What is It?
The Sunrise Center is a 12,500 building that is located at 18901 E Burnside St in Gresham. In 2014 we, in partnership with Multnomah County, conducted a formal listening exercise Rockwood Speaks! to determine what our neighbors want to see change in order to make life in Rockwood better. The #1 felt need was for a community center, and also high on the list were jobs in Rockwood. The City of Gresham has used its RAD program to conclude the same thing.
Would you like to use the Sunrise Center? We would love to host your next event, party or meeting. Our rates are set in line with other event centers in the Portland metro area, but also have substantial discounts if you are from Rockwood, and/or if you represent a non-profit corporation. For more information, see our leasing Sunrise Center brochure
Which Organizations Call the Center Home?
Sunrise Center now has a mix of long- and short-term tenants:
- Latino Network (www.latnet.org) serves Hispanic families with counseling, education, and enrichment programs. They use the Sunrise Center for offices, dance and other services.
- As Is Church (www.asischurch.com) is a growing evangelical church that has a specific mission to the displaced, low-income and broken. They use the Sunrise Center for offices, an addiction recovery program, and a distribution point for food, clothing and household items to our least fortunate neighbors
- The RCDC serves immigrants and refugees with an after-school homework program and, in 2015, an English-language school for adults.
- Forge Food is an extension of Forge Portland (www.forgeportland.org), which is a community based accelerator and coworking space for social enterprises and freelancers. They will use the Sunrise Center’s 1,800 square foot commercial kitchen for the Portland metro area’s largest food incubator. Forge Food’s entrepreneurs will be a mix of mid-sized brands, startups with products that are targeted to mainstream consumers, and neighbors who bring to market foods that are unique to their corner of the world. In partnership with the RCDC, wraparound services will be offered to these creators. The Portland Business Journal wrote a great article about the Kitchen, which you can read at http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/2015/03/portlands-eastside-gets-its-own-food-incubator.html.
- Phoenix Rising Transitions (http://www.phoenix-rising-transitions.org) works in prisons and the community, partnering with those who are incarcerated to make a smooth and successful transition into the community as they are released. Phoenix Rising Transitions uses the Sunrise Center for offices and for meetings with clients.
In addition to this line-up, ample room exists for short-term tenants, occasional users and the public who need event space for receptions, quinceaneras, and the arts. There is going to be a lot of life at the Sunrise Center!
What are you raising money for?
By the end of 2015, we need to raise $1,800,000 to purchase this building and to make major modifications to it. This money needs to come in the form of gifts and a loan. If we do not raise this money, we are in danger of losing the lease on the building.