ROSE Community Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Outer Southeast Portland a better place to live. The name ROSE is an acronym for Revitalizing Outer SouthEast, and is founded in the belief that affordable housing allows people to better themselves and improve their lives.
Their first project was to revitalize a house in Lents for a low-income family in 1992. Since then, their work to revitalize the community goes further than housing. ROSE now works to improve the economic conditions of Southeast Portland, and give people the tools to better support themselves and their community.
The organization has won a number of awards, including ranking in the top 100 non-profits to work for in 2013 and 2014 by Oregon Business Magazine. ROSE offers a number of programs available to the community including after school programs, community gardening, the Lents Youth Initiative, Club RC, #StoryYard, and the SE Mobile Food Bank.
PRP.fm profiled ROSE Community Development as part of our award-winning Community Voices series. The podcasts, featuring key members of the organization, are below.