A rummage sale to support the Rosewood Initiative and Café is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at the future Rose Café, 609 S.E. 162nd Ave.

A barbecue on Saturday is from noon to 4 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser to support the grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Rosewood area a desirable place to live, work and play by empowering and engaging the community.

Defined roughly as the 15-block area around the intersection of 162nd Avenue and Burnside Street, Rosewood is known for graffiti, litter, poverty, an overall negative public perception, plus a lack of activities and mentors for children and teens, said Jenny Glass, a RISE (Rosewood Initiative Sisters Empowerment) board member.

Glass works with the Rosewood Initiative as a community builder through the AmeriCorps program.

The large number of apartment complexes also make is difficult to coordinate community-based approaches to solving such problems.

But community partners - residents, apartment managers and owners, businesses, churches, government agencies, social services, neighborhood associations and public safety agencies - hope to change that.

Members of Rosewood Initiative Sisters Empowerment are reaching out to community members at risk for human trafficking, drug use and gang involvement.

Community members also meet the third Wednesday of every month from 1-2:30 p.m. at the future café, which when open will double as a community center.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out the initiative's blog at

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