Rosewood Backpack Food Project in Gresham Outlook!

We started the pilot of a Backpack Food program at Parklane and Oliver Elementary Schools in the Rosewood area a little over a month ago, check out this great article in the Gresham Outlook by Sara Hottman: Rosewood Backpack Food Project

This project provides food for the weekend for 20 kids in our neighborhood.  We are hoping to expand with more support in the future. Our partners include:

The Rosewood Initiative, Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) at Oliver and Parklane Elementaries, Sunshine Division of the Portland Police Bureau, Parklane Church, Lincoln St Church, and others.

This is a wonderful way to work together to support the most vulnerable youth in the Rosewood area, please let us know if you can help.

BIG thanks to Caitlin Morrison for taking the leadership on this project, and to Kyle Curtis and Lucy Adams (SUN) for implementing the project at both schools.

Rosewood’s new piano!

HUGE thanks to Marie Schumacher and David Griswold for this new addition to the Rosewood Cafe community space. We’re looking forward to music lessons and performances! Plus, it’s a player piano, so we can just turn it on while we hang out.

Tae and DeAndre testing it out…

The next week in Rosewood!

We want to make sure you’re all staying in the Rosewood loop! Here’s what is coming up in the next week and a half:

Tuesday, March 13th at 12:30pm- Planning Commission vote on Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative at 1900 SW 4th Ave

Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm- Healthy Relationships Workshop with Agape Church at Freedom FourSquare Church at SE 160th and Alder  (this is a non-religious event, although we are honored to work with our faith-based partners)

Thursday, March 15th at 6pm- Rosewood Youth Night at Rosewood, 609 SE 162nd Ave

Friday, March 16th at 2pm- Rosewood meets with State Representative Jefferson Smith

Tuesday, March 20th at 6pm- Leadership Training Workshop in partnership with Urban League at East Portland Neighborhood Office 1017 NE 117th Ave (all are welcome, please call Jenny at 503.756.8681 to RSVP)

Wednesday, March 21st at 1pm- Rosewood monthly community meeting!

We had an amazing last couple of weeks and are energized to keep moving forward with the support of our many friends and partners.

The Rosewood crew hanging out after Friday’s board meeting. We are proud to welcome Rex Hollingsworth, owner of Rex Heating and Air, to The Rosewood Initiative Board.

An average afternoon at Rosewood, giving us a glimpse of how the community space will impact our youth.  Just imagine when we have heat and more than one computer. As Milton would say, it will be like flies on sugar!

Save the Date: Saturday, April 14th at 7pm

Save this date and join us in celebrating the momentum in Rosewood!

We are planning a celebration with our friends and partners on Saturday, April 14th at 7pm.  TaborSpace at SE 54th and Belmont has generously donated their space for the evening, Hoda’s Lebanese Restaurant and Stark Firs are providing food and there will be Cumbia(ish) music by local band Reynosa.

Keynote speakers:

Portland Chief of Police Mike Reese

Multnomah County Commissioner (District 4) Diane McKeel

Seating will be limited to 100 people, if you’re excited to attend (for free) because you are or want to be a contributing partner to Rosewood, please RSVP to

We have a ton of great things to celebrate and would love to have you join us.

Pictured below: Ana and Luis working at Maya’s Mexican Restaurant inside Su Casa Imports (SE 162nd and Stark). Best tortas in town!

Rosewood Youth Night in Gresham Outlook!

Rosewood youth Tae Johnson, DeAndre Teklehiamanot and Austin Jones in the Gresham Outlook!

Gresham Outlook Youth Night Story

Rosewood Youth Night is going strong every Thursday night from 6-8pm with the help of local volunteers and weekly donated pizza from friends at Papa’s Pizza.  Once we finish construction we’ll really be able to expand this and other great activities for Rosewood Youth.

DeAndre and Tae painting our bench designed with PSU architecture students: