Partnering in Howard County, Maryland
From The ODA Blog
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, September 18, 2018 -- With 29.5 percent of American adults possessing a felony criminal record and American employers finding it increasingly difficult to identify strong entry-level workers, the time is ripe for a "pilot project" partnership between the Department of Corrections of Howard County, Maryland and Open Door America. In the coming months, the government agency and nonprofit organization will build upon excellent planning meetings held in Jessup, Maryland on September 13 and September 18, 2018. The primary goal of the partnership is to create a "win-win" strategy that improves ex-offender employment outcomes, increases public safety, and reduces taxpayer costs related to incarceration and public assistance.
Open Door America is proposing to provide back-end case management and mentoring services that augment the work-release and reentry programs of the Howard County Department of Corrections. Local congregations and community organizations are already being recruited to provide "wraparound care" team members to be trained by Open Door America.
Because Open Door America is assuming full responsibility for the initial funding of its partnership services -- no additional government money is involved -- the nonprofit has begun the process of identifying large, medium, and small donors to help offset its costs. Once the pilot project successfully demonstrates its value and potential, Open Door America will solicit critically-important foundation and corporate support. To get involved in this groundbreaking project, including using your connections and influence, please contact Open Door America Chief Executive Officer Bill Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Door Baltimore, a nonprofit that fights poverty by working with businesses to provide living-wage jobs, is expanding beyond the beltway. To better reflect the organization’s larger mission, the board of directors recently approved a new identity and logo.Read More