The Rockwood Center emerged from a 2016 vision to impact the Rockwood community in meaningful ways. In the winter of 2017, a team of people, largely from Gresham United Methodist Church, began to transform Rockwood United Methodist Church into the Rockwood Center. The Rockwood Center built on the relationship established by the Rockwood United Methodist Church and continue the mission to reach into the community with love.
Gresham United Methodist Church, the Rockwood United Methodist Church and the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference provided initial funding to establish the Rockwood Center. Numerous volunteers assisted the transformation of the space and the upgrading of the building.
Rockwood United Methodist Church had already established a relationship with SnowCap, an east county food program that is located on the back of the property. The church’s spirit of giving has now enabled two wonderful ministries to be present in the Rockwood community.
The central vision of the new Rockwood Center was to engage the growing needs of the community for venue space, art and music programs, entrepreneurial opportunities and educational programs. We continue to work with our community and leaders to respond to the needs of the Rockwood community.
The Rockwood Center is owned and operated by Gresham United Methodist Ministries (GUMM), which is a religious non-profit, 501 (c)3 organization.
meet our team
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
We have a team of diverse, passionate, and faithful leaders who serve alongside our neighbors in Rockwood.
Adam works primarily as a Second Home Regional Coordinator, a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon: “We coordinate family-based housing options for youth by working with local area hosts willing to lease space in exchange for educational or career development program participation." Adam enjoys working to develop creative housing options providing youth with choices when in need of housing services. Adam enjoys interdisciplinary learning with diverse thinkers. Adam also enjoys hiking, camping, and snowboarding with their wife, Abbie, throughout the great Pacific Northwest.
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Serving the community is a fundamental part of Avi's life as well as working alongside passionate individuals. She has enjoyed working with children in the Rockwood community for many years as a Sunday school teacher and a Vacation Bible School volunteer.
Ali is one of the newest board members of the Rockwood Center. She brings with her a background in finance, human resources and non-profit fundraising. Ali was driven to support the Rockwood Center by her faith and the family values. She is a single mother of a toddler boy and believes that a community is the foundation for a child's development.
Steve brings a depth of experience in nonprofit work both in the academic and ecclesiastical arenas. He is a founding member of the Rockwood Center and the chief strategist and fund developer. Steve works closely with the Director to develop relationships and partnerships in the community. He has a passion for helping people.
As a retired professional engineer, Mike still enjoys solving problems and building things. Now he has shifted to volunteer work, not only with the Rockwood Center, but also with his local church and neighborhood. Mike believes investment in people is the best investment of all. He fully supports the Rockwood Community Center’s work to connect with the local community and provide the needed resources to show God’s love and support for all.
Steve is one of the founding Board members of Gresham United Methodist Ministries and the Rockwood Center.He is a retired United Methodist Minister and lives in the Rockwood neighborhood. He and his wife Joanne love the diversity of Rockwood. Steve loves camping, woodworking, boats and dogs.
Laurie Monnes Anderson
Retired public health nurse and Oregon State Senator, Senate Pro Tempore, Chair of Oregon Senate Health Care Committee, Senate Chair of Veterans Committee, Senate Business and Labor Committee, and Senate Human Services Committee, Housing Committee, Oregon Child Care Commission, Oregon Women’s Commission, Public Health Advisory Committee, Oregon Child Abuse Assessment Advisory Council, Gresham/Barlow School Board and a Grandmother of Andrew and Rachel, and Mom to Dusty, my cockapoo
Loves Oregon Coast
Dr. Sandra Helena Hernandes, Ph.D., M.Ed.,
Founder of Doulas Latinas International, Oregon Community Doulas Association (ORCDA), ACHE' Alliance for Childbearing and Collective Health Equity. She is a psychologist, Popular Educator and Theatre of the Oppressed director with a vision for equity humanized birth on Perinatal Psychology (APPPAH). Co-creator of OHEA Oregon Health Equity Alliance (former POCHEC) and CHARLA, Collective Health Advocacy for Radical Latinos and Africans, has served at Oregon Governor's Commission, and the THW Commission. Currently she is researching with Latino and Black communities, and partners, on issues of trauma, perinatal and postpartum depression to create the ATRIZ-MATRIX curriculum aiming to prevent intergenerationalepigenetics on human health.