In the summer of 1957, the Rose Villa retirement community was conceived, originally envisioned as a neighborhood of single-level, garden-apartment style homes for middle-income elders. Initial plans for the site included 90 units on 6 acres, but these plans expanded to 195 units on 13 acres before construction began.
Since its inception, Rose Villa has been served by just five executive directors. Vassar Byrd began her tenure as executive director in July 2006. Shortly thereafter, she was elevated to CEO where she served Rose Villa through November 2023. Vassar emphasized meeting every resident where they are at, teamwork, and a shared goal to position the organization as a leader in senior living. This vision was made possible through innovative partnerships with the community, an emphasis on person-centered care in Madrona Grove Supportive Living at Rose Villa, in-home services provided by Avencia Home Care, and a commitment to sustainability for the future.
The story of Rose Villa has been one of expansion over the years as well as the legacy of second- and third-generations of residents calling the community home. The first residents took occupancy in September of 1960 and since then the campus has grown to include 218 independent living homes.
Not your typical retirement community! We are a nonprofit Life Plan community in SE Portland. As an organization, Rose Villa is full of ideas, very collaborative, and recognizes that everyone—including residents, families, and staff—is a contributor.
Our mission is supporting older adults to live the life of their choosing and our core values are:
Rose Villa offers a comprehensive benefits package including*:
We work hard to make Rose Villa a place where people want to work, grow, and thrive. For the past six years, Rose Villa has been named by Oregon Business Journal as one of the 100 best nonprofits to work for in Oregon and recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers in Oregon!
*Benefits vary according to full-time or part-time status.
Rose Villa is a Welcome, Diverse and Inclusive Employer
The Rose Villa DEIA (Diversity Equity Inclusion and Accessibility) Coordinating Committee exists to transform Rose Villa into a community known for promoting the honor of all.
We agree to: