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The scribe of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, famously said, "We have it in our power to change the world." Two-and-half centuries later, we agree with Paine that America works best when it bands together for great purposes.
Here's our purpose: For the past 50 years, America has struggled with a persistent poverty rate of 15 percent. In 2016, over 48 million Americans are living in poverty including 15.7 million children, 22 percent of all American kids. 24.7 million children (14%) are growing up in high-poverty areas. Thirty percent of American children are living in households that lack secure employment. America is on a non-sustainable trajectory.
Since 2005, Open Door America has been part of a national citizen uprising to reclaim the American Dream for poor and working-class people. Along the way, we've done something truly amazing: we've sustained our operations without a dime of government money.
Over 500 concerned citizens from all walks of life have joined our team: 402 individuals (80%), 72 businesses (12%), 20 congregations (4%), 10 foundations (2%), and 8 nonprofits (2%). We think this speaks volumes about our work and success. Please consider making a one-time or recurring donation by clicking below.
We (still) have it in our power to change the world!
Open Door America is audited annually by the certified public accounting firm of Peters, Woodring & Quast, Inc. of Owings Mills, Maryland. Under Maryland law, a copy of our financial statement is available to donors by contacting us at Post Office Box 2090, Ellicott City, Maryland 21041-2090. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of Secretary of State, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 for the cost of copying and postage.
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Partnering in Howard County, Maryland
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, September 18, 2018 -- Open Door America is pleased to announce a preliminary agreement has been reached with the Department of Corrections of Howard County, Maryland to provide case management and mentoring services in support of the county's work-release and reentry programs. During the next 60 days, the parties will pursue a final agreement to create multiple employment-onboarding initiatives throughout Central Maryland beginning as early as December 2018. This developing partnership is a prime example of the type of public-private cooperation that is desperately needed in the United States to assist ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives and employers in finding highly-motivated entry-level workers.