, 16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233
We are so excited to welcome Tony Lamb, our new AmeriCorps VISTA member, to the Rosewood team. Here he is with Jossie Hernandez, super hero volunteer web developer, who has been showing him the ropes over the past week.
It’s performance day for the “Dreams Really Can Come True” ballet dance camp with The Aspire Project ! We are so grateful to be able to host this week-long, free camp for 14 young girls in our neighborhood, the second camp this summer with Aspire. The girls learned 4 songs, practicing every day this week and are about to perform for friends and family today at noon. We are so proud of their hard work!
We started out Wednesday morning by welcoming a group of international leaders to talk about law enforcement and community. The visitors were from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, working in law enforcement, youth programs, journalism, tourism, human rights, public safety and community engagement. During their visit to the US they wanted to learn about community policing practices, so Teri Poppino with City of Portland Crime Prevention invited them to Rosewood. We introduced the group to Rosewood community members, our SE Works employment specialist, the Latino Network youth group, members of the faith community, plus Portland Police, the DA’s Office, Parole and Probation and more. What a perfect conversation to have here!!
In the afternoon, we had youth setting up the community studio with a generous donation of equipment from our friend Graham Wright, plus people looking for work, apartments and studying for their GED and college placement tests. We have created a really positive and productive vibe around here!
Community Alliance of Tenants held a Renter’s Rights workshop here in the evening, attended by about 60 people. The workshop was presented in 5 languages (Nepali, Karen, Burmese, Spanish and English!) and was a huge success in helping people understand the responsibilities of tenants and landlords. This is critical information for our most vulnerable populations, especially the ones that are not proficient in English and need to know their rights. Thanks CAT!
Every Monday- Thursday from 2-4pm we offer GED tutoring for local residents. Thanks to Multnomah County, Londer Learning Center, and our wonderful team of tutors we can give folks a little extra one on one to help them successfully earn their GED. Spread the word that this resource is available at least until the end of August.
And…the youngsters can hang out, too!