Our mission is to support a resilient Rockwood community by connecting families to a collaborative network of health, education, and community resource providers.

Why Rockwood?

Located in East Multnomah County, the Rockwood neighborhood represents the beauty of being one of Oregon’s most diverse communities as well as the challenges of being one of the poorest. With a notably large youth population, the strain on service providers in the area has greatly increased in the past decade. The key to positive change in the Rockwood community is collaboration. Between service providers, businesses, local government, and community members, improving the outcomes for this diverse neighborhood requires system-wide change. The Rockwood Pathways Project aims to improve access for families in need to a system of providers that work together to make a significant, measurable difference.

It’s good for Families

Based on the Pathways Community HUB national model, the Rockwood Pathways Project serves to improve access to health and social services. Using this model, families are supported by a Navigator who will connect clients with services to benefit the individual and family. This model incentivizes collaboration between established service providers by educating the network of Navigators about the services and specialties of each partner organization. With a “no wrong door” policy, families can easily access the Network by connecting with any of the service providers in the Network, without needing to repeat the intake process with each organization they seek services with. With client consent, the Navigator ensures that the family’s information is entered into a database, accessible to partnering organizations, and works directly with the entire family to create a plan for holistic care and support.

It’s good for Funders

The Rockwood Pathways Project (RPP) offers a unique service infrastructure to better support a diverse range of needs for families in Rockwood. It offers accountability to the funder and a larger return on funding through measured results. Unlike most programs, RPP’s funding streams are based on achievement of both smaller client benchmarks, as well as longer-term outcomes. Funders can rest assured their donations will go toward improving the lives of families through an incentivized system of cross-sector collaboration – that breaks down silos often separated service providers in the past. This infrastructure is a more efficient use of funds; by streamlining administrative procedures and reducing redundancies across organizations to free up time and money that can be put towards helping more families. Essentially, funders of the Rockwood Pathways Project are ensuring their continued support of partnering organizations is allocated toward positive outcomes for Rockwood families.

It’s good for Partners

The Rockwood Pathways Project is a nonprofit collaborative effort that accomplishes more together than partnering organizations could independently. The Project utilizes a shared database with standard measurement tools to track system-wide success. Navigators have a broad-based understanding of community resources– and are eager to use a larger pool of resources to help clients succeed. By investing resources into the shared RPN infrastructure, partner organizations can ultimately create more efficient use of funds by streamlining the referral process and lightening the administrative load across organizations. By joining the Network, organizations can make a larger and measurable impact on individual, family, and community success. Become a part of the Network that’s fueling positive change in Rockwood!

RPP Case Statement (PDF)