Community center at apartment complex in Dinuba named for Rosedale

Self Help Enterprises / Photo Contributed Ralph Rosedale, second from left, stood with (from left) his wife Pauline, daughter Barbara, son David and daughter-in-law Kim during the Oct. 30 ceremony unveiling of the Ralph Rosedale Community Center in Dinuba.

The Ralph Rosedale Community Center at the Sierra Village Apartments in Dinuba was unveiled in a special celebration on Oct. 30.
Rosedale has played a critical role in Self Help Enterprises efforts that works with low-income families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities. He — along with Howard Washburn, the first Executive Director of SHE — and other incorporators laid the groundwork for the nation’s first self-help housing non-profit back in the 1960s.
Thanks in large part to Rosedale’s participation, more than 6,300 families have now built their own homes through SHE’s mutual self-help housing program. Furthermore, because Self Help was the first organization in the country to focus on sweat equity homeownership for low income farmworkers and other families, he is indirectly responsible for more than 50,000 homes built across the country by organizations modeled after SHE.
Rosedale played a critical role in the drafting and adoption of legislation that became the original core funding for SHE. In his honor, Self-Help Enterprises named the community center at Sierra Village after him. He attended the Oct. 30 event along with immediate family.
The community center is a gathering place that includes a computer lab available to adults and children for schoolwork and educational activities. Self-Help Enterprises’ Resident Services offers programs to enhance the everyday lives and futures of the residents. Classes include financial fitness, computer literacy, nutrition, English as a second language (ESL) and adult fitness.